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Performance training at the Academy prepares students for an increasingly demanding and diverse professional life and encompasses chamber, symphonic and operatic repertoire, historical performance, media music of all kinds as well as musical theatre and jazz.

Stockhausen’s Gruppen at the Royal Festival Hall, in collaboration with London Sinfonietta: read the comments on storify


Performance is the essential driving force behind every aspect of Academy life, and the Academy’s termly events brochure reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of music. In the last two years alone, Academy students have worked in concert, workshop and masterclass with high-profile international artists including:

  • Conductors and instrumentalists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Martyn Brabbins, Semyon Bychkov, Laurence Cummings, Stéphane Denève, the late Sir Colin Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Edward Gardner, Jane Glover, Susanna Mälkki, Franck Ollu, Trevor Pinnock, Rachel Podger, Sir Simon Rattle, Leif Segerstam, Masaaki Suzuki, Christian Thielemann, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Mitsuko Uchida, Jac van Steen and Maxim Vengerov 
  • Singers Sir Thomas Allen, Barbara Bonney, Wolfgang Holzmair, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Angelika Kirchschlager, Dame Felicity Lott and Ann Murray 
  • Composers John Adams, George Benjamin, the late Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Stephen Sondheim 
  • Jazz artists Django Bates, Dave Douglas, Peter Erskine, Stan Tracey, Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone 
  • Directors John Copley, John Cox, David Pountney and John Ramster 

External Bookings

Through External Bookings, students can gain work experience outside the Academy, learning to adopt a professional way of handling and administering paid engagements. These include concert and recital performances, often for the more senior students, and opportunities, open to everyone, to earn money playing at a variety of functions. The musical content and performance standards of such engagements are fully supervised by the professorial staff.

For more information about specific performance opportunities:

Principal Guest Conductor, Symphony Orchestra

Yan Pascal Tortelier Hon RAM

Principal Guest Conductor, Concert Orchestra
Trevor Pinnock CBE, Hon RAM

Griller Chair of Chamber Music
Professor Thomas Brandis Hon RAM

Visiting Professor of Music
Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Klemperer Chair of Conducting
Semyon Bychkov

Director of Artistic Planning
Nicola Mutton BA, Hon ARAM

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