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.
Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Regent Scholarship Scheme
New historical performance scholarships announced
Emily Mould, Historical Performance Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7379 / Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
A personal message from the Principal
Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017
BWV 150, BWV 81, BWV 562, BWV 193
Joanna Tapp gives a guided tour of the current exhibition exploring the collection of lutenist and guitarist Robert Spencer
A programme of French Baroque music from the Historical Performance Department directed by Lisa Beznosiuk
Solo voices and the timbre of a solo oboe predominate in today’s cantatas.
An intensive one-day project exploring the glories and wonders of ‘The Clock’ Symphony
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
Brightness and darkness are juxtaposed in this concert, conducted by the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize winner Philippe Herreweghe
The final concert of the season focuses on celebratory works for Christmas and Michaelmas