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Royal Academy of Music The Royal Academy of Music moves music forward. From pre-school to post-doc, our students come here from more than 50 countries.
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We are the meeting point between the traditions of the past and the talent of the future, seeking out and supporting the musicians today whose music will move the world tomorrow. We challenge them to find their own voice, take risks and push boundaries. Simon Rattle, Felicity Lott, Elton John and Harrison Birtwistle all learnt their craft here. We are excited to discover who’s next. Every student

benefits from a stimulating curriculum and an ambitious range of concerts and events. Legendary artists come here not just to perform, but to become mentors, friends and musical partners. A world of music comes to us – and we send music back out into the world. As we enter our third century, our aim is to shape the future of music by discovering and supporting talent wherever it exists. Music never stands still – and nor will we.

We are delighted to celebrate the recent successes of the Academy's singers and accompanists, who have won prizes both i...
30/10/2023

We are delighted to celebrate the recent successes of the Academy's singers and accompanists, who have won prizes both in the UK and abroad ✨

Find out more here >

We are delighted to celebrate the recent successes of the Academy's singers and accompanists, who have won prizes both in the UK and abroad.

"The formal training I got at the Academy was completely essential to getting the job...everything we were taught is use...
26/10/2023

"The formal training I got at the Academy was completely essential to getting the job...everything we were taught is useful, even if we only discover it much further down the line."

On her final day at the Academy, Helena Mackie was offered the position of Principal Oboe with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 🎼 We catch up with her to find out how her Academy training has prepared her for this role > https://bit.ly/3QwnTQf

25/10/2023

Don't miss Academy pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu who will be performing as part of our Piano Series at Wigmore Hall on Wednesday 1 November 🎹

In this video, George plays an excerpt from 'Transformation on Gigue' from Violin Partita No. 2 by J. S. Bach , which forms part of the concert programme. Hear this piece alongside Debussy études and more recent works by pianist-composers.

Book your tickets here > https://bit.ly/3QpYxn3

Congratulations to Accordion alum and Visiting Professor Martynas Levickis  who received the 'Instrumentalist of the Yea...
21/10/2023

Congratulations to Accordion alum and Visiting Professor Martynas Levickis who received the 'Instrumentalist of the Year award' at the prestigious Opus Klassik Awards 2023 🎉

Read more here >

Accordion alum and Visiting Professor Martynas Levickis received the 'Instrumentalist of the Year award' at the prestigious Opus Klassik Awards 2023 for his solo album Autograph.

We are excited to see eight Academy alumni receiving nominations  at this year's  The Ivors Academy Classical Awards.Con...
20/10/2023

We are excited to see eight Academy alumni receiving nominations at this year's The Ivors Academy Classical Awards.

Congratulations to all our Academy community and friends that have been shortlisted for this year's awards 🎉

Find out more here >

We are pleased to have a strong representation at this year's Ivors Classical Awards, with eight Academy alumni from the composition and Junior Academy departments receiving nominations.

19/10/2023

🎧 Listen to a snippet from 'A Charlestonian Rhapsody: The Story of Edmund T Jenkins', produced by Natalie Steed at Rhubarb Rhubarb for BBC Radio 3 .

Edmund Thornton Jenkins arrived in London in 1914 with his father’s Orphanage Band to perform at the Anglo-American Exposition. In London he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied for seven years.

Recently, Academy alum and Governing Body member Alexis Ffrench visited the Academy for a free pre audition masterclass ...
18/10/2023

Recently, Academy alum and Governing Body member Alexis Ffrench visited the Academy for a free pre audition masterclass 🎼

The masterclass focused on unlocking creative potential and tapping into your ‘musical superpower’ – all to build confidence in students aiming to audition for music schools and conservatoires.

📷 Charlotte Levy

Congratulations to recent Academy oboe graduates, Helena Mackie and Drake Gritton who have taken up principal positions ...
17/10/2023

Congratulations to recent Academy oboe graduates, Helena Mackie and Drake Gritton who have taken up principal positions at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) 🎼

Read more here >

We are pleased to share the news that recent oboe graduates Helena Mackie and Drake Gritton have taken up principal positions at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Congratulations to the Academy Jazz Orchestra who put on an incredible concert celebrating the music of Herbie Hancock 🎷...
13/10/2023

Congratulations to the Academy Jazz Orchestra who put on an incredible concert celebrating the music of Herbie Hancock 🎷

The concert featured especially commissioned arrangements from legendary album Head Hunters, alongside other music from Hancock’s extraordinary catalogue, led by musical directors/arrangers Tom Walsh and Reuben Fowler.

