Performance, Practices and Sources
The RCM’s unrivalled Special Collections both enable and inspire research, illuminating the contexts in which music is created and performed.
The RCM has a strong reputation for reinterpreting the past for the present through high-level practical exploration, whether in concerts or recordings.
Many RCM professors are performer-researchers working from historical sources – including instruments, manuscripts and early printed editions, treatises, or historical accounts – to invigorate and illuminate practice.
Music-making: past, present and future
As a complement to its outstanding collections, RCM researchers interrogate the business of instrument building, of music publishing and editing, and of concert programming and recording.
This burgeoning area of research into current trends in the music profession links directly with the RCM Creative Careers Centre.
- Singing a Song in a Foreign Land: a major RCM research and performance project on music and emigration.
- Listening Experience Database: a collaboration between the OU and the RCM to collate people’s experiences of listening to music.
- 24 Violons du Roi: a collaboration with the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles in performing on recreations of the instruments that featured in Louis XIV's orchestra.