Royal College of Music Announces Summer Season 2024

By Afton Wooten

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has released the details of its 2024 summer season.

For the purposes of this article only vocal pieces are featured.

The final round of the Brooks van der Pump English Song Competition takes place at the Britten Theatre.

Performance Date: April 19, 2024

RCM doctoral musicians offer new perspectives on repertoire from across the centuries, including instrumental and vocal works from France, Germany, Russia and China for this “rush-hour concert.”

Performance Date: April 22, 2024

The Joan Chissell Schumann Prize for Voice and Piano final is held at the Britten Theatre.

Performance Date: April 29, 2024

“Holmès and Jacquet de la Guerre: La nuit et L’amour” is performed by RCM and Royal Irish Academy of Music musicians. The concert highlights two significant French female composers of the Baroque and Romantic eras, Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre and Augusta Holmès.

Performance Date: May 3, 2024

“Opera Scenes” are presented by members of the RCM Vocal and Opera Faculty.

Performance Dates: May 3 & 10, 2024

Sopranos Madeline Boreham, Charlotte Kennedy, and Eyra Norman, mezzo-soprano Alexandria Moon, tenor Hugo Brady, and baritone Sam Hird lead the “RCM Song Recital: Nourmahal’s Song.” The concert features works by alumni Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Joseph Horovitz and Helen Grime. They are joined by pianists Archie Bonham and Francesca Lauri.

Performance Date: May 5, 2024

Finnish pianist Pauliina Tukiainen leads a masterclass for collaborative pianists to develop their skills in performing with singers and instrumentalists.

Performance Dates: May 9 & 10, 2024

RCM musicians join flautist Ruth Morley and composer-soprano Laura Bowler to showcase new works for voice and flute by female UK composers.

Performance Date: May 16, 2024

“Revolutions” is a collection of brand-new mini operas created by RCM composers and performed by RCM singers working in association with opera company Tête à Tête. Operas include “Fanny and Stella’s Last Day Out” by Jasper Dommett and Jessica Walker, “Church on the Blood” by Jasmine Morris, Jasper Eaglesfield and Harry Davies “The Anthem,” “Drifterman” by Connie Harris, “Romance” by Alisa Zaika, and Ed Driver and Samir Chadha’s “Airtime.” Michael Rosewell conducts.

Performance Dates: June 24, 26, & 28, 2024

“Scandal in Song” is curated by Lord and Lady Lurgan Collaborative Piano Fellow Ella O’Neill, the program includes music by Zemlinsky, Schoenberg and Berg. Pianists and singers explore songs by 19th- and 20th-century composers linked by a tangled web of friendships, mentorships, marriages and affairs.

Performance Date: June 25, 2024

Dr. Maiko Kawabata presents groundbreaking research on the music of Japanese composer Kikuko Kanai (1906–86), one of the first women to compose Western classical music in Japan. The presentations centers on Kanai’s music in the context of the Okinawan folk music, and involves talks from leading experts and a workshop-performance from the London Okinawa Sanshinkai group.

Performance Dates: July 1, 2024