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Mission: The Academy’s mission is to provide pre-professional, undergraduate and postgraduate musical training of the highest national and international standards. It aims to enrich musical culture through the training and education of the most talented students to the highest standards.

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It's only 1 week until we launch Autumn at the Academy - with over 60 performances livestreamed to YouTube across term 🍂...
18/09/2020

It's only 1 week until we launch Autumn at the Academy - with over 60 performances livestreamed to YouTube across term 🍂

First are the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists presenting a program ft. Britten’s Lachrymae, followed by Nuno da Rocha with a world premiere of his work Diptych, finishing up with Shostakovich.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel & watch all streams: https://www.youtube.com/user/RoyalAcademyofMusic

The Fantasia Orchestra perform two socially-distanced concerts this Saturday 19 Sept, 15.30 & 19.00 at St Mary Abbots Ch...
18/09/2020

The Fantasia Orchestra perform two socially-distanced concerts this Saturday 19 Sept, 15.30 & 19.00 at St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington.

These concerts star multiple Academy students including conductor Tom Fetherstonhaugh and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, performing music by Elgar, Dvorak and Wagner.

Here they are rehearsing at Wells Cathedral earlier this week.

Applying the finishing touches to Dvorak's Cello Concert with Sheku Kanneh-Mason before our concerts Wells Cathedral today. We're all very excited to be performing again live!

Our Piano Open Day webinar goes live today at 4.30PM ✨Join us for a panel led by Head of Piano Joanna MacGregor, with th...
18/09/2020

Our Piano Open Day webinar goes live today at 4.30PM ✨

Join us for a panel led by Head of Piano Joanna MacGregor, with the chance for Q&A. Plus, we'll be hosting a livestream from the Academy at 5.30PM 🎹

Register here: https://www.ram.ac.uk/open-day-home/departments/piano

Our Open Day hubpage is live! 🎉Explore to find out more about studying at the Academy, get introductions from Heads of D...
17/09/2020

Our Open Day hubpage is live! 🎉

Explore to find out more about studying at the Academy, get introductions from Heads of Departments, and register for webinars tomorrow, Sunday 20 & Sunday 27 September with the chance for Q&A.

ram.ac.uk/opendays

17/09/2020
Timpani and Percussion Virtual Tour with Neil Percy

Our Virtual Open Days start tomorrow! 🎶

On Sunday, various departments including Timpani and Percussion will host webinars across the day. Here, Head of Timpani and Percussion Neil Percy offers a tour of our rooms.

Register for his webinar here: https://bit.ly/2ZOwHWV

& the rest of our webinars running from Friday 18 to Sunday 27 September here: https://www.ram.ac.uk/open-day-home/departments

https://vimeo.com/458857827

This was filmed with safe social distancing in place and in line with the Academy’s Covid-secure guidance.

16/09/2020
Bromley & Beckenham International Music Festival

The inaugural Bromley & Beckenham International Music Festival begins tomorrow, here's a clip of alumni Benjamin Grosvenor and Timothy Ridout performing Schumann.

The festival, which counts alumni Grosvenor and Raja Halder as two of its co-founders, was set up to celebrate local music-making as a response to the coronavirus restrictions.

An excerpt from Schumann's Dichterliebe performed by #BBIMFest musicians Timothy Ridout - Violist and Benjamin Grosvenor 🎹 🎻

See them both performing Dvořák's Piano Quintet in A major on Sunday 20 September at Bromley Parish Church as part of the first Bromley and Beckenham International Music Festival.

Households can attend in groups of up to 6 people, and if circumstances change full refunds will be available. Tickets and more info: https://www.bbimf.com/programme-2020

16/09/2020
CarmenCo

Our #repost of the day is the from CarmenCo, a trio of ex masters students: Emily Andrews, David Massey and Fancisco Correa, performing a brand new arrangement of Ian Clarke's hypnosis for flute and two guitars. #RAMplaysON

Hypnosis by Ian Clarke

Based on improvisations with Clarke/Hicks/Painter

Performed by Carmenco - Emily Andrews, David Massey and Fancisco Correa
https://carmenco.co.uk/

Arranged by David Massey (CarmenCo)
Recorded, shot and edited by Francisco Correa (CarmenCo & AM Records)

The original flute & piano recording is on Ian Clarke's 'Within...' CD, for more details see http://www.ianclarke.net/

Hypnosis as a piece has become widely known in the worldwide flute community. It's been arranged for flute and harp and flute and orchestra before, but this is the first arrangement for flute and guitars, and we feel it works particularly well like this - indeed the right hand of the piano sits so nicely on guitar it's as if it were written this way.

