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There is plenty to keep you entertained and enthralled this summer at the RCM, with a programme full of diverse and exciting performances.

Chloé van Soeterstède and Kevin John Edusei both make their first visits to the Royal College of Music to conduct works by Jessie Montgomery and Samy Moussa, alongside two great classics, Brahms’ Symphony no 1 and Stravinsky’s spectacular Firebird. We are also delighted to be joined by Sir Andrew Davis, in an innovative workshop with singers and orchestra in Berlioz’s song cycle Les nuits d'été.

We present operas new and newer, with Jonathan Dove’s Flight, the extraordinary tale of love and life set in an airport lounge. In association with Tête à Tête, we also bring six fully staged, brand-new mini operas to the Britten Theatre, written by RCM composers on the theme of ‘Odysseys’. There is more new music, too, featuring in FestivALL – our celebration of inclusivity in music – in our concert of cutting-edge electronic music curated by Claudia Molitor, and our annual Composition for Screen Showcase.

Summer is also the season of festivals. Join us for Super String Sunday, an all-day event focusing on double concertos, and our Historical Performance Festival, with special guests Paolo Pandolfo and Kees Boeke. Our annual Festival of Percussion also returns – a whole day of percussion events, culminating with the RCM Jazz Orchestra performing alongside the extraordinary and prolific drummer, Benny Greb.

Chamber music runs through all our programmes, and there is a chance to hear works by composers from Saint-Saëns to Mélanie Bonis, Lili Boulanger to Judith Weir, Garth Knox to Germaine Tailleferre. And we are thrilled to welcome back our quartet in residence, the Harlem Quartet, who bring a typically eclectic programme of Bruch and Jessie Montgomery.

Further concerts by the RCM Junior Department take place across the summer, as well as outdoor and indoor events at the Great Exhibition Road Festival in June and much more. 

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

Stephen Johns
Artistic Director

19 May 2022 - 10 July 2022

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

28 May 2022, 5:30pm

Experience the talent of exceptional Junior Department musicians from the Royal College of Music as they compete at the highest level for a series of coveted RCM prizes.

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

01 June 2022, 12:30pm

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

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

08 June 2022, 12:30pm

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

10 June 2022, 12:30pm

Enjoy music in the RCM Museum in this lunchtime chamber concert. 

11 June 2022, 5:30pm

Join us for a vibrant programme of contemporary music featuring works by RCM Junior Department composers.

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

15 June 2022, 12:30pm

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

17 June 2022, 12:30pm

Listen to a sumptuous selection of chamber repertoire in this lunchtime recital. 

19 June 2022, 1:00pm

Explore Prince Albert’s radical vision to create a cultural quarter and super-university in South Kensington.

19 June 2022, 12:00pm

Explore the world of instrument building, acoustic hacking and sound art in this exhibition at the Royal College of Music.

19 June 2022, 4:00pm

‘Written Portraits’ is a collection of poems by Di Sherlock drawn from conversations with patients and staff she met during a residency at Charing Cross Hospital’s breast cancer services and Maggie’s West London.

19 June 2022, 7:00pm

Talented musicians from the Royal College of Music Junior Department return to Cadogan Hall for their annual performance, featuring iconic works by Russian Romantic composers.

21 June 2022, 1:05pm

Enjoy a lunchtime concert of contemporary works, featuring descriptive programmatic pieces by Takemitsu and Ibert. 

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

22 June 2022, 12:30pm

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

22 June 2022, 6:00pm

Find your new favourite piece with our Chamber Essentials series, which promotes music by
underrepresented composers.

23 June 2022, 4:00pm

Renowned conductor Sir Andrew Davis joins the RCM Symphony Orchestra this June for a series of workshops.

24 June 2022, 12:30pm

Visit the RCM Museum to hear beautiful music performed by the College's musicians. 

24 June 2022, 1:05pm

Spend your lunch break with the RCM Symphony Orchestra with this early afternoon concert.

24 June 2022, 2:00pm

Maxim Rysanov visits the RCM for an afternoon masterclass with RCM violists. 

24 June 2022, 2:30pm

Stefan Dohr returns to the RCM to spend time working with young horn players.

24 June 2022, 3:00pm

This masterclass sees Huw Wiggin work with RCM musicians to improve playing technique and methods of performance. 

24 June 2022, 6:00pm

The Grammy Award-winning Harlem Quartet returns to the Royal College of Music to perform alongside talented RCM string players.

24 June 2022, 7:30pm

Stay on after the Harlem Quartet concert to hear an atmospheric performance of madrigals by Michelangelo Rossi in the Cotes-Burgan Atrium.

25 June 2022, 5:30pm

Junior Department students of all ages come together in this Summer Ensembles concert to entertain with various musical works.

26 June 2022, 10:00am

As part of FestivALL the RCM Museum will open an hour early for families, groups or individuals who would like to visit at a quieter time.

26 June 2022, 11:00am

This Sensory Trail explores the Museum’s permanent collection.

26 June 2022, 12:00pm

Discover composer and civil rights activist Samuel Coleridge Taylor on this family heritage trail inside the Royal College of Music.

26 June 2022, 1:15pm

This Sensory Trail explores the Museum’s permanent collection.

26 June 2022, 2:00pm

Discover composer and civil rights activist Samuel Coleridge Taylor on this family heritage trail inside the Royal College of Music.

26 June 2022, 11:00am

A day-long a celebration of works by diverse and under-represented voices across the classical music sector.

27 June 2022, 1:05pm

Two differing quintets by French composers feature in today's chamber concert, with the latter written by 20th-century composer Louise-Marie Simon under the nom de plume of Claude Arrieu. 

27 June 2022, 6:00pm

Ensemble Molière presents a soundtrack of music dedicated to every moment of King Louis XIV’s
day, by some of the leading French Baroque composers.

28 June 2022, 10:00am

To present the masterclasses and recitals, the RCM welcomes Dutch musician Kees Boeke, an expert on early music and the recorder, and Italian virtuoso viol player, Paolo Pandolfo.

28 June 2022, 1:05pm

Composed in September of 1828, during the final weeks of Schubert's life, this single movement  Quintet was the composer's last instrumental work and ranks among his greatest accomplishments.

28 June 2022, 2:00pm

Ross Knight returns to the College to coach young tuba players in a summer masterclass.