In November, RSL Awards celebrated a very momentous occasion – our 30th anniversary!

That’s right, it has been 30 whole years since those first guitar, bass and drum exams in 1991. If you’ve been there since then, you’ll have a seen a lot of change and evolution at RSL. You’ll have seen the addition of new brands, new types of qualifications, awards won and milestones reached. Be sure to check out our RSL at 30 blog series for more detail on all of that!

RSL at 30 | Rockschool Through The Years

RSL at 30 | Queens Award 2018

RSL at 30 | A Brief History of Vocational Qualifications

RSL at 30 | Coat of Arms

RSL at 30 | RSL International

But we wanted to get a little personal today, and share with you how we celebrated this achievement, along with a couple of little surprises thrown in too.

RSL is 30

No celebration would be complete without a few friends to raise a glass with. We had the absolute honour and privilege to gather with some of our long-term partners, collaborators and staff for a small event in a local restaurant. We welcomed guests who helped write the first ever syllabi, and some of our loyal exam centre staff who have been with us through it all. We wanted to extend a big thank you to all in attendance – we’re so grateful to have you!

Norton York and Francis Seriau

Our friends from Music Heroes!

RSL's very own UK Business Development team; Dan, David and Alistair

Coat of Arms

Next up was the big reveal of the RSL Coat of Arms. We feel very lucky to have been granted such a special item, which now has pride of place in our head office. Of course, we had to Rockschool-ify it, so please observe the wonderful lion holding a Fender Stratocaster sitting proudly on the top!

Norton’s Book

Moving on to the final cause for celebration on this special evening – Norton’s book! Some of you may already have seen the announcement that RSL Founder, Norton York, has released his long-awaited book, Pop Music Education in the UK – 1960-2020.

Adele, Ed Sheeran, Leona Lewis, Jess Glynne, Amy Winehouse, Michael Kiwanuka and Fraser T Smith all took formal pop music courses founded in the UK – this is the story of how those courses developed and impacted the British music scene.

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We’ve truly had a lot to celebrate this year – what a few weeks we have had! As always, we are reminded of the incredible community that we have around us, who have continued to support us year on year. Thank you, and we look forward to working with you for the next 30 years!