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Thank you for your memories

Alumni Team - Posted on 18.06.2019

After our recent mailing we were thrilled with the response to our question ‘What is your favourite Academy memory?’ Unsurprisingly, a lot of people said there were simply too many to choose from, but there were some recurring themes that stood out. 

Time and time again alumni wrote about meeting likeminded people and making lifelong friends who became colleagues after graduation. Ann Wilkinson (violin, 1955) wrote: ‘I made many lifelong friends while at the academy, some of whom I still see today, even though we are in our 80s! Happiness indeed’. 

Many alumni also wrote about meeting their husbands, wives and partners while at the Academy. Audrey Millensted (piano, 1971) wrote that her happiest memory was ‘meeting my husband, friend and musical soul mate’.

There were lots of stories about inspirational teachers who had an impact on the lives of our alumni, many of whom have gone on to become teachers themselves. As would be expected, specific performances were mentioned by many alumni, each one special to their own experience at the Academy. 

Many people remember the building and facilities with fondness. The crumble in the canteen and the 44p Guinness in the bar had a few mentions! Joel Hunter (viola, 1997) wrote: ‘The social areas and parties! There was a good balance between serious study and having fun, which created a great atmosphere among students.’

It was heart-warming to read the sense of belonging that many felt when they arrived at the Academy. Andrea Hess (cello, 1974) wrote: ‘Arriving in the impressive marbled atrium on my first day and realising with intoxicating clarity that I, for the first time in my life, was where I belonged.’

Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your memories. They help us know what is important to you and give us insight into how you remember your time here. 

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