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Alumni Network

Head of Alumni Development: Ruth Byrchmore MMus, BMus, ARAM

Committees and Alumni Network Administrator: Lucy Nixon BA, Dip

refresher and from-scratch short courses, and participate as a mentor or be mentored within the Alumni Mentoring Scheme.

Over the years you will use the Network to reunite with old friends and share news, and take advantage of the benefits and discounts on offer.

The Alumni Office offers support for your transition from student to alumnus and beyond. Its Alumni Network provides all former students of the Royal Academy of Music with a wide-ranging professional support service and social network for leaving students and all alumni, whether they graduated many decades ago or within the last few years. Membership is free to all alumni who have studied at the Academy for a minimum of one year, and alumni pay competitive rates for a range of premium events and training options.

When you graduate you will join the Online Global Network, giving you immediate access to a worldwide community of Academy alumni. You’ll be able to access the Alumni Jobs Bulletin and find out about our range of professional development opportunities including a free careers strategy consultation within your first year of graduation.

In addition, at any stage in your career you will be able to enjoy the Careers Strategy Seminar Series, access a range of top-up,

The annual concerts and social events calendar forms the backbone of a living and relevant Alumni Network. Many events are linked directly to the Academy’s main schedule of public performances, but also included is a range of exclusive alumni- only benefits including behind-the-scenes insights, receptions and pre-concert talks. Family days and reunions also form part of the annual social calendar for Alumni Network members.

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Head of Open Academy: Julian West BA

Open Academy Administrator and Projects Manager: Cate Dennes BA, PGCE

Telephone 020 7873 7442 Email

Open Academy combines a series of creative projects which challenge preconceptions of what music conservatoires do.

The Academy’s mission has always been to provide musical training at the highest level. Open Academy extends this opportunity beyond enrolled students and out into the fullest range of society. Academy students also benefit directly by engaging in innovative creative learning and participation projects, and discovering an application of their skills beyond the traditional concert platform.

Music in Community Widening participation initiatives are now part and parcel of the work carried out by all UK orchestras, opera companies, festivals and concert venues. Indeed they are intrinsic

to the very identity of many organisations, often with principal players and leading artists shaping and guiding the programmes of work. Skills and experience in working in this field are highly valued by employers. A young, relatively unknown ensemble who are able to approach a festival with a good biography, an exciting evening programme, and an afternoon workshop to engage with a wider audience, are much more likely to get the gig. Similarly, composers, singers and jazz musicians are finding increasing amounts of their work, and career satisfaction, in engaging with people creatively, away from the concert platform.

All undergraduates are given the opportunity to participate in Music in Community projects, and to gain experience in creative leadership.

Working as an intern with an experienced leader and partner organisation, students devise and deliver professional education projects whilst receiving training ‘on the job’. Sessions with top workshop leaders, performers, composers and teachers cover such topics as collaborative composition, improvisation, project planning, performing for new audiences and evaluation. Project partners include Wigmore Hall, Spitalfields Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne Opera and Kings Place. Projects often take the opportunity to draw on the skills of the many eminent musicians who visit to the Academy, including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Edward Gardner, Sir Mark Elder and Yan Pascal Tortelier.

Undergraduates can spend more time exploring the diverse skills needed to become a skilled workshop musician by taking a specialist, hands-on ‘Advanced Music in Community’ option in their fourth year. Postgraduates can explore work in this field as part of their professional portfolio.

‘The Music in Community courses at the Academy were a revelation for me. They showed me ways in which I could use my musical abilities to contribute to society... whilst still seeking performing opportunities of the highest standard. I have been made a more versatile and employable musician by these courses.’ Adam Clifford, student percussionist

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