The RCM is currently closed to visitors
However, we invite you to browse RCM Sparks digital resources, created to replace our cancelled workshops, courses and concert series.
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 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.
27 October 2020, 10:00am
Join us online for this fun RCM Sparks Explorers course!
26 October 2020, 10:00am
All ages welcome
Perfect family fun from RCM Sparks this half-term. Experience creating rhythms from around the world using nothing but your body!
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.
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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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.