Victoria College of Music and Drama, London

Victoria College of Music was founded in 1890 and is an independent examining body providing providi

Victoria College of Music staff;
Principal:Dr Martin Ellerby DMA FVCM HonVCM GLCM LMusLCM FTCL
Chief Executive:Robin Wood LLD HonVCM FVCM FCV FInstSMM ALAM FRSA
Chief Examiner:Claire Pashley MBE MA BA(Hons) HonVCM FVCM PGCE LTCL ALCM(TD)
Qualifications Director and head of Music: Dr. Stewart Thompson BA(Hons) MA(Mus) (Open) DEd CT,FVCM FIGOC FSCO FMCM FCollT ACIEA
Head of Speech and Drama:Stuart M

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Study for a Unilogos - Logos University Int. doctorate in a range of arts subjects and pathways with Victoria College of Music and Drama, London . We offer affordable, internationally recognised degrees at your own pace with individual supervision.

Victoria College, encouraging development since 1890.

O doutorado é uma jornada de descoberta pessoal e acadêmica, onde o desafio de explorar o desconhecido abre portas para novos saberes e transformações.

Com relação à possibilidade de fazer um doutorado sem ter o mestrado, saiba que é possível, sim. Basta um curso de bacharelado para ingressar em um de nossos programas: Administração, Antropologia e Religião, Ciência Política, Direito, Educação, Psicanálise, Teologia, Psicologia, Gestão Educacional, Administração de Empresas, Gestão Estratégica, Gestão do Esporte, Naturopatia, Gestão de Saúde, Ciência da Motricidade Humana, Ciências da Saúde, Neurociência e Saúde Coletiva.

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American International Music Competition – AIMC 13/03/2024

Exams are a regular part of Music education in the UK and worldwide but the festival is also a strong and well established format. Try your (or students hand) in a global competition. And for free.

American International Music Competition – AIMC


The new year at VCM starts today. We are now fully open for entries for Spring exams, distance learning registration and related support. Why not explore what we can do for you and your students?

VCM, encouraging teachers and learners in the arts since 1890.


From all of our staff, examiners, advisors and faculty we wish all our community of teachers, candidates, students and associates a very peaceful and restful holiday period. The office will be closed until January 3rd 2024 when we will recommence activities.

The Christmas Song 13/12/2023

Advent Calendar Day 13 - Melodica

One of the most loved Christmas songs as a duet for one of our more unusual instruments... What's not to love.

The Christmas Song Melodicas, songbooks and free lessons available at

A Christmas Carol 1910 Silent Movie Original Thomas Edison Film With music 12/12/2023

Advent Calendar Day 12 - Silent Movies

Did you know that in the 1920s VCM was the first music college to provide tuition in film music composition? We offered courses in how to compose for and accompany silent films at our Holland Park Avenue building and some adverts still exist for this in old copies of Music Teacher magazine. Here is one of the very earliest adaptions of A Christmas Carol accompanied by the type of solo piano you might have heard in a classroom at VCM a century ago!

A Christmas Carol 1910 Silent Movie Original Thomas Edison Film With music

The Poor Traveller by Charles Dickens - Full Audiobook | Christmas Stories 08/12/2023

Advent Calendar Day 8 - The Poor Traveller

Dickens will always be renowned for writing A Christmas Carol, deservedly one of the greatest ever stories written about Christmas but did you know he wrote a series of Christmas Stories? Here is one of his others to enjoy, The Poor Traveller of 1854.

The Poor Traveller by Charles Dickens - Full Audiobook | Christmas Stories A full unabridged audiobook of the classic short story, "The Poor Traveller", by Charles Dickens - complete with sounds and visuals. "The Poor Traveller" tel...

Overture 07/12/2023

Advent Calendar Day 7 - Mrs Santa Claus

A firm holiday favourite since it's premiere 30 years ago, Broadway legend Jerry Herman created his first new score since 1981 for Angela Lansbury to see Christmas from the never considered perspective of Mrs Santa Claus. Enjoy all the tunes in the best Broadway fashion through the glorious overture under the baton of theatre maestro Larry Blank.

Overture Mrs. Santa Claus Orchestra, Larry Blank · Song · 1996

Carol of the Bells | The Tabernacle Choir #christmas 06/12/2023

Advent Calendar Day 6 - Choral Music

From its very roots VCM has remained very connected to choral music and still offers pathways for choral singers as well as ensemble performance and direction assessments. Here is one of the most popular carols to be performed in concerts of the modern era, Carol of the Bells.

