Royal Academy of Music strengthens still further its exceptional Strings and Vocal staff

-Posted on 27.05.2016

The Academy has today announced further appointments to its internationally renowned roster of professors in Strings and Vocal studies.

‘You do have an experience at the Academy that other musicians would just kill for, don’t you. I mean the access to people and teaching and masterclasses is amazing’ – Suzy Klein on BBC Radio 3 In Tune, 2016.

Hannah Roberts is widely recognised as in the very top echelon of inspiring teachers of cello in both the UK and internationally. Her class at the RNCM has produced a continuous succession of outstanding young artists for many years. Together with her highly distinguished performing career, this makes Hannah one of the most significant and influential cellists of her generation. She now wishes to open a class in the capital, and we are thrilled to add her name to the illustrious list of cello professors at the Academy.  Hannah says: ‘It is my hope always to give generously and effectively to students and I am genuinely overjoyed to join the outstanding team at the Academy’.
Ben Hughes is Principal Cello of the BBC Concert Orchestra and a highly committed and insightful pedagogue. This role has been created to allow Academy strings students to benefit specifically from his holistic understanding of the profession and of the specific skills required to achieve excellence in orchestral playing. Jo Cole, Head of Strings, says: ‘It has long been my wish to establish a dedicated teaching role at the Academy for the benefit of students whose orchestral ambitions are at the highest international level. In Ben Hughes we have found the key blend of knowledge, experience and teaching skills to make this exciting appointment possible. The strings faculty is now richly resourced with significant international orchestral players amongst its professors, which is reflected in the high graduate success rate in the increasingly competitive international orchestral job market.’

The tenor Mark Wilde has appeared as a principal artist at every major UK opera company as well as abroad, and has a particularly close relationship with English Touring Opera. His concert performances range from Bach and Handel through Haydn and Mozart to Britten and Elgar. Recent engagements include the title role in Idomeneo for Blackheath Halls Opera, M. Triquet (Eugene Onegin) for Garsington Opera at Wormsley and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at the 2016 Three Choirs Festival.

John Ramster has been appointed Visiting Producer after stepping down from pivotal roles that he has held for more than a decade: as the highly regarded Resident Producer for Royal Academy Opera, and as Drama Lecturer for Royal Academy Opera and the Vocal Faculty. John’s operatic work at the Academy includes The Rake’s Progress, Eugene Onegin, The Lighthouse, Mansfield Park, Die Dreigroschenoper, Rape of Lucretia and Hänsel und Gretel. After his most recent production, L’incoronazione di Poppea at Shoreditch Town Hall in May 2016, audience member @GuidoMBrandis tweeted: ‘Truly superb @RoyalAcadMusic #poppea last night. Glover's orchestra superlative. Ramster's direction endlessly inventive, funny, disturbing.’ John is currently writing a book entitled Acting For Opera Singers, distilling his Academy lessons. He also teaches with the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at Covent Garden and the RADA Design Course.

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, the Academy’s Principal, said ‘I am delighted to welcome Hannah, Ben and Mark to the Academy ‘family’, and to congratulate John on his new role. All of them will play an important part in maintaining and enhancing the Academy’s excellent reputation through their outstanding teaching. Their skills and experience will be invaluable in preparing our graduates for successful, fulfilling and versatile careers throughout the music profession’.


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