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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

RCM reveals autumn 2017 season

12:11, 9th August 2017

The Royal College of Music’s (RCM) autumn 2017 season will include a series of concerts commemorating the centenary of the 1917 Russian revolution, the highlight being a programme of Rachmaninov and Shostakovich from the RCM Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy at the Royal Festival Hall.

The RCM Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will be joined by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge to celebrate the life of Sir David Willcocks, director of the RCM between 1974 and 1984, with a performance of Mozart’s Requiem and Ave verum corpus.

The RCM will welcome back principal players from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe to perform Schumann’s second symphony with the RCM Chamber Orchestra, and the Harlem Quartet will continue its three-year residency with a concert featuring Mendelssohn’s string octet performed with RCM musicians.

The RCM International Opera School will present Janáĉek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Daniel Slater. RCM singers will also take part in the V&A’s Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition from September.

This year’s RCM International Double Bass Festival includes world premieres of works by David Heyes and John Alexander, and appearances from Alberto Bocini, Petru Iuga and Simon Garcia. The 11th RCM International Festival of Viols will conclude with a programme of baroque and contemporary music from viola da gamba player Hille Perl.

The season will also include visits from Maxim Vengerov, Stefan Dohr and alumni Sir Thomas Allen, Gerald Finley and Alina Ibragimova, and the first of two concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of the RCM Studios, featuring works by founder Tristram Cary. In a collaboration with the Vienna Conservatoire for the Performing Arts, musicians in London and Vienna perform four world premieres together using state-of-the-art live streaming software.

The RCM will celebrate one of its oldest and greatest treasures, Anne Boleyn’s Music Book, which has recently been rebound and published as a facsimile. Songs from the book will be performed by Alamire, accompanied by talks from experts.

General booking opens on 16 August 2017.


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