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Mahler Symphony No 9 Last Movement

Mahler Symphony No 9 Last Movement performed by the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra conducted by Semyon Bychkov

Strauss Tod und Verklärung, Op 24 conducted by Christian Thielemann (excerpt 1)

Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Christian Thielemann, conductor
Live concert recording, Saturday 23 January 2016
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Strauss Tod und Verklärung, Op 24 (excerpt)

Listen to the complete performance

Strauss Tod und Verklärung, Op 24 conducted by Christian Thielemann (excerpt 2)

Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Christian Thielemann, conductor
Live concert recording, Saturday 23 January 2016
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Strauss Tod und Verklärung, Op 24 (excerpt)

Listen to the complete performance

Nielsen Symphony No 4, Op 29, ‘The Inextinguishable’ conducted by Sir Mark Elder

Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder
Barbirolli Chair of Conducting

Live concert recording
Friday 17th June 2016
Duke’s Hall

Nielsen Symphony No 4, Op 29, ‘The Inextinguishable’

Mozart Symphony No 39, Fourth Movement: Trevor Pinnock

Trevor Pinnock conducts the Academy Chamber Orchestra in the fourth movement of Mozart's Symphony No 39 in E flat, K 543, at a concert in the Duke's Hall on 24th February 2017.

Royal Academy of Music Cello Ensemble performs Polonaise de concert

Royal Academy of Music Cello Ensemble performs Polonaise de concert, Op 14 by David Popper arr Valter Despalj.

Edward Gardner conducts Mahler's Fifth Symphony

Edward Gardner, our Sir Charles Mackerras Chair of Conducting, conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Fifth Symphony, recorded in the Duke's Hall on 14th October, 2016.

Happy Christmas from the Royal Academy of Music

We look back at a successful 2016 and look forward to sharing more music with you in 2017.

Why the Royal Academy of Music?

We asked students who are currently on the intensive One Year MA in Musical Theatre Performance to tell us why they chose the Royal Academy of Music.

Maxim Vengerov at the Royal Academy of Music

An insight into a day at the Royal Academy of Music with Maxim Vengerov, Visiting Professor of Violin.

Semyon Bychkov conducts Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini

Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, Klemperer Chair in Conducting
Live concert recording, Friday 15th January 2016
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini, op.32

Semyon Bychkov conducts Strauss Don Juan, and presentation

Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, Klemperer Chair in Conducting
Live concert recording, Friday 15th January 2016
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Strauss Don Juan, op.20

Preceded by presentation of Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music

Trevor Pinnock conducts Beethoven Prometheus

Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra
Trevor Pinnock, Principal Guest Conductor
Live concert recording, Friday 13th November 2015
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Beethoven: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, op.43 (excerpts)

Semyon Bychkov conducts Tchaikovsky ‘Manfred’ Symphony: II Vivace con spirito (excerpt)

Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, Klemperer Chair in Conducting

Live concert recording
Friday 1st May 2015, Duke’s Hall

Tchaikovsky: Symphony in B minor, op.58, ‘Manfred’
II: Vivace con spirito (excerpt)

Edward Gardner conducts Elgar Symphony no.2 (II)

Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner, Sir Charles Mackerras Chair of Conducting
Live concert recording, Friday 16th October 2015
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Elgar Symphony no.2 in E flat, op.63, Movement II

Royal Academy Opera’s Figaro – the wrap-up

Royal Academy Opera students reflect on their experience of performing Le nozze di Figaro at Hackney Empire in Autumn 2015.

Christoph von Dohnányi discusses his career in the theatre

As part of the Christoph von Dohnányi @85 celebrations in the 2014/15 season, Christoph von Dohnányi joins Tom Service, Nicholas Payne (Director Opera Europa) and Peter Katona (Director of casting, Royal Opera House Covent Garden) at the Royal Academy of Music to reflect on his memorable career in the theatre.

Junior Academy

An introduction to Junior Academy at the Royal Academy of Music in London – for talented and committed young musicians from all backgrounds who want to be inspired and challenged in their music-making.

Composition postgraduate Liam Mattison with Crouch End Festival Chorus

We follow postgraduate composition student Liam Mattison as he creates a new large-scale choral work as part of his studies at the Academy.

Oliver Knussen at the Royal Academy of Music

An interview with the Academy’s Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music.

Scholarships: an introduction for students

Scholarships for Academy students are based on merit. Countless alumni have been helped by scholarships, and we are determined to help the next generation of musicians to follow in their footsteps.

