Historical Performance

Many of the most outstanding performers in the current generation of historical performance specialists studied at the Academy.

Studying in the Historical Performance department will enable you to further your individual musicianship, instrumental technique, knowledge of historical performance practice and artistic creativity. You will be encouraged to develop a range of skills that will equip you to enter the vibrant world of historical performance, and to be one of the new game-changers in your chosen field.

You will work with world-class professors to study a wide range of repertoire (recorder players will also explore contemporary repertoire and techniques, often working with young composers). Other core activities include dancing, playing continuo and taking part in education projects. You will also be encouraged to develop your own projects in an atmosphere that is particularly friendly and collaborative across all years of study.

Performance opportunities range across Bach Cantatas, opera, orchestral projects (including a Haydn symphony series), chamber music, consort playing, and many external concerts. These extensive activities are all designed to provide you with invaluable experience as a professional musician.

Scholarship assistance is available to the best candidates following audition, which may extend to half-fees or full-fees awards for the exceptionally gifted.

The Academy offers Principal Study in the following period instruments:

Violin  |  Viola  |  Viola da Gamba  |  Cello  |  Double Bass  |  Harpsichord  |  Fortepiano  |  Lute/Theorbo  |  Recorder  |  Flute  |  Oboe  |  Clarinet  |  Bassoon  |  Sackbut

Academy students studying in other departments are encouraged to take up Historical Performance as a second study and are always welcome to perform in small and large-scale projects within the Historical Performance Faculty.

Historical Performance: Your Experience

See also:
Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Regent Scholarship Scheme
New historical performance scholarships announced


Emily Mould, Historical Performance Administrator and Project Manager
Telephone 020 7873 7379 / Email historical@ram.ac.uk

Margaret Faultless

Head of Historical Performance: Margaret Faultless

Co-leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Director of training programmes for the OAE and European Union Baroque Orchestra

Experienced performer and recording artist

Head of Historical Performance since 2012

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Upcoming Events

Battles free

Friday, 29.09.2017 19:00, Duke’s Hall

A concert of Baroque music associated with heroic battles. The concert concludes with a live battle.

Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

Sunday, 08.10.2017 12:00, Duke’s Hall

Unusual texts are to the fore in this concert’s cantatas. Leichtgessinte Flattergeiste (‘Frivolous flibbertigibbets’) takes the palm for the most charming and least likely opening line in the entire repertoire

Couperin Explored free

Thursday, 12.10.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A programme of Couperin, Arcaro, Laidlow and Rameau

The Spencer Collection: English Originals free

Wednesday, 18.10.2017 19:00, Duke’s Hall

This programme explores lute songs, consort music and the explosion of theatrical repertoire after the Restoration

Telemann Chamber Music free

Tuesday, 24.10.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A recital of chamber music by Telemann

Piano without Forte: A Curator's Tour free

Monday, 30.10.2017 12:30, Museum Piano Gallery

This tour will have a particular focus on the clavichord

Historical Performance Masterclass free

Saturday, 04.11.2017 10:30,

Philippe Herreweghe leads a masterclass

Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

Sunday, 05.11.2017 12:00, Duke’s Hall

Brightness and darkness are juxtaposed in this concert, conducted by the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize winner Philippe Herreweghe

Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

Sunday, 03.12.2017 12:00, Duke’s Hall

The final concert of the season focuses on celebratory works for Christmas and Michaelmas

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‘The challenge is to search for ways of being true to the music and to ourselves as performers’

Margaret Faultless