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Current partnerships

Tri-Borough Music Hub

The Royal College of Music is proud to be a strategic partner in the Tri-Borough Music Hub. The RCM, Royal Albert Hall, Aurora Orchestra and music services from Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham have joined forces to spearhead innovative and engaging partnerships with delivery partners and schools, ensuring the delivery of high quality music-making across three boroughs.

On Tuesday 23 June 2015, the hub celebrated three years with a large scale performance of a newly commissoned work at the Royal Albert Hall. Watch the video below to find out more:

RCM Sparks Juniors

RCM Sparks Juniors is an exciting collaboration between RCM Sparks and RCM Junior Department which launched in September 2009. 

The initiative creates a pathway to allow a wider range of children from local boroughs to access the excellent teaching and learning resources of the College in line with the RCM’s commitment to offer inspirational learning to all.

Each year 10 places are offered to pupils from chosen local state schools, which have a higher than average level of children/families eligible for free school meals, to join a programme led by RCMJD staff and RCM student mentors. 

We are very grateful to JP Getty Jnr Trust & EMI for funding.

Royal Albert Hall

The partnership between RCM Sparks and the Royal Albert Hall enables families and young people to delve a little deeper into the music in workshops and courses at the Royal College of Music before experiencing the thrill of a live performance at the Royal Albert Hall. See our listings for more information.

Teenage Cancer Trust

Over the past five years the Royal Albert Hall education department has run a series of rock & pop music workshops based around the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts.

Led by a team of professional musicians and supported by RCM students, the workshops give teenage cancer sufferers the chance to work creatively and compose their own pop songs. 



Past Projects

Play On!

Play On! is an exciting initiative delivered in partnership with the Tri-Borough and South Bank Sinfonia. In Spring 2013, a series of workshops and concerts in local schools culminated in a fantastic day at the RCM where 127 children created a large ensemble for the first time and gave an amazing concert.

Open Orchestra

The BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal College of Music and pioneers of assistive music technology, Drake Music, teamed up with three London boroughs to develop the Open Orchestra project, an innovative new schools music programme bringing together children from special and mainstream schools.

Musicians of the Future

Musicians of the Future (MoF), a collaboration with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, enabled 24 pupils each year to benefit from free one-to-one instrumental tuition. RCM students have received specialised, professional training in order to deliver newly commissioned works by composer Sally Greaves, providing a fast-track learning programme for participants.

The one-to-one teaching was complemented by a range of concerts, workshops and masterclasses. Pupils from previous years'  Missions joined together to form ensembles which culminated in a Gala showcase in July 2011. Instruments have included cello, trumpet, trombone, flute, saxophone and percussion. We are grateful for the support over the years from the Lucie Allsop Memorial Trust, British Gas and EMI.

These young musicians now hold key roles as part of the New Generation and Young Person Orchestras – organised by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and supported by a vibrant team of RCM musicians. These orchestras meet weekly and are currently working towards major performances for 2015.

Key Club

Run by Turtle Key Arts, Key Club is an arts group for over 16's on the autistic spectrum which meets once a month, at Paddington Arts in Westbourne Park, London and in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. RCM musicians work with composer and animateur Jackie Walduck to deliver an inspiring composition project culminating in a recording and CD for participants.

In pictures

Photography (c) Shelia Burnett