Royal Academy of Music

Royal Academy of Music Inspiring great musicians since 1822
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Box Office: 020 7873 7300 Academy Chimes: 020 7873 7400 Main switchboard: 020 7873 7373 The Royal Academy of Music in central London has prepared musicians for successful, versatile and resourceful careers in music since 1822. If you'd like to receive information on future performances by post or email, please send your name and address to [email protected].

Since 1822 the Royal Academy of Music has prepared students for successful careers in music according to the constantly evolving demands of the profession. Academy musicians study instrumental performance, composition, jazz, musical theatre and opera. The Academy’s student community is truly international, with over 50 countries represented. As the Academy approaches its bicentenary it goes from strength to strength. In the past three years alone, the Academy has been rated the best conservatoire for research by the Times Higher, the top conservatoire and the second-highest rated institution in the country for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, and top conservatoire in The Times University Guide. The Academy's Alumni Network provides all former students of the Royal Academy of Music with a wide-ranging professional support service and social network.

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.

📢 We're thrilled to announce our honours for 2020! 🎶On 8 and 9 July this year we recognise individuals including Academy...
14/02/2020
Royal Academy of Music announces 2020 honours - Royal Academy of Music

📢 We're thrilled to announce our honours for 2020! 🎶

On 8 and 9 July this year we recognise individuals including Academy alumni who are leaders in classical music, jazz, musical theatre and education.

This years' line up includes Anoushka Shankar, Brett Dean, Carl Davis Collection, Dave Holland, Matt Lucas and Michael Ball OBE

Take a look at the full list here > https://www.ram.ac.uk/about-us/news/royal-academy-of-music-announces-2020-honours

Royal Academy of Music announces 2020 honours

13/02/2020
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Watch Academy student Esther Beyer perform CPE Bach's Harp Sonata in G, thanks to Classic FM.
Last week, Esther won the inaugural Bicentenary Prize, sponsored by LetterOne, at concert competition held at the Wigmore Hall.

Harpist Esther Beyer, winner of the inaugural Royal Academy of Music Bicentenary Prize, performs the Allegro from CPE Bach’s Harp Sonata in G at the Academy’s Angela Burgess Recital Hall. Congratulations, Esther!

13/02/2020

Ahead of his latest concert conducting the Academy Symphony Orchestra - we sat down with John Wilson and students to discuss the programme and their experience working on these pieces. 🎶

You can view the concert in full here > https://bit.ly/2OMK3xm

We are pleased to welcome baritone Florian Boesch to the Academy this week. He will be hosting a masterclass at the Davi...
11/02/2020
Vocal Masterclass with Florian Boesch

We are pleased to welcome baritone Florian Boesch to the Academy this week. He will be hosting a masterclass at the David Josefowitz Recital Hall on Thursday from 2-5pm.

Florian is best know for his lieder and oratorio performances, and is over in London for performances of Beethoven's Symphony No.9 at the Barbican Hall.

Masterclass tickets available >

Vocal Masterclass with Florian Boesch, eminent Austrian baritone and one of today's foremost Lieder interpreters.

07/02/2020
MOZART - Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 - Ignas Maknickas

Last week, we're proud to announce that our student Ignas Maknickas played Mozart K467 with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra - at the Great Hall of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic 🎶

Watch the video in full here >

Ignas Maknickas plays Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and Maestro Vilmantas Kaliunas at the Great Hall ...

On Monday we hosted our Bicentenary Prize event - with a £10,000 prize. We're delighted to announce harpist Esther Beyer...
06/02/2020

On Monday we hosted our Bicentenary Prize event - with a £10,000 prize. We're delighted to announce harpist Esther Beyer as our winner!

Huge thanks to all performers, judges and guests for a wonderful evening 🎶

Check out our upcoming events here > https://bit.ly/2SmiQm5

For the next two weeks until 14 February, the Academy hosts Sound & Vision - an exploration how music and art collide an...
05/02/2020
Sound & Vision

For the next two weeks until 14 February, the Academy hosts Sound & Vision - an exploration how music and art collide and overlap, in collaboration with students from the @RCA 🎵🎨

Enjoy a series of concerts, installations and experiential films, with over 30 brand-new student works premiered. Influences stem from Pablo Picasso and Bridget Riley to surrealism, cave art and futurism.

