Activities for schools

Pupil conducting at a Sparks lunchtime concert for schools
RCM Sparks offer schools a programme of public events and workshops, including gamelan sessions. The RCM Museum also provide tours and workshops for schools. 

Events for schools

We present one free lunchtime concert every term specially tailored for key stage 2 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 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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Other Sparks events

RCM Sparks hosts a regular series of events for families and young people, many of which may be suitable for children at your school.

See upcoming Sparks events

2700+ children

from all educational phases

accessed a live music experience

In the 2022-23 academic year

Gamelan workshops

RCM Sparks are pleased to offer practical and creative gamelan workshops for all ages and abilities, led by gamelan specialist John Pawson and RCM Musicians. Playing the gamelan is both fun and relaxing, requires no previous experience and is ideal for those who would like to play in a group. 

Workshops can be tailored to each group's requirements, offering participants to explore the cultural context of gamelan and have a go at playing the instruments. By the end of the session your group will be able to perform a short piece of traditional Javanese or Balinese music.


Workshops held at the Royal College of Music are usually offered subsidised rate of £125 (including booking & administration fee, excluding VAT) for a session lasting 90 minutes.

How to book

We are now taking bookings for gamelan workshops during the Spring term 2024. Workshops will take place on Monday 25, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 March 2024 at the Royal College of Music. To book a workshop please complete this booking form

For schools wishing to host gamelan workshops at their premises, please get in touch with us to discuss the delivery, collection and training costs and to explore bespoke options available to you.

Some schools may be eligible for subsidised hosting. Please speak to us for more information.

Arrange a gamelan workshop at your venue

To book our gamelan for a workshop on your premises, or to talk to us about about the practicalities and possibilities of gamelan workshops, please contact our Gamelan team, who will be happy to discuss options with you.

Gamelan team

Booking and general gamelan enquiries

+44 (0)20 7591 4394

Learning at the Royal College of Music Museum

The Royal College of Music Museum has undergone a major development, providing new facilities including a new purpose-built gallery and a hands-on discovery area. RCM Sparks is working in close partnership with the RCM Museum to develop of programme of learning and participation events that explore the wonders and historical treasures of the RCM collections.

Please get in touch to find out more.

RCM Museum

General enquiries

0207 591 4863

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