Sir Colin Davis and Robin Ticciati

-Posted on 02.05.2014

The Royal Academy of Music has announced the acquisition of a major archive of materials belonging to Sir Colin Davis, alongside the appointment of Robin Ticciati as ‘Sir Colin Davis Fellow of Conducting’.

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, said:

‘The Academy is exceedingly grateful to the Davis family for releasing so many scores, documents, pictures and other memorabilia. Together these materials will enhance our awareness of a major figure and will become key resources for educators and researchers, both for Academy students, staff and for visiting scholars. This archive joins one of the world’s most outstanding collections of working materials belonging to the great conductors, notably Wood, Barbirolli, Klemperer, Mackerras, Boulanger and Fricsay.’

In his new role, Robin Ticciati will work with Academy instrumentalists and with singers on Royal Academy Opera. His first big project will be to conduct works by Berlioz and Schumann with the Academy Symphony Orchestra in October 2014. Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood said: ‘I am delighted that this Fellowship will formalise our relationship with Robin, one of today’s brightest and most outstanding conductors. Robin’s own work is permeated with insights from his experience of studying closely with Sir Colin Davis – and with Sir Simon Rattle, another conductor with strong Academy connections. By working with Robin, Academy students will gain inspiration from Sir Colin’s remarkable legacy, and will build upon it – so I am particularly pleased that this Fellowship will carry Sir Colin’s name’.

Robin Ticciati is in his fifth season as Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He begins his tenure as Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2014. His guest conducting engagements this season include debuts with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. Next season he looks forward to a major residency project at Vienna’s Konzerthaus which will feature the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Wiener Symphoniker. Other projects include a European tour with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, return guest engagements with the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Cleveland Orchestra, as well as debuts with the DSO-Berlin, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Orchestre National de France.

Sir Colin Davis worked with Academy students for many years as International Chair of Conducting Studies, planning and conducting a total of over 60 projects including eight staged operas. When Sir Colin died in April 2013, the Principal wrote: ‘no conductor, other than perhaps Sir Henry Wood nearly 100 years ago, can have had such an influential and important role in the life of young people in this country than Sir Colin’.

Photo of Sir Colin Davis: Royal Academy of Music
Photo of Robin Ticciati: Marco Borggreve

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