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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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06 August 2019, 9:30am
Kensington Central Library

Ages 4+

This family-friendly, fun and practical workshop is designed to immerse you and your family into classical music, ahead of attending the Relaxed Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

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08 August 2019, 9:30am
Kensington Central Library

Ages 6-12 (with some activities divided into age-suitability)

Test out your creative skills in this exciting two day course inspired by the invention of the Great Exhibition.

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10 August 2019, 10:30am
Kensington Palace

Ages 13-18

Join composer Fraser Trainer, creative producer Sarah Philips and a talented team of young RCM musicians in the inspiring surroundings of Queen Victoria's childhood bedroom at Kensington Palace. 

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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22 July 2019, 10:30am
Queen's Park Library

Under 5s with parents and carers

Explore our museum’s musical treasures with imaginative and interactive storytelling and live music.

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25 July 2019, 10:30am
Victoria Library

Under 5s with parents and carers

Explore our museum’s musical treasures with imaginative and interactive storytelling and live music.

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26 July 2019, 10:30am
Paddington Library

Under 5s with parents and carers

Explore our museum’s musical treasures with imaginative and interactive storytelling and live music.

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29 July 2019, 10:45am
North Kensington Library

Under 5s with parents and carers

Explore our museum’s musical treasures with imaginative and interactive storytelling and live music.

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30 July 2019, 10:30am
Pimlico Library

Under 5s with parents and carers

Explore our museum’s musical treasures with imaginative and interactive storytelling and live music.

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31 July 2019, 10:00am
Kensington Central Library

Under 5s with parents and carers

Explore our museum’s musical treasures with imaginative and interactive storytelling and live music.

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01 August 2019, 10:00am
Chelsea Library

Under 5s with parents and carers

Explore our museum’s musical treasures with imaginative and interactive storytelling and live music.

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02 August 2019, 10:00am
Notting Hill Gate Library

Under 5s with parents and carers

Explore our museum’s musical treasures with imaginative and interactive storytelling and live music.

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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10 August 2019, 10:30am
Kensington Palace

Ages 13-18

Join composer Fraser Trainer, creative producer Sarah Philips and a talented team of young RCM musicians in the inspiring surroundings of Queen Victoria's childhood bedroom at Kensington Palace. 

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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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.