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Sparks events

Children playing guitars at a Sparks Family Create event
Whether you are introducing children to music for the first time, or looking for inspiring ways to delve deeper, RCM Sparks has a programme of events just for you. We are delighted to share the unforgettable thrill of live performances, workshops and courses with schools, families and young people here at the Royal College of Music and in the local community.

Booking Sparks events

You can book for Sparks events over the phone or in person at the Royal College of Music Box Office.

Please note that some event places are for children on their own, while others require an adult attendee. More information is provided in the listing for each event.

We offer free places to eligible families, subject to availability.

Events in the summer holidays (ages 4-18)

Join us during the summer holidays for a range of exciting courses, workshops and family-friendly events.

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Events for families & children (ages 4-12)

Our Family Create, Ignite and Explorers programmes bring music to life in unforgettable ways, with practical opportunities to participate and insightful connections with wider festivals and performances.

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26 October 2019, 2:00pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

Ages 4+

Join presenter Rachel Leach and the RCM Philharmonic as they perform Elgar's Enigma Variations

Events for teenagers (ages 13-18)

Our bi-annual Springboard Composition Courses allow teenagers to explore their creativity, supported by inspiring professionals and emerging Royal College of Music composers.

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Events for schools

We present one free lunchtime concert every term specially tailored for school children. Hosted by a professional presenter and accompanied by a free teacher resource pack, our lunchtime concerts for schools are a fantastic opportunity to introduce young people to the excitement of classical music and to the unrivaled experience of seeing it performed live.

We also run a number of other events and concerts for school groups throughout the year.

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01 October 2019, 11:30am
Britten Theatre

Key Stage 2

The RCM Big Band performs an impressive and electrifying mix of showstoppers!

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01 October 2019, 1:15pm
Britten Theatre

Key Stage 2

The RCM Big Band performs an impressive and electrifying mix of showstoppers! 

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22 November 2019, 11:30am
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

Music and science collide in multidisciplinary shows from the Royal College of Music and Imperial College London: suitable for secondary school students years 7-9.

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22 November 2019, 1:30pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

Music and science collide in multidisciplinary shows from the Royal College of Music and Imperial College London: suitable for primary school children. 

Gamelan workshops

The gamelan is the traditional orchestra of Indonesia, and the Royal College of Music has one of the largest sets in Europe. Gamelan has established itself at the centre of music education in the UK and features in the GCSE music course.

RCM Sparks offers practical and creative gamelan workshops for all abilities. From school pupils (early years to sixth form) to businesses, community groups to groups of friends, sessions can be tailored for each group's requirements. A typical taster session lasts 90 minutes and includes a short introduction to the cultural context of gamelan and a chance to have a go at playing the instruments. By the end of the session you will be able to perform a short piece of traditional Javanese or Balinese music.