The Academy will end the 2021 spring term with 12 livestreamed concerts from the main building on the Marylebone Road, from 9 March to 1 April. These will be available to view for free on YouTube and on the Academy website.

The revised spring programme includes performances of chamber music, small orchestral pieces and opera scenes. The series begins with the Hill Quartet performing Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ quartet at 1pm on 9 March.

The penultimate concert, at 1pm on 31 March, sees the Academy Song Circle return to perform art songs celebrating spring. The full programme can be found on YouTube and on our website.

The Spring at the Academy series follows a full term of livestreamed concerts in the autumn, which reached an online audience of over 170,000 people.

Following the government’s lockdown announcement in January, this spring term has been conducted online with students participating in virtual lessons, masterclasses and lectures. With the gradual easing of coronavirus restrictions, we hope that these events will mark the start of a full return to in-person music-making at the Academy, and we will be announcing more livestreamed concerts as part of our exciting summer season in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, all performers will be conforming to the safety requirements of being at least two metres apart. Our concerts remain subject to change as we continue to follow government advice.

Spring at the Academy listings

  • 9 March, 1pm
    The Hill Quartet begin the Spring at the Academy livestreamed season with a performance of Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ quartet.

  • 11 March, 1pm
    Guitar students perform works by Dowland alongside Coste, Gerhard and Arnold.

  • 12 March, 1pm
    Head of Brass, Professor Mark David conducts brass octets by Stravinsky and Rautavaara.

  • 16 March, 1pm
    Chamber Music Fellows, Trio Mazzolini perform a concert featuring pieces by Arensky and Tom Coult.

  • 18 March, 3pm
    Royal Academy Opera performs scenes from operas by Ravel, Handel and Mozart.

  • 19 March, 1pm
    The Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists perform chamber pieces by Elgar and Britten.

  • 19 March, 6.30pm
    A showcase of 20th Century and contemporary works for organ, accompanied by brass ensemble.

  • 26 March, 1pm
    A contemporary music workshop for viola, led by Principal Viola of the London Sinfonietta, Paul Silverthorne.

  • 29 March, 1pm
    The Kyan Quartet performs Haydn’s String Quartet in C, Op 54 No 2 and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in E minor, Op 44 No 2.

  • 30 March, 1pm
    Music for flute and strings from Mozart, Beethoven, Amy Beach and Professor Timothy Jones.

  • 31 March, 1pm
    The Academy Song Circle perform art songs to celebrate the arrival of spring.

  • 1 April, 1pm
    The term concludes with Mozart’s Horn Quintet in E flat K 407 alongside contemporary music by Colin Matthews, Sun Keting and Piers Hellawell.