Workshops & Courses

Workshops and courses around South Kensington.

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Recorder Masterclass with Pierre Hamon

1 March
3pm
Royal College of Music
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A musician, composer and instrumentalist, whose repertoire ranges from medieval music to contemporary music, Pierre Hamon is welcomed to the College for this year's Recorder Festival. He takes an afternoon masterclass with RCM woodwind players.

Piano Masterclass with Stephen Hough

3 March
6pm
Royal College of Music
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Stephen Hough is one of the most distinctive musicians of his generation, ‘a virtuoso who begins where others leave off’ according to The Washington Post. the RCM is thrilled to welcome Stephen to give unique insight into his method in a masterclass with RCM pianists.

Harp Masterclass with Marisa Robles

6 March
2pm
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Marisa Robles has worked with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Yehudi Menuhin. Her amiable stage personality and her warm, clear playing endeared her not only to audiences, both live and television, but also to composers. This Visiting Professor of Harp returns to the College for an afternoon masterclass with RCM harpists.

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Meet the Professionals

8 March
11am
Royal College of Music
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Top female arts directors, composers and broadcasters join forces for an introductory International Women’s Day event to discuss the role of women in the music industry today and beyond. Don’t miss this opportunity to join the discussion with some of the UK’s most influential female arts professionals.

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Viola Masterclass with Isabel Villanueva

13 March
2pm
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Isabel Villanueva is regulary invited to give masterclasses at international institutions. She returns to the College to work with talented string players.

Wearable Technology

14th March
10am - 4:30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Learn the basics of Arduino coding and electronic textiles in this hands-on workshop.

Introduction to Rope-Making

28th March
2pm - 5:30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join this hands-on introduction to rope-making using recycled materials.

Picture This

29th March
1pm - 4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Create your own framed poster using graphic design techniques.

RÆBURN RÆMADE Parachute Bag Making

1st February
10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join British fashion label RAEBURN to design your own parachute bag.

Young Creatives Takeover Event

16th February
12:30 - 4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join the Young Creatives as they host a day of workshops and talks exploring the theme Impact.

Creative Entrepreneurs: Investment, Grants & Loans

18 & 25 February & 3 March
6:30 - 8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join this three-part course to find out everything you need to know about funding opportunities for your creative start-up.

International Women’s Day: Wikipedia edit-a-thon

8 March
10:30 - 4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Tackle the under-representation online of women designers, architects and others in this free Wikipedia edit-a-thon with WikiD and guests.

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Recorder Workshop with Maria Ayerza, Julien Feltrin and Ashley Solomon

1 March
11am
Royal College of Music
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RCM professors Maria Ayerza, Ashley Solomon and Julien Feltrin explore chamber music for recorder from the 16th, 18th and 20th centuries.

Sparks Spring into Song! Explorers

15 April
10:30am
Royal College of Music
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Ages 10–12 Join Katie Teage as she sows the seeds for a lifetime love of singing in this dynamic and fun spring-themed choir-in-a-day.

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Sparks at Keyboard Festival: Family Create

22 March
11am
Royal College of Music
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Ages 4+ - Encounter an outsized floor keyboard, virtuoso live performances, top of the range Steinway grand pianos, electronic keyboards, arts and crafts, storytelling and heritage objects from the RCM Museum. Suitable for all the family!

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Book Clubs at the Goethe-Institut London

Every month
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Goethe-Institut
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The book clubs meet once a month to informally explore the ideas contained in the best works of German fiction.

Professional Development at the V&A

Whether seeking guidance across a broad area, or niche support on topics such as, audience development, forging new revenue streams, organising private hire events, and collections management, there’s a plethora of subjects to choose from. Led by expert staff, learn and share best practice with colleagues from fellow UK and international cultural organisations.

The Drawing Gym

1st, 8th, 15th Feb
11am - 1.30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Using the museum and its permanent collection as a starting point, explore drawing techniques for visualising and communicating ideas. Over three weeks you will learn how to draw isometric projections, scale elevations, diagrams and more.

UPOPOY: Ainu Musical Culture & Crafts

16th Jan - 15th Feb
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Japan House London
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The event series celebrates the opening of Upopoy, Japan’s first national museum featuring the history and culture of the Ainu. Japan House will host concerts by contemporary Ainu musicians and other events include talks and workshops on Ainu decorative needlework traditions and patterns.

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Piano Workshop with Lindsay Garritson

28 January
2:30pm
Royal College of Music
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American pianist Lindsay Garritson works with RCM musicians on the intriguing keyboard works of composer Carl Vine.

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Clarinet Masterclass with Andrew Marriner

28 January
6pm
Royal College of Music
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Andrew Marriner has held the position of principal clarinet in the London Symphony Orchestra since 1986, when he succeeded the late Jack Brymer. During his orchestral career Andrew has maintained a presence on the worldwide solo concert platform, in the field of chamber music, and as a teacher. He works with young clarinettists in this evening masterclass.

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Composition Masterclass with Mark-Anthony Turnage

29 January
2pm
Royal College of Music
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Renowned British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage works with RCM composers as part of this season's Composer in Residence series. With his flair for vivid titles, and his complete absorption of jazz elements into a contemporary classical style, Turnage produces work with a strong appeal to an enquiring, often young audience.

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Flute Masterclass with Juliette Bausor

31 January
2pm
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Juliette Bausor is currently Principal Flute of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, having previously held the same position with both the Royal Northern Sinfonia and London Mozart Players.

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Bach Bites

31 January
6pm
Royal College of Music
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Our bite-sized Bach series continues this spring with a 30-minute programme of masterworks performed on our Flentrop Orgelbouw organ.

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RCM Sparks Lunchtime Concert for Schools: Feel the Force

5 February
1:05pm
Royal College of Music
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Key Stage 2 - A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Join the RCM Philharmonic as it orbits asteroids and heads into light speed for this epic interstellar concert, presented by 'Jedi Master' Katie Teage. Take a trip into space and explore the sounds of cosmic composer Kaija Saariaho and feel the force with a performance of John Williams’s main theme from Star Wars!

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Sparks at Recorder Festival: Recorders Rock!

1 March
11am
Royal College of Music
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Ages 6–12 - Calling all young recorder players! Join us for a unique opportunity to play as a mass ensemble accompanied by a professional live band in the inspiring surroundings of the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. Beginners are very welcome!

German Translator's Workshop

6th February
6 - 8pm
Goethe-Institut
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A regular drop-in peer-to-peer workshop for literary translators between German and English. Participants can bring passages or queries from a translation they are working on to discuss with the group or just come to listen and offer feedback.