The series kick starts with Composers' Project: Pour Pablo Picasso, tonight at 7PM.

Find out more and join us >

A two-week exploration of the rich world where music and art collide and overlap, in collaboration with students from the Royal College of Art.

On Monday, you can enjoy an exclusive session with Brindley Sherratt, international operatic bass and Visiting Professor...
31/01/2020
Vocal Masterclass with Brindley Sherratt

On Monday, you can enjoy an exclusive session with Brindley Sherratt, international operatic bass and Visiting Professor of Singing at the Academy.

Join us in the Angela Burgess Recital Hall from 3-6PM. Tickets are available from only £4 🎶 >

With Brindley Sherratt, international operatic bass and Visiting Professor of Singing at the Academy.

We're thrilled to announce the judging panel for our inaugural Bicentenary Prize event, hosted at Wigmore Hall on Monday...
30/01/2020
Jury of the inaugural Bicentenary Prize announced - Royal Academy of Music

We're thrilled to announce the judging panel for our inaugural Bicentenary Prize event, hosted at Wigmore Hall on Monday 3 February. 🎵

Academy Visiting Professor of Chamber Music cellist Adrian Brendel joins RPS Award-winning Kirill Karabits and Academy alumna and Visiting Professor Dame Felicity Lott.

Get your tickets for only £10 > https://bit.ly/2S38sPY

Find out more below >

Jury of the inaugural Bicentenary Prize announced

Applications are now open for our renowned Junior Academy, Primary Academy and Junior Jazz!Apply today for the chance to...
29/01/2020
Junior Academy application - Royal Academy of Music

Applications are now open for our renowned Junior Academy, Primary Academy and Junior Jazz!

Apply today for the chance to join our prestigious courses. Deadlines are 1 March 2020 for Junior and Primary Academy, and 1 April for Junior Jazz.

Download the prospectus for Junior Academy here > https://bit.ly/2Rzkkug

Click below to find out more and apply 🎶 >

Junior Academy is a specialist music provision and entry is very competitive. We are looking primarily for musical potential, and the standard of...

27 January 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.To mark ...
27/01/2020

27 January 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

To mark #HolocaustMemorialDay we have a display of photos from our archive showing Yehudi Menuhin and Benjamin Britten visiting the Displaced Persons camps post WW2.

The display can be found in the Tertis case by Sound Bites canteen in the basement of the main building until Thursday.

Image credit: Eschen Studio
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Happy Chinese New Year to all of our students, staff and friends! 🎉This year is the Year of the Rat, and to honour the o...
25/01/2020

Happy Chinese New Year to all of our students, staff and friends! 🎉

This year is the Year of the Rat, and to honour the occasion we searched our #Museum archives and found Madge Lucas dressed as a rat for an 1895 pantomime production of Dick Whittington! 🐀 #ChineseNewYear

TONIGHT - we're counting down until John Wilson conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra in an exciting Russian programme...
24/01/2020

TONIGHT - we're counting down until John Wilson conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra in an exciting Russian programme this evening.

Tune in at 7.30pm (GMT) here on our page as we livestream the concert - plus, look out for an exclusive interview with staff and students in the intermission 🎶

There's only one week until we're joined by pianist Craig Taborn & one of Scandinavia’s foremost jazz bassists, Anders J...
23/01/2020
ECM Records 50th Anniversary

There's only one week until we're joined by pianist Craig Taborn & one of Scandinavia’s foremost jazz bassists, Anders Jormin, for a concert to celebrate ECM Records' 50th anniversary.

Join us in the Susie Sainsbury theatre next Thursday at 7.30pm from only £8 >

The Academy is proud to collaborate with the iconic label to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

This Friday - John Wilson conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Brett Dean, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsk...
21/01/2020

This Friday - John Wilson conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Brett Dean, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.

