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Welcome to our Summer Events, a season of festivals, discoveries and celebrations.

Prestigious venues

We give a rare performance of Messiaen’s totemic and exuberant symphony, , at the Royal Festival Hall, led by Jac van Steen, and further concerts on London’s stages include our , a featuring RCM composers through the ages, and the , all at Wigmore Hall. 

Groundbreaking opera 

Revolutions sees the return of our biennial mini-opera series: six new operas written by RCM composers and staged in innovative fashion by Bill Bankes-Jones.  

Celebratory festivals 

The RCM Festival of Percussion offers plenty both to participate in and to enjoy, and rounds off with the RCM Jazz Orchestra and guest drummer, Virgil Donati. FestivALL showcases compositions from under-represented artists across classical music, and wind and brass combine for performances, activities and special guests in our inaugural Festival of Woodwind and Brass

Chamber music: the full spectrum 

Chamber Spotlights feature Viennese connections, with works by Brahms and Mahler, while the Brass Ensemble assails the heights with an arrangement of Richard Strauss’ epic Alpine Symphony. By contrast, we are joined by dancers from the English National Ballet school for a wind ensemble programme including Prokofiev’s dramatic Romeo and Juliet

A spectacular finale 

The summer rounds off with a celebration for our outgoing Director, Professor Colin Lawson, featuring Bartók’s spectacular ballet suite The Miraculous Mandarin alongside Druschetzky’s concerto for three bassett horns and orchestra. 

Music for all 

With evening performances in the RCM Museum, electronic music, masterclasses from Martin James Bartlett, Tasmin Little and Adam Walker, Ravel orchestral showpieces by the RCM Junior Department, Historical Performance including Jacquet de la Guerre and Michael Haydn, and with partners from Ireland and Austria, there is a wide range of music for all tastes and occasions. 

We look forward to welcoming you. 

Stephen Johns
Artistic Director

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21 May 2024 - 31 August 2024

Book your ticket online or just turn up on the day. Explore our unique collection of instruments, artworks and manuscripts. We're open Tuesday 鈥 Sunday.

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14 June 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy polished chamber performances in the midst of a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments.

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14 June 2024, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from Royal College of Music musicians at this lunchtime concert at St Mary Abbots Church in Kensington.

Woodwind and brass musicians performing

16 June 2024, 11:00am

The RCM's inaugural Festival of Woodwind and Brass comprises outstanding performances, visiting artists, trade stands and an opportunity to 天美影音AVience the RCM鈥檚 cutting-edge Performance Laboratory.

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15 June 2024 - 16 June 2024

Join in with collections-based interactive performances on the GERF Family Stage, or visit the RCM Museum for fun musical activities for the whole family.

Street stalls and the Great Exhibition Road Festival pink display stand

15 June 2024 - 16 June 2024

South Kensington's Great Exhibition Road Festival features an array of family friendly workshops, talks and performances including impressive RCM brass ensembles. Expect a feast of music,
art, science and culture!

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17 June 2024, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from Royal College of Music musicians at this lunchtime concert at the Austrian Cultural Forum.

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18 June 2024, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from RCM musicians at this lunchtime concert.聽

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18 June 2024, 2:00pm

French recitalist and chamber musician Bertrand Cuiller works with Keyboardists from the RCM鈥檚 Historical Performance Faculty in this fascinating masterclass.

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18 June 2024, 3:30pm

Enjoy a varied programme showcasing chamber ensembles from the RCM's Woodwind Faculty at this afternoon concert.聽

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18 June 2024, 6:00pm

Enjoy a varied programme showcasing chamber ensembles from the RCM's Woodwind Faculty at this rush-hour concert.聽

18 June 2024, 6:00pm

Josie Ellis joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2019 and she continues to freelance with many of the UK's finest orchestras. Today she shares her 天美影音AVience with RCM bassists.

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19 June 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy a tour of the RCM Museum led by our knowledgeable team.

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19 June 2024, 6:00pm

RCM Head of Conducting Toby Purser and postgraduate conductors direct College musicians in a聽 range of chamber works including Suite for nine instruments by RCM alumna Grace Williams.

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19 June 2024, 6:00pm

New Generation Baroque Ensemble, Ensemble Augelletti, performs a glittering selection of Baroque gems including Purcell鈥檚 glorious Golden Sonata for two violins and keyboard.

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20 June 2024, 7:30pm

The Fiora, Inverno and Sonora quartets present a varied programme of celebrated works in the final performance of this year鈥檚 inaugural String Quartet Platform programme.聽

A cellist and recorder player perform in the RCM Museum

21 June 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy polished chamber performances in the midst of a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments.

The interior of St Mary Abbots church in Kensington

21 June 2024, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from Royal College of Music musicians at this lunchtime concert at St Mary Abbots Church in Kensington.

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21 June 2024, 6:00pm

RCM organists perform in the RCM鈥檚 Organ Interludes series, exploring a variety of works on the Flentrop Orgelbouw organ.聽

Musicians from the Junior Department performing on oboes and flutes

22 June 2024, 5:30pm

RCM Junior Department ensembles, comprised of young musicians aged eight to 18, perform in their annual summer celebration.

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23 June 2024, 11:00am

Visit the RCM for FestivALL, a student-led celebration showcasing compositions from under-represented groups and individuals across the classical music sector.

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23 June 2024, 11:00am

Discover little-heard gems and under-explored composers from within the Chinese piano repertoire.

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23 June 2024, 11:30am

Hear a variety of emotive solo and duo works by both women composers and RCM composition students.

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23 June 2024, 12:00pm

The RCM Electronic Music Society presents a programme of works inspired by diversity and protest.

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23 June 2024, 1:00pm

RCM composers of contrasting cultural heritage present works with international inspirations including Turkish dances, Portuguese folk tunes, and Cantonese nursery rhymes.

23 June 2024, 1:30pm

RCM trombonist Jamie Tweed platforms the little-heard concerto by African American jazz pianist, composer and arranger Phil Moore.聽

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23 June 2024, 2:00pm

This concert explores underplayed and underrepresented works for the clarinet trio and its component parts.

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23 June 2024, 2:30pm

This concert presents a varied programme centered around concepts of mythology and culture.

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23 June 2024, 3:00pm

This two-part concert showcases the ensembles on the RCM's flagship String Quartet Platform, followed by a thought-provoking performance of SKIN by RCM composer Connie Harris.

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23 June 2024, 3:30pm

RCM cellist Ezra Escobar presents an array of works for solo cello based on the Filipino art, music and culture celebration, the 'tertulia'.

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23 June 2024, 4:00pm

RCM's New Light Duo present works centred around dialogue and light for harp and cello, including a dazzling array of extended techniques and instruments.

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23 June 2024, 4:30pm

RCM musicians present a programme of works by under-represented composers focussing on nature, time and the seasons.

Cellists from the Junior Department performing in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

23 June 2024, 6:30pm

The RCM Junior Department Chamber and Symphony orchestras perform a programme of Mozart, Ravel and Bonis at Cadogan Hall.

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24 June 2024, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from Royal College of Music musicians at this lunchtime concert at the Austrian Cultural Forum.

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24 June 2024, 6:00pm

Junior Fellows from the RCM鈥檚 Artist Diploma programme take centre stage in this ongoing series.

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