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A man wearing glasses, resting his head on his arms, with his trumpet to the side of him, smiling at the camera.
Welcome to our Spring Season of events!

Classical favourites alongside rarer gems 

What could be more apt to begin the year than Mahler’s First Symphony, with its evocation of spring and nature awakening? Conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, the programme also features a rare performance of Richard Strauss’ Duett-Concertino for clarinet and bassoon soloists. 

This season, we feature cornerstones of the orchestral repertoire, with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, alongside Mark-Anthony Turnage’s double trumpet concerto Dispelling the Fears, conducted and performed by Håkan Hardenberger; and Dvořák’s sunny Eighth Symphony, in a conductorless performance led by members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Works by Haydn and Louise Farrenc alongside Saint-Saëns’ magnificent Organ Symphony feature in our Orchestral Masterworks programme, led by Natalia Luis-Bassa and Chloé van Soeterstède.

Something for all musical tastes 

We welcome for the first time to the RCM the trombonist and songwriter Winston Rollins to lead the RCM Jazz Orchestra in works by the legendary jazz arranger Bob Florence. Contemporary music of a different sort features in New Perspectives, with classics from Luigi Nono and Helmut Lachenmann. It is a family affair with the RCM Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, performing choral and orchestral works from members of the Bach musical dynasty.

Chamber music delights 

Chamber music is once again at the heart of our season. A varied selection of concerts in the Chamber Spotlight series includes a performance of Haydn’s Seven Last Words for string quartet, works by Cécile Chaminade and Couperin, and music inspired by the Sylvan Trio, that also features manuscripts from the RCM collection by Benjamin Britten.

Celebratory festivals

Spring is a time for festivals, and we celebrate this with our annual Keyboard Festival which uncovers works that deserve rediscovery. The Festival of Conducting returns and features our new Performance Simulator – a chance to conduct in a virtual auditorium – while Double Reed Day calls all oboists and bassoonists!

A star-studded guest line up 

We have distinguished visitors for masterclasses, including Sir Thomas Allen, Alison Balsom, Sasha Romero and Dame Imogen Cooper, and a chance to get behind the lens with the celebrated photographer of musicians, Chris Christodoulou, who will be sharing his secrets and stories of capturing images of the greatest musicians of our time.

Uplifting opera 

The Spring Season ends with that most uplifting of operettas, Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, with its unforgettable melodies and sparkling entertainment.

We look forward to welcoming you. 

Stephen Johns,Artistic Director

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01 December 2023 - 05 May 2024

Book your ticket online or just turn up on the day. Explore our unique collection of instruments, artworks and manuscripts. We're open Tuesday – Sunday.

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21 January 2024 - 28 April 2024

Are you aged 11–18 and love playing the bassoon? Find out more about our Young Bassoon Programme.

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09 December 2023, 11:00am

Specially selected RCM Junior Department musicians take centre stage for a concert of solo performances accompanied by piano.

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09 December 2023, 2:30pm

This lively concert promises a rousing end to the Autumn Term with a packed programme.

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13 December 2023, 12:30pm

Enjoy a tour of the RCM Museum led by our knowledgeable team.

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03 January 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy a tour of the RCM Museum led by our knowledgeable team.

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09 January 2024, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from talented RCM musicians at this lunchtime concert.

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10 January 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy a tour of the RCM Museum led by our knowledgeable team.

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10 January 2024, 2:00pm

Soprano Edith Wiens returns to the RCM for a masterclass in vocal technique and expression.

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11 January 2024, 10:00am

Experience the talent of exceptional musicians from the Royal College of Music as they compete at the highest level for coveted RCM prizes.

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11 January 2024, 5:15pm

Irish composer Ed Bennett, Masters Composition Coordinator at the RCM, discusses his plans and priorities for postgraduate composers.

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12 January 2024, 10:00am

Experience the talent of exceptional musicians from the Royal College of Music as they compete at the highest level for coveted RCM prizes.

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12 January 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy polished chamber performances amongst a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments. 

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12 January 2024, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from Royal College of Music musicians at this lunchtime concert at St Mary Abbots Church in Kensington.

A girl performing on a clarinet

13 January 2024, 5:30pm

Specially selected RCM Junior Department musicians take centre stage for a concert of solo performances accompanied by piano.

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16 January 2024, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from talented RCM musicians at this lunchtime concert.

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16 January 2024, 6:00pm

Rising star Joshua Batty coaches RCM flautists in this insightful masterclass.

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17 January 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy a tour of the RCM Museum led by our knowledgeable team.

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17 January 2024, 2:00pm

Illustrious RCM alumnus Sir Thomas Allen gives a masterclass to some of the College’s young singers.

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17 January 2024, 6:00pm

Ensemble Augelletti, the 2023–25 New Generation Baroque Ensemble showcases a selection of pieces by composers who have reimagined music, including Bach's The Musical Offering.

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18 January 2024, 6:00pm

Enjoy a varied programme of music from talented RCM musicians during this rush-hour concert.

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18 January 2024, 7:30pm

Celebrated trombonist Winston Rollins makes his debut at the RCM taking inspiration from the big band albums of Bob Florence.

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19 January 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy polished chamber performances amongst a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments.

The interior of St Mary Abbots church in Kensington

19 January 2024, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from Royal College of Music musicians at this lunchtime concert at St Mary Abbots Church in Kensington.

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19 January 2024, 2:30pm

Erik Heide, violinist with the award-winning Trio Ondine, offers his insights to members of the RCM violin department.

19 January 2024, 7:30pm

Sir Antonio Pappano, newly appointed Chief Conductor Designate of the London Symphony Orchestra, makes his first appearance at the Royal College of Music since 2020.

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20 January 2024, 5:30pm

Specially selected RCM Junior Department musicians take centre stage for a concert of solo performances accompanied by piano. 

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21 January 2024, 11:00am

Celebrate double reed instruments with a day of masterclasses, recitals and demonstrations at the Royal College of Music.  

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22 January 2024, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from Royal College of Music musicians at this lunchtime concert at the Austrian Cultural Forum.

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23 January 2024, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from talented RCM musicians at this lunchtime concert.

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23 January 2024, 6:00pm

RCM alumnus and principal bassoon of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Todd Gibson-Cornish, returns to College to offer his expertise to RCM bassoonists. 

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23 January 2024, 6:00pm

Award-winning violinist Peter Herresthal returns to the RCM for an exciting Spring Season masterclass. 

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24 January 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy a tour of the RCM Museum led by our knowledgeable team.

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24 January 2024, 6:00pm

Join us for an innovative concert curated by Nicholas Moroz — RCM alumnus, composer and researcher.

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25 January 2024, 6:00pm

Natalia Luis-Bassa leads the RCM Philharmonic in a programme spanning over 230 years of musical composition beginning with an overture by Louise Farrenc. 

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