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Director of Artistic Planning: Nicola Mutton BA, Hon ARAM (pictured right with her team)


Telephone 020 7873 7327 Email concerts@ram.ac.uk


www.ram.ac.uk/events See page 5 for recent highlights.


International Chair of Conducting and Orchestral Studies: Sir Colin Davis CBE, Hon RAM Principal Guest Conductor, Symphony Orchestra: Yan Pascal Tortelier Hon RAM Principal Guest Conductor, Concert Orchestra: Trevor Pinnock CBE, Hon RAM Klemperer Chair of Conducting: Semyon Bychkov Griller Chair of Chamber Music: Professor Thomas Brandis Hon RAM Visiting Professor of Music: Pierre-Laurent Aimard Hon RAM


Concert & Orchestra Managers: Hannah Melville-Smith BMus, Hon ARAM Liz Williams BMus, Hon ARAM Orchestral Assistant: James Howe BA Concerts & Prizes Administrator: Emily Good BMus, MMus Concerts & Programmes Administrator: Sara Daintree MusB, MA External Bookings Manager: Hannah Shoukry BA, MA (maternity cover) Rachel Thomas BA, MA


Chamber Music Students are expected to become versatile and experienced chamber musicians. Chamber music coaching is available from all Academy professors as well as the following, who have special responsibility for this important area: Thomas Brandis, Matthew Souter and David Smith of the Alberni Quartet, Martin Outram of the Maggini Quartet and Garfield Jackson of the Endellion Quartet along with visiting professor Hartmut Rohde and the Škampa and Vanbrugh Quartets.


Performance is the key focal point of study at the Academy. Our training prepares students for an increasingly demanding and diverse professional life and encompasses chamber, symphonic and operatic repertoire, historical performance, media music as well as musical theatre and jazz.


Orchestral Training Orchestral training is delivered through a range of quick-learn projects, designed to reflect the time-critical rehearsals of professional orchestral life, as well as more intensive projects. Distinguished conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Semyon Bychkov, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Tadaaki Otaka, Trevor Pinnock, Leif Segerstam and Yan Pascal Tortelier visit regularly to work with Academy orchestras. Special orchestral and ensemble projects are also devised by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Visiting Professor of Music.


Royal Academy Opera productions give orchestral students valuable experience of this important area of work, teaching them the particular skills required in the opera pit.


Sectional rehearsals for all orchestral projects are led by principal players from London’s major orchestras.


The Academy was awarded the Association of British Orchestras’ Bronze Charter in 2010, confirming its commitment to best- practice in all orchestral activities.


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Performances by chamber ensembles are an integral part of Academy life. In addition to their course requirements, students are invited to perform in themed series, high- profile ‘free on Fridays’ concerts, composer festivals and numerous recital series in London and further afield. Coaching with eminent chamber musicians is provided for all concerts and projects.


Contemporary Music The Academy is particularly active in new music. The Academy Manson Ensemble regularly takes part in side-by-side projects with London Sinfonietta, as well as performing in major festivals around the UK. ‘Mainly New’ projects feature leading composers such as Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Hans Abrahamsen and Beat Furrer and offer student instrumentalists and composers the opportunity to work with the composer.


Composer-performer collaborations take many shapes and sizes, ranging from regular projects led by Visiting Professor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies to collaborations with choreographers and animators.


Historical Performance The firmly-established Period Instrument Baroque Orchestra and the Becket Ensemble perform under Head of Historical Performance Laurence Cummings and visiting specialists who have recently included Pavlo Beznosiuk, Madeleine Easton, Margaret Faultless, Catherine Mackintosh, Rachel Podger and Matthew Truscott. The acclaimed Academy /Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series offers


professional performance opportunities to vocal and instrumental students.


Partnerships Valuable partnership schemes with the London Symphony Orchestra enable students to take part in rehearsals and concerts and to develop professional contacts. There is also a strong relationship with the European Union Youth Orchestra.


Brass Ensembles Brass ensembles of all shapes and sizes, including Royal Academy of Music Brass Soloists, Symphonic Brass, Brass Band, Trombone Choir and Horn Ensemble are particularly active in the Academy’s performance diary with numerous projects every term. The ten-piece Academy Brass Soloists perform around Britain and internationally.


Wind Ensembles Wind ensembles, like brass ensembles, continue to produce a fine range of acclaimed recordings on the Academy’s CD label of both seminal works for wind ensemble, as well as arrangements of major works. (See opposite page). Termly concert projects give students the opportunity to explore the core symphonic wind repertoire.


String Ensembles The Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists, a string ensemble of fourteen players selected by audition and directed by Clio Gould, perform around the UK and internationally. Recent concerts have taken place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and Kings Place as well as Spitalfields, Norfolk & Norwich and Bury St Edmunds Festivals.


Jazz Each year wind, brass and percussion students have the opportunity to collaborate with the jazz department, working with eminent jazz musicians including Ian Ballamy, Paul Clarvis, Peter Erskine, Dave Hassel, Joe Locke and Keith Nicholls.


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