Kingston RPM: Records, People and Music


We are launching a schools competition to design the cover artwork for an album being produced as part of Kingston RPM. Featuring music from our gig day and oral testimonies from the project, the album will showcase the musical heritage uncovered by the project, and we need your help to design a cover that reflects this. The winning design will become the official cover for the album.

All shortlisted album covers will go on display at the Rose Theatre, as part of the Kingston RPM exhibition. (NB – the exhibition opens on the 16th June and will run until the 9th September. The shortlisted designs will be on display in the exhibition after the 24th July 2017


1st Place: 

  • Winning artwork will be used as the cover artwork for the Kingston RPM album.
  • £500 bursary for the school to support a heritage or music trip/activity.

Runners Up:

  • Two runners up will be selected and their schools will each receive a £500 bursary, to support a heritage or music trip/activity.

Please see the full information pack here – Kingston RPM – Schools Album Cover Competition



Dust off your Deccas!
From moth eaten band t-shirts, screwed up tickets, dusty Decca records, badges, programmes, photographs and the story of that one time when… we need you!

We are on the lookout for any memorabilia, photographs or stories relating to Kingston’s musical history between the 40s and 70s; from the army bands that came over in the 40s, to T-shirts, ticket stubs, programmes and badges from gigs in Kingston in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

If you have any information, you can get in touch with us via:
Social media: #kingstonrpm
                     @_CreativeYouth (Twitter)
Phone:          020 8549 2120

Key Dates:

16th June – 19th September: Exhibition at the Rose Theatre

19th – 23rd June: School’s Singing Festival at the Rose Theatre

8th July: Marching Band and Gig Day

September 2017: Album Launch, Live Music and Record Fair at HMS Steadfast


Kingston RPM will explore and showcase the rich and varied music heritage of Kingston and its influence on the music and musicians today. For the first time, the borough’s rich music heritage will be identified and recorded, with the general public being able to access the information in a range of interactive ways. The project will focus on three unifying themes; The Record Industry, Musicians/Venues and The American Army’s influence.

Highlights of the project include a 12 week exhibition at the Rose Theatre that celebrates and showcases the uncovered music heritage within the borough, an oral history engagement programme that will see the community trained in capturing and processing oral histories and the recording and distribution of a music and oral history album. It will also include a spectacular gig day at the Rose Theatre, part of the International Youth Arts Festival 2017, a marching band inspired by the American Army’s influence on the borough and a Record Fair, bringing together some of the UK’s highest quality artists and musicians.

The project will also deliver a schools singing and composition project, led by Kingston Music Service, which will see 1,200 primary school children perform a new piece of music created by 120 secondary school children and a competition for schools, to design the cover of the music and oral history album produced.

This project has been supported by Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Royal Borough of Kingston. It will also be delivered alongside a number of key partners; Rose Theatre, Kingston Music Service, Kingston History Centre and Kingston University.