Ian writes: It came from an era when I played in band and we took the decision to jointly register tracks even if one or other of us were the main writer. I originally developed the flute part of course, and later developed the piano and flute version.

"To make the most of what the Academy has to offer, each of us has to be completely open to new ideas, attentive to one ...
15/09/2020

"To make the most of what the Academy has to offer, each of us has to be completely open to new ideas, attentive to one another, and prepared to learn — from whichever quarter."

Professor Timothy Jones, from a talk introducing new students to the Academy ethos.

📷 (c) Roscoe Rutter, 03/2020

15/09/2020
Kevin Suherman performs Liszt’s piano arrangement of Beethoven's 'Eroica' Symphony

Ahead of our Autumn at the Academy livestreams, here's another recording from our archives. Kevin Suherman performs Liszt’s piano arrangement of Beethoven's 'Eroica' Symphony.

Watch the full first movement on our YouTube channel > https://youtu.be/FJF237k6gWg

Our Autumn Piano Festival this term celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. Join us for free online on 13 October from 11.30am. For details and to browse the full season, visit > https://www.ram.ac.uk/events

14/09/2020

We’re so excited to welcome students to the Academy this week – complete with the arrival of our flag!

‘You’re not here to fit a mould but to find your own particular way and to realise your own strengths, as a musician and as a person.’ - Principal Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

Wonderful to watch Academy students Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Isata Kanneh-Mason perform at the BBC Proms. Their concert of...
12/09/2020
BBC Proms - 2020: Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason

Wonderful to watch Academy students Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Isata Kanneh-Mason perform at the BBC Proms. Their concert of Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Barber and Bridge was broadcast yesterday evening, you can catch up now on the BBC iPlayer.

Look out for the Academy's Head of Piano, Joanna MacGregor, who introduces the music alongside presenter Tom Service.

Superstar siblings Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason perform their first Prom together.

It’s #RememberACharityWeek - an opportunity for everyone to take a moment to consider supporting a charity.Find out how ...
11/09/2020

It’s #RememberACharityWeek - an opportunity for everyone to take a moment to consider supporting a charity.

Find out how you can contribute to help to ensure that the Academy continues to inspire, entertain and enrich generations to come.

https://www.ram.ac.uk/support-the-academy/how-to-give

09/09/2020
Finale to The People United Will Never Be Defeated! by Rzewski, from the Autumn Piano Festival

Our Autumn at the Academy season of livestreams begins later this month. To get you ready, here's a video from our archives.

The upcoming Autumn Piano Festival 2020 celebrates 250 years of Beethoven, contrasted with 20th century pieces and contemporary music. The free livestream will be available on YouTube for one month following the concerts on 13 October. Full programme: https://tickets.ram.ac.uk/sales/categories/autumn-piano-festival

This clip comes from the ending to Rzewski's epic, one-hour set of variations, The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - expertly performed by Academy pianists Julian Chan, George Fu, Mihaly Berecz and Harry Rylance.

Stay tuned until the very end... 🎹

This video shows the ending to Rzewski's epic, one-hour set of variations on the famous Chilean revolutionary song: a series of stylistically unique variatio...

For our latest alumni profile we spoke to our very own Head of Piano, Professor Joanna MacGregor CBE.Joanna spoke to us ...
07/09/2020
Lockdown Diaries: Joanna MacGregor CBE | Royal Academy of Music

For our latest alumni profile we spoke to our very own Head of Piano, Professor Joanna MacGregor CBE.

Joanna spoke to us about how she has been staying in touch with students and the creative challenges of lockdown.

Pianists interested in joining us from 2021 can sign up for the Piano Department Virtual Open Day which takes place on Friday 18 September. Register at: https://www.ram.ac.uk/opendays

Lockdown Diaries: Joanna MacGregor CBE

03/09/2020
Finale to Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 4: soloist Junyan Chen, conducted by Edward Gardner

As we prepare for Autumn at the Academy, here's a throwback to soloist Junyan Chen performing the finale to Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 4 with the Academy Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner.

