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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.
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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.

Events for families & children (ages 5-11)

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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10 October 2021, 10:00am
Various locations

Are you a beginner brass player or interested in learning a brass instrument? Come and join the Royal College of Music and Brass Band England for an exciting hour of discovery and performance!

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10 October 2021, 11:30am
Various locations

An exciting set of workshops and performances to inspire the budding youth band brass musician looking to take their playing to the next level.

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10 October 2021, 2:30pm
Various locations

Come and listen to the bands, be inspired by their big sound, dextrous agility and tight ensemble. 

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17 October 2021, 11:00am
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

Join us to experience the iconic music from the Harry Potter films.

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25 October 2021, 9:45am
Jay Mews Upper Studio

Ages 8-11

This 3-day course will focus on the theme of One World and protecting our planet, using Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals as inspiration.

Events for teenagers (ages 12-18)

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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24 October 2021, 10:00am
Performance Hall

This course is an introduction to composition for screen, comprising a film music orchestral concert at the RCM and a series of practical workshops.

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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12 October 2021, 11:30am
Britten Theatre

The RCM Jazz Orchestra performs some catchy jazz standards for schoolchildren in this autumnal Sparks concert.

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12 October 2021, 1:15pm
Britten Theatre

The RCM Jazz Orchestra performs some catchy jazz standards for schoolchildren in this autumnal Sparks concert.

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.