History

1822

The Royal Academy of Music is founded by Lord Burghersh, at the first premises in Tenterden Street, Hanover Square.

1830

King George IV grants a Royal Charter.

1856

Arthur Sullivan (later Sir Arthur Sullivan) enters the Academy.

1880  

The Academy now has more than 340 pupils. A system of metropolitan examinations for teachers begins.

1911  

The Academy moves to new custom-built premises in Marylebone Road.

1923  

Sir Henry Wood, a former student, joins as a professor.

1935  

Junior Academy is founded.

1953

The official Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: co-ordination of choral and orchestral arrangements is entrusted to Hugh Marchant and David Martin, both of the Academy. HM The Queen is the Academy's Patron.

1957

Harrison Birtwistle (later Sir Harrison, Visiting Professor of Composition) studies clarinet at the Academy.

1961

Sir John Barbirolli, a former student, joins the Academy as Conductor of the First Orchestra.

1968

The new Library is opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

1971

Simon Rattle (later Sir Simon), Chief Conductor/Artistic Director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from 2002, studies at the Academy from 1971 to 1974.

1976

The Sir Jack Lyons Theatre is opened in the presence of HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, the Academy's President.

1984

The Academy presents its first International Composer Festival, each of which is devoted to the work of a distinguished living composer, with a tribute to Wiltold Lutoslawski. The composer himself attends the festival.

1991

The Academy’s innovative BMus degree course is launched.

The Sinfonia’s first overseas orchestral tour travels to the Republic of Korea.

1992

The refurbished Duke’s Hall is re-opened.

1993  

The Da Capo Composers Festival, featuring over 60 composers who studied at the Academy.

1996

The British and American Film Music Festival features four concerts conducted by Ron Goodwin, Michael Nyman, Michael Kamen and John Williams.

1998

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester becomes the Academy’s President.

The Sinfonia makes its first orchestral visit to Beijing and Tokyo.

1999  

The Academy becomes the first conservatoire to be admitted as a full member of the University of London, Britain's largest university.

2001  

The Academy’s new museum and the David Josefowitz Recital Hall are both opened. The new two-year postgraduate Royal Academy Opera course is introduced.

2002

Sir Elton John performs at the Royal Opera House with the Academy’s Symphony Orchestra and musical theatre choir, raising nearly £1million for the Academy’s Elton John Scholarship Fund.

2004

The Academy, with generous assistance from the Foyle Foundation, acquires Yehudi Menuhin's archive.

2005  

A combined orchestra of students from the Academy and Juilliard School perform under Sir Colin Davis at the BBC Proms.

2006

In the final events of the Academy’s Paganini in London festival, Maxim Vengerov plays Paganini's Cannone violin — the instrument’s first visit to London since Paganini himself played it here.

2008  

Academy students play crucial roles in critically-acclaimed performances of Luigi Nono’s Prometeo and Gérard Grisey's Les espaces acoustiques at the Southbank Centre, in collaboration with top professional ensembles.

2009

New facilities include a suite of practice facilities and an opera rehearsal suite.

The Guardian's league tables show that Royal Academy of Music is Britain's top specialist institution in higher education, and also number one for Music. The Academy is ranked Britain’s top conservatoire in Times Higher Education Table of Excellence, which is based on results from the national Research Assessment Exercise.

2010  

Honorary Doctorates are presented to Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez and Stephen Sondheim.

2011  

The acclaimed premiere production of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Kommilitonen!.

Honorary Doctorate is presented to Sir Simon Rattle, who studied at the Academy in the 1970s.

The Guardian’s table for music education is topped by the Academy for the third year running.

The Academy celebrates a century in Marylebone, and 190 years since the first discussions which led to its founding in 1822.

2012  

Appointments include Maxim Vengerov, Semyon Bychkov and Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

An orchestra of Royal Academy of Music and Juilliard School students performs at the BBC Proms, conducted by John Adams with soloist Imogen Cooper.

2013

Installation of the new Sir Elton John / Ray Cooper Organ in the Duke’s Hall.

Outline planning permission is granted for a new theatre and recital hall: construction began in Summer 2015.

2014

New appointments include Robin Ticciati (Sir Colin Davis Fellow of Conducting), Edward Gardner (Sir Charles Mackerras Chair of Conducting) and Oliver Knussen (Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music).

2015

Historical performance instrumentalists and singers from the Academy and the Juilliard School in New York combine to perform in the United States and Europe, conducted by renowned Bach authority Masaaki Suzuki.

Honorary Doctorate is presented to Quincy Jones.

2016

The Academy is host conservatoire for the Menuhin Competition London 2016, celebrating the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin.