Historical Performance

Many of the most outstanding performers in the current generation of Historical Performance specialists studied at the Academy. Our students receive intensive training in all aspects of historically informed performance practice and interpretation, with opportunities to focus on and develop their individual interests creativity.

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

Historical Performance students at the Academy are encouraged to study repertoire from a variety of historical periods, and have opportunities to develop their skills in other interests (eg, harpsichord, recorder, viol). For recorder players and harpsichordists, this may include contemporary repertoire.

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



Emily Mould, Historical Performance Administrator
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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Academy at Neresheim

03.09.2017 日曜日 16:00, Neresheim Abbey, Germany

The Academy Chamber Choir and organ students perform works by Michael Haydn, Ritter, Becker, Wesley, Parry and Howells

Historical Performance Open Day free

14.09.2017 木曜日 10:00, Henry Wood Room

Come and observe and participate in a variety of classes and events.

Battles free

29.09.2017 金曜日 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

08.10.2017 日曜日 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

Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

08.10.2017 日曜日 12:00, Duke’s Hall

The first concert of the season

Couperin Explored free

12.10.2017 木曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A programme of Couperin, Arcaro, Laidlow and Rameau

The Spencer Collection: English Originals free

18.10.2017 水曜日 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

24.10.2017 火曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A recital of chamber music by Telemann

Piano without Forte: A Curator's Tour free

30.10.2017 月曜日 12:30, Museum Piano Gallery

This tour will have a particular focus on the clavichord

Historical Performance Masterclass free

04.11.2017 土曜日 10:30,

Philippe Herreweghe leads a masterclass

Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

05.11.2017 日曜日 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

03.12.2017 日曜日 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