Recent Open Academy Project Highlights

Spring 2018

Firebird Project at Rhyl Primary School

In January students from Rhyl Primary School visited the Academy to watch Oliver Knussen rehearse Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite with the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra. This was part of a project led by Caroline Welsh, where Open Academy students helped pupils from Rhyl Primary School to compose their own music in response to Stravinsky’s work.

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Junior Artists: Overture Day

The Royal Academy of Music welcomed musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and together hosted an immersive one-day event. Open Academy students worked alongside the LPO musicians, mentoring talented young instrumentalists aged 11-14 to give them a hands-on, behind-the-scenes look at the world of a professional orchestra.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Project

In the spring term we embarked on a new project with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. In partnership with CW+, the charity for the NHS Foundation Trust, Open Academy students worked as supporting musicians in creative workshops with people recovering from stroke.

Spitalfields Music Project

At the end of last term Open Academy fellows, mentored by alumna Jessie Maryon-Davies, worked collaboratively with Spitalfields Music to create a forty minute, interactive performance piece for children in Key Stage 2. They created a piece based on the PHSE curriculum exploring the topic of Mutual Respect and Celebrating Differences. The Fellows then toured the show in six primary schools in north and east London.

Music for the Moment

This concert series, delivered in partnership with Wigmore Hall and Resonate Arts, is designed to be particularly welcoming of people living with dementias. This term’s concerts included vocal repertoire, chamber ensembles, and music from the 16th and 17th centuries performed on original instruments.

‘My husband has dementia, and listening to music is a joy we can share equally.’ Audience member