📷 Charlotte Levy

The former Battersea home of ground-breaking singer and performer, Evelyn Dove has been marked with a blue plaque.Evelyn...
12/10/2023

The former Battersea home of ground-breaking singer and performer, Evelyn Dove has been marked with a blue plaque.

Evelyn graduated from the Academy in 1919, having studied piano, contralto and elocution.

Learn more about Evelyn's time at the Academy and incredible contribution to music > https://bit.ly/3twBOgg

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The former Battersea home of ground-breaking singer and performer Evelyn Dove has been marked with a blue plaque, at an event attended by the Academy's Widening Participation team.

It was a pleasure to be joined by Historical Performance students from The Juilliard School, New York for the latest con...
11/10/2023

It was a pleasure to be joined by Historical Performance students from The Juilliard School, New York for the latest concert in our Bach in Leipzig series, directed by John Butt.

The Academy has a long history of international collaboration, and we are proud of our established artistic association with Juilliard 🌎

📸 Charlotte Levy

'Trevor Pinnock opens up unexpected new sound worlds in these orchestral arrangements of three of Bach's famous keyboard...
09/10/2023

'Trevor Pinnock opens up unexpected new sound worlds in these orchestral arrangements of three of Bach's famous keyboard partitas.'

Released in September, the Academy's latest recording on Linn Records , Bach Partitas re-imagined for small orchestra, has received global acclaim across numerous platforms 🎼

Here is a round-up of the reviews so far >

Released in September, the Academy's latest recording on Linn Records, Bach Partitas re-imagined for small orchestra, has received critical acclaim across numerous platforms.

'What’s so amazing about the art form is that through so many talented people, you create one thing that is more powerfu...
06/10/2023

'What’s so amazing about the art form is that through so many talented people, you create one thing that is more powerful than anything.'

We're so inspired by Academy Fellow and alum Jonathon Heyward who has been selected as one of the Next Generation Leaders by TIME magazine.

Read the full article here >

Jonathon Heyward, the youngest current music director of any major U.S. orchestra, is cracking open the world of classical music

The Academy was well represented at the 2023 Gramophone Awards 🏆Congratulations to alumni Timothy Ridout - Violist , Edw...
05/10/2023

The Academy was well represented at the 2023 Gramophone Awards 🏆

Congratulations to alumni Timothy Ridout - Violist , Edward Gardner, Jennifer France, Claire Barnett-Jones Mezzo Soprano and Dame Felicity Lott on receiving their awards last night 👏

Read more here > https://bit.ly/3ZFFZlX

📢 Introducing our 2023/24 Bicentenary Scholars 🎶Find out more about the nine outstanding students who have been awarded ...
04/10/2023

📢 Introducing our 2023/24 Bicentenary Scholars 🎶

Find out more about the nine outstanding students who have been awarded the Scholarship for this academic year > https://bit.ly/3Q2L30t

October's 'Object of the Month' honours Blindness Awareness Month with these three General Musicianship Papers for the L...
03/10/2023

October's 'Object of the Month' honours Blindness Awareness Month with these three General Musicianship Papers for the Licentiateship Examination of the Royal Academy of Music from 1929, written entirely in braille.

Read on to find out more > https://bit.ly/46evmsG

30/09/2023

Some words of wisdom to kick-start your weekend ✨

Revisit Lin-Manuel Miranda's incredible speech at our special Bicentenary Graduation ceremony in 2022 🎓

28/09/2023

Have you explored 200 PIECES? 👀

To celebrate our Bicentenary year, we invited 200 composers to write 200 new works for solo instrument or voice.

Browse the library, complete with composer biographies and links to scores > https://www.ram.ac.uk/200-pieces

This weekend Junior Jazz turns 20! 🎉🎷Ahead of this special anniversary we asked alumni to share their memories of taking...
27/09/2023

This weekend Junior Jazz turns 20! 🎉🎷

Ahead of this special anniversary we asked alumni to share their memories of taking part in the course, including Jacob Collier, Kit Downes and Tom Walsh.

