The Academy is pleased to announce the musicians and performers who will be conferred honours at its 2022 graduation ceremony. This is a particularly important year, as it marks the conservatoire’s bicentenary.
Honorands include a wide range of people who have made a significant impact in their field, including many Academy staff, visiting professors and alumni.
The Academy will confer honorary doctorates (Hon DMus) to Tony and Grammy award-winning composer, director and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda – best known as the creator of Hamilton - as well as the Academy’s Klemperer Chair of Conducting, Semyon Bychkov. Bychkov will also be conducting Mahler’s Third Symphony with the Academy Symphony Orchestra at the Southbank Centre this June.
Leading lights from the world of music, film and theatre will be conferred as Honorary Members of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon RAMs), including star of stage and screen Dame Patricia Routledge DBE and Academy Award nominated actor Cynthia Erivo. Founder of Psappha Ensemble, Tim Williams and pianist Tom Poster will also be honoured.
Joining us as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Music (FRAMs), an honour reserved for Academy alumni, will be the musical director, pianist and composer Allyson Devenish, violinist Susan Collier, singer Helena Dix, orchestrator and conductor Cliff Masterson, pianist James Baillieu, and composer and singer Judith Bingham.
Lecturer and author Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason and the Academy’s Deputy Principal (Advancement) Kirsty MacDonald will be made Honorary Fellows of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon FRAMs).
The Academy’s Principal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood CBE, said: ‘We are immensely proud of the Academy’s 200-year history, and its position as the oldest conservatoire in Britain, but the Bicentenary is primarily about looking to the future. I’m delighted that this very distinguished group of honorands will be a part of the celebration, as they represent the very broad range of musical disciplines we teach, and in which our students excel all over the world.’
Graduation will be held in July at Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden for the graduating class of 2021/22.
Semyon Bychkov conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony with the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra at the Southbank Centre on Thursday 23 June. Tickets are available here.
Associate honours will also be conferred on Tuesday 20 September. The full list of ARAMs can be found here.