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The Royal Academy of Music in central London has prepared musicians for successful, versatile and resourceful careers in music since 1822.
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The semi-final of BBC Young Musician airs on BBC Four this evening from 7pm UK time.Pleased to have Academy horn student...
30/04/2021
BBC Four - BBC Young Musician, 2020, Semi-Final

The semi-final of BBC Young Musician airs on BBC Four this evening from 7pm UK time.

Pleased to have Academy horn student Annemarie Federle and Junior Academy pianist Thomas Luke among the semi-finalists 🎵

The winners of the five category finals compete for just three places in the grand final.

Here are our Royal Academy Opera students in action, singing Mozart's Così fan tutte for an internal performance last we...
27/04/2021

Here are our Royal Academy Opera students in action, singing Mozart's Così fan tutte for an internal performance last weekend.

📷 by Robert Workman

Our next opera production, of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, will be livestreamed for free on our YouTube channel and website. Join us on 27 and 28 May > https://www.youtube.com/user/RoyalAcademyofMusic/

Our Organ students perform Nicolas de Grigny's Organ Mass, streamed live from the Duke's Hall tonight at 6.30pm >
26/04/2021
Organ Recital

Our Organ students perform Nicolas de Grigny's Organ Mass, streamed live from the Duke's Hall tonight at 6.30pm >

Academy organ students perform Nicolas de Grigny’s finest work, coached by the distinguished French Baroque specialist and organist David Ponsford. It will b...

Rachel Podger, Micaela Comberti Chair of Baroque Violin, directs an all-Bach programme of works written for dukes and ki...
25/04/2021
Bach the European: From Dukes to Kings

Rachel Podger, Micaela Comberti Chair of Baroque Violin, directs an all-Bach programme of works written for dukes and kings in today's concert from our Bach the European series. Join us live at midday from the Duke's Hall >

Rachel Podger, Micaela Comberti Chair of Baroque Violin, directs an all-Bach programme of works written for dukes and kings, the most notable dedicatee being...

Head of Brass, Mark David conducts a concert of music today at 1pm that features two world premieres from Gavin Higgins ...
23/04/2021
Academy Symphonic Brass

Head of Brass, Mark David conducts a concert of music today at 1pm that features two world premieres from Gavin Higgins and Thomas Hyde for our 200 PIECES series.

Experience the thrill of massed brass in this stirring programme from the Academy’s Symphonic Brass ensemble and Head of Brass, Mark David. Neo-medieval work...

Join us today and tomorrow at 6pm for our Jazz Ensemble concerts.  Streamed live from the Susie Sainsbury Theatre, these...
22/04/2021

Join us today and tomorrow at 6pm for our Jazz Ensemble concerts. Streamed live from the Susie Sainsbury Theatre, these performances are a chance to hear our jazz students showcasing their ensemble work from the term so far < https://bit.ly/32yJhul

Join us today and tomorrow at 6pm for our Jazz Ensemble concerts. Streamed live from the Susie Sainsbury Theatre, these performances are a chance to hear our jazz students showcasing their ensemble work from the term so far < https://bit.ly/32yJhul

20/04/2021

Our Bach the European series continues throughout April and May! Here's a clip from last week's concert, Bach the Arranger, directed Eamonn Dougan >

Academy teachers Rachel Podger and Christopher Glynn have released an acclaimed album of previously unfinished Mozart vi...
20/04/2021
Mozart: Violin Sonatas Fragment Completions (World Premieres) by Rachel Podger & Christopher Glynn

Academy teachers Rachel Podger and Christopher Glynn have released an acclaimed album of previously unfinished Mozart violin sonatas. You can find out more about the recording in this trailer from Channel Classics Records.

The featured completions of Mozart's music are by Deputy Principal Professor Timothy Jones - you can view some of his research on our website > https://www.ram.ac.uk/study/departments/research/research-projects/staff-research-projects/mozart-fragments-project

New Album Release!Mozart/Jones: Violin Sonatas Fragment Completions Violinist Rachel Podger and pianist Christopher Glynn have recorded various Mozart Violin...