Tickets are sold out, but tune in at 7.30pm (GMT) this Friday, January 24 here on our page as we livestream the concert 🎶

📢 Calling all final year students! The NSS survey 2020 is live. This is a vital opportunity to voice your opinions on li...
20/01/2020

📢 Calling all final year students!

The NSS survey 2020 is live. This is a vital opportunity to voice your opinions on life at the Academy – shaping the future for students.

Look out for an email from Ipsos MORI in your inbox now & take part. #NSS2020

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Today we continue our renowned Bach the European series with the sold out Bach and Politics, directed by Masaaki Suzuki ...
19/01/2020
Bach the European: From Ancient Cosmos towards Enlightenment 2020

Today we continue our renowned Bach the European series with the sold out Bach and Politics, directed by Masaaki Suzuki and performed on historical instruments.

Laß, Fürstin, laß noch einen Strahl sets the text of a funeral ode by Johann Christoph Gottsched with music that goes against the grain of the poetic style.

There's limited availability for the rest of the series in 2020, book here:

We are delighted to present the second year of our current series entitled 'Bach the European: from Ancient Cosmos towards Enlightenment', placing Bach in a wide-ranging and challenging new context.

Next Sunday, January 26 - The Academy Song Circle presents the complete songs of Clara Schumann at Wigmore Hall. In addi...
18/01/2020
Royal Academy of Music Song Circle

Next Sunday, January 26 - The Academy Song Circle presents the complete songs of Clara Schumann at Wigmore Hall.

In addition to touring as a concert pianist and bringing up her family, this remarkable woman composed piano and chamber music and some 30 songs. This concert features her entire Lieder output.

Tickets: £16

Royal Academy of Music Song Circle presents the complete songs of Clara Schumann. Unlike Fanny Mendelssohn and Alma Mahler, whose creative talents were stifled by their families, Clara was encouraged to compose by both her father and Robert. In addition to touring as a concert pianist and bringing u...

New year, new decade, new challenge!✨Exciting new positions are open on our website. Apply today for the chance to join ...
15/01/2020
Job vacancies - Royal Academy of Music

New year, new decade, new challenge!✨

Exciting new positions are open on our website. Apply today for the chance to join our team:

- External Bookings Manager
- Supporter Engagement Manager
- Student Lifecycle Administrator
- Bar Supervisor

https://bit.ly/2tIrfb5

Strings Administrator  Part-time: 13 hours per week, 0.4 FTE Salary range: £26,670 - £30,968 inclusive per annum FTE Reference:...

10/01/2020

Today, international soloist Jeroen Berwaerts directs the Academy Symphonic Brass in a varied programme concluding with Wolfgang Rihm's Abschieds-Marsch.

Enjoy this snippet form last term's performance of Strauss’ Festmusik der Stadt Wien 🎺

Listen in full here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOxBsvzqAO4

To celebrate our Bicentenary in 2022, 200 of our friends and alumni are writing new works, building a legacy for future ...
08/01/2020
RAM Club Prize Winner's Recital

To celebrate our Bicentenary in 2022, 200 of our friends and alumni are writing new works, building a legacy for future performers. 🎶

Join us for free tomorrow as the winner of the 2019 RAM Club Prize, postgraduate flautist Frederico Paixão, presents a programme including world premiere of a work by David Sawer >

The winner of the 2019 RAM Club Prize, postgraduate flautist Frederico Paixão, presents a varied programme of music

07/01/2020
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Join us at the Academy to hear Masaaki Suzuki in conversation with the Principal next Tuesday, 14 January at 6pm.

In our latest event in The Barbirolli Lectures series, uncover the experiences that pathed a remarkable career as arguably the most complete Bachian of his generation. 🎶

Suzuki also directs a ‘Bach the European’ concert on Sunday 19 January.

Tickets from only £4 >

A big welcome back to all of our students and staff to another year here at the Academy! 🎶If you're auditioning this ter...
06/01/2020

A big welcome back to all of our students and staff to another year here at the Academy! 🎶

If you're auditioning this term, or planning to visit one of our renowned concerts and masterclasses - we look forward to seeing you soon.

