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Watch this short video about RCM composer Ryan Cockerham's installations to accompany a contemporary sculpture exhibition at the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

The RCM has always been a fertile breeding ground for new music, and composers such as Holst, Vaughan Williams, Tippett, Britten and Mark-Anthony Turnage have all started their careers here.

The RCM continues to be an important centre for the creation of new work, allowing performers to gain invaluable skills and experience as they rise to the demands of the new, and to enjoy the thrill of bringing new music to life.

Composer Portraits

The RCM’s annual composer festival features orchestral, chamber and solo concerts, and typically introduces to the UK the music of international composers well known in their own country.

Recent visitors have included Helmut Lachenmann, Pascal Dusapin and Ivan Fedele.

New Music Ensembles

Directed by Tim Lines, the New Perspectives ensemble is the RCM’s flagship new music group.

In addition to regular performances at the RCM itself, the group is regularly invited to perform at festivals across London and beyond, including at the Southbank Centre’s The Rest Is Noise festival and the Sounds New festival in Canterbury.

Student-led Events

The RCM’s radical #GreatExhibitionists series offers students the chance to devise their own groundbreaking events.

With the full support and mentorship of the RCM, students are given the chance to create and present unique projects that redefine what classical music means today.

Spontaneous collaborations between RCM composers and performers spring up all the time, with student-led ensembles such as the explorensemble carving out an important niche in London’s rich new music scene.

Electroacoustic Music

The RCM was the very first UK educational institution to have its own electroacoustic studio, and for more than 50 years has been at the heart of technical innovation in musical performance.

Our long-running, regular concert series From the Soundhouse gives RCM soloists and performing groups the chance to present cutting-edge works that combine live performance and electronics.

Film Music

Orchestral musicians are given ample opportunity to perform film music, both in workshops with composers studying on our Composition for Screen course, and in the popular termly concertsgiven by the RCM Students’ Film Orchestra, run by the RCM Students’ Union.

Composer-Performer Collaborations

Collaborations between student composers and performers are firmly rooted in the curriculum through our popular Contemporary Music in Action and Contemporary Music in Creation programmes, which climax with public concerts.

These collaborations give composers the chance to have their works brought to life by brilliant musicians, and give performers an insight into how music is conceived – an understanding which can invigorate their performances of the music of the past.

The RCM’s regular collaborations with London’s leading cultural institutions offer the chance for composers and performers to present their work in front of large, appreciate audiences. Recent flagship performances include events at the National Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts.

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