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Welcome to our Spring Season of events!

Classical favourites alongside rarer gems 

What could be more apt to begin the year than Mahler’s First Symphony, with its evocation of spring and nature awakening? Conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, the programme also features a rare performance of Richard Strauss’ Duett-Concertino for clarinet and bassoon soloists. 

This season, we feature cornerstones of the orchestral repertoire, with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, alongside Mark-Anthony Turnage’s double trumpet concerto Dispelling the Fears, conducted and performed by Håkan Hardenberger; and Dvořák’s sunny Eighth Symphony, in a conductorless performance led by members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Works by Haydn and Louise Farrenc alongside Saint-Saëns’ magnificent Organ Symphony feature in our Orchestral Masterworks programme, led by Natalia Luis-Bassa and Chloé van Soeterstède.

Something for all musical tastes 

We welcome for the first time to the RCM the trombonist and songwriter Winston Rollins to lead the RCM Jazz Orchestra in works by the legendary jazz arranger Bob Florence. Contemporary music of a different sort features in New Perspectives, with classics from Luigi Nono and Helmut Lachenmann. It is a family affair with the RCM Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, performing choral and orchestral works from members of the Bach musical dynasty.

Chamber music delights 

Chamber music is once again at the heart of our season. A varied selection of concerts in the Chamber Spotlight series includes a performance of Haydn’s Seven Last Words for string quartet, works by Cécile Chaminade and Couperin, and music inspired by the Sylvan Trio, that also features manuscripts from the RCM collection by Benjamin Britten.

Celebratory festivals

Spring is a time for festivals, and we celebrate this with our annual Keyboard Festival which uncovers works that deserve rediscovery. The Festival of Conducting returns and features our new Performance Simulator – a chance to conduct in a virtual auditorium – while Double Reed Day calls all oboists and bassoonists!

A star-studded guest line up 

We have distinguished visitors for masterclasses, including Sir Thomas Allen, Alison Balsom, Sasha Romero and Dame Imogen Cooper, and a chance to get behind the lens with the celebrated photographer of musicians, Chris Christodoulou, who will be sharing his secrets and stories of capturing images of the greatest musicians of our time.

Uplifting opera 

The Spring Season ends with that most uplifting of operettas, Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, with its unforgettable melodies and sparkling entertainment.

We look forward to welcoming you. 

Stephen Johns, Artistic Director

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21 February 2024 - 05 May 2024

Book your ticket online or just turn up on the day. Explore our unique collection of instruments, artworks and manuscripts. We're open Tuesday – Sunday.

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03 March 2024 - 28 April 2024

Are you aged 11–18 and love playing the bassoon? Find out more about our Young Bassoon Programme.

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04 March 2024, 6:00pm

The Carne Trust Junior Fellow, violinist Lucilla Mariotti, curates and performs in this unique concert series showcasing Junior Fellows from the RCM's Artist Diploma programme.

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05 March 2024, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from talented RCM musicians at this lunchtime concert.

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05 March 2024, 6:00pm

Jan Harshagen, Associate Horn with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, guides RCM students through nuances of horn playing from technique to timbre.

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05 March 2024, 6:00pm

Bassoonist Sergio Azzolini, who regularly gives masterclasses around the world, offers his expertise to the RCM bassoon department.

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05 March 2024, 6:00pm

Violinist Mats Zetterqvist, who has said that ‘working with the young musicians of the RCM is always most rewarding’, returns to College for a string quartet masterclass.

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06 March 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy a tour of the RCM Museum led by our knowledgeable team.

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06 March 2024, 6:00pm

Dynamic baroque violinist and conductor Matthew Truscott returns to the Royal College of Music to share his experience with students from the string faculty.

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06 March 2024, 6:00pm

In this final Chamber Spotlight concert of the season, RCM quartets perform Haydn's contemplative masterpiece.

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07 March 2024, 5:15pm

This talk features live performance of 18th-century Viennese repertoire for the chalumeau, the predecessor of the clarinet. 

07 March 2024, 6:00pm

Enjoy Dvořák's uplifting Eighth Symphony as part of a residency with musicians from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE), named one of the 'best orchestras in the world' by BBC Music Magazine in 2023.

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07 March 2024, 7:30pm

Hear new works from RCM composers performed by Explore Ensemble, named one of the UK's 'top new music bands' by BBC Radio 3.

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08 March 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy polished chamber performances amongst a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments.

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08 March 2024, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from Royal College of Music musicians at this lunchtime concert at St Mary Abbots Church in Kensington.

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08 March 2024, 2:00pm

Principal Trombone of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Professor of Trombone and Chair of Wind, Brass and Percussion at Eastman School of Music, Mark Kellogg visits the RCM for an inspiring masterclass.

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08 March 2024, 2:00pm

French oboist Armand Djikoloum brings his exceptional musicianship to a masterclass with RCM oboe students.

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08 March 2024, 2:00pm

RCM alumnus Manus Noble returns to the College to offer guidance to RCM guitarists.

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08 March 2024, 2:00pm

Founder and Artistic Director of the renowned Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Dennis Brott, returns to the Royal College of Music for another inspiring masterclass.  

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08 March 2024, 5:15pm

RCM researcher Laura Casas Cambra presents a talk dedicated to women composers who studied at the RCM during the interwar years.

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08 March 2024, 6:00pm

In celebration of International Women’s Day, singers from the RCM Vocal Faculty explore a programme of music by Germaine Tailleferre and Mel Bonis.

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08 March 2024, 6:00pm

Musicians from the Historical Performance and Composition Faculties combine forces to premiere innovative new chamber works using historical instruments.

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09 March 2024, 5:30pm

The versatility of the RCM Junior Department is showcased in this spring concert, featuring multiple works for different ensembles.

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11 March 2024, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from Royal College of Music musicians at this lunchtime concert at the Austrian Cultural Forum.

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11 March 2024, 7:00pm

Be transported to glistening, extravagant 1920s Paris with Franz Lehár’s most celebrated operetta, performed by talented singers of the RCM Opera Studio.

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12 March 2024, 10:00am

Claudia Lucia Lamanna brings her ‘vibrant energy’ to a masterclass with RCM harp students.

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12 March 2024, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from talented RCM musicians at this lunchtime concert.

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13 March 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy a tour of the RCM Museum led by our knowledgeable team.

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13 March 2024, 6:00pm

The Mills Williams Junior Fellow, pianist Sofía Medina, curates and performs in this unique concert series which showcases Junior Fellows from the RCM's Artist Diploma programme.

The Merry Widow text against an orange/gold background with a woman's hand holding a fan

13 March 2024, 7:00pm

Be transported to glistening, extravagant 1920s Paris with Franz Lehár’s most celebrated operetta, performed by talented singers of the RCM Opera Studio.

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14 March 2024, 6:00pm

New Perspectives, the RCM‘s flagship new music ensemble, performs works by Luigi Nono and Helmut Lachenmann alongside a world premiere.

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15 March 2024, 12:30pm

Drop into the Museum over your lunch break to enjoy polished chamber performances amongst a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments.

The interior of St Mary Abbots church in Kensington

15 March 2024, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from Royal College of Music musicians at this lunchtime concert at St Mary Abbots Church in Kensington.

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15 March 2024, 2:00pm

RCM alumnus Anna Kandinskaya returns to College for an insightful violin masterclass.

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15 March 2024, 2:00pm

RCM alumnus Christopher Cowie makes a welcome return to College for a masterclass with RCM oboe students.

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