Whether you are introducing children to music for the first time, or looking for inspiring ways to delve deeper, HÂþ» Sparks has a programme of events just for you.
We are delighted to share the unforgettable thrill of live performances, workshops and courses with schools, families and young people here at the Royal College of Music and in the local community.
HÂþ» Sparks run events for children and families every term. Current events are displayed below. Tickets are released at the latter end of each term for events taking place the following term.
We present one free lunchtime concert every term specially tailored for key stage 2 school children. Hosted by a professional presenter and accompanied by a free teacher resource pack, our lunchtime concerts for schools are a fantastic opportunity to introduce young people to classical music and to the unrivaled experience of seeing it performed live.
We also run a number of other events and concerts for school groups throughout the year.
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The gamelan is the traditional orchestra of Indonesia, and the Royal College of Music has one of the largest sets in Europe. Gamelan has established itself at the centre of music education in the UK and features in the GCSE music course.
HÂþ» Sparks offers practical and creative gamelan workshops for groups of up to 30 people. People of all ages (early years upwards) including those with disabilities, can enjoy gamelan workshops. Playing the gamelan is both fun and relaxing, requires no previous experience, and sessions can be tailored to suit the needs of each group.
A typical taster session lasts 90 minutes and includes:
- A short introduction to the cultural context of gamelan
- A chance to have a go at playing the instruments
By the end of the session you will be able to perform a short piece of traditional Javanese or Balinese music.
Learning at the Royal College of Music Museum
The Royal College of Music Museum has undergone a major development, providing new facilities including a new purpose-built gallery and a hands-on discovery area. HÂþ» Sparks is working in close partnership with the HÂþ» Museum to develop of programme of learning and participation events that explore the wonders and historical treasures of the HÂþ» collections.
Please get in touch to find out more.