The Guildhall School of Music and Drama is a music conservatoire and drama school founded in 1880 in London, England. Students can pursue courses in music, opera, drama and technical theatre arts. The school is a leading international conservatoire with students from over fifty countries. Guildhall was ranked the top U.K. conservatoire in the 2019 Guardian league tables for music and is ranked the seventh university in the world for performing arts in the QS World University Rankings. Based within the heart of the Barbican Centre in the City of London, the school currently numbers almost 900 students, approximately 700 of whom are undergraduate and postgraduate music students and 175 on the acting and technical theatre programmes.