Image © Adam Scott

"The Academy provided me with the springboard I desperately needed to get a foot in the door."We caught up with the incr...
04/01/2020
Christine Allado - alumna profile - Royal Academy of Music

"The Academy provided me with the springboard I desperately needed to get a foot in the door."

We caught up with the incredibly talented Musical Theatre alumna Christine Allado to discuss Academy life, her career and advice to students.

Read the full interview here >

Christine Allado (Musical Theatre, 2013) is making a name for herself on the screen and stage. She was the first to play the roles of Peggy...

Our inaugural Bicentenary Prize competition comes to Wigmore Hall on 3 February!Join us as we celebrate 200 years of the...
03/01/2020
Royal Academy of Music Bicentenary Prize

Our inaugural Bicentenary Prize competition comes to Wigmore Hall on 3 February!

Join us as we celebrate 200 years of the Academy, and enjoy performances from outstanding musicians as they compete for a grand prize of £10,000

Tickets are available for only £10 >

In the approach to its Bicentenary in 2022, the Royal Academy of Music presents the grand final of a prestigious new competition, judged by a panel of eminent judges with a prize of £10,000. Open to singers and instrumentalists studying at the Academy, six finalists exhibit the breadth of talent ac...

Happy New Year from all of us here at the Academy! 🎶 We're excited to see what a new decade will bring... ✨Join us this ...
01/01/2020

Happy New Year from all of us here at the Academy! 🎶

We're excited to see what a new decade will bring... ✨

Join us this year to see our talented students perform across a variety of genres.

Download our Spring Diary to view what's on offer for Spring 2020 > https://bit.ly/36MJU3F

25/12/2019

🎄 Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from all of us here at the Royal Academy of Music!

Featuring Academy Symphonic Brass performing Strauss’ Festmusik der Stadt Wien 🎺

Join us on the evening of February 3 at Wigmore Hall for our Bicentenary Prize!Six singers and instrumentalists studying...
17/12/2019

Join us on the evening of February 3 at Wigmore Hall for our Bicentenary Prize!

Six singers and instrumentalists studying at the Academy will be judged by a panel of eminent musicians as they compete for a prize of £10,000 🎶

Tickets £10 > https://bit.ly/35qU0qy

Booking is now open for our exciting programme of events for Spring 2020! 🌸Enjoy music from our outstanding students - f...
13/12/2019
What's On - Royal Academy of Music

Booking is now open for our exciting programme of events for Spring 2020! 🌸

Enjoy music from our outstanding students - from opera, to jazz and musical theatre. 🎶

Download our spring diary and snap up your tickets today! >

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.

Why did Schubert leave so much music unfinished? Yehuda, an accomplished pianist, Academy PhD student and Schubert fan, ...
11/12/2019
Re-imagining Schubert

Why did Schubert leave so much music unfinished?

Yehuda, an accomplished pianist, Academy PhD student and Schubert fan, intends to try and find out. Following a collaboration with British composer Michael Finnissy to complete and perform Schubert’s unfinished ‘Reliquie’ Sonata, D 840, Yehuda has launched a new project – to commission and perform Schubert-inspired works from composers including Brett Dean, Richard Barrett, Freya Waley-Cohen and Morgan Hayes.

He wants to learn more about how to listen to and programme Schubert – find out how you can help. #soundcrowd

This project sheds new light on Schubert's music and identity by commissioning new works.

How do you get teenagers in North Yorkshire into opera? Having grown up in Yorkshire himself, alumnus and composer David...
09/12/2019
The Pheasant: An Outreach Opera

How do you get teenagers in North Yorkshire into opera?

Having grown up in Yorkshire himself, alumnus and composer David C Rose knows only too well how hard it is for young people to discover opera.

Now he wants to open up a whole new world of possibilities to the young people in his home county, so he has co-written a new opera and is taking it (along with 20 instrumentalists, a tenor and a soprano) to North Yorkshire as part of an ambitious opera learning and participation project. With his help, young people will stage their own opera.

