“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
Following the Academy’s incredibly intense and exciting annual audition period in early December, the Christmas vacation always seems to fly by. But what a terrific end to last term we had. Head of Choral Conducting Patrick Russill, Senior Tutor of Brass Bob Hughes, and Chaplain Edward Thornley, masterminded another sell-out Carols by Candlelight event – a magical conclusion to the Autumn Term and a lovely opportunity to meet up with alumni I haven’t seen for a while as well as our loyal regulars.
This term, we hit the ground running with a superb Jazz Professional Development event on 9th January, featuring Jazz alumna Trish Clowes (class of 2007). Trish’s no-holes-barred retrospective of how life has shaped up since graduating was refreshing and a useful reality check for current students. Look out for all our upcoming Professional Development dates. They are open to you. The next Alumni Network event takes place on 22nd February with a Family Workshop run by leading animateur Caroline Welsh. Caroline will be using the energy and momentum of Haydn’s symphonies as a creative catalyst, so do join us if you’re free and would like to bring your 5-8 year olds along. For all our events, just click on Events on this page.
As we embark upon 2014, I’d like to offer congratulations to Academy alumni and professors appearing in the recent New Year Honours.
For services to music:
Order of Merit
Sir Simon Rattle, CBE FRAM
Order of the Companions of Honour
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, CBE Hon RAM
Order of the British Empire
Gillian Humphreys, ARAM
Katherine Jenkins, ARAM
John Copley, Hon RAM (for services to opera)
Stephen Hough, Hon RAM
Dr Colette Bowe (for services to media and communication)
Happy New Year!
Head of Alumni Development
The Alumni Network: keeping the Academy present in the minds and lives of its alumni.