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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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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.

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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 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

Ages 8-11

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!


05 November 2020, 10:30am

Age 0-4

Join early years specialist Trish Keelan and musicians from the Royal College of Music for a new series of fun, interactive online sessions.

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.


05 November 2020, 4:30pm

Age 12-18

Join us on Zoom for a 6 week course exploring your songwriting skills!

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.