The majority of our students receive financial help of one kind or another – so, please, do not be deterred if you think you might not qualify.

Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts Saint-Saëns ‘Organ’ Symphony (excerpt)

Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier Principal Guest Conductor
Joseph Beech organ
Live concert recording, Friday 12th June 2015, Duke’s Hall

Saint-Saëns ‘Organ’ Symphony, Movement II (Parts 3 and 4)

Academy Piano Festival 2015: Ravel Rapsodie espagnole

Alexandra Vaduva and Anna Szalucka, pianos

Friday 26th June 2015
Joanna MacGregor’s Piano Festival
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Academy Piano Festival 2015: Alexandra Vaduva and Anna Szalucka play Ravel

Alexandra Vaduva and Anna Szalucka, pianos

Ravel Rapsodie espagnole

Friday 26th June 2015
Joanna MacGregor’s Piano Festival
Recorded live in the Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Danse Pesante for double basses, by Academy composer Raivis Misjuns

Raivis Misjuns, Sam Becker, Kohki Watanabe, Josie Jobbins and Will Henderson, double bass
Recorded in the Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music, on 4th March 2015

Masaaki Suzuki conducts Bach

JS Bach Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11 (Praise God in His kingdoms), excerpt

Choir and Orchestra from the Royal Academy of Music, London and The Juilliard School, New York
Masaaki Suzuki conductor
Rachel Podger leader

Recorded live in the Duke’s Hall on Sunday 21st June 2015
Royal Academy of Music / Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas Series

Introduction in Japanese

イギリス、ロンドンの英国王立音楽院に留学したいと思っている方は、この新しいビデオをご覧ください。

An introduction in Japanese for musicians who are considering study at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Steven Isserlis at the Academy

A short interview with the celebrated cellist

Sir Mark Elder conducts Shostakovich Sixth Symphony (3. Presto)

Recorded live at the Royal Academy of Music’s Duke’s Hall on Friday 13th February 2015.

Colin Currie at the Academy

The Academy’s Professor of Solo Repertoire and Concerti takes a break during Steve Reich rehearsals to talk about his work here

Royal Academy of Music: Trevor Pinnock conducts Schubert Ninth Symphony (3. Scherzo)

Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra
Trevor Pinnock, Principal Guest Conductor

Live concert recording
Friday 6th February 2015
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Franz Schubert: Symphony no.9 in C, D.944, ‘Great’
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace

Hiring Academy student performers

A few short examples of student performances for your event bookings.

Edward Gardner conducts Rachmaninov Second Symphony (Adagio)

Recorded live at the Royal Academy of Music’s Duke’s Hall on Friday 27th February 2015

Edward Gardner talks about the Academy

Edward Gardner studied at the Royal Academy of Music, In 2014 he was appointed as Sir Charles Mackerras Chair of Conducting at the Academy.

This short video was recorded backstage before a concert in the Duke’s Hall. Edward talks about coming back to conduct ‘Free on Fridays’ performances here – and about what makes the Academy a special place for him.

Academy Big Band at Southbank Centre

Academy Big Band perform with Nicky Iles at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, November 2014

Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music

An introduction by students on the course

Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music

Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music: an introduction

Conducting studies at the Royal Academy of Music

An introduction with Sian Edwards, Head of Conducting

Historical Performance at the Academy

An introduction by current students

Dave Holland at the Royal Academy of Music

International Jazz Artist in Residence talks during one of his weeks of intensive work with Academy students

Royal Academy of Music Museum

A quick tour of the Museum at the Royal Academy of Music in central London

Sir Mark Elder conducts Verdi: Opening Scene from Attila

The Royal Academy of Music orchestra you see and hear in this video was formed specially for this intensive project. Before they started rehearsing in the week of the concert, these players had never performed together as an ensemble in this configuration. After six hours of sectional rehearsals taken by leading London-based orchestral specialists, the orchestra had one day of rehearsals with Sir Mark culminating in this live streamed concert on Friday 7th March 2014.

Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts Debussy’s Nuages at the Royal Academy of Music

Debussy Nuages (from Nocturnes)

Live performance in the Duke's Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, London

Academy Symphony Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier, Principal Guest Conductor

Friday 13th June 2014

Academy Symphonic Brass: Henze’s Ragtimes & Habaneras

Royal Academy of Music Symphonic Brass
Mark David, conductor

Hans Werner Henze arr. Henning Brauel: Ragtimes & Habaneras

Live performance in the Duke's Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, London
Friday 11th October 2013

I.
II. Tempo di Foxtrot
III. Tempo di Son
IV. Tempo di Tango
V.
VI. Tempo di Rhumba
VII. Ragtime
VIII. Tempo di Tango
IX.
X.
XI. Allegro vivace

Junior Academy Jazz at Pizza Express: Timelessness

Bheki Mseleku arr. Gareth Lockrane

Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz
Recorded at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho
Saturday 12th July 2014

Course Director: Gareth Lockrane
Special Guest: Tim Garland

Junior Academy Jazz at Pizza Express: Fly With The Wind

McCoy Tyner arr. Gareth Lockrane

Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz
Recorded at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho
Saturday 12th July 2014

Course Director: Gareth Lockrane
Special Guest: Tim Garland

Junior Academy Jazz at Pizza Express: Blues For Little Joe

Tim Garland

Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz
Recorded at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho
Saturday 12th July 2014

Course Director: Gareth Lockrane
Special Guest: Tim Garland

Junior Academy Jazz at Pizza Express: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

Billy Taylor arr. Tim Garland

Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz
Recorded at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho
Saturday 12th July 2014

Course Director: Gareth Lockrane
Special Guest: Tim Garland

Junior Academy Jazz at Pizza Express: Silver’s Serenade Nutville

Horace Silver arr. Gareth Lockrane

Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz
Recorded at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho
Saturday 12th July 2014

Course Director: Gareth Lockrane
Special Guest: Tim Garland

Junior Academy Jazz at Pizza Express: Make Believe

Jim Mullen

Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz
Recorded at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho
Saturday 12th July 2014

Course Director: Gareth Lockrane
Special Guest: Tim Garland

Junior Academy Jazz at Pizza Express: Blues for C.M.

Dave Holland

Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz
Recorded at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho
Saturday 12th July 2014

Course Director: Gareth Lockrane
Special Guest: Tim Garland

Junior Academy Jazz at Pizza Express: Made by Walking / Our Love is Here to Stay

Tim Garland

Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz
Recorded at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho
Saturday 12th July 2014

Course Director: Gareth Lockrane
Special Guest: Tim Garland

Installation of the Sir Elton John / Ray Cooper Organ

Watch the meticulous creation of a truly world-class instrument from Kuhn Orgelbau’s Swiss workshop as it is installed in the Royal Academy of Music’s Duke’s Hall over Summer 2013.

1922: centenary of the Royal Academy of Music

In 1922 the Royal Academy of Music celebrated its 100th anniversary. This film has no sound and includes footage of classes, rehearsals and performances as well as the celebrations themselves.

The recording contains rare footage of the Duo-Art pianola and a scene from Nadeshda by Arthur Goring Thomas (1850–1892), English composer and Academy alumnus.

Inauguration of the Sir Elton John / Ray Cooper Organ

The official opening celebrations in October 2013 of the new Sir Elton John / Ray Cooper Organ in the Academy’s Duke’s Hall.

A message to the Menuhin Competition 2014

The Principal sends best wishes to everyone in Austin, and looks forward to welcoming the Menuhin Competition to the Academy in 2016, Lord Menuhin's centenary year.

Curtain Up Trailer

A musical extravaganza to celebrate the Academy Musical Theatre Company’s twentieth anniversary.

Join us at the Prince Edward Theatre on 30th November 2014.

Composition at the Academy

An insight into what it’s like to study in Philip Cashian’s Composition department at the Academy

Nick Smart introduces Jazz at the Academy

Head of Jazz Nck Smart talks about the aims of the Academy’s Jazz Department and how we prepare musicians for the many uncertainties of professional life.

Academy Symphonic Brass: Elgar Howarth’s Spooks

Live recording from the Duke’s Hall

Sir Mark Elder conducts Verdi: Overture to Nabucco

The Royal Academy of Music orchestra you see and hear in this video was formed specially for this intensive project. Before they started rehearsing in the week of the concert, these players had never performed together as an ensemble in this configuration. After six hours of sectional rehearsals taken by leading London-based orchestral specialists, the orchestra had one day of rehearsals with Sir Mark culminating in this live streamed concert on Friday 7th March 2014.

