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“One of the regular delights at the Royal Academy of Music are the monthly midday Sunday concerts where students, over a period of years, perform all the cantatas of Bach. These works are amongst the jewels of Western music and the performances there are becoming something of a London cult”
AnOther magazine

Our most recent surveys show that 34% of the current membership of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, 35% of the London Symphony Orchestra and 49% of the Royal Opera House Orchestra are Academy alumni. 

The Academy was awarded the Association of British Orchestras’ Bronze Charter in 2010, confirming its commitment to best practice in all orchestral activities. The Academy’s busy schedule of chamber music, ensembles and orchestras is administrated by the Concerts Department. Further performance opportunities are offered through Competitions and External Bookings.

Orchestral training is delivered through a range of quick-learn projects, designed to reflect the time-critical rehearsals of professional orchestral life, as well as more intensive projects. Distinguished conductors such as Martyn Brabbins, Semyon Bychkov, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Trevor Pinnock, Leif Segerstam, Jac van Steen and Yan Pascal Tortelier visit regularly to work with Academy orchestras. Special orchestral and ensemble projects are also devised by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Visiting Professor of Music.

Royal Academy Opera productions give orchestral students valuable experience of this important area of work, teaching them the particular skills required in the opera pit.

Sectional rehearsals for all orchestral projects are led by principal players from London’s major orchestras.

Many Academy students play in the European Union Youth Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Britten-Pears Orchestra.

Picture: Edward Gardner OBE, 2000 graduate and the Academy’s President of Alumni, gives a Barbirolli Lecture at the Academy in 2012