Music comes to life in performance – there is no better way to develop your craft.
We learn by doing. That’s why performing is a way of life at the Royal Academy of Music.
We invite the greatest names in the industry to work closely with our students on a wide range of projects, often finishing with a public performance.
There are over 500 events a year, and you can get involved in everything from intimate solo and chamber performances to orchestral concerts, operas, musicals and festivals.
Our busy diary of events provides many opportunities to gain ensemble experience and perform publicly, not only in the Academy itself, but in world-famous venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall.
Jazz students have also played at the EFG London Jazz Festival, and our Musical Theatre and Royal Academy Opera productions are fully staged and directed by well-known artists.
Whether you’re an instrumentalist, singer or composer with new music to bring to the world, there are myriad options to showcase your talent.
Orchestras and ensembles
Our range of orchestral projects are designed to reflect the demands of professional orchestral life. We provide training in all aspects of performance, including mock auditions with prominent orchestral musicians.
Performances by chamber ensembles are another essential part of Academy life. In addition to your course requirements, you might be invited to perform in high-profile Academy concerts, composer festivals and numerous recitals in London and around the UK. Coaching with professional chamber musicians is provided for all concerts and projects.
The Orchestras and ensembles section has more details about the Academy’s groups.
Royal Academy Opera
Royal Academy Opera stages three full-scale productions each year. Pianists and répétiteurs play for rehearsals and performances when required, and orchestral students get invaluable experience in the opera pit.
The Academy is particularly active in new music. The Manson Ensemble, our specialist contemporary music ensemble, regularly takes part in side-by-side projects with London Sinfonietta and performs in major festivals around the UK.
‘Mainly New’ projects offer student instrumentalists and composers the opportunity to work intensively with leading living composers.
Numerous special projects are also devised each year with choreographers and animators, often leading to major external performances.
Students gain unrivalled experience in historical ensemble playing in the Academy Baroque Orchestra, which leads to performances within the Academy and in venues throughout London.
The 'Bach the European' series offers an excellent opportunity for current students to work with recent graduates and top period-instrument specialists.
Performance for piano players
We encourage our pianists to perform as much as possible, whether it’s an informal concert in the Henry Wood Room, a major concerto in the Duke’s Hall or an engagement outside the Academy. Performances often include dates at Wigmore Hall, St James’s Piccadilly, Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, Kings Place and St Martin-in-the-Fields. We promote a popular series of concerts each term at Steinway Hall, and offer opportunities to play in major festivals throughout the UK.
All pianists can take part in the Academy’s annual Summer Piano Festival in June, a five-day event that showcases our students playing a huge array of repertoire in original and imaginative contexts. Our festival includes chamber and solo music, early keyboard performances in the historic Piano Gallery, multimedia and film collaborations, and even contemporary music work with drama and poetry.
External booking service
Frequent external performance opportunities are available through our External Bookings Service, which enables members of the public to book Academy students for concerts, weddings, corporate functions and other events.