Summer Diary available now

-Posted on 07.04.2017

Our Summer Diary has arrived, featuring over a hundred events across all our departments

The new Summer Diary of Events has just arrived, with highlights including the much-anticipated return visit from Semyon Bychkov, our Summer Piano Festival, a residency at Shoreditch Town Hall with The Threepenny Opera (accompanied by a new-music festival inspired by the Weimar Republic era), a pop–rock version of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, and special visits by composer John Adams and violinist James Ehnes, as well as recitals, chamber music, masterclasses, lectures and museum tours.

General online booking opens at 10.00am on 11th April, with priority booking for Patrons opening at 10.00am on the 10th April. In the meantime, please browse online for more information to help you plan your visits, download the Summer Diarysign up to regular email alerts or email us to have a print copy sent out. 


Highlights of the Academy summer term

  • On Thursday 22nd June, Semyon Bychkov, our Klemperer Chair of Conducting, conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists in Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony at the Royal Festival Hall.
  • From 15th to 17th June, Royal Academy Opera returns to Shoreditch Town Hall to stage Kurt Weill’s dark comedy The Threepenny Opera, under the direction of Walter Sutcliffe.
  • Alongside The Threepenny Opera, we present The Art of Chaos, a festival of new music themed around the preoccupations of the Weimar era, in the intimate setting of The Ditch.
  • The theme of this year’s Summer Piano Festival, curated by Joanna MacGregor, is Beethoven, with students performing all 32 of the sonatas across three days (26th to 28th June), and the legendary pianist Alfred Brendel in conversation with Joanna MacGregor about his life with the composer, as well as many other cross-arts collaborations.
  • Our new Visiting Professor of Composition, John Adams, returns to work with opera students on excerpts from his operas on 26th April.
  • On Thursday 15th June violinist James Ehnes gives his first masterclass as Visiting Professor of Violin.
  • Our Musical Theatre department presents the new hit musical Love’s Labour’s Lost at Hackney Empire from 29th June to 2nd July, spinning Shakespeare’s comedy of the renunciation of love into a compelling pop-rock score, while keeping the depth of Shakespeare’s original dialogue.
  • We continue our ambitious and popular series of Royal Academy/Ralph Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas on 7th May and 25th June, for which early booking is highly recommended.

These are just a few of over one hundred events between the opening of the term on 24th April and the last event of the academic year on 18th July.

General booking for ticketed events opens online at 10.00am on 11th April and by phone at 10.00am on 24th April.

We hope to see you at the Academy soon. 

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