Topic outline

  • Performance and Programming


    RNCM Performance and Programming is the department that co-ordinates the artistic activity of the College, and how this links to the academic programme.

    The team works alongside teaching staff to plan and manage the College’s artistic programme up to four years ahead.

    This team creates the College’s performance programme, bringing an overarching artistic sense to all the many different types of performance. We are responsible for co-ordinating repertoire, artists, collaborations, themes and festivals, complementing students’ principal and academic studies. The performance programme covers classical to world music to jazz, opera to dance, ancient to contemporary, giving us all the opportunity to broaden our outlooks and experience new sounds.

  • Public Performance Opportunities for RNCM Students

    Monday Recital Series

    Frequency: weekly, in the Autumn and Spring terms

    This series takes place in the Concert Hall on Monday lunchtimes (1.15pm), and is free to the public. The concerts last for 30 minutes, and comprises two 15 minute programmes. This series is mainly for solo and duo performances, but we may accept works for up to five players. 


    Spotlight Series

    Frequency: no fixed number, across all three terms

    This series takes place in the Carole Nash Recital Room or the RNCM Bar, and can be anything from a classical concert to a post-concert pop gig. Spotlight concerts are usually programmed on days that there are evening concerts. Pre-concert Spotlights usually start at 6.30pm (and last 30 minutes), and post-concert Spotlights start around 9.45pm (and potentially last up to 45 minutes). 

    We aim to select Spotlights that we think would attract a similar audience to that of the main concert, encouraging them to attend both. We also programme a stand-alone Triple-Bill evening of Spotlights.

    It is your responsibility to organise everything from music hire to rehearsals, and you will need to submit a fully developed idea with the personnel already agreed.

    For more information on the Monday Recital Series and Spotlight Series, contact Paul Massey: 


    RNCM Festivals

    The RNCM hosts an annual series of festivals and instrument days, where high profile artists will visit the College to give concerts and masterclasses. There are several performance and composition opportunities for RNCM students within these events, ranging from solo performances to chamber groups and larger ensembles.

    For more information on upcoming festivals, visit the website ( or contact Harriet Lane:

  • RNCM Gold Medal Competition

    The RNCM Gold Medal Competition consists of a series of solo recitals promoted by the College to agents, concert promoters, BBC producers and music critics.

    Ten outstanding student performers and four composers will be selected for the event, which is intended to offer the very highest platform in professional recital performance to the RNCM’s students.



    • Year 2 – 4
    • PG students (providing they have not already completed the IAD programme)
    • Year 2 – 4 students must have achieved 80% or higher in their end-of-year recital last summer
    • 3Yr BMus students may enter in any year of study



    • Year 1 – 4
    • PG students (not including MPhil/PhD students)

    For more information about the Gold Medal Competition, contact Paul Massey: