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‘This is the Hour’

A celebration of the music of Claude-Michel Schönberg performed by the Academy Musical Theatre Company and Orchestra

Director: James Powell
Musical Director: Daniel Bowling

Broadcast with permission of Cameron Mackintosh Limited, Cameron Mackintosh (Overseas) Limited, Alain Boublil Music Limited and Bouberg Music Limited.

Jac van Steen conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra

The Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jac van Steen, perform an excerpt from the last movement of Sibelius's Second Symphony. Jac van Steen visited the Academy in February 2018 for a sell-out lunchtime performance.

Sir Mark Elder conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra

The Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder, performs movements three and four of Shostakovich's Symphony No 8. Sir Mark Elder visited the Academy in March 2018 for a sell-out lunchtime performance.

Oliver Knussen conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra

The Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by Oliver Knussen, performs Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (1945 version).

Oliver Knussen, the Academy’s Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music, visited the Academy in January 2018 for an evening concert in Duke's Hall.

Royal Academy Opera performs Flight by Jonathan Dove

Royal Academy Opera performed Flight by Jonathan Dove from 12-17 March 2018.

This was the inaugural performance in the Academy’s new Susie Sainsbury Theatre.

Cast and Crew:

Gareth Hancock conductor
Martin Duncan director
Francis O’Connor designer
Jake Wiltshire lighting designer
Mandy Demetriou movement director

Controller Ilona Revolskaya
Tina Meinir Wyn Roberts
Stewardess Olivia Warburton
Minsk Woman Hannah Poulsom
Older Woman Marvic Monreal
Refugee Patrick Terry
Bill Hiroshi Amako
Steward Nicholas Mogg
Minsk Man Richard Walshe
Immigration Officer Michael Mofidian

Music by Jonathan Dove Libretto by April de Angelis Music © 1998 by Peters Edition Limited, London Libretto © 1997 by April de Angelis All Rights Reserved. This recording is licensed for private and promotional use only. Unauthorised copying, reproduction, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting prohibited.

Manuel López-Gómez conducts Debussy's La Mer (3rd Mvt)

Manuel López-Gómez conducts the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra in the third movement of Debussy's La Mer. Recorded at the Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music in March 2017

Manuel López-Gómez conducts an extract from Ravel's 'La Valse'

Manuel López-Gómez conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra in an extract of Maurice Ravel's 'La Valse.' The concert was recorded at Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, in March 2017.

Manuel López-Gómez conducts the Miller's Dance from De Falla's 'Three Cornered Hat' Suite

Manuel López-Gómez conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra in the Miller's Dance from De Falla's 'Three Cornered Hat' Suite. The concert was recorded in March at the Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music.

Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

Edward Gardner conducts the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra for George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with soloist Adrian Brendle.

Mahler Symphony No 9 Last Movement

Mahler Symphony No 9 Last Movement performed by the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra conducted by Semyon Bychkov

Strauss Tod und Verklärung, Op 24 conducted by Christian Thielemann (excerpt 1)

Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Christian Thielemann, conductor
Live concert recording, Saturday 23 January 2016
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Strauss Tod und Verklärung, Op 24 (excerpt)

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Strauss Tod und Verklärung, Op 24 conducted by Christian Thielemann (excerpt 2)

Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Christian Thielemann, conductor
Live concert recording, Saturday 23 January 2016
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Strauss Tod und Verklärung, Op 24 (excerpt)

Listen to the complete performance

Nielsen Symphony No 4, Op 29, ‘The Inextinguishable’ conducted by Sir Mark Elder

Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder
Barbirolli Chair of Conducting

Live concert recording
Friday 17th June 2016
Duke’s Hall

Nielsen Symphony No 4, Op 29, ‘The Inextinguishable’

Mozart Symphony No 39, Fourth Movement: Trevor Pinnock

Trevor Pinnock conducts the Academy Chamber Orchestra in the fourth movement of Mozart's Symphony No 39 in E flat, K 543, at a concert in the Duke's Hall on 24th February 2017.

Royal Academy of Music Cello Ensemble performs Polonaise de concert

Royal Academy of Music Cello Ensemble performs Polonaise de concert, Op 14 by David Popper arr Valter Despalj.

Semyon Bychkov conducts Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini

Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, Klemperer Chair in Conducting
Live concert recording, Friday 15th January 2016
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini, op.32

Semyon Bychkov conducts Strauss Don Juan, and presentation

Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, Klemperer Chair in Conducting
Live concert recording, Friday 15th January 2016
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Strauss Don Juan, op.20

Preceded by presentation of Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music

Trevor Pinnock conducts Beethoven Prometheus

Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra
Trevor Pinnock, Principal Guest Conductor
Live concert recording, Friday 13th November 2015
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Beethoven: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, op.43 (excerpts)

Semyon Bychkov conducts Tchaikovsky ‘Manfred’ Symphony: II Vivace con spirito (excerpt)

Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, Klemperer Chair in Conducting

