The RNCM follows up its Autumn Season with even more innovative and unique events for discerning music fans.
Our picks from the upcoming season include the return of its engaging Young Explorer’s Concerts, which takes us on An Arabian Adventure this time, before Norwegian jazz saxophonist Marius Neset plays one of only two UK dates on his spring tour.
Things then take a turn for the surreal with an evening of 1920s Surrealist short films by the likes of Salvador Dalí and Man Ray, soundtracked by the college students.
The RNCM Opera shows its dark side with its major spring production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel in March, before German trumpeter and composer Markus Stockhausen brings a short residency to a creative and uplifting close with a collaborative concert with the RNCM Big Band and Chamber Orchestra.
Here are our picks
Live classical music and art combine to demonstrate how music can be one of the most incredible ways of telling a story. One of the best introductions to the joys of live music we can think of.
Norwegian jazz saxophonist Marius Neset plays one of only two UK dates this spring to promote his seventh and latest solo album, Circle of Chimes. The prolific collaborator has worked with the likes of Django Bates, as well as recording a further six albums with his Scandi-fusion ‘boy band’ JazzKamikaze. At the RNCM, he performs as a five-piece.
The RNCM’s French Connections season continues in inventive fashion with this evening of 1920s Surrealist short films, accompanied by live soundtracks performed by the college’s students. With four shorts by the likes of Salvador Dalí and Man Ray, and often featuring no discernible plot, it will be exciting to see if the music can help provide context and even narrative.
The RNCM Opera tackles Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic version of the Brothers Grimm’s early 19th Century fairytale Hansel and Gretel for its major spring production. Expect a tale of transition, redemption and resolution, set to folk music-inspired themes, for a piece that is equal parts dark and magical.
German trumpeter and composer Markus Stockhausen brings the knowledge and experience gained during his a prolific three-decade career to the RNCM, as he works with students to encourage their improvisational skills before joining the Big Band and Chamber Orchestra for this programme of his compositions.