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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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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 showcasing chamber ensembles from the RCM's Woodwind Faculty at this afternoon 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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18 June 2024, 6:00pm

Enjoy a varied programme showcasing chamber ensembles from the RCM's Woodwind Faculty at this rush-hour concert. 

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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

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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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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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. 

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21 June 2024, 12:30pm

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

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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. 

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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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23 June 2024, 11:00am

Visit the RCM for FestivALL, a student-led celebration showcasing compositions from under-represented groups and individuals across the classical music sector.

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23 June 2024, 11:00am

Discover little-heard gems and under-explored composers from within the Chinese piano repertoire.

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23 June 2024, 11:30am

Hear a variety of emotive solo and duo works by both women composers and RCM composition students.

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23 June 2024, 12:00pm

The RCM Electronic Music Society presents a programme of works inspired by diversity and protest.

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23 June 2024, 1:00pm

RCM composers of contrasting cultural heritage present works with international inspirations including Turkish dances, Portuguese folk tunes, and Cantonese nursery rhymes.

23 June 2024, 1:30pm

RCM trombonist Jamie Tweed platforms the little-heard concerto by African American jazz pianist, composer and arranger Phil Moore. 

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23 June 2024, 2:00pm

This concert explores underplayed and underrepresented works for the clarinet trio and its component parts.

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23 June 2024, 2:30pm

This concert presents a varied programme centered around concepts of mythology and culture.

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23 June 2024, 3:00pm

This two-part concert showcases the ensembles on the RCM's flagship String Quartet Platform, followed by a thought-provoking performance of SKIN by RCM composer Connie Harris.

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23 June 2024, 3:30pm

RCM cellist Ezra Escobar presents an array of works for solo cello based on the Filipino art, music and culture celebration, the 'tertulia'.

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23 June 2024, 4:00pm

RCM's New Light Duo present works centred around dialogue and light for harp and cello, including a dazzling array of extended techniques and instruments.

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23 June 2024, 4:30pm

RCM musicians present a programme of works by under-represented composers focussing on nature, time and the seasons.

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23 June 2024, 6:30pm

The RCM Junior Department Chamber and Symphony orchestras perform a programme of Mozart, Ravel and Bonis at Cadogan Hall.

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24 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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24 June 2024, 6:00pm

Junior Fellows from the RCM’s Artist Diploma programme take centre stage in this ongoing series.

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24 June 2024, 7:00pm

Hear brand-new short operas created by RCM composers and performed by RCM singers working in association with opera company Tête à Tête.

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25 June 2024, 1:05pm

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

25 June 2024, 6:00pm

This intimate song recital traces explore songs by 19th- and 20th-century composers linked by a tangled web of friendships, mentorships, marriages and affairs.

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26 June 2024, 12:30pm

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

26 June 2024, 6:00pm

Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear Mahler’s Symphony no 4 in a chamber arrangement made by Iain Farrington.

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