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In this new world we find ourselves in, we believe that small acts to brighten our days really can make a big difference.

We know that this is the time of the week where many of you would be looking forward to a weekend of live music. While our front doors are sadly closed, we promise to stay open in other ways.

Our stages might be dark, but we find light and inspiration from our wonderful community of gifted musicians, indeed we have already been humbled by their generous response to this situation. Over the coming weeks, we will be seeking out and sharing beautiful musical treasures drawn from our archive of performances, together with new contributions from our staff, students and alumni.

We hope to offer you creative inspiration for new ways of connecting, as we navigate these uncharted waters. Each week we’ll be sharing updates and musical treats to help combat social and cultural isolation and ensure we #KeepMusicPlaying.

For the musicians (or budding musicians) out there, we’d also love you to submit any beautiful stories or performances for our #KeepMusicPlaying campaign, so we can share them across our community. Please do send any suggestions to [email protected].

We look forward to welcoming you back to the RNCM as soon as possible. In the meantime, we wish you the very best and promise that we will not forget you.

Your first treats are below, we hope you enjoy them.

Couch Opera

Click here to see some of our brilliant alumni finding ways to keep performing and sharing their music, (and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day) direct from their couch. Enjoy!

RNCM and Henk Guittart

Why not embrace the fact that we now have time to stop and truly immerse ourselves in music? We hope you enjoy this recent performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s, Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), with RNCM String students and professors performing together on the RNCM stage, conducted by Henk Guittart.

Conducting lessons

One of our wonderful alumni, Dane Lam, Principal Conductor of Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, is offering video conducting lessons to anyone, anywhere in the world! He writes; ‘It’s amazing what you can do via video link. Come out of isolation with a new skill!’ Tempted? More details can be found here.

We look forward to seeing an audience full of burgeoning conductors when we reopen our doors!

Concerts from home

The RNCM is very impressed by our international partners around the world who are determined to bring you performances to your living room. We’ve compiled a list of what they are offering here.

Check back each Friday, for more highlights from the RNCM community. In the meantime, you can also keep in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

20 March 2020