I auditioned for the Academy in December 1984, as well as two other music colleges in London. I was successful in all three auditions but I made the decision to study at the Academy because my chosen teacher, Geoffrey Mitchell, was a professor there, along with Fiona Cameron.

In September 1985 I moved down from Scotland to begin my musical journey at the Royal Academy of Music. This journey would take me on an adventure spanning three very happy years. I was privileged to have the opportunity to meet some wonderful people, work with many of the world’s finest musicians and make some lasting friendships.

When I graduated in 1988, I embarked on career as a professional musician, taking with me all the skills and knowledge I had gained at the Academy. I divided my time between working as performer and teacher, predominantly in London. I also supplemented my income by working as a freelance music critic and contributor on a range of arts and music programmes on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio London and LBC. I continued working in this field until the mid 90s, when I decided to retrain and move into corporate training as a learning and development coach.

Colin Cree at his graduation in 1988
Colin Cree at his graduation in 1988

Although I left the Academy many years ago now, I have always maintained a strong link with this great institution. As an enthusiastic alumnus and committed supporter I am passionate about helping Academy students develop their musical skills, so they can achieve their ultimate goal, whether as a teacher or performer. Being able to attend the Academy’s concerts, recitals and the wonderful musical theatre performances are the highlights of the academic year.

I am hugely committed to ensure that aspiring musicians, regardless of financial means, can continue to benefit from the outstanding opportunities the Academy offers, not just now, but for many years to come. Academy students are ambitious, passionate and determined but also challenged by the increasing cost of their education. There is something quite special about being able to give something back. I can think of no better way of doing this than by leaving a legacy in my will.

By making this decision, I will not only be giving something back to the Academy, but also helping young musicians of today and tomorrow realise and fulfil their musical ambitions.

As an enthusiastic alumnus and committed supporter I am passionate about helping Academy students develop their musical skills, so they can achieve their ultimate goal, whether as a teacher or performer.

Colin Cree

Gifts to the Royal Academy of Music make dreams possible. By remembering the Academy in your will, you can help to ensure that the best and brightest young musicians continue to reach their full potential for generations to come.

For more information, or to discuss your plans with us in confidence, please contact a member of our Development Team at developmentinbox@ram.ac.uk