15/04/2021

It's been fantastic having Sir Mark Elder with us this week. Here's a clip of him opening our summer term of livestreams with Mozart's Don Giovanni Overture.

Join us on YouTube tomorrow from 1pm (UK time) to hear Sir Mark lead the Academy Symphony Orchestra in a concert of Stravinsky, Arensky and Elgar > https://www.youtube.com/user/RoyalAcademyofMusic/

We're delighted to be able to bring our ever-popular Academy Tots workshops online for ages 2-4! Hear live music perform...
13/04/2021
Academy Tots

We're delighted to be able to bring our ever-popular Academy Tots workshops online for ages 2-4! Hear live music performed by Academy musicians, and join in with musical activities. Workshops will take place via Zoom every Friday morning from 30 April.

Musical workshops for children aged 2 to 4 and their parents and carers.

Join us on Thu 15 April at 1pm for two world premieres from our 200 PIECES series! Duo Altobasso perform pieces by Preet...
09/04/2021
Duo Altobasso

Join us on Thu 15 April at 1pm for two world premieres from our 200 PIECES series! Duo Altobasso perform pieces by Preetha Narayanan and John McLeod, streamed live from the David Josefowitz Recital Hall 🎻

PROGRAMME:Traditional, arr Edgar Francis (b 1999) and Jonah Spindel (b 1998)The Cat in the CornerJohn Naughton's JigPaul Wiancko (b 1983)American HaikuPreeth...

09/04/2021

The Academy is saddened at the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts and condolences are with our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and her family.

We're thrilled to announce that we will be sharing 25 free YouTube livestreams in April and May. Highlights include a re...
06/04/2021
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We're thrilled to announce that we will be sharing 25 free YouTube livestreams in April and May. Highlights include a residency from Sir Mark Elder, the return of the Bicentenary Prize and Royal Academy Opera premiering a new edition of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, directed by Jack Furness.

The Academy’s busy schedule of chamber music, ensembles and orchestras provide a wide variety of opportunities for all Academy students to gain ensemble experience and to perform publicly.

We are currently recruiting for an Admissions and Awards Administrator. Applications close at 10am on 19 April. For full...
01/04/2021
Work with us | Royal Academy of Music

We are currently recruiting for an Admissions and Awards Administrator. Applications close at 10am on 19 April. For full details please visit our website >

At the Royal Academy of Music, you will be working among talented and enthusiastic people in a fast-moving yet friendly environment.

31/03/2021
Spring Recital

Academy Song Circle presents its annual Spring Recital with songs by Grieg, Butterworth, Debussy and Wolf, livestreamed from the Angela Burgess Recital Hall.

This concert features the world premiere of a new work for solo voice by Rhian Samuel, one of our 200 Pieces written to celebrate the Academy Bicentenary in 2022.

Visit our website for programme information and a full list of performers: https://www.ram.ac.uk/recordings/spring-recital

You can join us for this concert on Facebook or YouTube. Subscribe to our channel to stay up to date with all our livestreams: https://www.youtube.com/user/RoyalAcademyofMusic/

To celebrate World Piano Day here's the third movement of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3 with soloist Bocheng Wang, con...
29/03/2021
Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3, Mov 3: soloist Bocheng Wang, conducted by John Wilson

To celebrate World Piano Day here's the third movement of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3 with soloist Bocheng Wang, conducted by John Wilson, filmed back in January 2020 🎹

Bocheng Wang stars as the solo pianist in this video of the final movement from Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3. John Wilson conducts the Academy Symphony Or...

A year ago today, we launched #RAMPlaysOn, aiming to share all the brilliant and innovative work that the Academy commun...
27/03/2021

A year ago today, we launched #RAMPlaysOn, aiming to share all the brilliant and innovative work that the Academy community has been a part of since lockdown began.

We have been thrilled to see that the Academy’s students, staff, alumni and friends have been busy with digital projects, from creating free education resources to performing living room concerts and solo recitals.

