Community involvement

Working in partnership with charities, schools, Academy students and London orchestras, we deliver projects that are designed to inspire, challenge and support learning and development. 

Farnborough College Music Scholars Day

Academy students visited Farnborough College Music Scholars day where they coached chamber groups and workshopped a new composition. They then performed as part of the evening concert. Harry White, the Music coordinator, wrote this about the day –

‘It was a tremendously successful venture, with [Academy] students helping to coach and workshop the College's music scholars on their chamber music works throughout the day, finishing with an inspiring evening concert of solo and chamber music performances involving both sets of students. Certainly it was an invaluable experience for our scholars, learning from such talented and generous musicians about the art of chamber music. Hopefully, it was also a useful learning tool for the Academy students also in the art of advising, teaching and guiding such gifted young people.’


Regent High Visit

Regent High School is a co-educational school for 11-18 year olds based near to Kings Cross Station. In November 2016, James Redwood, led a project at the school based on American Spirituals where Academy students supported ‘gifted and talented’ students in their creative compositions. Students also came to the Academy and sat in the Symphony Orchestra rehearsal of Prokofiev's Symphony no.5 with Yan Pascal Tortelier. 

‘It was an amazing day of fun and learning. The sessions with James and the students from the Academy were inspiring and fun, the tour of the museum was wonderful and highly educational  and finally, seeing the rehearsal and listening to your students performing Prokofiev's Symphony no.5 at the Duke's Hall was an unforgettable experience.’

Music Teacher from Regent High School – Autumn 2016

‘I found out music was more than singing and instruments, it's passion and inside thoughts expressed with a beat and a rhythm or even a song and dance!’

Student from St Mary’s Bryanston Square Primary School, after working with 4th year Academy students – Spring 2017 


More words from our partners

‘Thank you for all your support this year, for offering our pupils such fantastic opportunities to experience quality playing, close up, first hand. These inspirational experiences are what bring music into focus for our young players; they are the bits of primary school education they will remember into adulthood. The Cosmos collaboration was, for me, the epitome of excellent partnership working…Thank you for all your work in making it happen. The feedback from the schools has been wholly positive.’

Primary Music Coordinator for Camden Music Hub

‘I’ve just been sitting in on the Petrushka workshop at St Marys and it is so lovely! The teachers are loving it, the children are really loving it and are 100% engaged with it all! Thank you so much for this wonderful project!’

Primary Music Coordinator, Haringey Music and Performing Arts

‘This performance is possibly the best I have ever taken children too.  It was perfectly aimed at their age and experience. The children came away asking when they would be able to go back and hear it again.’

Teacher, St Mary and St Pancras Gospel Oak

‘It's been great to have five students from the Royal Academy of Music visit children at The Royal London Hospital this term. Music can be a really useful tool within the hospital as it allows patients to engage as actively or as passively as they are comfortable with. The musicians worked excellently with a range of young patients across the hospital both in groups and one-to-one, performing professional ensemble pieces and inviting children to join in with percussion instruments. They introduced young patients to a range of instruments, encouraged them to direct with a conductor's baton and provided an opportunity for each child to compose and direct pieces of music. One of the unique aspects of this work with the Royal Academy of Music is that the musicians are not considerably older than some of our patients and this has contributed to a fun and friendly atmosphere.’

Arts Participation Manager, Vital Arts | Barts Health NHS Trust

‘Thank you so much for letting us come to the rehearsal last week... I have never seen them so quiet and well behaved, ever. I know they were rather shell shocked by the whole experience, which flies in the face of their image of 'Classical Music.'  The opening chords of the Smetana had most of them jumping out of their seats.’

Teacher, Abingdon House School, String Ensemble Rehearsal, October 2012

‘It has been a real bonus having the Academy students join us in this project.  They have made a really positive contribution to the sessions, not just as musicians participating and adding to the quality of music making, but as young people taking an interest socially in the participants with Dementia. I have been very impressed by their ability to be flexible and spontaneous with any situation in which may occur during the workshops and have been struck by their sensitivity and genuine interest in the project.  It has been a great pleasure having them as part of the team.’

Jane Haughton, Glyndebourne Raise Your Voice Project