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Welcome to our Autumn Season at the RCM, presenting a wide range of concerts, talks and events for all tastes, including a series of works inspired by our natural world.

We bring our 150th anniversary celebrations of Royal College of Music teacher and alumnus Ralph Vaughan Williams to a close, with performances of his monumental A Sea Symphony and the ever-popular The Lark Ascending. We are delighted to welcome Sakari Oramo for his first visit to the RCM, conducting Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony alongside Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. Prince Consort Professor of Conducting Martyn Brabbins also returns with a programme including Shostakovich’s Eleventh Symphony, a dramatic depiction of the 1905 revolution.

Other large-scale performances include the colourful excitement of Latin American music and more with Natalia Luis-Bassa and the RCM Wind Orchestra; James MacMillan’s clarinet concerto, Ninian, describing the life of the Celtic Saint; an evening of film music written by the greats of the genre from Bernard Herrmann to John Williams; and a workshop performance with Chloé van Soeterstède based on Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony.

Chamber music, both instrumental and vocal, features throughout the autumn, where we contrast the familiar – Dvořák, Haydn and Mendelssohn – with less well-known masterpieces by Crumb, James Tenney and Crawford Seeger in our Chamber Spotlight series. Contemporary sounds abound in New Perspectives, and alumna Shiva Feshareki returns to curate a programme of electronic music in the atmospheric surroundings of our new Performance Hall. This autumn also sees a unique collaboration with the Australian National Academy of Music, Quartetthaus, in 1851 Place next to the Royal Albert Hall – a totally immersive experience based on the string quartet.

We welcome visitors including Maxim Vengerov, Dame Sarah Connolly and Angela Hewitt to share their experiences in masterclasses, and we celebrate the life of guitarist and lutenist Julian Bream in a day of events curated by guitarist John Williams. The season rounds off with performances of Offenbach’s uproarious operetta, Orpheus in the Underworld.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Royal College of Music.

Stephen Johns
Artistic Director
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12 September 2022 - 08 January 2023

Book your entry slot to visit the newly refurbished Royal College of Music Museum.

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09 November 2022, 12:30pm

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

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09 November 2022, 1:05pm

Winners of the 2022 Senior Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition, the Astatine Trio, present a programme of Haydn, Hans Werner Henze and Beethoven.

Three violinists perform onstage at the RCM Performance Hall

09 November 2022, 7:30pm

Hear chamber music favourites alongside works you might not know in Chamber Spotlight, with this concert inspired by American landscapes.

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10 November 2022, 5:15pm

RCM Head of Composition, Dr Jonathan Cole, explores the art of composition and the teaching of the craft.

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11 November 2022, 12:30pm

Drop into the Museum over your lunch break to enjoy polished chamber performances amongst a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments. 

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11 November 2022, 6:00pm

The Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall plays host to a fun evening that showcases the full breadth of the RCM’s percussive talents.

A young cellist performs with an RCM Junior Department orchestra

12 November 2022, 5:30pm

Welsh conductor and RCM alumnus Robert Hodge leads Junior Department musicians in a performance of the evocative Nocturne by Welsh composer Morfydd Owen.

14 November 2022, 6:00pm

An alumnus of the RCM, Adrian Chandler's performances have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, Radio Scotland, Dutch Radio, Radio France and Classic FM. This evening he works with talented musicians from the RCM's Historical Performance Faculty.

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14 November 2022, 6:00pm

Violinist Maxence Bretel explores music of the Balkans and folklore-inspired works in our Junior Fellow Showcase series.

A woodwind ensemble gives a chamber concert in the RCM's Performance Studio

15 November 2022, 1:05pm

Enjoy a musical lunchbreak with varied chamber performances by RCM musicians. 

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15 November 2022, 6:00pm

Principal Clarinet of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Maximiliano Martín, returns to the RCM to work with accomplished clarinettists from the Woodwind Faculty.

