Concerts in London
This summer we welcome our new Quartet in Residence, the Harlem Quartet, generously supported by Victoria, Lady Robey OBE. Based in New York, it’s renowned for its genre-crossing approach, and features on the Grammy award-winning Mozart Goes Dancing with Chick Corea and Gary Burton. The Quartet performs in our annual Super String Sunday extravaganza, rounded off with a concert celebrating harpist Marisa Robles. There are further ground-breaking performances in the return of the student-led Great Exhibitionists series – these multi-genre events include a mixture of contemporary dance and music and surround-sound live experiences.
We welcome back Jac van Steen to lead the RCM Symphony Orchestra in performances of Bartók’s virtuosic Concerto for Orchestra, alongside Dvořák’s ever-popular Cello Concerto. Rafael Payare, Chief Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, makes his first visit to the RCM to conduct Shostakovich’s defiant Tenth Symphony.
There are masterclasses with Maxim Vengerov and James Galway, and an opportunity to hear Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, discuss investment in culture in the UK. In a day of events for percussion enthusiasts, our annual Festival of Percussion features the remarkable drummer Benny Greb, who performs with Guy Barker and the RCM Big Band.
Away from our home in South Kensington, we begin a new series at Cadogan Hall with a range of chamber music concerts around an Austro-Hungarian theme, and you will also find us at Wigmore Hall for a programme of string music inspired by dance themes. We round off the summer season with a double bill of witty French operas by Poulenc and Chabrier, each in their own way casting a bizarre look into the stories of a husband and wife.