Blog of Ruth Byrchmore

July 2016

Ruth Byrchmore - Posted on 14.07.2016

Graduation 2016 

Following a very successful Conferment of Awards ceremony for ARAM and Hon ARAM honours in May, Marylebone Parish Church played host to this year’s Graduation on Tuesday 12 July. Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music (FRAM) was awarded to PG Conductor Karel Mark Chichon, Cellist & Administrator Joanne Cole, Musical Theatre’s Hadley Fraser, Pianists Benjamin Grosvenor and Diana Ketler. Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music (HonFRAM) was awarded to David Whelton for Orchestral Leadership and Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music (HonRAM) was awarded to Trumpeter Eric Aubier, Organist & Academic, Stephen Darlington, and Violinist & Administrator, Margaret Faultless.

We are proud to announce that the 2016 Alumni Development Award for a singularly distinguished studentship, has been awarded to Conductor Jonathon Heyward. Jonathon moves seamlessly into the profession, having been recently appointed as the Halle’s Assistant Conductor. Your donations continue to enable us to award the annual Alumni Development Award. Do follow Jonathon’s progress and please accept our continued thanks for your support. Later in the year, we will be running a feature on all our Alumni Development Award recipients thus far. We want to know where are they and what are they up to.

President of Alumni

It gives me immense pleasure to announce that Guitarist, Milos Karadaglic has agreed to become the second President of Alumni starting in September 2016. Milos graduated in 2006 and has gone on to have a glittering international career. Throughout his meteoric rise, Milos has never forgotten the Academy and has shown a close interest in the work of the Alumni Network. He is a wonderful global ambassador for the Academy and a true inspiration for Academy Alumni as they set out on their careers.

We say a very big thank you to Conductor Edward Gardner (2000) for his sterling work as our first President of Alumni. A constant presence, one of the highlights of Ed’s Presidency involved a behind the scenes tour with him at ENO, which our alumni raved about for a long time afterwards. Ed is now Sir Charles Mackerras Chair of Conducting and continues to play a significant part in the annual calendar of orchestral activity here. 

Alumni Network Extra 

You will have noticed that a couple of events in the Autumn Diary carry a new Alumni Network Extra icon. We are delighted that Laurence Cummings and Mark David have agreed to participate in the first of a new series of exclusive social events for alumni of all generations linked to the Academy’s central Diary, and featuring exclusive meet and greets with student performers, conductors, associated artists and staff. 

On Thursday 29 September, Jeroen Berwaerts and Mark David direct 400+: Academy Symphonic Brass in the Duke’s Hall, and on Friday 25 November, Laurence Cummings directs Academy Baroque Orchestra also in the Duke’s Hall. After each event, directors and performers will join alumni for informal drinks. 

The series is designed exclusively for alumni as a way of further reflecting our ethos of sharing a living, breathing, open and relevant Academy with our loyal alumni. Booking is now open and ticket prices include the cost of the reception. We hope to meet you throughout 2016-17 at these exciting new events.

Seat Naming & Annual Fund Campaign 

The Academy plays a critical role in the evolution of the profession not least through the many and varied high-level professional roles our global family of alumni plays. In this time of economic uncertainty, many of our students face unprecedented financial pressures. The Alumni Network wants to play its part in helping very talented young musicians, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to pursue their dream of studying at the Academy. 

In addition to our well-established Alumni Development Award, the Alumni Network has, in the last few weeks, teamed up with the Academy’s Development Office to launch the first Annual Fund Appeal. With your help and insight, the Annual Fund will enable us offer more scholarships for incoming and continuing students whilst maintaining the highest standards of tuition and training. 

In tandem with this, we also endorse the Development Office’s ‘Inspiring People’ fundraising campaign which invites supporters to name a seat in one of our prospective new venues currently under construction. For more details on how you can contribute, and for an update on the Theatre & Recital Hall building project, please refer to Bulletin 2016

Thank you to so many of you who have already contributed to our appeal. We are incredibly grateful for your thoughtfulness and generosity.

Alumni Network: R.A.M. Club Prize 

Congratulations to the Vickers Bovey guitar duo, Julien Vickers and Daniel Bovey, for their stunning performance at the final of this annual prize on Monday 27 June in Duke’s Hall. Congratulations also to Michael Pandya, who won the Vivien Langrish Accompanist Prize. It was particularly good to see alumna, Fellow and former professor, Ruth Harte MBE, widow of Vivien Langrish, at the event. The prize is the gift of the R.A.M Club and at £1000 with a follow-up public recital opportunity, is one of the most generous of the Academy’s annual competitive prizes. The Vickers Bovey Duo will give their prize-winning recital in the Spring Term.

Watch out for up to date news of our International Alumni Project in the next update. 

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