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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

 

Two people in the RCM Museum next to instruments, looking up at the artwork

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 photograph of RCM Professor Robert Adlington leaning over the bannister at the Royal College of Music

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.

St Mary Abbots Church

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.

A saxophone chamber group

11 February 2023, 3:00pm

RCM saxophone quartets explore a diverse programme of works by British and international composers, past and present.

A group of musicians holding percussion and string instruments standing on a London rooftop

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.

Astatine Trio sitting against large black doors and holding a cello and a violin

12 February 2023, 11:00am

The award-winning Astatine Trio, most recently winners of the Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Competition, perform a programme of Mozart and Brahms.

A close up of a French horn player performing

12 February 2023, 1:00pm

Hear Böhme's Sextet in E flat minor in our Brass Chamber concert.

A photograph of the five members of Aeolian Winds wearing black, standing outside, holding their instruments and looking at the camera

12 February 2023, 3:00pm

Hear music from Aeolian Winds and Hyde Clarinet Quartet, including Beethoven's String Quartet no 1.

Fortuna Quartet laughing holding their instruments against a dark background

12 February 2023, 5:00pm

Enjoy works by Coleridge-Taylor and Greig from RCM string quartet, Fortuna Quartet.

Marmen Quartet wearing black, holding their string instruments in a dark grey room and looking off to the side

12 February 2023, 6:00pm

Hear the exciting Marmen Quartet perform Vaughan Williams' Phantasy Quintet and Brahms' Sextet amongst other works.

RCM alumnus and former Head of Keyboard, Andrew Ball

13 February 2023, 7:30pm

In this moving concert, RCM pianists – including award-winning soloist Thomas Kelly – pay tribute to Andrew Ball, RCM Head of Keyboard from 1999 to 2005.

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14 February 2023, 10:30am

Discover the wonderful world of musical instruments in this family fun exploratory session. Learn about a new instrument or instrument family, and enjoy making some noise!

A saxophonist and pianist perform in the Performance Studio

14 February 2023, 1:05pm

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

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15 February 2023, 4:00pm

Researchers working on the RCM’s Music, Migration & Mobility project will present some of their work on the history of an influential yet relatively little-researched post-war musical institution.

A close up of a woman wearing a black top playing the flute

15 February 2023, 6:00pm

Hear chamber music favourites alongside works you might not know in our Chamber Spotlight series, exploring music by American composers including Valerie Coleman and William Grant Still.

Brass player Georgina Jackson playing the trumpet

15 February 2023, 7:30pm

Join guest soloist Georgina Jackson and the RCM Jazz Orchestra as they journey from the 1950s to the present day, featuring music made famous by the legendary Count Basie.

Singer and workshop leader Merit Stephanos singing on stage with her arms outstretched

16 February 2023, 2:30pm

Enjoy this interactive concert inspired by objects, stories and exhibitions from the RCM Museum.

Three violinists performing

16 February 2023, 6:00pm

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

A woman standing up playing guitar in the museum with people sitting down and watching

17 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 pianist and cellist perform together onstage

17 February 2023, 1:05pm

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

Double Bassist Alberto Bocini in performance

17 February 2023, 2:00pm

Alberto Bocini, a regular soloist and principal double bass with multiple European orchestras, shares his knowledge with students from the RCM Strings Faculty.

A headshot of cellist Denis Brott

17 February 2023, 2:00pm

Founder of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Denis Brott, shares his extensive performance experience with RCM cellists.  

The Flentrop Orgelbouw organ in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

17 February 2023, 6:00pm

Alex Knight continues the Organ Interludes series with works by JS Bach, Franck and Langlais performed on the Flentrop Orgelbouw organ.

A violinist from the junior department performing

18 February 2023, 9:00am

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

A cose up of someone's hands playing the harp

18 February 2023, 2:00pm

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

Pianist with white cardigan playing a Steinway on stage

19 February 2023, 11:00am

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

Conductor's hand

19 February 2023, 3:00pm

RCM postgraduate conductors direct iconic orchestral works in this dynamic programme.

A cellist and violinst perform together as part of a piano trio

20 February 2023, 1:05pm

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

A musician playing the piano

21 February 2023, 1:05pm

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

Music, Migration and Mobility Poster

21 February 2023, 4:00pm

Enjoy a tour of the RCM Museum's special exhibition Music, Migration and Mobility which explores the lives and legacies of émigré musicians who fled the Nazi regime and the ravages of war.

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