Activities for schools

Pupil conducting at a Sparks lunchtime concert for schools
RCM Sparks works extensively with schools through a programme of public events and workshops, private gamelan sessions and affiliations with partner schools in the local area.

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.

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Other Sparks events

RCM Sparks hosts a regular series of events for families and young people, many of which may be suitable for children at your school.

See upcoming Sparks events

Live music experiences for

750 children

from local schools

In the 2021-22 academic year

Gamelan workshops

RCM Sparks are pleased to offer practical and creative gamelan workshops for all ages and abilities, led by gamelan specialist John Pawson and RCM Musicians. Playing the gamelan is both fun and relaxing, requires no previous experience and is ideal for those who would like to play in a group. 

Workshops can be tailored to each group's requirements, offering participants to explore the cultural context of gamelan and have a go at playing the instruments. By the end of the session your group will be able to perform a short piece of traditional Javanese or Balinese music.


Workshops held at the Royal College of Music are usually offered subsidised rate of £125 (including booking & administration fee, excluding VAT) for a session lasting 90 minutes.

How to book

We are now taking bookings for gamelan workshops during the Summer Term. Workshops will take place on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 November at the Royal College of Music. To book a workshop please contact the gamelan team.

For schools wishing to host gamelan workshops at their premises, please get in touch with us to discuss the delivery, collection and training costs and to explore bespoke options available to you.

Some schools may be eligible for subsidised hosting. Please speak to us for more information.

Arrange a gamelan workshop at your venue

To book our gamelan for a workshop on your premises, or to talk to us about about the practicalities and possibilities of gamelan workshops, please contact our Gamelan team, who will be happy to discuss options with you.

Gamelan team

Booking and general gamelan enquiries

+44 (0)20 7591 4394

Learning at the Royal College of Music Museum

The Royal College of Music Museum has undergone a major development, providing new facilities including a new purpose-built gallery and a hands-on discovery area. RCM Sparks is working in close partnership with the RCM Museum to develop of programme of learning and participation events that explore the wonders and historical treasures of the RCM collections.

Please get in touch to find out more.

RCM Museum

General enquiries

0207 591 4863

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