UK conservatoires have always offered public access to student concerts and recitals.
They just haven’t been advertised anywhere near enough.
What used to be the domain of proud parents and talent scouts, is now a destination for those with an appetite for seeing what’s coming next in the classical music world.
And it’s something the conservatoires need to do as well. Public access raises the profile of the education establishment.
At the same time this event transforming the education experience, providing training musicians with performance experiences that form a crucial part of their studies.
It’s also a great opportunity for those of us with fond memories from further education to indulge ourselves without the burden of fees, deadlines, or rigorous practice regimes.
This is what’s on offer:
Vladimir Ashkenazy & RCM Orchestra
RCMO also playing as part of Philharmonia’s Voices of Revolution season at the Festival Hall.
Masterclasses from Vengerov, Barry Douglas, Sir Thomas Allend, Gerald Finley, Alina Ibragimova
Chamber Orchestra of Europe principles join RCM Orchestra to play Schumann’s Second Symphony
International Opera School production of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen
International Double Bass Festival
It’s the public masterclasses that grab my attention. Watching professionals listen, coach, and develop eager performers is an unusual but rewarding experience. It gets you closer to the mechanics, throwing light on the mastery of an artist – student or teacher.
Very much looking forward the RCM’s season getting underway in September.