The Royal Academy of Music strengthens links with more top performers

-Posted on 28.06.2016

The Royal Academy of Music has announced three further appointments to its impressive roll call of international teaching staff.

Sir Mark Elder is appointed Barbirolli Chair of Conducting.
Pascal Rogé is appointed Visiting Professor of Piano.
Brindley Sherratt is appointed John Shirley-Quirk Professor of Singing

The Academy is delighted that Sir Mark Elder has accepted the title of ‘Barbirolli Chair of Conducting’. This is offered in recognition of his generous and inspirational work with the Academy Symphony Orchestra. The title also acknowledges Sir Mark’s strong links with Barbirolli, not just for Sir John’s lifelong connection to the Academy but also through both conductors’ important role in the musical life of Manchester, notably as renowned Music Directors of the Hallé Orchestra.
Sir Mark will conduct at the Academy next on Friday 2nd December 2016 with a performance of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, as part of the popular Friday Series of lunchtime concerts. Tickets will be available from Monday 25th July, and are expected to sell out quickly – as they did for Sir Mark’s most recent concert at the Academy, a highly praised performance of Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony in June 2016.

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal of the Academy, said: ‘Sir Mark’s visits to the Academy offer us a remarkable and unique experience of learning, artistry, human insight and professional reality – and, crucially, he lets students express themselves and take responsibility. No-one packs more into a visit than Sir Mark and we are deeply honoured that he chooses to return here and work with all of us at the Academy’.

Sir John Barbirolli was a prize-winning cello student at the Royal Academy of Music before turning to conducting. He succeeded Toscanini as the permanent conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 1936, and in 1943 he returned to England to conduct the Hallé Orchestra. In 1961 Barbirolli assumed responsibility for the Royal Academy of Music’s first orchestra. The Academy is custodian of Sir John’s archive, and the Academy’s main conducting teaching room is named in his honour.

Pascal Rogé, already a regular Academy visitor to give masterclasses and work with piano students, will become Visiting Professor of Piano.

Pascal Rogé said: ‘It will be a great honour and a great pleasure to become a regular visitor at the Academy. I love the place, the atmosphere and of course the talented students!.’

Professor Joanna MacGregor OBE, Head of Piano, said: ‘I’m delighted that such an internationally-renowned artist will be visiting the Academy on a regular basis. Pascal Rogé joins a tremendous roster of Visiting Professors – including Imogen Cooper, Steven Osborne, Stephen Hough and Yevgeny Sudbin – to provide mentoring for the Academy’s pianists, alongside our faculty professors.’

The bass Brindley Sherratt studied at the Royal Academy of Music. His role as Visiting Professor of Singing has been extended into a full professorship, named in memory of the English bass-baritone John Shirley-Quirk CBE (1931–2014).

Professor Mark Wildman, Head of Vocal Studies, said: ‘It is with great pleasure that we confirm our ever-closer association with Brindley Sherratt. Academy vocal students have gained a great deal in recent years from Brindley’s masterclasses as Visiting Professor. We look forward to welcoming him back with increasing frequency as a full professor from next academic year.’

Brindley Sherratt will present his next masterclass at the Academy on Tuesday 18th October. This free event is supported by the Leche Trust. More details...


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