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RCM Sparks Courses

Women and child having fun at RCM Sparks event
This year our Sparks summer courses have gone digital - expand the links below to find out what exciting things we have in store! 

Explorers Summer Course (age 8-11)

Explorers Course goes digital!

Singing the Museum to Life: Sensational Music making, Storytelling and Theatricality with Anna & Anna!
 
Monday 27 – Friday 31 July
10am daily
Free

Join performance storyteller Anna Conomos, creative music leader Anna Jewitt and a talented team of young RCM musicians as they bring to life some of the most fascinating items from the RCM Museum.
 
The course includes daily Creative Music and Storytelling Zoom Workshops packed full of inspiring live music, exciting spoken word, dressing up and drama, plus engaging resource videos and fun activity packs, all culminating in a theatrical extravaganza on the last day.
 
The items will take us from the landscapes of Africa as we explore some fascinating percussion instruments, to the streets of London as we learn more about suffragettes and votes for women, with many other stops along the way including China and Ancient Greece.
 
The course is highly interactive, accessible and practical, there are no requirements to read or notate music.
 
To make a booking enquiry please complete this form.

Any queries please email sparks@rcm.ac.uk

Springboard Composition Summer Course (age 12-18)

Springboard Composition Course goes digital!

A Chain Letter in Sound
 
Monday 3 – Friday 7 August
10am daily
Free

Join composers Fraser Trainer and Charlotte Bray and a talented team of young RCM musicians for a brand new 5-day online composition course. Responding to the “chain” composition technique used by Lutoslawki in his Concerto for Orchestra, participants will work together during daily Zoom workshops and individually at home to create their own compositions as well as a group piece that will build like a chain letter in sound.

This course will develop musical creativity, composition technique and group collaboration and will suit instrumentalists, singers, composers and song writers from all musical backgrounds with an open attitude to collaboration and inventing music alongside others. Participants are openly invited to bring their own musical style, culture, ideas and influences to the process to create a composition that is truly representative of those who participate.

This course takes an accessible, practical hands-on approach so there’s no requirement to be able to read or notate music. Participants will receive feedback on their individual work and will have the opportunity to compose for RCM musicians during the course.

Participants will receive a professionally edited final composition after completion of the course. 

Due to popular demand the Springboard Course is now fully booked and we are operating a waiting list system. Please complete an enquiry form and you will be added to the waiting list.

If you have any queries, please email sparks@rcm.ac.uk.