In celebration of this landmark, a special concert and a morning workshop for young musicians, led by alumna and bassist Daisy George, takes place at the Academy this Saturday. Read more and book for our Junior Jazz at 20 concert here >

This month the Academy is marking 20 years of its Junior Jazz department with a celebratory concert.

📣🍂 Don't forget booking is open for our autumn season of eventsWe are looking forward to over 70 concerts and 11 masterc...
25/09/2023

📣🍂 Don't forget booking is open for our autumn season of events

We are looking forward to over 70 concerts and 11 masterclasses at the Academy this term, covering jazz, opera, musical theatre, chamber, symphonic music and new works.

As ever, many of our events are free to attend.

🎟️ Discover what's on and book your tickets here > https://bit.ly/3XXRF2i

22/09/2023

Out today on Linn Records, Academy students perform Bach Partitas re-imagined by alumnus Thomas Oehler for small orchestra, produced by Academy Principal Jonathan Freeman-Attwood and conducted by the incredible Trevor Pinnock 🎼

Joining the Academy students are musicians from the Glenn Gould School, part of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto.

Read more here > https://bit.ly/3Zvm7C0

📣🎉 Exciting announcementYesterday a new international agreement between the Academy and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra...
21/09/2023

📣🎉 Exciting announcement

Yesterday a new international agreement between the Academy and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was announced by the High Commissioner of Australia to the UK, the Hon Stephen Smith.

The three-year programme of collaboration and exchange aims to enrich the two institutions' student training, preparing the UK and Australia's most exceptional young musicians for professional performance careers on the international stage.

Find out more here > https://bit.ly/3rcxB0w

Australian High Commission in the United Kingdom

On Wednesday 20 September a new international agreement between the Royal Academy of Music and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was announced by the High Commissioner of Australia to the UK, the Hon Stephen Smith.

Today we announce Resounding Shores, a new performance series celebrating Purcell and the legacy of a golden age for mus...
20/09/2023

Today we announce Resounding Shores, a new performance series celebrating Purcell and the legacy of a golden age for music in England 🎼

This series will also include SIDE-BY-SIDE opportunities for Academy musicians. Leading visiting artists will join students in rehearsals and performances, bringing a fresh vocational experience and collaborative engagement.

Public booking opens on Monday 25 September.

Find out more here > https://bit.ly/3ro5mvN

September's Object of the Month is Sir Henry Wood's 'Apples' 🎨As well as his passion for music, Henry Wood had a love fo...
19/09/2023

September's Object of the Month is Sir Henry Wood's 'Apples' 🎨

As well as his passion for music, Henry Wood had a love for art and painted the Three Apples when he was just eleven years old.

Read more here > https://bit.ly/3Ly3RBZ

Reinbert de Leeuw Professor of Music, Barbara Hannigan, spends a day working at the Royal Academy of Music amid her seri...
15/09/2023

Reinbert de Leeuw Professor of Music, Barbara Hannigan, spends a day working at the Royal Academy of Music amid her series of concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra.

This morning Barbara taught vocal studies student soprano Abigail Sinclair. Later on, she worked with Principal Jonathan Freeman-Attwood on edits of a new Stravinsky recording to be released with Linn Records next year. The recording features students from the Academy and The Juilliard School, conducted by Barbara Hannigan.

13/09/2023

As we enter our third century, our aim is to shape the future of music by discovering and supporting talent wherever it exists 🎼

Could this be you? Sign up to our 2023 Open Days to discover more about the Academy > https://bit.ly/44YnESJ

Tomorrow Ignas Maknickas makes his solo debut at Wigmore Hall as part of the Academy Piano Series 🎹Ignas, who has appear...
12/09/2023

Tomorrow Ignas Maknickas makes his solo debut at Wigmore Hall as part of the Academy Piano Series 🎹

Ignas, who has appeared with the Aarhus and Lithuanian Symphony Orchestras, will perform Schubert’s transcendental final sonata with five ethereal miniatures by the Lithuanian composer and theologian Alvidas Remesa.

