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Welcome to our Summer Events, a season of festivals, discoveries and celebrations.

Prestigious venues

We give a rare performance of Messiaen’s totemic and exuberant symphony, Turangalîla, at the Royal Festival Hall, led by Jac van Steen, and further concerts on London’s stages include our String Showcase, a Song Recital featuring RCM composers through the ages, and the Benjamin Britten scholarship piano recital, all at Wigmore Hall. 

Groundbreaking opera 

Revolutions sees the return of our biennial mini-opera series: six new operas written by RCM composers and staged in innovative fashion by Bill Bankes-Jones.  

Celebratory festivals 

The RCM Festival of Percussion offers plenty both to participate in and to enjoy, and rounds off with the RCM Jazz Orchestra and guest drummer, Virgil Donati. FestivALL showcases compositions from under-represented artists across classical music, and wind and brass combine for performances, activities and special guests in our inaugural Festival of Woodwind and Brass

Chamber music: the full spectrum 

Chamber Spotlights feature Viennese connections, with works by Brahms and Mahler, while the Brass Ensemble assails the heights with an arrangement of Richard Strauss’ epic Alpine Symphony. By contrast, we are joined by dancers from the English National Ballet school for a wind ensemble programme including Prokofiev’s dramatic Romeo and Juliet

A spectacular finale 

The summer rounds off with a celebration for our outgoing Director, Professor Colin Lawson, featuring Bartók’s spectacular ballet suite The Miraculous Mandarin alongside Druschetzky’s concerto for three bassett horns and orchestra. 

Music for all 

With evening performances in the RCM Museum, electronic music, masterclasses from Martin James Bartlett, Tasmin Little and Adam Walker, Ravel orchestral showpieces by the RCM Junior Department, Historical Performance including Jacquet de la Guerre and Michael Haydn, and with partners from Ireland and Austria, there is a wide range of music for all tastes and occasions. 

We look forward to welcoming you. 

Stephen Johns
Artistic Director

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21 May 2024 - 31 August 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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24 May 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy polished chamber performances in the midst of a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments.

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24 May 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.

28 May 2024, 10:30am

Discover the wonderful world of musical instruments in this fun exploratory session in the RCM Museum.

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29 May 2024, 12:30pm

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

A string quartet performs in the RCM Museum

31 May 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy polished chamber performances in the midst of a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments.

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31 May 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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01 June 2024, 1:10pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from talented Royal College of Music musicians at this lunchtime concert.

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01 June 2024, 5:30pm

Experience the talent of exceptional musicians from the RCM Junior Department as they compete at the highest level for coveted RCM prizes.

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28 May 2024 - 02 June 2024

Enjoy a variety of family friendly activities in the Royal College of Music Museum this half term. Discover and engage with our amazing collections through music, stories and crafts!

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02 June 2024, 11:00am

Royal College of Music musicians, Morassi Quartet, perform pieces by Haydn, Janáček and Webern.

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05 June 2024, 12:30pm

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

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07 June 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy polished chamber performances in the midst of a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments.

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07 June 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.

Bassoonists from the Junior Department performing

08 June 2024, 5:30pm

Join us for a vibrant programme of music featuring new works composed by RCM Junior Department composers for RCMJD ensembles.

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12 June 2024, 12:30pm

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

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14 June 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy polished chamber performances in the midst of a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments.

The interior of St Mary Abbots church in Kensington

14 June 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.

Woodwind and brass musicians performing

16 June 2024, 11:00am

The RCM's inaugural Festival of Woodwind and Brass comprises outstanding performances, visiting artists, trade stands and an opportunity to experience the RCM’s cutting-edge Performance Laboratory.

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15 June 2024 - 16 June 2024

Join in with collections-based interactive performances on the GERF Family Stage, or visit the RCM Museum for fun musical activities for the whole family.

Street stalls and the Great Exhibition Road Festival pink display stand

15 June 2024 - 16 June 2024

South Kensington's Great Exhibition Road Festival features an array of family friendly workshops, talks and performances including impressive RCM brass ensembles. Expect a feast of music,
art, science and culture!

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17 June 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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18 June 2024, 1:05pm

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

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18 June 2024, 2:00pm

French recitalist and chamber musician Bertrand Cuiller works with Keyboardists from the RCM’s Historical Performance Faculty in this fascinating masterclass.

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18 June 2024, 3:30pm

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

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18 June 2024, 6:00pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from RCM musicians at this rush-hour concert. 

18 June 2024, 6:00pm

Josie Ellis joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2019 and she continues to freelance with many of the UK's finest orchestras. Today she shares her experience with RCM bassists.

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19 June 2024, 12:30pm

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

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19 June 2024, 6:00pm

RCM Head of Conducting Toby Purser and postgraduate conductors direct College musicians in a  range of chamber works including Suite for nine instruments by RCM alumna Grace Williams.

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19 June 2024, 6:00pm

New Generation Baroque Ensemble, Ensemble Augelletti, performs a glittering selection of Baroque gems including Purcell’s glorious Golden Sonata for two violins and keyboard.

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20 June 2024, 7:30pm

The Fiora, Inverno and Sonora quartets present a varied programme of celebrated works in the final performance of this year’s inaugural String Quartet Platform programme. 

A cellist and recorder player perform in the RCM Museum

21 June 2024, 12:30pm

Enjoy polished chamber performances in the midst of a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments.

The interior of St Mary Abbots church in Kensington

21 June 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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21 June 2024, 6:00pm

RCM organists perform in the RCM’s Organ Interludes series, exploring a variety of works on the Flentrop Orgelbouw organ. 

Musicians from the Junior Department performing on oboes and flutes

22 June 2024, 5:30pm

RCM Junior Department ensembles, comprised of young musicians aged eight to 18, perform in their annual summer celebration.

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