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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 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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15 December 2018, 11:00am
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

Ages 4+

Add some sparkle to your festive season with a family-friendly creative workshop exploring the orchestra, with a Christmassy twist!

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16 February 2019, 11:00am
Parry Rooms

Ages 7–11

Trailblazing female composers and musicians are the inspiration of this session, which uses role play and music making to explore topics such as identity and mindfulness.

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21 February 2019, 10:00am
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

Ages 4+

As part of the popular Chamber Music Festival, join us as a family and hear fascinating stories from the RCM Museum brought to life by top RCM chamber musicians.

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10 March 2019, 10:30am
Parry Rooms

Ages 4+

Join RCM Sparks for family-friendly workshops exploring all things piano as part of our annual Keyboard Festival.

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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03 February 2019, 10:00am
RCM Studios

Ages 13–16, course running 3, 10 & 24 February

Create unique musical scores to especially adapted clips of Lord of the Rings and The Incredibles in a course led by a professional film composer and a team of RCM musicians.

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07 March 2019, 7:00pm
Royal Albert Hall

Over 1,000 young instrumentalists and singers will unite for this captivating evening of creative performance.

Events in the summer (ages 0-18)

Join us during the summer holidays for a range of exciting courses, workshops and family-friendly events, often linked to the BBC Proms taking place at the Royal Albert Hall.

Booking for our summer events opens in April 2019.

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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05 March 2019, 1:05pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

Key Stage 1

Join the RCM Philharmonic to explore Smetana's Mà vlast with the help of presenter Hannah Conway.

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.