This term, Gardner returns to the Duke's Hall to conduct a contemporary programme featuring music by Schoenberg, John Adams and Harrison Birtwistle, available to watch online from 27 November 2020.

Browse our full season, livestreamed in full for free > https://ram.ac.uk/events

Recorded on 4 October 2019, Sir Charles Mackerras Chair of Conducting, Edward Gardner, conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra in the finale to Rachmaninov's...

Congratulations to Visiting Professor of Piano Imogen Cooper CBE who has been awarded The Queen's Medal for Music for 20...
02/09/2020

Congratulations to Visiting Professor of Piano Imogen Cooper CBE who has been awarded The Queen's Medal for Music for 2019.

Imogen is a longstanding member of our community who was appointed as an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in 1997.

Find out more about the award > https://www.askonasholt.com/imogen-cooper-awarded-the-queens-medal-for-music/

📷 (c) Michael Eleftheriades

Download our diary of events for our full season, which will be livestreamed from the Academy to YouTube ✨Watch John Wil...
01/09/2020

Download our diary of events for our full season, which will be livestreamed from the Academy to YouTube ✨

Watch John Wilson and the Academy Symphony Orchestra, enjoy Britten's A Midsummer Night’s Dream conducted by Sian Edwards & much more. #RAMplaysON

https://www.ram.ac.uk/diary-of-events

01/09/2020

Our #repost of the day is the return of The Maknickas Family Trio, performing Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor (3rd movement).

Greta plays the violin and is starting her studies at the Academy this term; The cellist Julius studies at the National M. K. Ciurlionis School of Arts in Vilnius, and Ignas on piano is going into his fourth year at the Academy #RAMplaysON

28/08/2020
Bonsai

Happy Friday! Enjoy this livestream from Bonsai, featuring two Academy alumni 🎶 #RAMplaysON

Hope you enjoy the music!

Donations welcome - Paypal.me/bonsaibanduk

We are delighted that pianist Tamara Stefanovich will be the Visiting Professor of Chamber Music for 2020-21, curating t...
26/08/2020

We are delighted that pianist Tamara Stefanovich will be the Visiting Professor of Chamber Music for 2020-21, curating the Academy Chamber Music Festival from 15 March 2021.

She will collaborate with a wide range of students through study days, lectures and the festival itself. Welcome, Tamara!

📷 (c) Marco Borggreve

A great review for Academy students Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Isata Kanneh-Mason following their concert of Barber and Rach...
25/08/2020
Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason, Snape Maltings, review: a concert that put the Proms to shame

A great review for Academy students Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Isata Kanneh-Mason following their concert of Barber and Rachmaninov at Snape Maltings.

Sheku and Isata perform at the BBC Proms this year. Their concert will be broadcast on BBC Four on 11 September.

Snape Maltings' decision to welcome audiences back to its concert hall is a rejoinder to this year's audience-free Proms

This Autumn at the Academy, our entire season of over 60 concerts will be livestreamed for free and available for one mo...
24/08/2020

This Autumn at the Academy, our entire season of over 60 concerts will be livestreamed for free and available for one month after on our website and YouTube channel.

With the concert halls currently closed to the public, we are very excited to be sharing the work of our students with you digitally.

This packed term will see performances of contemporary, orchestral and early music, opera, jazz, musical theatre and much more. View our highlights: www.ram.ac.uk/news/autumn-at-the-academy

Join us from 25 September. #RAMplaysON

Excited to see the return of livestreamed events at Wigmore Hall featuring so many friends, professors and alumni of the...
24/08/2020
New Autumn Series | Whats On

Excited to see the return of livestreamed events at
Wigmore Hall featuring so many friends, professors and alumni of the Academy, from Kit Armstrong to Llŷr Williams, Samantha Quillish, MILOŠ, Allan Clayton, Rachel Podger and more #RAMplaysON

Wigmore Hall New Autumn Series includes 100 concerts livestreamed from 13 September - 22 December 2020 . Over 200 artists confirmed, of which over two-thirds are UK born or UK based, underlining Wigmore Hall’s efforts to get artists earning again. No...

It has been a joy to watch our students, alumni and friends share their creative talents over the last few months. We re...
21/08/2020
#RAMplaysON - Update 21 | Royal Academy of Music

It has been a joy to watch our students, alumni and friends share their creative talents over the last few months. We recently reached over 1000 #RAMplaysON contributions on Instagram 👏

Here are links to some of the latest performances along with Academy news >

Welcome to our round-up of Academy news and #RAMplaysON performance highlights.

