Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov in residence

Spaced: a week-long exploration of music and architecture, space and movement

Music of Exile: Revival and Restoration collaboration with the Glenn Gould School, Toronto

Royal Academy Opera presents Semele

Edward Gardner conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra

Public masterclasses with world-renowned artists including Sérgio and Odair Assad, Susan Bullock, William Bennett, Anne-Sophie Bertrand, Emily Beynon, Imogen Cooper, Lucy Crowe, Reinhold Friedrich, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Patrick Messina, Priya Mitchell, Lawrence Power, David Russell, Brindley Sherratt, Radovan Vlatković, Alisa Weilerstein and Nikolaj Znaider

Over 60 concerts, as well as masterclasses, lectures, talks and educational events across the season.

The Royal Academy of Music announces its Autumn season featuring explorations into music and space and music of exile, as well as international collaborations with the Czech Philharmonic (23-24 October) and the Glenn Gould School (13-15 November).

The Czech Philharmonic collaboration is a highlight of Czech Week in London, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia, and includes chamber concerts, masterclasses, talks and an Open Academy project working with people living with dementias. The residency culminates in a performance by the Czech Philharmonic alongside Academy students conducted by the Academy’s Klemperer Chair of Conducting, Semyon Bychkov.

In the Academy’s first series of collaborations with the Glenn Gould School, students from both conservatoires are joined by members of the ARC Ensemble to explore the music of five Jewish composers in Music of Exile: Revival and Restoration. The series also features the UK premiere screening of the 2016 film EXIT: MUSIC, directed by James Murdoch and written and narrated by Simon Wynberg.

Spaced – a week-long exploration of music and architecture, space, movement, resonance, image and music in situ – takes audiences on a journey through the Academy’s spaces, old and new. The festival features live performances and installations by students including Freya Waley-Cohen’s Permutations, an interactive synthesis of architecture and music within the acoustics of six adjustable chambers, commissioned by the Aldeburgh Festival. Other highlights include a solo viol performance by Liam Byrne featuring new works by composition students, Stairway – a new commission from composition student Louise Drewett using the architecture of the Academy’s main stairway with vocal students and members of Singhealthy community choirs, a performance by countertenor Hamish McLaren including works by Steve Reich and Copland, a world premiere of a work by student Alex Woolf and a performance of Alvin Lucier’s I Am Sitting in a Room (19-23 November).

The Academy is delighted to welcome musicians and teachers from across the globe for its celebrated series of masterclasses. These include appearances from internationally renowned artists such as Anne-Sophie Bertrand (15 November), Gary Hoffman (2 November), Ralph Kirshbaum (21 November), Brindley Sherratt (3 October) and Alisa Weilerstein (23 October), and Academy Visiting Professors including Susan Bullock (19 September), David Russell (5 November) and Nikolaj Znaider (15 October). Royal Academy Opera explores power and egocentricity in a new production of Handel’s Semele, directed by Olivia Fuchs and conducted by Laurence Cummings (14-17 November).

The Academy Musical Theatre Company welcomes back Visiting Professor of Musical Theatre Claude-Michel Schönberg for an interview with Paul Morley (5 October) and presents its company show in December (1-2 December).

The Academy museum continues the Hitting the Right Note: Amazing Women of the Academy exhibition with a series of events across the season including an exploration of works by Betty Roe MBE with soprano Gabriella Di Laccio (20 September), an insight into the life and work of Alice Mary Smith with Ian Graham-Jones (1 October), a consideration of the work of Lena Ashwell and her visionary understanding of the connection between the arts and health with NHS Arts Programme Director Dr Anna Farthing (15 October), and an interactive family event designed to discover the women of the Academy who were involved in the Suffragist struggle (24 October).

Other highlights this season include

a unique duo of jazz harp and Chinese erhu originally created for a recital at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong in 2017 (4 October)

the Academy Symphony Orchestra welcoming back Edward Gardner in a concert featuring the world premiere of The Transparent Building by postgraduate composition student Louise Drewett (19 October)

Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music Oliver Knussen conducting Honegger, Tippett and Bach (30 November)

the Academy’s Head of Piano, Joanna MacGregor, presenting the first Autumn Piano Festival (30 October)

the Academy Big Band collaboration with the EFG London Jazz Festival marking the 10th anniversary of the death of the iconic Miriam Makeba alongside South African vocalist Tutu Puoane (18 November).


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