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15 November 2022, 6:00pm

Performer, teacher, publisher and producer Irina Zingg delivers an intimate masterclass on the harp.

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

16 November 2022, 12:30pm

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

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16 November 2022, 6:00pm

Join us for an exploration of folk songs and duets from the British Isles, followed by Brahms' Liebeslieder-Walzer op 52.

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16 November 2022, 6:00pm

The fourth and final installment of this term's Chamber Spotlight series pairs established favourites Mendelssohn and Haydn with Jörg Widmann.

A cellist and clarinettist perform on stage in the RCM's Performance Hall

17 November 2022, 6:00pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music in this rush-hour concert, in the atmospheric setting of our new Performance Hall. 

17 November 2022, 7:30pm

Prince Consort Professor of Conducting Martyn Brabbins leads the RCM Symphony Orchestra in a concert of contrasting and vivid works, including Shostakovich's Symphony no 11.

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18 November 2022, 11:00am

Explore hidden treasures from the Royal College of Music’s collections in this object-based learning session for adult learners of any background.

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18 November 2022, 12:30pm

Drop into the Museum over your lunch break to enjoy polished chamber performances amongst a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments. 

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18 November 2022, 2:00pm

Principal Trumpet for the Hallé Orchestra, Gareth Small, visits the College for an exciting masterclass with RCM trumpeters.

Craig Ogden is pictured outdoors, sat against a tree, holding his guitar

18 November 2022, 2:00pm

Described by BBC Music Magazine as ‘a worthy successor to Julian Bream’, virtuoso guitarist Craig Ogden shares his insights with talented RCM musicians.

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19 November 2022, 3:00pm

Experience the talent of exceptional musicians from the Royal College of Music Junior Department as they compete in our annual Concerto Competition.

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19 November 2022, 5:30pm

RCM Junior Department musicians perform a varied programme of works for small ensembles.

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19 November 2022, 6:00pm

Matthew Wilkie is Principal Bassoon of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with whom he has performed as a soloist and on recordings. Join him as he works with talented RCM bassoonists.

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21 November 2022, 7:00pm

Mistaken identities, quick-witted satire – and of course, the infamous can-can! Offenbach's colourful comic opera promises to be a hilarious night of entertainment.

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22 November 2022, 11:00am

Join us for an informal concert in a relaxed environment, inspired by stories and objects from the Royal College of Music Museum.

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

23 November 2022, 12:30pm

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

Chloe van Soeterstède conducting at the RCM

23 November 2022, 6:00pm

Chloé van Soeterstède returns to the RCM this season to work on Beethoven's Symphony no 8 with the budding musicians of the RCM Philharmonic.

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23 November 2022, 6:00pm

In this varied concert, musicians from the Artist Diploma in Performance programme showcase their honed skills with an impressive range of solo performances

Three-headed pug with flames behind it and a man sitting on a violin as if he's driving it

23 November 2022, 7:00pm

Mistaken identities, quick-witted satire – and of course, the infamous can-can! Offenbach's colourful comic opera promises to be a hilarious night of entertainment.

A quartet of string players in the RCM Performance Hall

24 November 2022, 6:00pm

Hear the rarely performed Piano Quintet in A minor by Florence Price in this rush-hour chamber concert.

Strings, woodwind and brass players of the RCM's New Perspectives ensemble in rehearsal

24 November 2022, 6:15pm

Join us for a short performance before the main New Perspectives concert, presented by director Timothy Lines and Head of Composition Jonathan Cole.

Photo of Timothy Lines conducting a previous New Perspectives concert performance

24 November 2022, 7:30pm

RCM New Perspectives, our flagship new music group, explores a dramatic programme of music by Xenakis and Birtwistle, plus UK and world premieres by RCM doctoral composers and RCM composition professor Alison Kay.

Display cases in the RCM Museum showing historic guitars, harpsichords and harps

25 November 2022, 12:30pm

Enjoy a lunchtime chamber concert with RCM musicians in the atmospheric setting of the Royal College of Music Museum.