Friday 26 January 2018

RCM becomes first UK conservatoire to partner with medici.tv

The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce a new partnership with medici.tv to live stream and make available on demand selected masterclasses and concerts taking place at its South Kensington campus.

To launch the partnership on 2 February 2018, a sold out concert at the RCM conducted by Bernard Haitink will be streamed live to audiences around the world at 7.30pm GMT. Featuring the RCM Symphony Orchestra and BBC Young Musician Martin James Barlett, the programme includes Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony and Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C minor. The performance is streamed from the Royal College of Music’s Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, and is free to watch.

Described by the New York Times as ‘the closest thing to a classical Netflix’, medici.tv broadcasts classical music to audiences around the world. Since its founding in 2008 it has grown to become the largest online platform for classical music, with more than 300,000 members from 182 countries. As the first UK conservatoire to partner with medici.tv, the RCM joins this dynamic and vibrant online community as part of its wider efforts to share the work of talented RCM musicians with a global audience. 

Through the Royal College of Music’s dedicated page on medici.tv, viewers can watch an impressive array of past masterclasses with some of the world’s leading musicians including pianist Sir András Schiff and RCM alumni mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and bass-baritone Gerald Finley. Also on demand are concerts featuring talented RCM musicians and renowned visiting conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy (La mer) and Bernard Haitink (Daphnis et Chloé), as well as a performance of Steve Reich’s Three Movements.

RCM Artistic Director Stephen Johns says: ‘As the first UK educational institution to have its own electroacoustic studio, we have been at the heart of technical innovation in musical performance for more than 50 years. This collaboration with medici.tv is part of our ambition to disseminate the rich heritage of the RCM and illuminate the outstanding educational experience we offer our students.’

Further live streams will be announced for subsequent seasons and are available at www.medici.tv as well as www.rcm.ac.uk/live and the RCM’s YouTube channel. 

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