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Royal Academy of Music

Where Elton John studied music

Royal Academy of Music
Royal Academy of Music
Click to enlarge. Photos by Patrick Andrey.

Marylebone Road
London NW1 5HT
(0)20 7873 7373

On This Very Spot in the early 1960s, a young Elton John (then Reg Dwight) was an Exhibitioner at Junior Academy, the Royal Academy of Music’s programme for talented young musicians. He says: “I have always regarded my training at the Royal Academy of Music as vitally important to the development of my career as a musician”.

On This Very Spot in 1999 the Academy was admitted to the University of London as a full college.

On This Very Spot on July 3, 2002, the first Honorary Doctorates awarded in the Academy's 180-year history were presented to Sir Colin Davis and Sir Elton John. Professor Curtis Price, Principal of the Academy, said: “Elton John, who is one of the most gifted and influential musicians in the world today, laid the foundations of his career at the Academy. So it is entirely fitting that he should be receiving the highest honour awarded by the University of London.”

On This Very Spot on May 19, 2004, Elton presented the first Elton John Scholarships to Academy students. The scholarships were endowed by Elton for talented young musicians who might otherwise be unable to study at the Academy. The annual scholarships are financed in perpetuity by a dedicated Elton John Scholarship Fund.

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This is a private institution, but it includes a music museum open to the public and offers regular public music events. For complete information, including ticket information and a virtual tour, visit the official website at

Condition: This sight looks essentially the same as it did at the time.

Parking: Public parking is available along the street.

Location: Central London, north of historic old London

Nearest Major Airport: London Heathrow or London Gatwick

Latitude: 51.523600; Longitude: -0.151700

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