The Royal College of Music (RCM) has announced a new partnership with medici.tv to livestream and make available on demand selected masterclasses and concerts at the conservatoire’s campus in London’s South Kensington.
Described by the New York Times as ‘the closest thing to a classical Netflix’, medici.tv broadcasts classical music to audiences across the world. Since its launch in 2008, it has grown to become the largest online platform for classical music – with more than 300,000 members from 182 countries. As the first UK conservatoire to partner with medici.tv, the RCM hopes to share the work of its students with this global audience.
To launch the partnership on 2 February 2018, a concert conducted by Bernard Haitink will be streamed live to audiences around the world at 7.30pm GMT. Featuring the RCM Symphony Orchestra and BBC Young Musician, Martin James Barlett, the programme includes Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony and Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C minor. The performance will be streamed from the Royal College of Music’s Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall and is free to view.
Through the RCM’s dedicated page on medici.tv, viewers can also watch past masterclasses with leading musicians including pianist, Sir András Schiff, and RCM alumni, mezzo-soprano, Sarah Connolly, and bass-baritone, Gerald Finley. Also on demand are concerts featuring RCM musicians and visiting conductors – including Vladimir Ashkenazy – as well as a performance of Steve Reich’s Three Movements.
RCM Artistic Director, Stephen Johns, said:
‘As the first UK educational institution to have its own electroacoustic studio, we have been at the heart of technical innovation in musical performance for more than 50 years. This collaboration with medici.tv is part of our ambition to disseminate the rich heritage of the RCM and illuminate the outstanding educational experience we offer our students.’
Header photo: RCM Studios control room during a livestream © Chris Christodoulou