#RAMplaysON - Update 1

-Posted on 03.04.2020

With the UK in lockdown and the Academy’s building closed, our students, staff and alumni have been adapting to their new circumstances with energy and creativity. In the days since the launch of our digital campaign, #RAMplaysON, we have seen a wealth of musical projects taking place and look forward to seeing this grow in the coming weeks. Please continue to tag us with #RAMplaysON on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram so that we can continue to share and support your work.

In a message to staff and students the Academy’s Principal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, said: ‘We know that the outlook for freelance musicians requires us, more and more, to think creatively and to adjust to new realities. At the same time, the whole digital world can seem pretty overwhelming to some at the moment … #RAMplaysON is simply for anyone who’s inspired to make music ‘as and when’ – and we would love to support you in sharing your creativity with the Academy community.”

Here are some of the highlights from the past seven days:

Alumnus Kit Armstrong has been uploading recordings of French piano music on his YouTube channel, most recently Fauré’s Prélude in G minor, Op.103.

The Kanneh-Mason family have been sharing live concerts from their home. Isata, Braimah, Sheku and Konya are all students at the Academy, while Jeneba, Aminata and Mariatu attend the Junior Academy.

Junior Academy staff member and alumnus Quintin Beer has been teaching vocal exercises and techniques in his online video blog.

Alumna Tra Nguyen tagged us in a recording of Kangding Qingge Étude by Nimrod Borenstein.

Visiting Professor of Violin Daniel Hope continues with Hope@Home, daily live-stream concerts from his house which you can find on the Deutsche Grammophon YouTube channel.

Cello student Sophie Oliver has shared a beautiful cover of Can’t Help Falling in Love.

You can watch live recitals on Living Room Live, a project by Piano Department Fellow George Fu and alumna Freya Waley-Cohen.

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