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Solo Performance

 

Watch a short video of RCM Concerto Competition winners Junnan Sun and Christopher Mothersole as they prepare for a performance of Mendelssohn's Concert Piece for Clarinet and Basset Horn with the RCM Symphony Orchestra.

 

Performance Opportunities

The RCM runs the largest performing programme of any UK conservatoire, much of which is built around solo performance.

Beyond the RCM, we offer regular performing opportunities at concert halls such as the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Wigmore Hall; at prestigious cultural venues such as the National Gallery, V&A Museum and Royal Academy of Arts; at churches such as St James’s Piccadilly and St Mary Abbots; and at community centres and music clubs.

Back at the RCM, every week during term time there are numerous solo concerts in the RCM’s six major performing spaces. Students can sometimes present an entire recital, or just a single piece or song they might be working on.

Other high-profile RCM performances take place in our Britten Theatre, and include annual musical marathons featuring string and keyboard students, which are also streamed live on the RCM website.

Concertos

The RCM’s keenly contested Concerto Competition offers students the chance to perform alongside world-leading conductors in our prestigious orchestral series.

In March 2015 Alexander Ullman performed Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto with the RCM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. In February 2015 Juliana Myslov performed Ginastera’s Harp Concerto with the RCM Philharmonic and Alexander Polishchuk. Our composers are also able to have their works premiered by orchestra through these competitions.

Competitions

The RCM’s numerous solo competitions offer significant opportunities for performers, who can benefit both financially and in terms of exposure.

Every autumn, winners of the RCM solo competitions are given the opportunity to performin a popular Monday lunchtime series in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall.

Informal Performances

While students are developing programmes for these competitions and high-profile engagements, our faculty classes and more informal gatherings mean that there are regular opportunities to perform informally in front of peers and professors, and to benefit from positive feedback and advice.

In addition, the RCM’s unique and internationally acclaimed Performance Simulator – which gives the illusion of a public performance – is an invaluable resource to help students develop their skills in a safe environment.

Career Advice and Support

Many of the RCM’s high-profile external concert series are managed by our world-leading Creative Careers Centre.

In addition to offering these performance slots, the Centre’s staff also offer soloists advice and mentorship on a huge range of practical and artistic issues, from what to wear to how to put together an engaging programme.

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