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A female student, wearing a black tube top, shaking a shekere, a type of percussion instrument.
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, , at the Royal Festival Hall, led by Jac van Steen, and further concerts on London’s stages include our , a featuring RCM composers through the ages, and the , 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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19 July 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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28 July 2024, 10:00am

The RCM Museum's temporary exhibition Awaken: Sufi Music & Women of South Asia will open an hour early for anyone who may benefit from a reduced-sensory experience of the exhibition and museum.

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29 July 2024 - 31 July 2024

Join us for a friendly and creative course this summer where participants will work imaginatively with a team of young RCM musicians and composers to create a brand-new piece of music as a group.

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31 July 2024, 6:00pm

An evening of conversation and song with Attia Shiraz, curator of the RCM Museum's exhibiton Awaken: Sufi Music & Women of South Asia.

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09 August 2024, 2:00pm

Enjoy this interactive concert inspired by objects, stories and exhibitions from the ׹ٷ Museum. 

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14 August 2024, 6:30pm

Join us for a screening of Indus Blues (2018), which documents the endangered musical heritage of Pakistan by highlighting the plight of folk musicians and craftsmen.

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18 August 2024, 10:00am

The RCM Museum's temporary exhibition Awaken: Sufi Music & Women of South Asia will open an hour early for anyone who may benefit from a reduced-sensory experience of the exhibition and museum.

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25 August 2024, 7:30pm

Holst's suite The Planets is one of classical music's most extraordinary acts of imagination. Student musicians from Helsinki and London unite to perform the work alongside Sibelius's The Wood Nymph and a new piece from Finnish-American composer Lara Poe.

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15 September 2024, 10:00am

The RCM Museum's temporary exhibition Awaken: Sufi Music & Women of South Asia will open an hour early for anyone who may benefit from a reduced-sensory experience of the exhibition and museum.

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16 September 2024, 6:30pm

Join us for a screening of Indus Blues (2018), followed by followed by a Q&A with director and filmmaker Jawad Sharif, exploring Jawad’s approach to capturing musical heritage through film.

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04 September 2024, 6:30pm

Harjit Shah speaks about the craft, production, and restoration of South Asian instruments on display in the RCM Museum's Awaken: Sufi Music & Women of South Asia.

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27 September 2024, 6:30pm

Join us for a screening of Indus Blues (2018), which documents the endangered musical heritage of Pakistan by highlighting the plight of folk musicians and craftsmen.

A women wearing South Asian attire, with long hair, holding two musical instruments, while playing the drum and dancing.

06 October 2024, 10:00am

The RCM Museum's temporary exhibition Awaken: Sufi Music & Women of South Asia will open an hour early for anyone who may benefit from a reduced-sensory experience of the exhibition and museum.

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