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Key Features

  • Study with the important collection of instruments in the RCM Museum
  • Weekly one-to-one lessons by principal players in major period instrument orchestras as well as soloists and members of well-known ensembles
  • The faculty holds regular masterclasses with distinguished visiting international musicians including Jordi Savall, Christophe Coin, Rachel Podger, Andrew Manze, Walter van Hauwe, Wilbert Hazelzet, Ketil Haugsand, Melvyn Tan and Matthew Truscott. 
  • Outstanding research opportunities with the RCM Library’s extensive collection of manuscripts and early printed editions
  • A large collection of period instruments (string, wind and brass) which students are able to borrow, and one of the largest collections of early keyboards in any institution  

Practical Classes and Lectures

Project-based culminating in assessed public performances and presentation classes. These include:

  • Medieval classes with William Lyons (Dufay Collective)
  • Stylus phantasticus – 17th-century Austrian and Italian repertoire with Terence Charlston
  • Early 18th-century French repertoire with Lisa Beznosiuk
  • Baroque dance workshops with Mary Collins
  • Cello continuo classes with Richard Tunnicliffe
  • Lute song with Jakob Lindberg
  • Classical and romantic repertoire with Geoffrey Govier

Non-assessed Regular Classes

These include:

  • Coaching of 18th-century repertoire on modern and period instruments from Florilegium, the RCM’s Ensemble in Association
  • Tuning and temperament (16th–18th centuries) with Claire Hammett
  • Keyboard continuo with Terence Charlston
  • Ornamentation and cadenza classes with Rachel Brown
  • Chamber music and continuo techniques with Robert Woolley
  • Baroque and classical taster sessions for modern woodwind players in the RCM Museum

Orchestral Opportunities

These include:

  • Termly performances by the RCM Baroque Orchestra within the College plus external performances at festivals in London and around the UK
  • Historically informed performances of Classical and Romantic repertoire on modern instruments directed by Sir Roger Norrington
  • Bach Cantata projects directed by Ashley Solomon

Chamber Music Opportunities

These include:

  • High profile internal and external chamber music opportunities including the Handel Festival, Guildford Festival, Tilford Bach Society, Hatchlands Concert Series, Kent Early Music Festival, London Organ Forum, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the British Library

Historical Keyboard Studies

These include:

  • Performance on and study of historical keyboard instruments and their playing styles within the RCM and in collaboration with other institutions
  • Access to unique collections of instruments and primary source materials through the RCM Library and Museum of Music, guided by internationally recognised experts in their field
  • Concerts, workshops, conferences and other events


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Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS. Tel: +44(0)20 7591 4300 Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS.
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