Semyon Bychkov conducts Academy Concert Orchestra: Strauss Heldenleben, op.40 (extract)

Live recording, 14th June 2013, Royal Academy of Music Duke’s Hall

Live concert. Mozart Series: 'Gran Partita', free on Fridays

Live from the Royal Academy of Music’s Duke's Hall.
(Music starts 7 minutes in)

Royal Academy of Music Symphonic Wind
Keith Bragg, conductor

Mozart Serenade in B flat, K.361, ‘Gran Partita’

Our month-long celebration of Mozart’s chamber music begins with the Gran Partita, arguably the grandest and most wide-ranging instrumental music from the Viennese classical period. Mozart’s sensitivity to the colours of wind instruments, his mastery of all eighteenth-century musical styles and his unerring dramatic instinct are blended into a seven-movement score of unsurpassed variety which far transcends the serenade tradition from which it emerged.

Part of the Academy’s long-running ‘free on Fridays’ lunchtime concert series.

Live concert: Percussion and Organ

Live from the Royal Academy of Music’s Duke's Hall.
Thursday 23rd January 2014, 7.30pm (GMT)

Neil Percy, conductor
Peter Holder, organ
Péter Fodor, vibraphone
Tom Lee, timpani
Stella Quartet

Carter: Improvisation, Adagio and Canaries from Eight Pieces for Four Timpani
Joseph Pereira: Strophe
Lou Harrison: Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra

The Academy’s percussion, organ and string departments collaborate to perform Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra, inspired by Indonesian gamelan music, and Joseph Pereira's Strophe, scored for vibraphone and string quartet.

Semyon Bychkov conducts Schmidt

Franz Schmidt’s Symphony no.2 (extract from last movement)

Live performance in the Duke’s Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, London

Academy Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, Klemperer Chair of Conducting

Friday 28th March 2014

Sir Mark Elder conducts Verdi: Prelude to La forza del destino

The Royal Academy of Music orchestra you see and hear in this video was formed specially for this intensive project. Before they started rehearsing in the week of the concert, these players had never performed together as an ensemble in this configuration. After six hours of sectional rehearsals taken by leading London-based orchestral specialists, the orchestra had one day of rehearsals with Sir Mark culminating in this live streamed concert on Friday 7th March 2014

Sir Mark Elder conducts Verdi: Prelude to Ernani

The Royal Academy of Music orchestra you see and hear in this video was formed specially for this intensive project. Before they started rehearsing in the week of the concert, these players had never performed together as an ensemble in this configuration. After six hours of sectional rehearsals taken by leading London-based orchestral specialists, the orchestra had one day of rehearsals with Sir Mark culminating in this live streamed concert on Friday 7th March 2014.

Sir Mark Elder conducts Verdi: Prelude to Aïda

The Royal Academy of Music orchestra you see and hear in this video was formed specially for this intensive project. Before they started rehearsing in the week of the concert, these players had never performed together as an ensemble in this configuration. After six hours of sectional rehearsals taken by leading London-based orchestral specialists, the orchestra had one day of rehearsals with Sir Mark culminating in this live streamed concert on Friday 7th March 2014.

Sir Mark Elder conducts Verdi: Prelude to Act I, La traviata

The Royal Academy of Music orchestra you see and hear in this video was formed specially for this intensive project. Before they started rehearsing in the week of the concert, these players had never performed together as an ensemble in this configuration. After six hours of sectional rehearsals taken by leading London-based orchestral specialists, the orchestra had one day of rehearsals with Sir Mark culminating in this live streamed concert on Friday 7th March 2014.

Sir Mark Elder conducts Verdi: Overture to I vespri siciliani

The Royal Academy of Music orchestra you see and hear in this video was formed specially for this intensive project. Before they started rehearsing in the week of the concert, these players had never performed together as an ensemble in this configuration. After six hours of sectional rehearsals taken by leading London-based orchestral specialists, the orchestra had one day of rehearsals with Sir Mark culminating in this live streamed concert on Friday 7th March 2014.

Welcome from the Principal

The Academy’s Principal, Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, talks about what makes the Academy special.

Brass at the Academy

Academy brass students present a tour of the buildings and the brass playing that happens here.

Strings at the Academy

Leidy (violin) and Felix (double bass) introduce some of the many opportunities for strings students at the Academy.

Royal Academy Opera student Ross Ramgobin prepares Eugene Onegin

Royal Academy Opera student Ross Ramgobin prepares to sing the title role in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin: from very early work on language to the final performance in the Academy's theatre in March 2013.