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There is plenty to keep you entertained and enthralled this summer at the RCM, with a programme full of diverse and exciting performances.

Chloé van Soeterstède and Kevin John Edusei both make their first visits to the Royal College of Music to conduct works by Jessie Montgomery and Samy Moussa, alongside two great classics, Brahms’ Symphony no 1 and Stravinsky’s spectacular Firebird. We are also delighted to be joined by Sir Andrew Davis, in an innovative workshop with singers and orchestra in Berlioz’s song cycle Les nuits d'été.

We present operas new and newer, with Jonathan Dove’s Flight, the extraordinary tale of love and life set in an airport lounge. In association with Tête à Tête, we also bring six fully staged, brand-new mini operas to the Britten Theatre, written by RCM composers on the theme of ‘Odysseys’. There is more new music, too, featuring in FestivALL – our celebration of inclusivity in music – in our concert of cutting-edge electronic music curated by Claudia Molitor, and our annual Composition for Screen Showcase.

Summer is also the season of festivals. Join us for Super String Sunday, an all-day event focusing on double concertos, and our Historical Performance Festival, with special guests Paolo Pandolfo and Kees Boeke. Our annual Festival of Percussion also returns – a whole day of percussion events, culminating with the RCM Jazz Orchestra performing alongside the extraordinary and prolific drummer, Benny Greb.

Chamber music runs through all our programmes, and there is a chance to hear works by composers from Saint-Saëns to Mélanie Bonis, Lili Boulanger to Judith Weir, Garth Knox to Germaine Tailleferre. And we are thrilled to welcome back our quartet in residence, the Harlem Quartet, who bring a typically eclectic programme of Bruch and Jessie Montgomery.

Further concerts by the RCM Junior Department take place across the summer, as well as outdoor and indoor events at the Great Exhibition Road Festival in June and much more. 

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

Stephen Johns
Artistic Director

07 June 2022 - 11 September 2022

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

01 July 2022, 10:00am

Kate Clark visits the RCM to impart her musical wisdom in a morning masterclass. 

01 July 2022, 12:30pm

Join us for a chamber music recital among the objects and instruments housed in the RCM Museum. 

01 July 2022, 2:00pm

Francesca Dego returns to the College this summer for a constructive session with RCM violinists. 

01 July 2022, 2:00pm

Kate Clark visits the RCM to impart her musical wisdom in a morning masterclass. 

01 July 2022, 7:30pm

The RCM Wind Ensemble unites for an evening performance in our stunning Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, with a programme that journeys from the 18th century to present day.

02 July 2022, 5:30pm

Several orchestral ensembles from the RCM Junior Department showcase their musical skills in an afternoon concert. 

02 July 2022, 7:00pm

RCM oboists take to the Performance Hall stage to perform a selection of music.

02 July 2022, 7:00pm

Acclaimed director Jeremy Sams presents a new production of Jonathan Dove's breakthrough opera – a portrait of the human experience in the least likely of operatic settings.

03 July 2022, 11:00am

Learn all about the techniques of conducting, try out leading a group of live instrumentalists, create a piece of music as a group and see professional conductors in action!

03 July 2022, 11:00am

The RCM invites you to its very first Festival of Conducting, where we highlight the RCM's dynamic conducting students, alumni and faculty.

04 July 2022, 1:05pm

RCM musicians bring a variety of charming chamber pieces to the Performance Hall stage. 

04 July 2022, 7:00pm

Acclaimed director Jeremy Sams presents a new production of Jonathan Dove's breakthrough opera – a portrait of the human experience in the least likely of operatic settings.

04 July 2022, 7:30pm

The RCM Saxophone Ensemble presents a jam-packed concert, spanning the romantic sounds of the 19th century to the toe-tapping music of Motown.

05 July 2022, 6:00pm

Gustav Melander returns to the RCM to share his musical wisdom with RCM brass musicians. 

05 July 2022, 7:30pm

Hear show-stopping arrangements of popular tunes performed by versatile and talented RCM percussion players.

06 July 2022, 9:00am

KS2 and above

Join Gamelan expert John Pawson and RCM musicians in exploring the joys of playing the Gamelan.

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

06 July 2022, 12:30pm

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

06 July 2022, 6:00pm

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.

06 July 2022, 7:30pm

Talented RCM brass players present a varied programme from the 20th and 21st centuries. 

07 July 2022, 1:05pm

RCM conductors direct iconic orchestral works, including the quintessentially American Appalachian Spring.

07 July 2022, 5:15pm

At the core of this lecture-recital is the question of how we reconstruct the sound of the chalumeau entirely from documentary sources.

09 July 2022, 2:30pm

The RCM Junior Department Brass Dectet, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra perform in their annual end-of-year prizegiving ceremony and concert.

10 July 2022, 3:00pm

Programme to include leading soloists from the Royal College of Music Junior Department, plus the winners of the 2022 RCMJD Chamber Music Competition.

12 July 2022, 9:00am

KS2 and above

Join Gamelan expert John Pawson and RCM musicians in exploring the joys of playing the Gamelan.

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

13 July 2022, 12:30pm

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

27 July 2022 - 31 July 2022

Join composer Fraser Trainer and a talented team of young RCM musicians, and be part of a unique ensemble that will compose, perform and record new music.

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

27 July 2022, 12:30pm

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

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

03 August 2022, 12:30pm

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

07 August 2022, 10:30am

Help us create a family orchestra this summer! We welcome total beginners, rusty returners or experienced players.

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

10 August 2022, 12:30pm

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

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

17 August 2022, 12:30pm

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

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

24 August 2022, 12:30pm

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

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

31 August 2022, 12:30pm

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

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

07 September 2022, 12:30pm

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