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Sparks events

Children playing guitars at a Sparks Family Create event
Whether you are introducing children to music for the first time, or looking for inspiring ways to delve deeper, RCM Sparks has a programme of events just for you. We are delighted to share the unforgettable thrill of live performances, workshops and courses with schools, families and young people here at the Royal College of Music and in the local community.

Booking Sparks events

You can book for Sparks events over the phone or in person at the Royal College of Music Box Office.

Please note that some event places are for children on their own, while others require an adult attendee. More information is provided in the listing for each event.

We offer free places to eligible families, subject to availability.

Events for families & children (ages 4-12)

Our Family Create, Ignite and Explorers programmes bring music to life in unforgettable ways, with practical opportunities to participate and insightful connections with wider festivals and performances.


02 December 2018, 10:30am
Inner Parry Room

Join RCM conductors and musicians for a creative musical journey involving an ox on the roof, a double wedding, and a starlight adventure.


15 December 2018, 11:00am
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

Ages 4+

Add some sparkle to your festive season with a family-friendly creative workshop exploring the orchestra, with a Christmassy twist!

Events for teenagers (ages 13-18)

Our bi-annual Springboard Composition Courses allow teenagers to explore their creativity, supported by inspiring professionals and emerging Royal College of Music composers.

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Events in the summer (ages 0-18)

Join us during the summer holidays for a range of exciting courses, workshops and family-friendly events, often linked to the BBC Proms taking place at the Royal Albert Hall.

Booking for our summer events opens in April 2019.

Events for schools

We present one free lunchtime concert every term specially tailored for school children. Hosted by a professional presenter and accompanied by a free teacher resource pack, our lunchtime concerts for schools are a fantastic opportunity to introduce young people to the excitement of classical music and to the unrivaled experience of seeing it performed live.

We also run a number of other events and concerts for school groups throughout the year.


23 November 2018, 10:00am
Various locations

As part of Creative Quarter day in the South Kensington area, RCM Sparks invite you to a morning of fun musical activities, including group singing and an inspirational performance and talk from award-winning beatboxer Grace Savage.

Gamelan workshops

The gamelan is the traditional orchestra of Indonesia, and the Royal College of Music has one of the largest sets in Europe. Gamelan has established itself at the centre of music education in the UK and features in the GCSE music course.

RCM Sparks offers practical and creative gamelan workshops for all abilities. From school pupils (early years to sixth form) to businesses, community groups to groups of friends, sessions can be tailored for each group's requirements. A typical taster session lasts 90 minutes and includes a short introduction to the cultural context of gamelan and a chance to have a go at playing the instruments. By the end of the session you will be able to perform a short piece of traditional Javanese or Balinese music.