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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
Two people in the RCM Museum next to instruments, looking up at the artwork

12 September 2022 - 08 January 2023

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

The RCM Performance Hall stage, with a grand piano in the centre

27 September 2022, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from talented RCM musicians at this lunchtime concert. 

A black and white photo of oboist Nick Deutsch leaning on a piano

27 September 2022, 6:00pm

A principal oboist with orchestras around the world, Nick Deutsch visits the Royal College of Music to share his experience with talented musicians.

Maxim Vengerov working with an RCM student

27 September 2022, 6:00pm

Famed violinist Maxim Vengerov returns to give another of his extremely popular masterclasses with some of the College’s most promising violinists. 

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

28 September 2022, 12:30pm

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

Portrait photo of Sumi Jo

28 September 2022, 2:00pm

Soprano Sumi Jo makes her first visit to the Royal College of Music to give a masterclass on coloratura with singers from the RCM Opera Studio. 

The ANAM Quartetthaus pop-up venue, with seats in a circle around the stage

18 September 2022 - 28 September 2022

Experience an immersive pop-up chamber music venue, presented by the Royal Albert Hall in partnership with the Australian National Academy of Music, in collaboration with the Royal College of Music.

A view over the Old Man of Storr rock formation on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

29 September 2022, 6:00pm

The RCM Philharmonic brings the sounds of Scotland to the stage in this inspiring concert, featuring Mendelssohn's depiction of the Hebrides and a concerto by Scottish composer James MacMillan.

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

29 September 2022, 6:00pm

RCM musicians perform Louis Spohr's Nonet op 31, a celebrated chamber work that was composed in unusual circumstances.

Two students play a harpsichord and a historical violin in the Royal College of Music Museum

30 September 2022, 12:30pm

Enjoy polished chamber performances amongst a beautiful collection of historic artefacts and instruments.

Portrait photo of Eszter Haffner

30 September 2022, 2:00pm

Eszter Haffner visits the Royal College of Music to share 25 years of performance experience with talented RCM violinists.  

A close-up image of two RCM French Horn players

03 October 2022, 7:30pm

RCM trumpet professor and principal trumpet of the Philharmonia orchestra, Jason Evans, leads an uplifting programme featuring music by Sibelius and the suite from the musical Chicago

A flautist performs with an ensemble in the RCM Performance Studio.

04 October 2022, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from talented RCM musicians at this lunchtime concert. 

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

05 October 2022, 12:30pm

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

Publicity photo of the Gould Piano Trio (Lucy Gould, Richard Lester and Benjamin Frith)

06 October 2022, 6:00pm

Described by The Strad as 'Pure Gould', this acclaimed trio presents one of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel's most impressive chamber works.

Two students perform on a harpsichord and a historical violin in the Royal College of Music Museum

07 October 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. 

Cellist Brian O'Kane, pictured with his instrument

07 October 2022, 2:00pm

Irish cellist Brian O’Kane gives his debut masterclass at the Royal College of Music.

Portrait photo of Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg

07 October 2022, 2:00pm

Acclaimed soloist and chamber musician Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg guides RCM violists through an intimate masterclass. 

09 October 2022, 10:00am

Help us create a family orchestra this autumn! We welcome total beginners, rusty returners or experienced players.

Portrait photo of Angela Hewitt

11 October 2022, 10:00am

World-renowned pianist Angela Hewitt returns to the College for the first time since 2017 to pass on her knowledge to gifted RCM pianists.

A male violinist performs as part of an ensemble at the Royal College of Music

11 October 2022, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from talented RCM musicians at this lunchtime concert. 

Standing against a plain grey background, tuba player Roland Szentpali holds his instrument

11 October 2022, 6:00pm

Principal tubist of the Hungarian National Philharmonic, Roland Szentpáli, visits the Royal College of Music to give an insightful masterclass.

Two guitars on display in the RCM Museum

12 October 2022, 12:30pm

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

Seated audience members at a Royal College of Music event give a round of applause

13 October 2022, 5:15pm

Andrew Zolinsky considers why it is absolutely crucial for performers to interact with contemporary music.

A trio of RCM string players perform, with the Britten Theatre auditorium visible behind them

13 October 2022, 6:00pm

Enjoy a diverse programme of chamber music in the atmospheric surroundings of the Britten Theatre in this rush-hour concert. 

Headshot of conductor Sakari Oramo, wearing a shirt and jacket in front of a concrete wall.

13 October 2022, 7:30pm

Sakari Oramo, chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, directs an unmissable programme of repertoire played by the RCM Symphony Orchestra, with soloist Thomas Kelly.

A painting of Ralph Vaughan Williams from the RCM Collection

14 October 2022, 11:00am

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

RCM students perform on historical instruments in the RCM Museum

14 October 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. 

Ensemble photo of Chiaroscuro Quartet

14 October 2022, 2:00pm

Acclaimed string ensemble Chiaroscuro Quartet bring their creativity and flair to the RCM for a masterclass on chamber musicianship. 

Portrait photo of Alexander Kobrin

18 October 2022, 10:00am

Award-winning performer, teacher and competition jury member Alexander Kobrin visits the RCM to guide talented pianists through a masterclass.

A french horn and clarinet player in the RCM Performance Studio

18 October 2022, 1:05pm

Enjoy a varied programme of chamber music from talented RCM musicians at this lunchtime concert. 

Adult audience members at an RCM relaxed concert give a round of applause

18 October 2022, 3:00pm

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

A close-up photo of a performer playing a trombone

18 October 2022, 6:00pm

Classical trombonist Jonas Bylund delivers his first masterclass at the Royal College of Music this autumn.

Portrait photo of Szymon Krzeszowiec

18 October 2022, 6:00pm

Celebrated soloist and chamber musician Szymon Krzeszowiec gives his first masterclass at the RCM, working with gifted violinists. 

Trumpet and trombone players of the RCM Jazz Orchestra

19 October 2022, 11:30am

The RCM Jazz Orchestra explores the cross-over between jazz and Latin music, including Cuban and Brazilian styles from the 1940s to the present day.