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Welcome to our Summer Events, a season of festivals, discoveries and celebrations.

Prestigious venues

We give a rare performance of Messiaen’s totemic and exuberant symphony, Turangalîla, at the Royal Festival Hall, led by Jac van Steen, and further concerts on London’s stages include our String Showcase, a Song Recital featuring RCM composers through the ages, and the Benjamin Britten scholarship piano recital, all at Wigmore Hall. 

Groundbreaking opera 

Revolutions sees the return of our biennial mini-opera series: six new operas written by RCM composers and staged in innovative fashion by Bill Bankes-Jones.  

Celebratory festivals 

The RCM Festival of Percussion offers plenty both to participate in and to enjoy, and rounds off with the RCM Jazz Orchestra and guest drummer, Virgil Donati. FestivALL showcases compositions from under-represented artists across classical music, and wind and brass combine for performances, activities and special guests in our inaugural Festival of Woodwind and Brass

Chamber music: the full spectrum 

Chamber Spotlights feature Viennese connections, with works by Brahms and Mahler, while the Brass Ensemble assails the heights with an arrangement of Richard Strauss’ epic Alpine Symphony. By contrast, we are joined by dancers from the English National Ballet school for a wind ensemble programme including Prokofiev’s dramatic Romeo and Juliet

A spectacular finale 

The summer rounds off with a celebration for our outgoing Director, Professor Colin Lawson, featuring Bartók’s spectacular ballet suite The Miraculous Mandarin alongside Druschetzky’s concerto for three bassett horns and orchestra. 

Music for all 

With evening performances in the RCM Museum, electronic music, masterclasses from Martin James Bartlett, Tasmin Little and Adam Walker, Ravel orchestral showpieces by the RCM Junior Department, Historical Performance including Jacquet de la Guerre and Michael Haydn, and with partners from Ireland and Austria, there is a wide range of music for all tastes and occasions. 

We look forward to welcoming you. 

Stephen Johns
Artistic Director

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13 March 2024 - 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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22 April 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.

22 April 2024, 6:00pm

RCM doctoral musicians present new perspectives on repertoire from across the centuries, including instrumental and vocal works from France, Germany, Russia and China.

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23 April 2024, 10:00am

Internationally renowned pedagogy and pianist Mikhail Voskresensky brings his vast performance and teaching experience to the Performance Hall stage.

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23 April 2024, 1:05pm

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

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23 April 2024, 6:00pm

Orchestral and chamber music cellist Claudio Bohórquez shares his knowledge and experience with RCM musicians.

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23 April 2024, 6:00pm

Cellist Brian O’Kane returns to the Royal College of Music, sharing his insights with players from the RCM String Faculty. 

23 April 2024, 6:00pm

Orchestral double bassist and chamber musician Nikita Naumov makes his first visit to the RCM for an insightful masterclass.

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24 April 2024, 12:30pm

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

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24 April 2024, 6:00pm

Inspired by historical instruments in the RCM Museum, enjoy new works by RCM composers.

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25 April 2024, 6:00pm

Pioneering new music group Explore Ensemble performs a dazzling selection of original pieces by
RCM composers.

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25 April 2024, 6:00pm

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

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26 April 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy polished chamber performances in the midst of a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments.

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26 April 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.

26 April 2024, 2:00pm

RCM Visiting Professor of Oboe Nick Deutsch returns to the College to share his expertise with RCM musicians.

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26 April 2024, 6:00pm

Hear the very best solo and ensemble arrangements for oboe as RCM musicians showcase what their instruments can do.

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27 April 2024, 5:30pm

RCM Junior Department Baroque and recorder ensembles present works by a range of composers.

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27 April 2024, 9:45pm

Ashley Solomon directs RCM Historical Performance musicians in a performance of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

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28 April 2024, 11:00am

Violinist Dorian Rambaud plays works by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Paganini and more, accompanied by pianist Hongxu He.

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28 April 2024, 11:00am

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

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28 April 2024, 7:30pm

RCM musicians perform in one of London’s most celebrated venues, Wigmore Hall, in a programme which includes Schoenberg’s early masterpiece Verklärte Nacht.

29 April 2024, 6:00pm

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

29 April 2024, 7:30pm

RCM composers feature in this cutting-edge concert presenting innovative world premieres of electronic music.

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30 April 2024, 1:05pm

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

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01 May 2024, 12:30pm

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

01 May 2024, 1:00pm

RCM alumnus Alexander Ullman performs a virtuosic programme of Beethoven and Chopin. 

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01 May 2024, 7:30pm

Celebrated Dutch conductor Jac van Steen and RCM's leading orchestra visit the Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall to perform the only symphony written by beloved French composer Olivier Messiaen.

02 May 2024, 10:00am

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

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02 May 2024, 12:00pm

Historical Performance musicians from the RCM and the Royal Irish Academy of Music collaborate to perform chamber works by Jacquet de La Guerre and Holmès.

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02 May 2024, 5:15pm

In considering innovation and heritage, Colin Lawson reflects on 19 years of leadership, challenge,
transformation and musical collaboration with students.

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03 May 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy polished chamber performances in the midst of a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments.

The interior of St Mary Abbots church in Kensington

03 May 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.

03 May 2024, 1:05pm

Period musicians from the RCM and the Royal Irish Academy of Music collaborate in exquisite chamber works by significant French female composers Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre and Augusta Holmès.

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03 May 2024, 2:00pm

Musicians from the RCM Woodwind Faculty work with Internationally renowned clarinettist Pascal Moragues in this engaging masterclass.

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03 May 2024, 2:00pm

Renowned global authority on the harp and Artistic Director of the HarpMasters Academy, Irina Zingg works with RCM musicians to perfect their performances.

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