Earth Day

Earth Day: A Call to Action

We’re delighted that you are joining us here at the RNCM for Earth Day: A Call to Action. By bringing together young people, music leaders and industry experts, we aim to take stock of our industry’s progress in tackling the climate crisis and celebrate the power of music to create change and foster impactful debate. 


Today’s schedule:

1pm – 1.30pm

Arrival and Performances:

    • Studio 8: Installation by Cee Haines – ‘Displacement’
    • Concourse: RNCM Chamber Choir – Eric Whitacre’s Water Night

Session 1: 1.30pm – 3pm (RNCM Concert Hall)


Keynote from Kerry McCarthy, Shadow Minister for Climate Change

Panel 1: Sustainable Symphonies: Green travel in the era of climate crisis

Panel chaired by Manus Carey, RNCM Deputy Principal (Performance and Programmes), with Kerry McCarthy, cellist Jakub Koranyi, Scott Morrison (The Glasshouse), Sorcha Collier (Askonas Holt), Lewys Stocks (Reform Radio) and Georgina MacDonell Finlayson (Vulva Voce)


Gabriella Smith Fractal Hold of Rain for two guitars
       Ravi Nathwani, Chris Godhard guitars

Vulva Voce Hysteria
    Vulva Voce String Quartet:
    Julia Sandros-Alper, Georgina MacDonnell Finlayson violins
    Nadia Eskandari viola
    Lucy McLuckie cello

Networking break: 3pm – 4pm

Teas & coffees served on the Lower Concourse.

Performances, installations and tours, as follows:

    • Studio 8: Installation by Cee Haines – ‘Displacement’
    • Carole Nash Recital Room: RNCM Chamber Choir – Rachel Portman’s Earth Song. Click here to read the text for Earth Song.
    • Tours of the RNCM’s decarbonisation project (running at 3.10pm and 3.20pm, meet by ‘The Future is Green’ info desk).

Session 2: 4pm – 5.30pm (RNCM Concert Hall)

Panel 2: Sounding the Call: Unleashing music’s potential for climate action

Panel chaired by Dr Michelle Phillips, RNCM Head of Enterprise (Academic), to include composers Sarah Nicolls and Gavin Wayte, Ailsa Burns (NOMAD) and Xaris Alexandratos (Trees.R.Good)


Gavin Wayte Movement for Piano Trio and Soundtrack, 0.2 to 150,000

Cetacean Ensemble
    Jocelyn Lau violin
    Claudia Kuner cello
    Gavin Wayte piano

NOMAD Excerpt from The Gardener’s Daughter
    Iona Kaye voice
    Ailsa Burns, Elena Orsi, Emma Robinson violins
    Jakub Smola cello

5.30pm onwards (Concourse/Cafe)

Networking – featuring music by Trees.R.Good

   Izzy MacMahon drums
   Emilio Yañez Ruíz percussion
   Maria Rocha guitar
   Georgia Clarke keys
   Nathan Stoker trumpet
   Roz Fearnehough trombone
   Xaris Alexandratos AKA Trees.R.Good bass, saxophone