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Head of Vocal Studies Mark Wildman FRAM, FRSA Chorister in Gloucester Cathedral before studying at the Academy with Henry Cummings and Rex Stephens, and later with Rupert Bruce Lockhart. A national and international competition prize-winner, his career began as a member of BBC Singers and he subsequently performed as bass soloist in UK, Europe and USA. Students’ recent successes include prizes in many major competitions. Many current and former students sing as principals in major opera companies internationally.


The fine traditions of the Vocal Faculty are perpetuated by a new generation of eminent teachers, with comprehensive training which prepares students for their careers in opera and concert repertory. Apart from intensive vocal and technical study and associated disciplines, students enjoy regular repertoire coaching and specialist training in historical performance (including the critically-acclaimed Bach Cantatas series, in collaboration with the Kohn Foundation) and new music. The curriculum is enriched with very regular masterclasses and workshops given by outstanding international performers.


The Postgraduate Vocal Studies Course incorporates a preparatory opera curriculum pathway, designed for students who demonstrate operatic potential at their audition but who would benefit from a period of consolidation in both vocal technique and stagecraft. These students may progress into Royal Academy Opera subject to further audition. In addition to core singing lessons, vocal coaching, language tuition, acting and movement classes, weekly individual and ensemble opera coaching and stage work classes prepare students for fully staged and costumed opera scenes, with a professional director.


Those aiming for a career in solo concert and or chamber choir work can take a specialist recital/concert curriculum pathway. In addition to weekly singing lessons and coachings, there is a comprehensive programme of language and song classes as well as specialist classes in oratorio, historically-aware performance and contemporary music.


The Academy welcomes applications from prospective undergraduate singers who clearly demonstrate professional potential and stamina allied to vocal, musical and intellectual maturity.


Students have opportunities to sing in the Chamber Choir for oratorio performances, and in the chorus for Royal Academy Opera. The members of Song Circle, who are selected by audition, record an annual CD and perform at the Academy and Wigmore Hall.


Recent Masterclasses have included John Mark Ainsley, Sir Thomas Allen, Florian Boesch, Barbara Bonney, Susan Bullock, Chevalier José Cura, Dame Anne Evans, Diane Forlano, Wolfgang Holzmair, Angelika Kirchschlager, Helen Lawrence, Dame Felicity Lott, Dennis O’Neill, Thomas Quasthoff, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Ann Murray, the late Robert Tear and Sir John Tomlinson.


The Teachers Visiting Professors John Mark Ainsley Hon RAM Sir Thomas Allen CBE, Hon RAM Barbara Bonney Hon RAM


Susan Bullock BMus, FRAM, LRAM (Marjorie Thomas Visiting Professor of Singing)


Chevalier José Cura Angelika Kirchschlager Hon RAM Dame Felicity Lott DBE Hon RAM Dennis O’Neill CBE, DMus,Hon RAM Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Hon RAM


Singing Professors Alexander Ashworth MA (Cantab), Dip RAM, ARAM Michael Chance CBE Nicholas Clapton MA Jennifer Dakin ARAM Ryland Davies FRNCM, FWCM Philip Doghan BA, Hon ARAM Diane Forlano Hon RAM


Glenville Hargreaves BMus, Hon ARAM, GRSM, ARMCM, FRSA


Anne Howells ARMCM, Hon FRMCM, Hon RAM Julie Kennard BA, ARCM, Hon ARAM Neil Mackie CBE, Hon RAM, CStJ, Hon DMus, FRSE Ann Murray DBE Jean Rigby FRAM Elizabeth Ritchie LRAM, FRAM Sarah Walker CBE , LRAM, FRCM , FGSM Lillian Watson AGSM Mark Wildman FRAM, FRSA


Vocal Repertoire Coaching Mary Hill MA, LRAM, Hon ARAM, ARCM Audrey Hyland BA, Hon ARAM Iain Ledingham MA, FRAM, FRCO Jonathan Papp ARAM, Dip RAM, GRSM Ingrid Surgenor MBE, FRAM, FWCMD, GRSM Dominic Wheeler BA, ARCO, ARCM, Hon ARAM


Operatic Coaches are listed on p.11 under Royal Academy Opera.


Song Classes and Languages Ludmilla Andrew BA, Hon ARAM (Russian) Maria Cleva Hon ARAM (Italian) Florence Daguerre de Hureaux ARAM (French) Mandy Demetriou Hon ARAM (Movement)


Emanuela Ferrari-Osborne Laurea cum laude, MA, Hon ARAM (Italian)


Geraldine Frank BA, Hon ARAM (German) Karen Halliday (Movement) Iain Ledingham MA, FRCO, FRAM (German Repertoire; Choirs) Johanna Mayr MagPhil (German) Anna Motzo (Italian) Victoria Newlyn (Movement)


Ian Partridge CBE, Hon RAM, LGSM (Lieder and English Song)


John Ramster BA, Hon ARAM (Acting) Richard Stokes MA, Hon RAM (Professor of Lieder) Nicole Tibbels BA (French) Mark Wildman FRAM, FRSA (Oratorio, English Song)


Recent Student Successes Many Academy graduates have performed principal roles with the Royal Opera House, La Scala, New York Met, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opéra de Paris and many more.


They have also become Wigmore Young Artists; BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists; Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House; Kathleen Ferrier Award winners including second prize 2011, Song Prize 2009 and 2011, Young Ferrier 2010; winners at Miriam Licette Award and Royal Over-Seas League Competition. Academy graduates were first and third in the 2008 Kathleen Ferrier Bursary, first in the 2009 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, and second and third in the 2011 National Mozart Competition (first and third in 2009). Alumna Meeta Raval is England’s representative in Cardiff Singer of the World 2011.


Senior Administrative Co-ordinator: Chris Loake Hon ARAM Telephone 020 7873 7384 Email voice@ram.ac.uk Open Day: 22nd September 2011


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