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An image of Maxim Vengerov holding a masterclass
We celebrate the music of America this season in a series of concerts both orchestral and chamber. We explore works by a variety of composers ranging from Gershwin to Reich, Bernstein to Ellington, Florence Price to William Grant Still, and led by conductors including Wayne Marshall and Joana Carneiro.

We also have three concerts featuring Japanese composer Jō Kondō in his 75th birthday year, including his mesmerising and powerful work for orchestra In Summer.

We are joined for the first time by conductor Vasily Petrenko for a performance of Richard Strauss’ monumental tone poem, Also sprach Zarathustra, alongside Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto, and Grażyna Bacewicz’s energetic Overture for orchestra.

In contrast, members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe return to lead a conductor-less ensemble in Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, and Jessica Cottis conducts two ravishing French works – Debussy’s Nocturnes and Ravel’s Suite from Daphnis et Chloé.

In a season of festivals, we feature music for four hands and more in our annual Keyboard Festival. The International Festival of Viols returns, along with a day dedicated to the highly influential pianist virtuoso, Adolf von Henselt, and our annual Chamber Music Festival.

We also celebrate the memory of two of our much-respected colleagues, pianist Andrew Ball and composer Joseph Horovitz – the latter including his witty songs and familiar theme tunes.

Other highlights include jazz with trumpeter Georgina Jackson; Bach Cantatas; an orchestral concerto masterclass with Visiting Professor of Violin Maxim Vengerov; talks on Music, Migration and Mobility; music in celebration of International Women’s Day; and our regular performances by the RCM Junior Department.

The season ends with two stunning fairytale operas – Ravel’s intriguing moral tale L'enfant et les sortilèges, and a rare performance of Respighi’s atmospheric Sleeping Beauty.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Royal College of Music.

Stephen Johns
Artistic Director

 

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03 January 2023 - 23 April 2023

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.

A portrait of Mira Yevtich sitting at a piano

31 January 2023, 10:00am

Renowned soloist Mira Yevtich visits the RCM to work with our piano department.

A side portrait of Isabelle Perrin with a black background

31 January 2023, 11:00am

Discover the process behind the performance, as renowned soloist and professor Isabelle Perrin shares her knowledge with RCM harpists.

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31 January 2023, 1:05pm

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

Pavel Haas Quartet sitting on a bench inside an ornate room, holding their instruments and smiling at the camera

31 January 2023, 1:30pm

The Pavel Haas String Quartet visit the RCM to deliver a chamber music masterclass following the year of their 20th anniversary celebrations.

A headshot of Atsushi Sakai, pictured with an ornate carved viol

31 January 2023, 2:30pm

As part of one of the UK's leading early music festivals, experience an in-depth masterclass with special guest Atsushi Sakai.

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01 February 2023, 12:45pm

This exciting lunchtime programme for schools features the ragtime and jazz melodies of celebrated composers Copland and Joplin, as well as John Williams' iconic music for the Harry Potter films.

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01 February 2023, 2:00pm

As part of the RCM's acclaimed International Festival of Viols, a series of fascinating lectures are presented by specialists and performers.

Atsushi Sakai smiling at the camera, holding his viol

01 February 2023, 6:00pm

In this solo recital, special guest Atsushi Sakai explores works by Nicolas Hotman and his pupil Le Sieur de Machy.

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01 February 2023, 7:30pm

Join us for an exploration of folk songs and duets from the British Isles, followed by Brahms' Liebeslieder-Walzer op 52.

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02 February 2023, 6:00pm

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

A black, red and grey illustration of a man playing a trumpet next to the Brooklyn Bridge in New York

02 February 2023, 7:30pm

The RCM Brass Ensemble presents an all-American programme featuring Gershwin’s ground-breaking Rhapsody in Blue, and a selection of works by the ‘King of Ragtime’, Scott Joplin.

Two students perform on a harpsichord and a historical violin in the Royal College of Music Museum

03 February 2023, 12:30pm

Drop into the Museum over your lunch break to enjoy polished chamber performances amongst a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments.

St Mary Abbots Church

03 February 2023, 1:05pm

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

Oboist Tom Blomfield, pictured outdoors wearing a plain black shirt

03 February 2023, 2:00pm

Appointed joint principal oboe of the Philharmonia at the age of 22, Tom Blomfield shares insights from his impressive career with musicians from the RCM Woodwind Faculty.

Opera singer on stage

03 February 2023, 5:30pm

Spot the stars of the future as singers from the RCM Vocal Faculty perform excerpts from beloved operas, including Carmen and Le nozze di Figaro.

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04 February 2023, 5:30pm

Enjoy a thrilling and varied programme of organ repertoire, presented by organists from the Royal College of Music Junior Department.

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05 February 2023, 12:00pm

German pianist and composer Adolf von Henselt was one of the greatest virtuosos of the 19th century. Learn more about this key figure in music history with a day of discussions, talks and a masterclass.

Drawing of Adolf von Henselt

05 February 2023, 5:30pm

German pianist and composer Adolf von Henselt was one of the greatest virtuosos of the 19th century. Enjoy a pre-concert talk and performances including Henselt's Piano Concerto in F minor.

A close-up image of an RCM student violinist performing

06 February 2023, 1:05pm

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

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07 February 2023, 1:05pm

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

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07 February 2023, 6:00pm

A principal bassoonist with multiple orchestras and a frequent BBC Radio 3 contributor, Ursula Leveaux shares her knowledge with RCM bassoonists.

Timothy Ridout pictured holding his Viola, wearing black and against a dark background

07 February 2023, 6:00pm

Violist Timothy Ridout, a BBC New Generation Artist who ‘shines with virtuosity’, shares his unique experience with RCM musicians.

08 February 2023, 6:00pm

World-renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov returns to give another of his extremely popular masterclasses, this time focusing on Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.

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09 February 2023, 5:15pm

In conversation with RCM Director Professor Colin Lawson, Professor Robert Adlington, the RCM's new Head of Research, explores some of the musical interests which have shaped his research over the last 25 years.

A student playing the piano in the Parry Room

09 February 2023, 6:00pm

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

Photo of Timothy Lines conducting a previous New Perspectives concert performance

09 February 2023, 7:30pm

Our flagship contemporary music group, New Perspectives, explores music by Japanese composers including Jō Kondō, and world premieres by Jasmine Morris and Jasper Eaglesfield.

Guitars in showcases in the RCM museum

10 February 2023, 12:30pm

Drop into the Museum over your lunch break to enjoy polished chamber performances amongst a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments.

A quintet of musicians playing woodwind instruments perfom onstage

10 February 2023, 1:05pm

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

Sirocco Duo playing a drum together on a London street

11 February 2023, 11:00am

BBC Young Musician Percussion Finalists, Sirocco Duo, perform in this varied concert.

Morassi Quartet sitting on a bench and holding their string instruments smiling with bushes and greenery behind them

11 February 2023, 1:00pm

Hear two pieces by Mozart from the exciting, London-based string quartet.

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11 February 2023, 3:00pm

Hear vibrant saxophone performances in this varied concert of chamber music.

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11 February 2023, 6:00pm

Hear a varied and exciting programme of music from the new music collective, including a world premiere from Australian concert pianist and composer Rob Hao.

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12 February 2023, 11:00am

The winners of the 2022 Senior Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition, the Astatine Trio, present a programme of Brahms and Schubert.

A close up of a French horn player performing

12 February 2023, 1:00pm

Hear Böhme's Trompeten-Sextett in our Brass Chamber concert.

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