To support his project, go to soundcrowd.hubbub.net/p/pheasant-opera

Providing an opportunity for young people from across Yorkshire to engage with contemporary opera.

06/12/2019

Looking for some festive cheer? 🎅🏻

Treat your ears to a beautiful excerpt of Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, performed by our students in rehearsal for last week's Christmas Carol Service 🎶

#christmas #choir

"Without my training, I never would’ve been able to write the songs I’ve written."Elton John reflects on his time at the...
06/12/2019
Elton John: ‘It’s tragic that music is being taken out of schools’

"Without my training, I never would’ve been able to write the songs I’ve written."

Elton John reflects on his time at the Academy in an interview with Classic FM, following his exclusive Q&A here in the Duke's Hall last month 🎹

Read on here: https://bit.ly/2YpCeBb

We met Sir Elton at his old alma mater to talk music education, his ‘mystical’ song-writing process and how the Royal Academy of Music has changed since 1958...

A warm welcome and good luck to everyone auditioning at the Academy over the next two weeks! 🤞
02/12/2019

A warm welcome and good luck to everyone auditioning at the Academy over the next two weeks! 🤞

Got a free lunch break?Join us in just over one hour as we begin our livestream of Music Director of the Hallé Sir Mark ...
29/11/2019

Got a free lunch break?

Join us in just over one hour as we begin our livestream of Music Director of the Hallé Sir Mark Elder conducting the Academy Symphony Orchestra, in a programme of Berlioz 🎶

The stream will commence at 1.05pm (GMT)

Tomorrow - join us for a livestream of Sir Mark Elder conducting the Academy Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Berlio...
28/11/2019

Tomorrow - join us for a livestream of Sir Mark Elder conducting the Academy Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Berlioz 🎶

Music Director of the Hallé and Barbirolli Chair of Conducting at the Academy, he will conduct a selection of Berlioz’s programmatic and dramatic music.

The stream will commence at 1.05pm (GMT), Friday 29 November.

Say hi to Matthew, who is studying for a PhD in composition at the Academy. In his spare time, what really drives Matthe...
22/11/2019
Olyver New Music Collective

Say hi to Matthew, who is studying for a PhD in composition at the Academy. In his spare time, what really drives Matthew is his passion for giving emerging composers and performers a platform through his new group, the Olyver New Music Collective. Over the past year, they’ve held three concerts in unusual venues such as the Brunel Museum, and even launched an online magazine.

Matthew and his team have organised three concerts so far, all featuring Academy students and alumni. They have another five planned for this year… and that’s where he hopes you come in. #soundcrowd

Concerts, New Music, Classical Music

In one week, Sir Mark Elder conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Berlioz 🎶Music Director of the Hal...
22/11/2019

In one week, Sir Mark Elder conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Berlioz 🎶

Music Director of the Hallé and Barbirolli Chair of Conducting at the Academy, he will conduct a selection of Berlioz’s programmatic and dramatic music.

Tickets are sold out, but we will livestream on Facebook at 1.05pm, Friday 29 November. Tune in to enjoy!

'If you do what you love and it’s music, it’s the most incredible gift you can possibly be given.' 🎶We were honoured to ...
20/11/2019

'If you do what you love and it’s music, it’s the most incredible gift you can possibly be given.' 🎶

We were honoured to welcome Academy alum Sir Elton John back to the Duke's Hall yesterday!

Students enjoyed a Q&A session to celebrate his autobiography #EltonJohnBook

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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.

The Academy Museum is home to one of the world’s most significant playing collections, including instruments by Stradivari, the Amati family, Broadwood and Érard, and an impressive collection of art and photography. As well as being an integral part of Academy life, the museum can be accessed free of charge by members of the public, schools and educational groups.

The Academy’s long history of success has been underpinned by generations of philanthropic support. Our new state-of-the-art Susie Sainsbury Theatre and Angela Burgess Recital Hall, which opened in early 2018, were made possible thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our donors. As the Academy approaches its Bicentenary we continue to focus on ambitious initiatives that will widen access to our world-class training.


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