Many famous musicians – singers, players, conductors and composers – have studied at the Academy.
Some have returned as teachers to stimulate new generations of musicians, and others have settled world-wide and become leaders in their chosen branch of the music profession.
Amongst the Academy’s most distinguished living alumni are:
Sir Harrison Birtwistle (now Visiting Professor of Composition here)
Dame Evelyn Glennie
Sir Elton John
Dame Felicity Lott
Joanna MacGregor (now Head of Piano at the Academy)
Sir Simon Rattle
Alumni from previous generations include:
Sir Arthur Sullivan
Sir Henry Wood, many of whose performance materials are on display in the Academy’s museum
Dame Myra Hess
Dame Eva Turner
Dennis Brain, whose horn is on display in the Academy’s museum
Sir John Barbirolli
Sir Clifford Curzon
Dame Moura Lympany
Sir John Dankworth
Sir John Tavener
Recent graduates who have already made significant impact on the music profession and related media include conductor Edward Gardner, chart-topping mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, and animateur and broadcaster Gareth Malone.
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