The Principal and the EU

-Posted on 29.03.2017

As the UK government triggers Article 50 to leave the EU, the Principal reiterates the Academy’s commitment to European and international collaboration

The Academy remains deeply committed to our identity as a vibrant international musical community that owes its existence to European culture and history. With the triggering of Article 50, this does not change. We will continue to offer the very best education to students from all over the world, as we have done for nearly 200 years. Without our multi-national character, we would not be the Royal Academy of Music and of that there can be no argument. Our first professors were almost all from the great European nations and this shaped our own pedagogic landscape and evolving traditions. As musicians, we will continue to promote the many benefits of collaboration and the free exchange of ideas, without regard for international boundaries. 

The quality and quantity of applications from Europe this year has been better than ever and we are committed to ensuring that European students enjoy the unrivalled opportunities we offer – and that the Academy remains the ‘conservatoire of choice’ for students of exceptional ability, creativity and potential.

Protecting open access will depend on strengthening our partnerships with several European countries on many levels. This includes building on active partnerships as well as seeking the best financial circumstances for incoming students from all European countries, through bursaries and scholarships.

Today’s events only encourage us to build more strongly on our peerless international connections and culture and to look to the future in even more innovative and telling ways. The priority is to ensure the durability of the Academy’s provision within the global context. Our cosmopolitan community simply has to emerge stronger from the raft of challenges the whole world faces over the months and years ahead. As musicians, we are well-placed to let the way – not least because our language speaks across all divides.


Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal 


Photo: Christian Thielemann conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra – including representatives of over 20 nations – in Strauss’s Tod und Verklärung in January 2016.

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