Historical Performance

Many of the most outstanding performers in the current generation of historical performance specialists studied at the Academy.

Studying in the Historical Performance department will enable you to further your individual musicianship, instrumental technique, knowledge of historical performance practice and artistic creativity. You will be encouraged to develop a range of skills that will equip you to enter the vibrant world of historical performance, and to be one of the new game-changers in your chosen field.

You will work with world-class professors to study a wide range of repertoire (recorder players will also explore contemporary repertoire and techniques, often working with young composers). Other core activities include dancing, playing continuo and taking part in education projects. You will also be encouraged to develop your own projects in an atmosphere that is particularly friendly and collaborative across all years of study.

Performance opportunities range across Bach Cantatas, opera, orchestral projects (including a Haydn symphony series), chamber music, consort playing, and many external concerts. These extensive activities are all designed to provide you with invaluable experience as a professional musician.

Scholarship assistance is available to the best candidates following audition, which may extend to half-fees or full-fees awards for the exceptionally gifted.

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

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.

See also

Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Fees and Financial Support
New historical performance scholarships announced


Bethan White, Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7310 / Email historical@ram.ac.uk
Professor Margaret Faultless

Head of Historical Performance: Professor 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