Birmingham Conservatoire has been granted a royal title by the Queen.
Joining a select list of performing arts institutions, the music and drama academy will be renamed the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
The news comes as Birmingham City University’s new £57 million home for Birmingham Conservatoire opens its doors to new students.
Julian Lloyd Webber, principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, said: “With our new name and suitably magnificent new home we intend to set the global benchmark for music and drama education and performance.
“This is a hugely significant moment for music and drama education in the UK. The royal title bears testimony to the value the Conservatoire rightly places on the importance of the performing arts in all our lives.”
Birmingham City University vice-chancellor Philip Plowden said: “The royal title not only indicates the Birmingham Conservatoire’s national and international repute but also its transformative impact on people’s lives.
“It has both nurtured the talent of many household names and developed a programme of widening music participation that has benefited thousands of young people and their families from diverse communities across England, much like the university of which it is part.”
The bestowment follows Prince Edward becoming the Conservatoire’s first royal patron in March 2016.