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‘The Royal Academy is internationally known and recognised as representing the highest values of music and musical society’ Daniel Barenboim, February 2010


‘From the renowned opera course at the Academy... the bright young stars of the future’ Sean Rafferty on BBC Radio 3, May 2010


‘Orchestrally, vocally, theatrically, the performance is a triumph’ Independent on Sunday, March 2011


Musical Theatre Students from all departments are able to work with successful West End Musical Directors in an annual Christmas Show, Agents’ Showcase and two major summer productions.


External bookings The Academy secures over 400 bookings for students each year to provide performance experience as well as the opportunity to gain valuable external contacts and develop their professional skills. These opportunities include paid recitals in leading UK festivals and venues, as well as corporate and private events.


Music in Community The Academy is committed to widening participation. ‘Music in Community’ is a compulsory course for third-year undergraduates which provides practical training in diverse musical and social contexts. Postgraduates can opt for the Concert Presentation or Concert Project outreach-based options. See Open Academy, p.47.


Competitions The Academy encourages students to participate in internal and external competitions, giving opportunities to learn new repertoire, as well as to gain experience performing to distinguished adjudicators and to the public.


Recordings and Media Music In Music and Media Application sessions, orchestral students work with Academy composition students and an experienced recording engineer and skilled session conductor/composer, to gain experience in media sessions such as working to a click track. This training is further expanded annually by a media session at one of London’s top recording studios.


Students have access to state-of-the-art music software and professional-quality studios designed to enhance the learning experience and stimulate musical creativity. The Academy studios are set up for small- scale recordings and can also link to a number of rooms around the Academy for larger recording projects. Complete video production facilities allow filming through to final delivery on DVD using industry- standard equipment and software to produce professional-quality results.


The top-quality recordings on the Academy’s own ever-expanding label (see www.ram.ac.uk/audio) are regularly broadcast on national radio and can be heard online at Spotify and the Naxos music library. Selected recordings are sold by iTunes and other online retailers, and are distributed by Harmonia Mundi to shops throughout the UK. All proceeds are used to fund future recordings.


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Recent releases include: American Icons: Works for brass by Copland, Gershwin, Barber and Bernstein. Academy Symphonic Brass conducted by the late James Watson. ‘This CD is a must- buy recording’ — The Brass Herald. Richard Strauss: Complete works for brass. Academy Symphonic Brass conducted by the late James Watson. Richard Strauss: Complete works for wind ensemble. Royal Academy of Music Symphonic Wind conducted by Keith Bragg. ‘It’s a magnificent performance’ — Gramophone. Song Circle’s third recording: ‘Goethe’s Girls and Mörike’s Men’. Premier Prix: celebrating the virtuoso with this disc inspired by Paris Conservatoire’s ultimate accolade. Highlights taken from the live Royal Academy Opera production of Semele with the late Sir Charles Mackerras. Frank Zappa: Manson Ensemble conducted by Franck Ollu. New arrangements of classic Zappa songs as well as pieces he wrote for the Ensemble Modern and Ensemble Intercontemporain.


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