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Welcome to our Autumn Season at the RCM, presenting a wide range of concerts, talks and events for all tastes, including a series of works inspired by our natural world.

We bring our 150th anniversary celebrations of Royal College of Music teacher and alumnus Ralph Vaughan Williams to a close, with performances of his monumental A Sea Symphony and the ever-popular The Lark Ascending. We are delighted to welcome Sakari Oramo for his first visit to the RCM, conducting Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony alongside Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. Prince Consort Professor of Conducting Martyn Brabbins also returns with a programme including Shostakovich’s Eleventh Symphony, a dramatic depiction of the 1905 revolution.

Other large-scale performances include the colourful excitement of Latin American music and more with Natalia Luis-Bassa and the RCM Wind Orchestra; James MacMillan’s clarinet concerto, Ninian, describing the life of the Celtic Saint; an evening of film music written by the greats of the genre from Bernard Herrmann to John Williams; and a workshop performance with Chloé van Soeterstède based on Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony.

Chamber music, both instrumental and vocal, features throughout the autumn, where we contrast the familiar – Dvořák, Haydn and Mendelssohn – with less well-known masterpieces by Crumb, James Tenney and Crawford Seeger in our Chamber Spotlight series. Contemporary sounds abound in New Perspectives, and alumna Shiva Feshareki returns to curate a programme of electronic music in the atmospheric surroundings of our new Performance Hall. This autumn also sees a unique collaboration with the Australian National Academy of Music, Quartetthaus, in 1851 Place next to the Royal Albert Hall – a totally immersive experience based on the string quartet.

We welcome visitors including Maxim Vengerov, Dame Sarah Connolly and Angela Hewitt to share their experiences in masterclasses, and we celebrate the life of guitarist and lutenist Julian Bream in a day of events curated by guitarist John Williams. The season rounds off with performances of Offenbach’s uproarious operetta, Orpheus in the Underworld.

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

Stephen Johns
Artistic Director
Two people in the RCM Museum next to instruments, looking up at the artwork

12 September 2022 - 08 January 2023

Book your entry slot to visit the newly refurbished Royal College of Music Museum.

The Alkyona String Quartet, shown holding their instruments and facing the camera

01 December 2022, 1:05pm

RCM String Quartet Fellows, the Alkyona Quartet, present works by Caroline Shaw, Haydn and Bosmans.

A wind ensemble formed of RCM students

01 December 2022, 6:00pm

Enjoy an early evening performance of chamber music, including Poulenc's Sextet.

A percusion soloist from the RCMJD performing

03 December 2022, 11:00am

Talented soloists from the Royal College of Music Junior Department take centre stage for a varied concert of instrumental music.

Members of an RCM Junior Department choir performing

03 December 2022, 2:30pm

This vibrant concert promises a rousing end to the autumn term with a packed programme.

The RCM Big Band performing in the Britten Theatre

03 December 2022, 7:00pm

Hear talented jazz musicians from the Royal College of Music performing in small groups and in our Big Band.

RCM conductor Alvin Arumugam performing on the RCM stage

05 December 2022, 7:30pm

The RCM's postgraduate conductors lead us through the fairy-tale world of Ravel's Mother Goose, alongside works by Arnold, Respighi and Hindemith.

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

07 December 2022, 12:30pm

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

Close up image of hands playing a piano

07 December 2022, 1:05pm

In this ongoing series, Junior Fellows from our Artist Diploma programme push their creativity to the limit, both curating and performing in these unique concerts.

Cesar Franck at the organ

09 December 2022 - 10 December 2022

This unique two-day symposium focuses on Belgian-French Romantic composer and organist César Franck, in celebration of his 200-year anniversary. 

Portrait photo of Marie-Louise Langlais

09 December 2022, 3:30pm

Marie-Louise Langlais joins the RCM’s Professor in Charge of Organ David Graham for a lecture-recital and organ masterclass on composer César Franck.

The Flentrop Orgelbouw organ at the Royal College of Music

09 December 2022, 6:00pm

RCM organists give a recital on the Flentrop Orgelbouw organ, as part of the César Franck and his Legacy symposium.

Portrait photo of Danny Driver

10 December 2022, 2:00pm

Royal College of Music alumnus and piano professor Danny Driver delivers a masterclass focused on the music of composer César Franck.

A historic trumpet displayed in the RCM Museum against a red background

17 December 2022, 10:00am

Get into the Christmas spirit with this family craft activity at the RCM Museum.

A historic trumpet displayed in the RCM Museum against a red background

17 December 2022, 11:00am

Get into the Christmas spirit with this family craft activity at the RCM Museum.

A historic trumpet displayed in the RCM Museum against a red background

17 December 2022, 1:00pm

Get into the Christmas spirit with this family craft activity at the RCM Museum.

A historic trumpet displayed in the RCM Museum against a red background

17 December 2022, 2:00pm

Get into the Christmas spirit with this family craft activity at the RCM Museum.

A mother holds her young child as he looks into a display case at the RCM Museum

18 December 2022, 10:00am

The Museum will open an hour early for families, groups or individuals who would like to visit at a quieter time.