17/08/2020
Kanako Mizuno - Peacemaking Pianist

Our share of the day is this Meditative Concert Project from Kanako Mizuno - which saw her selected as a winner of our Jacob Barnes Award this year. She presented this project by performing Sonata for violin and Piano in A Major - César Franck / Jules Delsart (transcription for cello) Laura Peribañez Artero. #RAMplaysON

Ho’oponopono -Meditative Concert Project is a fusion of a Hawaiian meditating method and classical music. This concert is for all ages and it could be in any language because the process of Hoʻoponopono is very simple. You just need to focus on the following phrases: I love you, Please forgive me, I am sorry, Thank you. This forgiveness process helps you to tidy up your mind.

I have been selected as a winner of Jacob Barnes Award at the Royal Academy of Music in 2020. I presented this project by performing Sonata for violin and Piano in A Major - César Franck / Jules Delsart (transcription for cello) with amazing cellist Laura Peribañez Artero. I came up with the idea of this collaboration since the sonata consists of four contrasting movements with such dramatic moments which match with each four phrases of Hoʻoponopono.

Through my experience of meditation practice in a yoga class I realised how simple and powerful Hoʻoponopono is. I have been practicing yoga and meditation since I was thirteen years old and I had never had a such huge successful achievement from them until my first time trying this method. In the end of the session a few people including me were crying and everyone seemed to be relaxed afterwards.

It was with a Hawaiian song which is specialised for Hoʻoponopono and it helped me to focus on the process. I believe that classical music could work as a same role and it would be great to share beautiful classical music and an amazing feeling to love, forgive and thank someone at the same time.

#RAMplaysON

Here's a selection of #RAMplaysON performances with news from the Academy community from the past week.Wishing all our f...
14/08/2020
#RAMplaysON - Update 20 | Royal Academy of Music

Here's a selection of #RAMplaysON performances with news from the Academy community from the past week.

Wishing all our followers a wonderful weekend.

Welcome to our round-up of Academy news and #RAMplaysON performance highlights.

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Julian Bream, Honorary Member of the Academy and a consu...
14/08/2020

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Julian Bream, Honorary Member of the Academy and a consultant with our Guitar Department.

📷 from the Academy Collections (c) Sophie Baker

13/08/2020
Hugh Mackay

Enjoy this beautiful rendition of Mozart's Bassoon and Cello Sonata K. 292 by talented Academy students Harry Atkinson and Hugh Mackay 👏 #RAMplaysON

We've been working on a little piece of Mozart which we've arranged for double bass and cello. We're excited to share what we've been up to! Tune in at 17:00 BST for a Facebook premiere.
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#cello #doublebass #beltitoutbasses #mozart #classicalmusic #chambermusic #duo

Congratulations to all the students who will be joining us in September! We're excited that you're taking the next step ...
13/08/2020

Congratulations to all the students who will be joining us in September! We're excited that you're taking the next step on your musical journey with us.

Want to join us in 2021? Sign up to our Virtual Open Days to see if the Academy is the right place for you: ram.ac.uk/opendays

12/08/2020
PINOK studio

Our share of the day is this epic performance of Passacaglia for two marimbas from Händel's Suite No. 7 in G Minor for harpsichord, featuring Academy alumna Rachel Lee #RAMplaysON

https://www.facebook.com/pinokstudio001/videos/1272954066373204/

Passacaglia for two marimbas
from Händel's Suite No. 7 in G Minor for harpsichord

G. F. Händel - J. Halvorsen

Performed by 2U1 Percussion Duo

#music #classicalmusic #percussion #performance #production #recording #percussionduo #drums #marimba #passacaglia Classic FM #classicfm

10/08/2020
Erich Gruenberg tribute | Royal Academy of Music

We are deeply saddened by the passing of a cherished member of the Academy community, violinist Erich Gruenberg.

Our Head of Strings Jo Cole has written a tribute to Erich, celebrating the incredible impact he has had on the music profession.

Read here:

On the very sad occasion of the death of Erich Gruenberg I am proud to have the opportunity to pay tribute to this giant of the violin who made such an enormous contribution to the music profession as a performer, and to the generations of violinists who had the privilege of studying under his guida...

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