The series opens our doors to a wider audience, focusing on an illuminating range of subjects. It reveals some of the treasures held at our Marylebone Road home, tells the stories of extraordinary musicians who studied here and features music by current and former students, much of it specially recorded. As well as exploring the Academy’s rich history, ‘Short Stories’ also brings to life the institution as it stands today.

The Academy’s Principal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, said: ‘Since its founding in 1822, the Academy has played a vital role in music-making in the UK and beyond. Some of the most important musical figures of the past two centuries have learnt, taught and performed here – this is where music’s past, present and future converge. This series has been a joy to create, and there couldn’t be a better time to tell these stories than in our Bicentenary year.’

The first three episodes are available today, Friday 8 July, on all major streaming platforms - click here to listen. Episodes four and five will be released on Friday 22 July and Friday 5 August.