Book here > https://bit.ly/488qkPQ

📷 Kaupo Kikkas

A huge congratulations to Academy alum, Ben Glassberg - Conductor who has been appointed new Music Director of the Volks...
09/09/2023

A huge congratulations to Academy alum, Ben Glassberg - Conductor who has been appointed new Music Director of the Volksoper Wien in Vienna 🎼

Read more here > https://bit.ly/3P2cJRm

📷 Gerard Collett

Congratulations to the dynamic Ezra Collective on their incredible win at the Mercury Prize  last night - a milestone mo...
08/09/2023

Congratulations to the dynamic Ezra Collective on their incredible win at the Mercury Prize last night - a milestone moment for the exciting new wave in British Jazz 🎺✨

We’re proud the band includes recent Jazz graduate Ife Ogunjobi who, along with Femi Koleoso and Joe Armon-Jones, also attended our Junior Jazz course.

Read more here > https://bbc.in/48i73vs

🎫 You can also join us on 30 Sept when we celebrate 20 years of Junior Jazz at the Academy. Book your tickets here > https://bit.ly/3P1LSVm

They won the £25,000 for their album Where I'm Meant To Be, which is the first-ever jazz album to win.

After studying at the Academy, violinist Simon Kodurand embarked on a freelance career, touring the country with most of...
05/09/2023

After studying at the Academy, violinist Simon Kodurand embarked on a freelance career, touring the country with most of the major orchestras and period ensembles before being appointed Artistic Director of The Bristol Ensemble in 2021.

We caught up with Simon to find out how his studies at the Academy shaped his current pursuits.

🎼 Read more here > https://bit.ly/45NSxcU

''Do what you have to do to allow you the most space for the things you want to do”. It can apply to so many things. Ple...
04/09/2023

''Do what you have to do to allow you the most space for the things you want to do”. It can apply to so many things. Please ponder it. It's a wonderful way of finding an equilibrium between the daily requirements of life and the life-enhancing dreams and possibilities of our own personal journeys. I wish you the very best of luck. You're the future of this profession and there is nothing we are all more committed to than wanting to do the very best for you. Be brave. Go for it. We're behind you.'

Our Principal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, shared the words of Lin-Manuel Miranda from his recent commencement speech at Hunter College as part of his welcome to new students to the Academy 🎼

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Hannah Roberts as the Jacqueline du Pré Professor of Cello 🎻This new profe...
04/09/2023

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Hannah Roberts as the Jacqueline du Pré Professor of Cello 🎻

This new professorship marks Hannah’s significant achievements in music and her contribution to the Academy, whilst honouring the enduring legacy of Jacqueline du Pré. The title has been awarded with the blessing of the du Pré family.

Read more here 👇🏼

The Royal Academy of Music today announced Hannah Roberts will become the Jacqueline du Pré Professor of Cello, effective immediately.

📣🍂Online booking is now open for our autumn season of eventsGeneral telephone booking will open on Monday 11 September f...
30/08/2023

📣🍂Online booking is now open for our autumn season of events

General telephone booking will open on Monday 11 September from 10am.

🎟️ Discover what's on and book your tickets here > https://bit.ly/3XXRF2i

29/08/2023

As we enter our third century, our aim is to shape the future of music by discovering and supporting talent wherever it exists 🎼

Could this be you? Sign up to our 2023 Open Days to discover more about the Academy and whether it’s the right place for you > https://bit.ly/44YnESJ

The Royal Academy of Music is a place where musicians can connect, create and collaborate.Today we look forward to the r...
25/08/2023

The Royal Academy of Music is a place where musicians can connect, create and collaborate.

Today we look forward to the release of our latest recording of Bach Partitas with Linn Records, reuniting the Academy Soloists Ensemble and students from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory in Canada with renowned conductor Trevor Pinnock.

Our Principal, producer Jonathan Freeman-Attwood commissioned Academy alum, Thomas Oehler to reimagine three of Bach's most celebrated keyboard Partitas for chamber orchestra. This new perspective of Bach’s keyboard writing will be released by Linn Records September 22.

👀 Listen to the Allemande from Bach’s Partita No.5 in G and pre-order here > https://bit.ly/3PaVnTv

This summer our Academy Symphony Orchestra performed Gershwin's An American in Paris with the incredible Ryan Bancroft l...
22/08/2023

This summer our Academy Symphony Orchestra performed Gershwin's An American in Paris with the incredible Ryan Bancroft live in the Duke's Hall.

🎼 Watch the performance here >

George GershwinAn American in ParisPerformed by the Academy Symphony OrchestraRyan Bancroft - conductorRecorded live at the Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Mus...

