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
 

Contact

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

Latest News

Academy unveils new Finzi scholarship and bust

02.10.2017

The Royal Academy of Music has unveiled a new specially-commissioned bust of the English composer Gerald Finzi as well as a significant new scholarship in the composer’s name

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Auditions 2016

01.12.2016

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Upcoming Events

Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas (Sold out)

Sunday, 03.12.2017 12:00, Duke’s Hall

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

Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

Sunday, 21.01.2018 12:00, Duke’s Hall

BWV 115, BWV 90, BWV 120, BWV 190

Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

Sunday, 18.02.2018 12:00, Duke’s Hall

BWV 184, BWV 243

Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

Sunday, 25.03.2018 12:00, Duke’s Hall

BWV 24, BWV 44, BWV 134

The Spencer Collection: A Musical Banquet — A Curator’s Tour free

Wednesday, 28.03.2018 12:30, Museum Ground Floor

Joanna Tapp gives a guided tour of the current exhibition exploring the collection of lutenist and guitarist Robert Spencer

Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

Sunday, 22.04.2018 12:00, Duke’s Hall

BWV 126, BWV 176, BWV 192

Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

Sunday, 20.05.2018 12:00, Duke’s Hall

BWV 27, BWV 14, BWV 47

Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

Sunday, 17.06.2018 12:00, Duke’s Hall

BWV 2, BWV 145, BWV 114

Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

Sunday, 07.10.2018 12:00, Duke’s Hall

BWV 13, BWV 55, BWV 233

Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

Sunday, 04.11.2018 12:00, Duke’s Hall

BWV 197, BWV 542, BWV 191

Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

Sunday, 02.12.2018 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