“It has a stellar list of alumni spanning the worlds of classical and popular music including Dame Evelyn Glennie, Sir John Dankworth, the conductor Sir Henry Wood and Annie Lennox.”The Independent
So what’s life really like on the outside? This is one of the questions that we will be grappling with at the Principal’s Graduate Discussion & Drinks Reception on 30th June. This annual shindig offers exit year students a final pre-graduation chance to hear formally what a range of professionals have to say on the matter. The entire panel comprises alumni, smoothly navigated by Principal Jonathan Freeman-Attwood. This year, as ever, there will be some stark reminders and anecdotes about self-promotion, networking, knowing oneself & keeping it real. There will be a robust discussion about what ‘the business’ really is, its evolution, what skills are needed to keep up with latest developments and what responsibility we have in forging ‘the business’ going forward. I always look forward to this discussion for there is always something new to ponder, something new to quibble with and a kind of reaffirmation of one’s own ethos.
Exit year discussions didn’t exist in my day (I graduated in 1991) and I admit to being a little envious of the myriad ways in which the Academy addresses Professional Development these days. Current students can learn so much from the students of the past. It is to this end that we have decided to open up the building for our big 1980s decade reunion on 25 October 2014 so that 1980s alumni can mix with current students and staff, listen to a range of performances across department and talk together. If you were a student in the 1980s, we will be writing to you very soon now, with details of the event and booking information. We are also devoting a webpage to the reunion on the alumni website. If you know of anyone for whom we may not have current contact details, do let us know.
Did you know that our alumni Linked-in group now has 345 members? For more information on this and our Facebook page, click on Social Media on this page.
Thank you for your support and a very Happy Easter!
Ruth Byrchmore MMus, BMus, FRAM
Head of Alumni Development
The Alumni Network: keeping the Academy present in the minds and lives of its alumni.