Live concert recording
Friday 1st May 2015, Duke’s Hall

Tchaikovsky: Symphony in B minor, op.58, ‘Manfred’
II: Vivace con spirito (excerpt)

Edward Gardner conducts Elgar Symphony no.2 (II)

Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner, Sir Charles Mackerras Chair of Conducting
Live concert recording, Friday 16th October 2015
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Elgar Symphony no.2 in E flat, op.63, Movement II

Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts Saint-Saëns ‘Organ’ Symphony (excerpt)

Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier Principal Guest Conductor
Joseph Beech organ
Live concert recording, Friday 12th June 2015, Duke’s Hall

Saint-Saëns ‘Organ’ Symphony, Movement II (Parts 3 and 4)

Academy Piano Festival 2015: Ravel Rapsodie espagnole

Alexandra Vaduva and Anna Szalucka, pianos

Friday 26th June 2015
Joanna MacGregor’s Piano Festival
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Danse Pesante for double basses, by Academy composer Raivis Misjuns

Raivis Misjuns, Sam Becker, Kohki Watanabe, Josie Jobbins and Will Henderson, double bass
Recorded in the Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music, on 4th March 2015

Masaaki Suzuki conducts Bach

JS Bach Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11 (Praise God in His kingdoms), excerpt

Choir and Orchestra from the Royal Academy of Music, London and The Juilliard School, New York
Masaaki Suzuki conductor
Rachel Podger leader

Recorded live in the Duke’s Hall on Sunday 21st June 2015
Royal Academy of Music / Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas Series

Sir Mark Elder conducts Shostakovich Sixth Symphony (3. Presto)

Recorded live at the Royal Academy of Music’s Duke’s Hall on Friday 13th February 2015.

Royal Academy of Music: Trevor Pinnock conducts Schubert Ninth Symphony (3. Scherzo)

Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra
Trevor Pinnock, Principal Guest Conductor

Live concert recording
Friday 6th February 2015
Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Franz Schubert: Symphony no.9 in C, D.944, ‘Great’
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace

Edward Gardner conducts Rachmaninov Second Symphony (Adagio)

Recorded live at the Royal Academy of Music’s Duke’s Hall on Friday 27th February 2015

Academy Big Band at Southbank Centre

Academy Big Band perform with Nicky Iles at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, November 2014

Sir Mark Elder conducts Verdi: Opening Scene from Attila

The Royal Academy of Music orchestra you see and hear in this video was formed specially for this intensive project. Before they started rehearsing in the week of the concert, these players had never performed together as an ensemble in this configuration. After six hours of sectional rehearsals taken by leading London-based orchestral specialists, the orchestra had one day of rehearsals with Sir Mark culminating in this live streamed concert on Friday 7th March 2014.

Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts Debussy’s Nuages at the Royal Academy of Music

Debussy Nuages (from Nocturnes)

Live performance in the Duke's Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, London

Academy Symphony Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier, Principal Guest Conductor

Friday 13th June 2014

Academy Symphonic Brass: Henze’s Ragtimes & Habaneras

Royal Academy of Music Symphonic Brass
Mark David, conductor

Hans Werner Henze arr. Henning Brauel: Ragtimes & Habaneras

Live performance in the Duke's Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, London
Friday 11th October 2013

I.
II. Tempo di Foxtrot
III. Tempo di Son
IV. Tempo di Tango
V.
VI. Tempo di Rhumba
VII. Ragtime
VIII. Tempo di Tango
IX.
X.
XI. Allegro vivace

Junior Academy Jazz at Pizza Express: Timelessness

Bheki Mseleku arr. Gareth Lockrane

Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz
Recorded at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho
Saturday 12th July 2014

Course Director: Gareth Lockrane
Special Guest: Tim Garland

Junior Academy Jazz at Pizza Express: Fly With The Wind

McCoy Tyner arr. Gareth Lockrane

Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz
Recorded at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho
Saturday 12th July 2014

Course Director: Gareth Lockrane
Special Guest: Tim Garland

Junior Academy Jazz at Pizza Express: Blues For Little Joe

Tim Garland

Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz
Recorded at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho
Saturday 12th July 2014

Course Director: Gareth Lockrane
Special Guest: Tim Garland

Junior Academy Jazz at Pizza Express: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

Billy Taylor arr. Tim Garland

Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz
Recorded at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho
Saturday 12th July 2014

Course Director: Gareth Lockrane
Special Guest: Tim Garland

Junior Academy Jazz at Pizza Express: Make Believe

Jim Mullen

Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz
Recorded at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho
Saturday 12th July 2014

Course Director: Gareth Lockrane
Special Guest: Tim Garland

Junior Academy Jazz at Pizza Express: Silver’s Serenade Nutville

Horace Silver arr. Gareth Lockrane

Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz
Recorded at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho
Saturday 12th July 2014

Course Director: Gareth Lockrane
Special Guest: Tim Garland

Junior Academy Jazz at Pizza Express: Blues for C.M.

