Hosted by Kirsty MacDonald, Deputy Principal (Advancement), on 30 July, and featuring Principal Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, the 2019/20 Scholars’ Recital was an opportunity for the audience to hear exclusive student performances from past and present award recipients.
This year, we were delighted to be able to offer two ’live’ performances from the Angela Burgess Recital Hall. Cellist Yanyan Lin, Hans Keller Award recipient for 2019/20, performed a fabulous rendition of the Prelude and Gigue from Bach’s Cello Suite No 2 in D minor. Yanyan’s performance was followed by violinist Bridget O’Donnell, Harbour Foundation Award recipient, and former Academy scholar, bassist and composer Misha Mullov-Abbado, to perform a varied repertoire including Estrellita by Manuel Ponce arranged by Jascha Heifetz, The Infamous Grouse by Misha Mullov-Abbado, and Chega de Saudade by Antônio Carlos Jobim.
We also invited our attendees to hear first hand about the significant impact that their gifts have made on the Academy’s students during the 2019/20 academic year. Our keynote student speaker, double bassist Jess Straub, discussed how receiving an award from the Academy inspired her to give back to the community throughout the course of her studies. In Jess’s own words:
‘Receiving an award from the Academy inspired me to cultivate my passion of music outreach and give back to the community during my studies, and I did this through participating in the elective called Open Academy. Working with my fellow students to bring music to local schools and hospitals was an incredible experience, and I will always treasure these opportunities that studying at the Royal Academy of Music offered me.’Jess Straub
Later, Jess and Kirsty were joined by Royal Academy of Opera student Niall Anderson, recipient of the Fordyce Award and John Baker Award, for an audience Q&A session during which they discussed how much it means to students to receive a scholarship or bursary. They both agreed that receiving an award has the potential to be an absolutely transformative experience.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for this wonderful evening of celebration. Your support makes a real difference to the lives of the Academy’s talented young musicians and we look forward to seeing you, hopefully in person, at our Scholars’ Recital in 2021.