Tasmin Little CBE, Visiting Professor of Violin, is one of today’s leading international violinists. She has performed in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall. Her multi-award-winning career encompasses international concerto and recital performances, master classes, workshops, recording and community outreach work.

Soprano Lucy Crowe OBE studied at the Academy and is now a Fellow and the Giulia Grisi Professor of Performance Mentoring. She supervises and gives professional guidance to our students through performance classes and one-to-one sessions, offering inspiration based on her vast and international experience. Lucy's illustrious career has seen her perform at some of the world's most prestigious venues and festivals, including the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, BBC Proms, Teatro Real Madrid, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Metropolitan Opera New York.

Tenor Nicky Spence OBE joined the Academy this year as Visiting Professor of Vocal Studies and Opera, and has recently led Q&As and voice and piano coaching sessions with our postgraduate Vocal Studies students. Nicky sings internationally, appears in concert extensively and records prolifically. The BBC Music Magazine awarded him “Personality of the Year” in 2022, and in 2020 he won the BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award as well as Gramophone’s Solo Vocal Award.

Academy alumni were well represented in this year’s honours list, with Jennifer Muskett and Alan Gough being awarded MBEs.

The Academy’s students, staff and Governing Body offer their warmest congratulations to Tasmin, Lucy, Nicky, Jennifer and Alan.