Into our third century
As Britain’s oldest conservatoire, the Academy has a lot of history to be proud of. The famous names who have studied and taught here since our foundation in 1822 are a constant source of inspiration.
1800 - 1899
The Royal Academy of Music is founded as Britain’s first conservatoire, in Tenterden Street, Hanover Square.
Carl Maria von Weber conducts our first orchestral concert.
HM King George IV grants a Royal Charter.
Arthur Sullivan enters the Academy.
Franz Liszt visits the Academy.
1900 - 1999
Aged 13, Myra Hess wins a scholarship to study piano at the Academy.
The Academy moves to custom-built premises on Marylebone Road.
Sir Henry Wood, a former student, joins as a professor.
Junior Academy is founded.
Richard Strauss visits the Academy.
HM Queen Elizabeth II becomes the Academy’s Patron.
Harrison Birtwistle studies clarinet at the Academy.
Former student Sir John Barbirolli becomes conductor of the first orchestra.
HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother opens our new library.
Felicity Lott becomes a student.
Simon Rattle becomes a student.
The Sir Jack Lyons Theatre is opened.
Evelyn Glennie becomes a student.
The innovative BMus degree is launched.
The Sinfonia travels overseas for the first time, to the Republic of Korea.
The refurbished Duke’s Hall reopens.
Ligeti visits the Academy for the 10-year anniversary of the International Composer Festival, which has previously celebrated Messiaen, Berio, Henze and Tippett.
The Academy becomes the first conservatoire to found its own recording label.
HRH The Duchess of Gloucester becomes the Academy’s President.
The Sinfonia makes its first orchestral visit to Beijing and Tokyo.
The Academy becomes the first conservatoire to be admitted as a full member of the University of London.
1-5 York Gate purchased for the Academy by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
2000 - Present
The two-year postgraduate Royal Academy Opera course is introduced.
The David Josefowitz Recital Hall opens.
A Royal Opera House performance with Sir Elton John raises nearly £1m for the Elton John Scholarship Fund.
A combined Academy and Juilliard School orchestra performs under Sir Colin Davis at the BBC Proms.
The Bach Cantata Series, which will run over a 10-year period, is launched.
Honorary Doctorates are given to Stephen Sondheim, Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim.
Royal Academy Opera presents the acclaimed premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Kommilitonen!
The Privy Council grants degree-awarding powers to the Academy.
An Academy and Juilliard orchestra performs at the BBC Proms and in New York with soloist Imogen Cooper, conducted by John Adams.
Visiting professors appointed include John Adams, Semyon Bychkov, James Ehnes, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Richard Goode, Dave Holland, Steven Isserlis, Oliver Knussen, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider and Christian Thielemann.
The Sir Elton John/Ray Cooper organ is installed in the Duke’s Hall.
A practice centre is added to our facilities.
The entrance is refurbished to include step-free access.
The Academy is rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
Student cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The new Susie Sainsbury Theatre and Angela Burgess Recital Hall open.
Hans Abrahamsen becomes the first Oliver Knussen Chair of Composition.
A joint Academy-Juilliard orchestra performs at the BBC Proms.
Students take part in major collaborations with Tokyo Geidai, Glenn Gould School and the Czech Philharmonic.
Student performances shared on social media as part of our #RAMplaysON campaign reach five million people.
To celebrate its bicentenary, the Academy launches the 200 PIECES project, inviting 200 composers to write 200 new works for solo instrument or voice.