Carol of the Bells | The Tabernacle Choir #christmas Purchase "Carol of the Bells" from the album "The Wonder of Christmas":Amazon: iTunes: Deseret Book: http://bit.l...

The Shining Star - Peter Graham 04/12/2023

Advent Calendar Day 4 - The Shining Star

Nothing evokes Christmas more than a brass band and here we get one of the best in the world, the New York Staff Band of the Salvation Army. They perform the march The Shining Star by Prof. Peter Graham, a former teacher of our Principal Dr. Stewart Thompson.

The Shining Star - Peter Graham The New York Staff Band (Bandmaster Derek Lance) perform Peter Graham's march "The Shining Star" on December 10, 2016 at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Churc...

Georgy Sviridov - Waltz "Snowstorm" 03/12/2023

Advent Day 3 - Snowstorm

As the snow arrives in the UK we take a visit to Russia and Sviridov's tuneful waltz, Snowstorm. A moment of joy and winter delight!

Georgy Sviridov - Waltz "Snowstorm" Georgy Sviridov - Waltz "Snowstorm"One of the famous Russian composers

Benjamin Zaphaniah poem from Literacy Evolve for Primary Literacy pupils 01/12/2023

Advent Calendar Day 1 - Talking Turkeys

The return of our traditional advent calendar and this year we explore all the different areas the College offers as both an exam board and distance teaching institution. We begin with a performance by poet Benjamin Zaphaniah of his Talking Turkeys, both a funny and very powerful exploration of the holiday message regardless of background. Especially relevant in the current climate, this is also suitable for our Poetry Reading exams at Grade 7 or 8.

Benjamin Zaphaniah poem from Literacy Evolve for Primary Literacy pupils Take a look at this poem, delivered by popular poet Benjamin Zephaniah and taken from Literacy Evolve for Primary Literacy pupils. This brand new resource fr...


Teachers have you considered our long standing exams and awards in the Performing and Fine Arts? Introductory Awards, Graded exams, Performance only Medals and a range of university accredited diplomas in Performance, Teaching and Research provide a complete suite of assessments to support learning and development.

Visit to see how we can help you and your students to achieve their potential.

Home 16/10/2023

Did you know a VCM diploma ties you part of an international network of higher education providers via our partnership with Logos University Int?

Home A Logos University UniLogos foi fundada em 2006 com objetivos educacionais e tem como missão promover e melhorar a educação.

London Music Press 18/07/2023

You can purchase all of our exam publications from for distribution worldwide freepost. Whatever you need for VCM, they have it.

London Music Press Founded in 1891, we are an independent publisher of sheet music and other materials that support the work of Victoria College of Music and Drama, London. 

15 glorious pieces of classical music for summertime 12/06/2023

It's a little warm in the VCM office today... Here are a few suggestions for summery classical music to match the beaming sunshine!

15 glorious pieces of classical music for summertime Sunny weather calls for sunny music – here’s the very best classical music for summertime.

Ukulele Society of Great Britain 05/06/2023

Our groundbreaking Ukulele syllabus was the first to cover the instrument from beginner to diploma and remains one of our most popular subjects. We are the only exam board to be endorsed by the Ukulele Society of Great Britain.

Ukulele Society of Great Britain The home of Britain's foremost ukulele society, promoting the ukulele and the ukulele banjo in all their various styles and methods of presentation.


Have your previous studies recognised officially by our validating Universities, Unilogos - Logos University Int. and Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi Christian University - JHPCU . Get in touch today for more details.


One of the greatest resources to musicians is the IMSLP. Keeping access to both the greatest western classical music written alive alongside discovering hidden gems and even new pieces by living composers, it is a lifetimes journey simply exploring. From early lessons to diploma and degree performers there is always something that try.


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Music Mark - The UK Association for Music Education on LinkedIn: Additional Resources 16/05/2023

A Common Approach has been the basis of many of our music grade exams for nearly twenty years and the current edition adds in extra support for a range of additional areas. An invaluable resource for any of instrumental teacher.

Music Mark - The UK Association for Music Education on LinkedIn: Additional Resources If you are using A Common Approach, there are additional resources that you can access! 📝 We have Professional Development resources, including a guide for…


VCM Exams are underway for the Spring session but we are able to accept entries at anytime of year. We examine by mutual agreement for the majority of the year. Get in touch via [email protected] or telephone/WhatsApp 020 7405 6483 to discuss how we can help you and your students.

STAR WARS: Dueling With Fate - The Making of The Phantom Menace - Part 11 - Sound and Score 04/05/2023

May the Fourth.... The music for Stars Wars is not only one of the most famous scores for any film but is as much a character as Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia or any of the many iconic roles. Here we get a glimpse behind the scenes at John Williams in action.

