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Chamber Music and Ensemble Performance
At the RCM, students form performing partnerships that last a lifetime. Thanks to the unlimited coaching, expert teaching and high-profile performance opportunities that are on offer, RCM chamber music groups regularly triumph in major competitions such as the Royal Over-Seas League.
Our regular series of chamber music concerts provides the opportunity to perform solo works or chamber pieces. All students are able to apply for the chance to take part in these lunchtime or rush
Chamber groups have access to all of the same performance opportunities as soloists and so regularly perform at London’s leading concert venues, including in our Rising Stars series at Cadogan Hall.
In addition, our regular collaborations with London’s major orchestras and concert halls offer high-profile chamber music performance opportunities.
Recent significant performances have included appearances at the Purcell Room, King’s Place and Brighton Dome as well as live performances on BBC Radio 3.
RCM musicians at the Southbank as part of the Philharmonia's Lutoslawski centenary celebrations
"The Four Quartets concert saw students from the RCM take on Lutoslawski's String Quartet (1964), and three other 20th-century works [...] with thrilling results. The Kallisto Quartet successfully drew out an atmosphere of electric nervousness. The Walmsley Quartet delivered an engaging rendition of Ligeti’s Quartet no 1. The Mira Quartet's rendition of the lesser-known Quartet in D major by the French composer Albert Roussel was possibly the most intriguing item on the programme. By far the most successful performance of the evening was that of Lutosławski’s String Quartet given by the accomplished Park Quartet [...] brilliantly presented [...] executed with thrilling precision."
Learning and Teaching
To support student ensembles, the RCM is unique in offering unlimited coaching for its chamber groups, allowing you to benefit from the skills and experience of a number of RCM professors.
String quartets in particular can benefit from working with our Quartet in Association, and from participating in our regular String Quartet Collective projects, which see some of the world’s leading chamber musicians visit the RCM for a week.
Percussionists, wind and brass players can join a large number of faculty-based groups, including our Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Brass Groups and the PERC’M percussion ensemble, which regularly tours nationally and internationally.
Members of the woodwind, brass and percussion faculties join forces in the widely acclaimed RCM Swing Band and RCM Big Band.
Both ensembles are coached by Mark Armstrong, Musical Director of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and are regularly invited to perform at the London Jazz Festival and at a range of prestigious venues across London.
Here at the RCM, the Big Band performs in our Britten Theatre with guest visiting artists such as Stewart Copeland and Peter Erskine.