21/08/2023

We're looking forward to seeing our alumni Sir Simon Rattle, Lucy Crowe, Allan Clayton, Brindley Sherratt and Iestyn Davies in action at the BBC Proms this week 🎹🎶

Good luck to all Academy staff, students and alumni performing in the festival!

Good luck to our Musical Theatre Company on their performances of Carousel 🎠This production will run until Sunday 9 July...
06/07/2023

Good luck to our Musical Theatre Company on their performances of Carousel 🎠

This production will run until Sunday 9 July. Last remaining tickets are available here > https://bit.ly/3O3sWqi

📷 Craig Fuller

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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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👀Mark your calendars for our spring season...

Online booking opens to the general public on 15 December at 10am.

Get a first look at our diary of events here > https://bit.ly/3iHWH2u
✨Congratulations to our Musical Theatre Company on their performance of Colored Lights, a concert celebrating the musical brilliance of Kander and Ebb.

📷 Craig Fuller
Today marks the end of term, and what a term it's been 🎼

If you'd like a sneak peek of what we have coming up, take a look at our spring 2023 diary here > https://www.ram.ac.uk/diary-of-events

🎟️ Online general booking opens on the 15 December at 10am.

📸 Frances Marshall
As part of the Academy's Bicentenary celebrations we are delighted to announce the appointment of Leif Ove Andsnes to the new post of Aud Jebsen Visiting Professor of Piano.

Joanna MacGregor (Dame Myra Hess Chair of Piano) says: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome this much admired pianist to the Piano Department at the Academy. Along with our new Spring Piano Series at the Wigmore Hall, working with Leif Ove offers exciting opportunities to our young pianists.’

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Today, the Academy Jazz Orchestra welcomes the leader of Kansas Smitty’s band, saxophonist and clarinettist Giacomo Smith, to present two of Duke Ellington’s acclaimed – but rarely performed – band suites: The Queen’s Suite and the Nutcracker Suite 🎷

Only a few tickets remain. Book here > http://bit.ly/3FdEF14
Our final Bach concert of the year takes place this Sunday, directed by Iain Ledingham in a programme reflecting on key events in the church calendar.

Tickets for 2022 are now sold out.

🎟️ Don't miss out on next year's Bach series. Book here > https://bit.ly/3DkzJ8l
Congratulations to our Royal Academy Opera students on their final performance of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress 🎭

📸Craig Fuller
Congratulations to our opera students for a brilliant opening of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress.

A few tickets remain for tonight's performance at 7pm.

Book here > https://bit.ly/3zbsGO1

📸 Craig Fuller
Tonight's the night 🎭

This evening, Academy Opera students present the opening night of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, directed by Frederic Wake-Walker and conducted by Trevor Pinnock.

📸 Craig Fuller
Last week, Academy students and professors performed excerpts from Purcell's The Fairy Queen. Congratulations to everyone involved ✨

📸 Frances Marshall
Great concert at The Spice of Life - Soho this week with our students and Head of Jazz, Nick Smart, celebrating the music of John Mayer 🎷 🎶

Read the LondonJazz review here: https://londonjazznews.com/2022/11/17/indo-jazz-fusions-revisited-2022-efg-ljf/

📸 Robert Crowley
Tonight our students and professors perform excerpts from Purcell's The Fairy Queen, one of our library's most famous treasures ✨

The full score of The Fairy Queen was lost when Purcell died in 1695. However, in around 1900 the score was discovered among uncatalogued material in the Academy Library.

📸 Frances Marshall Photography
Next week, Academy students will perform Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress conducted by Trevor Pinnock and directed by Frederic Wake-Walker 🎭

🎟️ Book your tickets here > https://bit.ly/3zbsGO1
From the bees on the roof to one of the finest violins in the world, the Academy is full of surprising treasures 🐝

Listen to episode 5 of our podcast, available on all major platforms 🎧 > https://www.ram.ac.uk/recordings/short-stories-episode-5-treasure-seekers
We're counting down until our Henry Wood Chair of Conducting, John Wilson, conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra in three 20th-century French works.

Good to luck to all of the performers 🎼
Calling all orchestral percussionists aged 14-17 🥁

Join our Percussion Club sessions in January 2023 for those performing around Grade 5 and above - a chance to enhance your skills, meet other young musicians, and perform at the Academy!

To find our more and book your place, email [email protected]