John Streets MBE FRAM 1928-2018

-Posted on 03.12.2018

The Principal of the Royal Academy of Music has released a statement following the death of John Streets MBE FRAM:

'John Streets was one of the most ever-green colleagues you could imagine. He was a great head of opera, a seminal figure in establishing our reputation in this field. He was a musician and coach with a superb sensibility and ear and, latterly, before his retirement in the early 1990s, a masterful head of postgraduate studies.

'Countless ex-students and friends have reflected in the last few days on the importance of John in their education and lives. I also count myself as a lucky one because John coached me through my early stages of running the equivalent undergraduate course. Many, including his wonderful PA, Viv Rich, valued his kindness, attention to detail and loyalty. Several of us saw John recently when he came to the opening of the Susie Sainsbury Theatre. He also attended one of the first public concerts in the Angela Burgess Recital Hall, after which he knocked on my door and went through all the singers he’d heard with the relish and excitement of a young professor.

'We all feel a huge sense of gratitude to John as he was someone who dedicated more than we’ll ever know to the very best values of the Academy.' Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, CBE

John Streets studied piano and viola at the Academy (1949-54) and continued his studies in Italy before returning to the Academy as professor of piano accompaniment in 1962. He became a Fellow of the Academy in 1964, and later served as Director of the Opera Department for 21 years (1963-84) and Director of Post-Graduate studies (1984-1993). Alongside his teaching, he pursued an active international concert career as an accompanist and chamber musician, performing with renowned artists such as Dame Janet Baker and the Gabrieli Quartet. In 1994 he was awarded the MBE for his services to music.

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