Here are just a few of the landmark achievements of the campaign – let us know your #RAMplaysON highlights!

A year ago today, we launched #RAMPlaysOn, aiming to share all the brilliant and innovative work that the Academy community has been a part of since lockdown began.

We have been thrilled to see that the Academy’s students, staff, alumni and friends have been busy with digital projects, from creating free education resources to performing living room concerts and solo recitals.

Here are just a few of the landmark achievements of the campaign – let us know your #RAMplaysON highlights!

We want to wish our alumnus Elton John l a wonderful birthday today, and a huge thank you for his continued support with...
25/03/2021

We want to wish our alumnus Elton John l a wonderful birthday today, and a huge thank you for his continued support with student scholarships!
📸 by Dave Benett
#HappyBirthdayEltonJohn

We want to wish our alumnus Elton John l a wonderful birthday today, and a huge thank you for his continued support with student scholarships!
📸 by Dave Benett
#HappyBirthdayEltonJohn

Join us tomorrow at 12 noon to for an afternoon of music and discussion led by the Principal Viola of the London Sinfoni...
25/03/2021
Viola, Viola

Join us tomorrow at 12 noon to for an afternoon of music and discussion led by the Principal Viola of the London Sinfonietta, Paul Silverthorne.

This livestream features contemporary music for solo viola by Robert Fokkens, Sohrab Uduman Composer and Jesse Jones, ending with Sir George Benjamin's Viola, Viola for viola duo.

Music and discussion led by the Principal Viola of the London Sinfonietta, Paul Silverthorne, including three new works for solo viola (200 PIECES): Elogia b...

21/03/2021
Solo Bach performances for Early Music Day on Vimeo

Celebrating Early Music Day with a playlist of solo Bach performances from our students >

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Our livestreamed concerts continue today at 3pm with Opera Scenes: a varied programme of operatic scenes, including musi...
18/03/2021
Royal Academy Opera Scenes

Our livestreamed concerts continue today at 3pm with Opera Scenes: a varied programme of operatic scenes, including music by Handel, Mozart and Ravel. Join us live from the Susie Sainsbury Theatre on Youtube ✨

Under the musical guidance of Head of Opera Brenda Hurley and the Repetiteur Fellows, RAO presents a varied programme of operatic scenes, including music by ...

We are recruiting for a Student Lifecycle Administrator to join our Registry team.You can find the full application deta...
17/03/2021
Work with us | Royal Academy of Music

We are recruiting for a Student Lifecycle Administrator to join our Registry team.

You can find the full application details and view all our vacancies by visiting our Work With Us page >

At the Royal Academy of Music, you will be working among talented and enthusiastic people in a fast-moving yet friendly environment.

We're pleased to be bringing you some of our Spring Term concerts as livestreams.Still to come this week: Royal Academy ...
17/03/2021
Trio Mazzolini

We're pleased to be bringing you some of our Spring Term concerts as livestreams.

Still to come this week: Royal Academy Opera perform a selection of scenes from the Susie Sainsbury Theatre, the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists perform music by Elgar and Britten, and our organ students perform a recital from the Duke's Hall.

Visit out YouTube channel for the full programme and to catch up on past performances. Here's a link to Trio Mazzolini's concert from yesterday >

PROGRAMME:Tom Coult (b 1988)ChronophageAugusta Read Thomas (b 1964)200 PIECES Amalgam (world premiere)Ryan Wigglesworth (b 1979)200 PIECES A Prayer-Sketch (w...

12/03/2021

Here's a video of Lyrus Winds performing their medley All At Sea, one of the winning submissions in our Digital Wind Chamber Prize 👏

10/03/2021

Excited to share footage from one of the winners of the Digital Wind Chamber Prize. Enjoy this virtual rendition of Jabberwocky performed by Sylva Winds 🎶

Join us at 1pm on YouTube for the first livestreamed concert of spring term! ✨ The Hill Quartet present a programme of S...
09/03/2021
Hill Quartet

Join us at 1pm on YouTube for the first livestreamed concert of spring term! ✨

The Hill Quartet present a programme of Schubert and a 200 Pieces world premiere performance.

