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The Marriage of Figaro

Announcing August's performances in the RCM's online concert series

Monday 3 August 2020

Join us online for the final month of our digital performance programme. The series, which commenced in April 2020, was specially curated by our Artistic Director Stephen Johns and has brought over 40 classic Royal College of Music performances to the screen so far!

Over the last five months, our online concert series has showcased the wide variety of music-making at the RCM, including orchestral, vocal and chamber music. For our final programme, we’re offering three Premiere broadcasts and a new on demand performance every weekday, keeping you thoroughly entertained during the summer months!

This month's Facebook and YouTube Premieres

Join us for all the excitement of a live stream with our very best archive performances broadcast as YouTube Premieres and Facebook Premieres. There will be live chat and audiences watching simultaneously all over the world. If you can't make it for the premiere event you can catch-up in your own time; all videos will be available to watch on-demand afterwards.

Thursday, 6 August, 7pm BST

Bernard Haitink conducts Strauss’ Alpine Symphony
The RCM Symphony Orchestra gives a masterful performance of Richard Strauss’ epic orchestral masterpiece, led by legendary conductor, Bernard Haitink. 
 
YouTube Premiere Broadcast
 
Facebook Premiere Broadcast

Wednesday 19 August, 7pm BST

Professor Ashley Solomon conducts JS Bach’s Ascension Oratorio
The RCM Baroque Orchestra and Choir performs Bach’s expansive choral work, under the baton of RCM Chair and Head of Historical Performance, Professor Ashley Solomon.  
 
A link to the YouTube Premiere will be available soon. 

A link to the Facebook Premiere will be available soon.

Wednesday 26 August, 7pm BST

RCM Opera Studio presents The Marriage of Figaro 
Mozart’s beloved opera The Marriage of Figaro is performed on the Britten Theatre stage by talented students of the RCM Opera Studio and Opera Orchestra, directed by RCM alumnus and Artist in Residence, Sir Thomas Allen. 

Youtube Premiere Broadcast
 
A link to the Facebook Premiere will be available soon.

This month on demand

We’ll be releasing a new performance every weekday on YouTube to keep you entertained this summer. Watch on demand and share with friends!

Monday 3 August

Ravel: Une barque sur l’ocean  
Sir Antonio Pappano conducts the RCM Symphony Orchestra 

Tuesday 4 August 

Percussion double bill 
The versatility of RCM percussionists is on show with Steve Reich’s Four Mallets, performed by PERC’M, and Alex Temple-Head’s Is there a catch? performed by RCM drumline, the Redhocks

Wednesday 5 August 

Dutilleux: Sur le même accord
Jac van Steen conducts the RCM Symphony Orchestra and guest artist, Wei-Ting Wu

Friday 7 August

Bizet: Carmen Suite 
Arranged and conducted by Colin Skinner and performed by Big Fat Brass

Monday 10 August

Ravel: Alborada del gracioso 
Sir Antonio Pappano conducts the RCM Symphony Orchestra in Ravel’s Spanish-inspired work

Tuesday 11 August

RCM Big Band double bill 
Mark Armstrong directs Tubby Hayes’ 100% Proof, featuring Jonathan Vaux, and Guy Barker leads Don Menza’s Time Check with guest artist, Benny Greb

Wednesday 12 August 

Mark-Anthony Turnage: On Opened Ground 
Ben Gurnon conducts the RCM Symphony Orchestra with viola soloist Ana Dunne-Sequi 

Thursday 13 August 

Telemann: Concerto for Recorder and Gamba in A minor 
Performed by Professor Ashley Solomon and the RCM Baroque Orchestra with guest artist, Vittorio Ghielmi 

Friday 14 August

Skryabin: Poema Ekstaza 
Rafael Payare conducts the RCM Symphony Orchestra 

Monday 17 August

Lili Boulanger: D’un matin de printemps 
Sir Antonio Pappano conducts the RCM Symphony Orchestra in Scriabin’s symphonic poem  

Tuesday 18 August

Saxophone double bill 
Talented RCM saxophonists perform Mark Allaway’s Crosscurrents, conducted by Kyle Horch, and RCM composer Zoe Darbyshire’s The Moon’s Climb Pausing, led by Timothy Lines  

Thursday 20 August

Ravel: Ma mère l'Oye Suite
The piano duet is performed by RCM pianists Zhimiao Geng and Phoebe Liu 

Friday 21 August

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances 
John Wilson conducts the RCM Symphony Orchestra in Rachmaninov’s three movement orchestral suite 

Monday 24 August 

Lara Poe: Taivaanranta 
Martin André conducts the RCM Philharmonic in a piece by RCM composer, Lara Poe  

Thursday 25 August

Organ double bill 
The RCM’s Flentrop organ is showcased in Max Heaton’s arrangement of Holst’s ‘Jupiter’ from The Planets and JS Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A minor, performed by James Lett 

Thursday 27 August 

de Falla: Danza ritual del fueggo

Recorded at Wigmore Hall and performed by Nova Guitar Duo 

Friday 28 August

Saint-Saëns: Calme des nuits
Mark Biggins conducts the RCM Chorus in this atmospheric unaccompanied chorale 

Monday 31 August 

Chaminade: Flute Concerto 
Holly Mathieson conducts the RCM Philharmonic 

Tuesday 1 September

Smetana double bill 
RCM conductors Vicente Chavarria and Avi Taler conduct Smetana’s ‘Vltava’ from Má vlast, performed by the RCM Philharmonic, and The Bartered Bride Overture, performed by the RCM Symphony Orchestra 

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These are unprecedented times for the RCM and its students. Many of our young musicians rely on gigs, teaching, performances and other work to cover their living costs and student fees. As a result of Covid-19, most of this work has been cancelled. We are asking our community to support our Covid-19 Hardship Fund to help those RCM students facing significant financial hardship. Any donation that you are able to give is gratefully received.  
 
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Find out more about the RCM Community

The online concert series is part of the RCM’s #RCMCommunity campaign, through which the College is promoting continued music-making by the RCM community and ensuring that its social media channels remain a hub of creativity during challenging times. Uplifting content, tips and support are being shared across the College’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as major Chinese social media platforms Weibo and WeChat (ID: RCMLondon). Content submissions are encouraged from fans and followers as well as those directly connected to the RCM – use the hashtag #RCMCommunity to get involved!