Dave Holland

Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz
Recorded at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho
Saturday 12th July 2014

Course Director: Gareth Lockrane
Special Guest: Tim Garland

Junior Academy Jazz at Pizza Express: Made by Walking / Our Love is Here to Stay

Tim Garland

Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz
Recorded at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho
Saturday 12th July 2014

Course Director: Gareth Lockrane
Special Guest: Tim Garland

Live concert: Percussion and Organ

Live from the Royal Academy of Music’s Duke's Hall.
Thursday 23rd January 2014, 7.30pm (GMT)

Neil Percy, conductor
Peter Holder, organ
Péter Fodor, vibraphone
Tom Lee, timpani
Stella Quartet

Carter: Improvisation, Adagio and Canaries from Eight Pieces for Four Timpani
Joseph Pereira: Strophe
Lou Harrison: Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra

The Academy’s percussion, organ and string departments collaborate to perform Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra, inspired by Indonesian gamelan music, and Joseph Pereira's Strophe, scored for vibraphone and string quartet.

Live concert. Mozart Series: 'Gran Partita', free on Fridays

Live from the Royal Academy of Music’s Duke's Hall.
(Music starts 7 minutes in)

Royal Academy of Music Symphonic Wind
Keith Bragg, conductor

Mozart Serenade in B flat, K.361, ‘Gran Partita’

Our month-long celebration of Mozart’s chamber music begins with the Gran Partita, arguably the grandest and most wide-ranging instrumental music from the Viennese classical period. Mozart’s sensitivity to the colours of wind instruments, his mastery of all eighteenth-century musical styles and his unerring dramatic instinct are blended into a seven-movement score of unsurpassed variety which far transcends the serenade tradition from which it emerged.

Part of the Academy’s long-running ‘free on Fridays’ lunchtime concert series.

Semyon Bychkov conducts Academy Concert Orchestra: Strauss Heldenleben, op.40 (extract)

Live recording, 14th June 2013, Royal Academy of Music Duke’s Hall

Sir Mark Elder conducts Verdi: Overture to Nabucco

The Royal Academy of Music orchestra you see and hear in this video was formed specially for this intensive project. Before they started rehearsing in the week of the concert, these players had never performed together as an ensemble in this configuration. After six hours of sectional rehearsals taken by leading London-based orchestral specialists, the orchestra had one day of rehearsals with Sir Mark culminating in this live streamed concert on Friday 7th March 2014.

Semyon Bychkov conducts Schmidt

Franz Schmidt’s Symphony no.2 (extract from last movement)

Live performance in the Duke’s Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, London

Academy Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, Klemperer Chair of Conducting

Friday 28th March 2014

Sir Mark Elder conducts Verdi: Prelude to La forza del destino

The Royal Academy of Music orchestra you see and hear in this video was formed specially for this intensive project. Before they started rehearsing in the week of the concert, these players had never performed together as an ensemble in this configuration. After six hours of sectional rehearsals taken by leading London-based orchestral specialists, the orchestra had one day of rehearsals with Sir Mark culminating in this live streamed concert on Friday 7th March 2014

Sir Mark Elder conducts Verdi: Prelude to Ernani

The Royal Academy of Music orchestra you see and hear in this video was formed specially for this intensive project. Before they started rehearsing in the week of the concert, these players had never performed together as an ensemble in this configuration. After six hours of sectional rehearsals taken by leading London-based orchestral specialists, the orchestra had one day of rehearsals with Sir Mark culminating in this live streamed concert on Friday 7th March 2014.

Sir Mark Elder conducts Verdi: Prelude to Aïda

The Royal Academy of Music orchestra you see and hear in this video was formed specially for this intensive project. Before they started rehearsing in the week of the concert, these players had never performed together as an ensemble in this configuration. After six hours of sectional rehearsals taken by leading London-based orchestral specialists, the orchestra had one day of rehearsals with Sir Mark culminating in this live streamed concert on Friday 7th March 2014.

Sir Mark Elder conducts Verdi: Prelude to Act I, La traviata

The Royal Academy of Music orchestra you see and hear in this video was formed specially for this intensive project. Before they started rehearsing in the week of the concert, these players had never performed together as an ensemble in this configuration. After six hours of sectional rehearsals taken by leading London-based orchestral specialists, the orchestra had one day of rehearsals with Sir Mark culminating in this live streamed concert on Friday 7th March 2014.

Sir Mark Elder conducts Verdi: Overture to I vespri siciliani

The Royal Academy of Music orchestra you see and hear in this video was formed specially for this intensive project. Before they started rehearsing in the week of the concert, these players had never performed together as an ensemble in this configuration. After six hours of sectional rehearsals taken by leading London-based orchestral specialists, the orchestra had one day of rehearsals with Sir Mark culminating in this live streamed concert on Friday 7th March 2014.

Academy Symphonic Brass: Elgar Howarth’s Spooks

Live recording from the Duke’s Hall