Historical Performance

Many of the most outstanding performers in the current generation of Historical Performance specialists studied at the Academy. Our students receive intensive training in all aspects of historically informed performance practice and interpretation, with opportunities to focus on and develop their individual interests creativity.

The Academy offers Principal Study in the following period instruments:

Violin  |  Viola  |  Viola da Gamba  |  Cello  |  Double Bass  |  Harpsichord  |  Fortepiano  |  Lute/Theorbo  |  Recorder  |  Flute  |  Oboe  |  Clarinet  |  Bassoon  |  Sackbut

Historical Performance students at the Academy are encouraged to study repertoire from a variety of historical periods, and have opportunities to develop their skills in other interests (eg, harpsichord, recorder, viol). For recorder players and harpsichordists, this may include contemporary repertoire.

Academy students studying in other departments are encouraged to take up Historical Performance as a second study and are always welcome to perform in small and large-scale projects within the Historical Performance Faculty.

Historical Performance: Your Experience

See also: Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies



Emily Mould, Historical Performance Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7379 / Email historical@ram.ac.uk

Margaret Faultless

Head of Historical Performance: Margaret Faultless

Co-leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Director of training programmes for the OAE and European Union Baroque Orchestra

Experienced performer and recording artist

Head of Historical Performance since 2012


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Margaret Faultless