Concerts in London
Join us this spring as we explore the music of America. Our annual three-day keyboard festival includes an all-day marathon of piano music featuring Rachmaninov’s Etudes-tableaux. Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winner David Lang joins us for concerts and a masterclass as our composer in residence and, from earlier in America’s music history, our RCM Wind Orchestra performs music by one of the most famous creators of America’s soundtrack, John Philip Sousa.
Our America Frontiers season includes a chamber music series, featuring works by Barber, Copland and Carter, as well as a rare performance of George Crumb’s Black Angels and John Adams’ clarinet concerto Gnarly Buttons.
The popular Orchestral Masterworks series presents symphonies by Mozart and Rachmaninov and concertos by Tchaikovsky and Grieg. Nicholas Collon returns to conduct Mahler’s epic Sixth Symphony, and we work with students from Holland in an exploration of the music of Carl Maria von Weber. Chamber music features widely in our performances, too, including a 90th birthday tribute to Martin Lovett, the cellist of the Amadeus Quartet, and for the first time, a week dedicated to chamber music learning and performance.
In conjunction with the London Handel Festival, we present Handel’s Faramondo, the story of the mythological King of the Franks. We round off the season with the UK’s first staged production of Rameau’s opera Les fêtes d’Hébé in a unique collaboration with Académie de l’Opéra national de Paris and the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Royal College of Music.