Saturday, October 10, 2020 Royal College of Music streams short film on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's "little-known but masterful Clarinet Quintet" 7 PM November 2


IN A new series of specially commissioned short films, the Royal College of Music (RCM) presents a new way of experiencing classical performance.

The In Focus series will enable viewers to experience the warmth, intimacy and richness of chamber music from their own homes.

Filmed across RCM’s state-of-the-art new venues, roving cameras bring a unique perspective on musicians’ technique and on-stage communication during the performance.

Produced in-house by the RCM’s team of professional producers, videographers and technicians, the immersive films will feature the music of RCM alumni composers Elizabeth Maconchy and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, alongside classic repertoire by Bach, Stanford, and others.

Each film, detailed below, showcases performances from some of the College’s top musicians and explores the history of music through genre-defining instruments, such as the harpsichord and piccolo cello, as well as focusing on legendary composers from the RCM.

The films will premiere at 7pm on the dates below on the RCM’s  YouTube and Facebook channels.

Audiences watching live will be able to join in the live chat with viewers from all over the world, and the films will also be available to watch back on demand.


November 2 – Coleridge-Taylor
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor began his studies at the RCM in 1890 at the age of 15. This film sheds light on his little-known but masterful Clarinet Quintet, performed by RCM chamber musicians the Salome Quartet. The piece’s composition was prompted by RCM professor Charles Villiers Stanford’s comment that no one would be able to compose a Clarinet Quintet that did not show Brahms’ influence. Coleridge-Taylor took this as a challenge and Stanford, on examining the result, remarked, ‘you’ve done it, me boy!’ 

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