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Spring 2019 at the RCM

Rafael Payare
The Royal College of Music is committed to presenting the very best in live music, showcasing the talents of our superb musicians and welcoming outstanding visiting artists. This spring is no exception. We have a packed season of events for you, taking place within the RCM and at prestigious venues across London.

From colourful orchestral concerts to toe-tapping operetta, we have a wonderful range of performances in store this spring. In January, Rafael Payare returns to the RCM to lead a magnificent programme of Skryabin and Strauss, whose Ein Heldenleben is a vast orchestral tapestry charting our hero's life and loves. There is further storytelling this season with Stravinsky's Firebird, Dvořák’s The Noon Witch and the epic Taras Bulba by Janáček, while our Wind Orchestra brings John Adams’ minimalist masterpiece, Grand Pianola Music, to life. Then, in March, conductor and violinist Thomas Zehetmair joins us for a rich programme of Mozart and Dvořák.

Our annual keyboard festival, Clara's Circle, displays the wide influence of Clara Schumann on the composers of her time. Women composers are further celebrated when Dr Angela Slater brings her touring concert, Illuminate, to the RCM in February. Then, on International Women's Day, don’t miss a concert dedicated to a host of female RCM composers, from Elizabeth Lutyens to Anna Meredith.

Chamber music is at the heart of our programming. We continue our Essential Haydn series, welcome the return of the Harlem Quartet as part of our Chamber Music Festival and look forward to a rousing performance of Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn directed by Roger Vignoles. This season we also celebrate the recently donated Milein Cosman collection with an evening of music and art, and delve into works by the wider Bach family in our annual cantatas concert.

Maxim Vengerov, Gerald Finley, Stefan Dohr and Edith Wiens are just some of the internationally renowned musicians giving masterclasses this spring, and don't miss our experimental collaborative performance of Otis and Eunice, which will be enjoyed simultaneously in London and Bristol. Finally, to round off the season, we present Offenbach's hilarious take on the story of Robinson Crusoe, with a large cast intent on rescuing our unfortunate castaway.

We look forward to welcoming you here.

Stephen Johns
Artistic Director

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Booking opens for the Spring Season on Wednesday 12 December. RCM Friends and Patrons have priority booking from Wednesday 5 December.