STAR WARS: Dueling With Fate - The Making of The Phantom Menace - Part 11 - Sound and Score The eleventh part of a 13-part documentary series chronicling the making of Star Wars - Episode I - The Phantom Menace. Part 11 composes the audio side of fi...


VCM is proud of our association with Unilogos - Logos University Int. We offer PhD, Doctor of Music, Doctor of Arts and Doctor of Professional Studies degrees in Music and a range of Arts subjects in conjunction with LUI.

Fazer um doutorado é uma decisão muito importante na vida. É uma forma de ampliar objetivos e perspectivas pessoais e na carreira. É uma formação que abre portas para o desenvolvimento pessoal e intelectual, possibilitando o pensamento crítico e a resolução de problemas.

Um doutorado representa uma experiência enriquecedora, permitindo ao aluno um mergulho profundo em um campo de estudo, além de aumentar o seu reconhecimento e a sua credibilidade junto à comunidade acadêmica.

Aqui na Unilogos oferecemos doutorados em Ciências Humanas e Ciências da Saúde, com cursos de grande relevância como Direito, Ciência Política, Psicologia, Administração, Saúde Coletiva, Nutrição, Neurociência e muitos outros. Todos com dupla diplomação com Universidades respeitadas. Quer saber um pouco mais sobre os nossos programas de doutorado? Acesse o nosso site e saiba mais!


A reminder that from 1st MAY 2023 we are withdrawing performing from memory in all MUSIC Performance examinations.

Playing From Memory (Music Performance)

For many years the option to perform pieces from memory has been a choice for a candidate that was eligible for ‘reward’, but without clarity as to what examiners would look for. This led to inevitable variety in interpretation. As part of our wider review of our music provision, we have investigated the topic and made the following changes.
• After comparison with current practice in the field among our colleagues, we have decided that with effect from 1st MAY 2023 performance from memory will no longer attract any additional marks in any practical music examination, either digitally or in-person.

• This will not preclude examiners from commenting on aspects of memory.

• Candidates may still choose to perform from memory but examiners will expect the same standard of performance as for candidates playing from the score.

• Where candidates do choose to perform from memory, a copy of the score must be provided either on the day or in advance for examiners for reference. Copies other than original books will be retained and destroyed by the examiner.

• Any historical syllabuses still in effect and requiring performance from memory will be revised in due course to remove the requirement.

Please do contact the College for any queries about this or any other aspect of our examinations.

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Our Story

Victoria College of Music staff is comprised of;
Principal:Dr Martin Ellerby DMA FVCM HonVCM GLCM LMusLCM FTCL
Chief Executive:Robin Wood HonVCM FVCM FCV FInstSMM ALAM FRSA
Chief Examiner:Claire Pashley MA BA(Hons) HonVCM FVCM PGCE LTCL ALCM(TD)
Qualifications manager and head of Music: Stewart Thompson MA(Mus)(Open) BA(Hons) CT,FVCM FGMS FIGOC FSCO FMCM FCollT ACIEA
Head of Speech and Drama:Stuart Morrison MA PGCE HonVCM FVCM(TD)(Hons) LVCMEd(Hons) ALAM ALCM(TD)FIfL FRSA
Curriculum and Woodwind Advisor:Dr. June Fileti BA(Mus)(Open), MEd(Open) BA(Hons) LMusEdASMC(Hons) HonFNMSM, CT,FVCM
Theory of Music Associate:Rachel Billings BMus(Hons) GRNCM, PGDip FVCM
Piano and Harpsichord Advisor:Geoffrey Willett BA LRAM ARCM LGSM LTCL ALCM Cert Ed
Plucked Strings Advisor:Colin R. Tribe BEd(Hons) FVCM FRSA
Orchestral Strings Advisor:Liz Spear MusB(hons) PGCE
Viola Advisor:Emma Sheppard BA(Hons)
Double Bass Advisor:TBA
Accordion Advisor: Vacant
Electronic Organ, Musical Theatre and Contemporary Vocals Advisor:Catherine ThompsonCT,FVCM(TD) FGMS FMCM LVCM(Hons) AVCM
Mandolin Advisor:Barbara Pommerenke-Steel BEd
Percussion Advisor:vacant
Keyboard Advisor:Diane Barton CT,FVCM DipEd
Recorder Advisor: Nigel Martin GBSM FVCM(Hons) FTCL FLCM LGSM LLCM(TD) ARCM
Saxophone Advisor: Rachael Forsyth BA(Hons)




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