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Orchestral Performance


On 23 May 2013, the RCM Symphony Orchestra was invited to the Southbank's Royal Festival Hall to perform Messiaen'sTurangalîla-Symphonie, one of the truly great orchestral works of the 20th century.

In this short 3-minute film, we follow RCM brass student Ryan Linham as he rehearses for the spectacular performance. Conducted by Thierry Fischer and part of the Southbank's year-long festival The Rest is Noise.

Film by TallWall Media

RCM Orchestras

The RCM runs a number of in-house orchestras, including two symphony orchestras, a baroque orchestra, classical orchestra, string band, wind orchestra and opera orchestra.

All of these perform on a regular basis, giving students the chance to hone their skills in a wide variety of repertoire.

Some orchestral projects are built around short, intense rehearsal periods that mirror professional conditions and offer valuable real-world experience, while others are built around extended periods of expert sectional training, offering the opportunity for reflection and artistic development.

Visiting Conductors

Many of the world's leading conductors return to work with our orchestras time and again, deeply impressed by the musicianship, dedication and passion of RCM students.

We regularly work with Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Jurowski and Sir Roger Norrington, to name just a few.

External Performances

RCM orchestras are regularly invited to participate in major festivals at London’s most prestigious venues. For example, in February 2015, the RCM Symphony Orchestra performed at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s City of Light festival and in June 2016 as part of their Stravinsky: Myths & Rituals series.

In addition to these major performances, we also hold termly schools’ concerts and repeat many of our concerts at schools, churches and festivals across London and the South East of England. 


Many of our orchestral performances are streamed live on the RCM website, giving audiences (and friends and family) around the world the chance to watch from the comfort of their own homes.

Our orchestral concerts are also filmed and uploaded to the RCM intranet, allowing students to watch back the performances. Selected highlights are also available on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/rcmlondon.

Sit-in Schemes

For the very best orchestral students we offer formal sit-in schemes with a number of orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and English National Opera Orchestra.

These mentorship programmes are priceless, offering the opportunity to gain experience of the profession itself.

RCM Professors

The RCM’s impressive list of professors includes numerous principal players in the major London orchestras, including the LSO, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Opera House Orchestra. They offer students not only first-rate teaching, but also mentorship and networking opportunities.

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