PROGRAMME:William Sweeney (b 1950)200 PIECES mar rós a chaill... (world premiere)Franz Schubert (1797-1828)String Quartet No 14 in D minor, D 810, 'Death and...

Delighted to welcome the Minister of State for Universities Michelle Donelan MP to the Academy, as we resume in-person t...
08/03/2021

Delighted to welcome the Minister of State for Universities Michelle Donelan MP to the Academy, as we resume in-person teaching and performance activity.

The Minister sat in on a lesson with Sheku Kanneh-Mason and heard a rehearsal with Sylva Winds

It's good to be back! Department for Education

08/03/2021

We're thrilled to welcome students back to the Academy building today 🎶

For the first recording in our halls this year, here's Valerie Coleman's Umoja, performed by Sylva Winds. #InternationalWomensDay

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Here's an interview with Fraser Gordon, our new Head of Woodwind. We chatted about how he has found starting his new rol...
05/03/2021
Meet Fraser Gordon, Head of Woodwind | Royal Academy of Music

Here's an interview with Fraser Gordon, our new Head of Woodwind.

We chatted about how he has found starting his new role, his career highlights performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and (of course) his viral bassoon Baby Shark video >

We chatted to Fraser about his musical inspirations, what it’s like starting a new role during lockdown, and his love of Shirley Bassey.

04/03/2021

Jack Greed performs Ryan Wigglesworth's A Prayer-Sketch (without bell) for Olly. This is one of our 200 Pieces written ahead of the Academy Bicentenary in 2022.

Jack will also be premiering this new work in our upcoming livestream with Trio Mazzolini on 16 March > youtu.be/bdwNQwM7ilM

This piece was written in memory of Oliver Knussen, who was Ryan Wigglesworth's predecessor as Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music at the Academy. The title fittingly references Knussen's 1997 composition Prayer Bell Sketch, written in memory of his friend and colleague Tōru Takemitsu.

Today is University Mental Health Day. Here's our interview with alumna Christina McMaster, a pianist and programmer cro...
04/03/2021

Today is University Mental Health Day. Here's our interview with alumna Christina McMaster, a pianist and programmer crossing musical genres who founded Lie down and Listen, a series of events which combine music, meditation and yoga.

Read our Alumni Spotlight here > https://www.ram.ac.uk/news/alumni-spotlight-christina-mcmaster

Today is University Mental Health Day. Here's our interview with alumna Christina McMaster, a pianist and programmer crossing musical genres who founded Lie down and Listen, a series of events which combine music, meditation and yoga.

Read our Alumni Spotlight here > https://www.ram.ac.uk/news/alumni-spotlight-christina-mcmaster

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The Royal Academy of Music has been training musicians to the highest professional standards since its foundation in 1822. Its impact on musical life, both in the UK and abroad, is inestimable. The music profession is permeated at all levels with Academy alumni, including classical giants Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Harrison Birtwistle and pop stars Sir Elton John and Annie Lennox.

Every year some of the most talented young musicians from more than 50 countries come to study here, attracted by renowned teachers and a rich culture that broadens musical horizons, develops professional creativity and fosters entrepreneurial spirit. Students benefit from an ambitious calendar of concerts, operas, musical theatre shows and other events, in the run-up to which they work regularly with leading practitioners.

Ever since its inception, the Academy has been committed to transporting its musical activities from its central London home to national and international audiences. Today, students perform at leading venues and collaborate with distinguished partners in high-profile projects. In 2015 the Academy and New York’s Juilliard School joined forces in sensational concerts in Leipzig, Boston, New York and London, and in 2018 an orchestra comprising students from both the Academy and Tokyo University of the Arts performed in London, Oxford, Koriyama and Tokyo. The Academy’s recordings with Linn Records have received critical acclaim.

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