Chamber Music

The RNCM offers a thriving and energetic chamber music programme, providing valuable opportunities to develop your skills through expert tuition, masterclasses and performance.

We also benefit from close links with chamber music organisations worldwide, and as the UK’s only member of the European Chamber Music Academy our advanced chamber ensembles can participate in classes at institutions such as the Paris Conservatoire and University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

How You Will Learn

Ensemble activity is independent to your Principal Study tuition and is compulsory during the first two years of undergraduate study, after which you have the option to continue it further if desired. We’ll support you in forming an ensemble when you arrive, after which you’ll receive regular lessons and classes with resident and visiting tutors. These include former and current members of the Elias, Chilingirian, Talich and Skampa String Quartets, the Gould and Sitkovetsky Piano Trios, Ensemble 360, Zephyr Winds and Apollo Saxophone Quartet.

Students have the opportunity to learn in a variety of settings. Regular performance classes take place alongside individual ensemble coaching, collaboration between composers and ensembles is encouraged and tutored, and there is a busy schedule of visiting world-class artists. Recent masterclasses have been given by Frans Helmerson, Hatto Beyerle, Ralph Kirshbaum, Kathryn Stott, Hansjörg Schellenberger and the Guarneri Piano Trio.

The annual Chamber Music Festival, directed by Jeremy Young, is the largest of its kind in Europe and attracts a truly international following. Recent festivals have featured the Borodin, Henschel and Pavel Haas Quartets, the Guarneri Piano Trio, Jane Manning and Rachael Podger, among many others.

Chamber Music Staff

Head of Chamber Music
Jeremy Young LRAM ARAM

Deputy Head of Chamber Music
Rob Buckland (Wind, Brass and Percussion)
Donald Grant (Strings)

Ensembles in Association
Elias Quartet
Sitkovetsky Piano Trio
Talich Quartet

Waverley Junior Fellows in Chamber Music
Trio Gaspard

Tutors in Chamber Music
Tim Barber BMus(Hons) RNCM, PPRNCM, PGDip (Perf)
Sara Bitlloch
Rob Buckland GRNCM, PPRNCM, FRNCM
Levon Chilingirian ARCM, FRCM, HonPhD
Leonard Elschenbroich
Emma Ferrand DipRAM, ARAM, LRAM, FRNCM
Pavel Fischer
Matthew Hunt
Laura Jellicoe GMusRNCM(Hons), PPRNCM
Eira Lynn Jones
Katy Jones
Sally Ann Macleod
Steven Mead
Susie Mészáros
Professor John Miller MA, FGSM, FRNCM
Craig Ogden BA(Mus), PGDipRNCM, PPRNCM, FRNCM
Petr Prause
Wu Qian
Simone Rebello GMusRNCM, PPRNCM
Dr Tim Reynish
Thomas Schulze
Andy Scott
Lindsey Stoker
Chris Swann

Tutors in Historical Performance
Roger Hamilton MA, MA, ARCM
Harvey Davies GRNCM

Tutors in Jazz
Steve Berry FHEA
Geth Griffith FHEA PGcertPAE PGDipRNCM BMus(Hons)
Mike Hall BSc, PGDipRNCM


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