Royal Academy of Music announces Summer season of concerts and events

Editorial content by Madeleine Stone Royal Academy of Music

Over 100 concerts, as well as masterclasses, lectures, talks and educational events across the season
Trevor Pinnock conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra
Royal Academy Bizet double bill
Academy Musical Theatre Company’s inaugural performances in the Susie Sainsbury Theatre
New museum exhibition celebrating women at the Academy
Harrison Birtwistle is composer in residence
Public masterclasses by world-renowned artists such as Eric Aubier, William Bennett, Denis Bouriakov, Lucy Crowe, Richard Goode, Daniel Hope, Tasmin Little, Isabelle Moretti, Pascal Rogé, Radovan Vlatković and Pinchas Zukerman
Annual Piano Festival curated by Joanna MacGregor
111 free events across the season

The Royal Academy of Music announces its Summer season featuring a host of world-renowned guest artists and Visiting Professors, as well as the annual Piano Festival and a new museum exhibition.

Alumna Lucy Crowe gives a free masterclass for Academy vocal students (23 Apr), the Academy Cello Ensemble directed by Josephine Knight performs classical works, well-known film scores and commissioned works by James Barralet (19 June), Academy trombone professor Matthew Gee leads students in a varied programme, including the London premiere of Gary Carpenter’s Fischietto è morto (20 Jun) and Visiting Professor of Violin Tasmin Little shares her perceptive insights into the art of violin playing in a masterclass for students (22 Jun), all in the Angela Burgess Recital Hall.

Royal Academy Opera performs a double bill featuring authentic and reworked Bizet –Le docteur Miracle and La tragédie de Carmen (16-19 May) in the new Susie Sainsbury Theatre. The production will be co-conducted by both Director of Opera Gareth Hancock and Repetiteur Fellow William Cole.

The Academy Musical Theatre Company performs for the first time in their new home, the Susie Sainsbury Theatre, with productions of Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso’s Working (14-17 Jun) followed by John Guare’s The Sweet Smell of Success (28 Jun-1 Jul). Directed by Kimberley Sykes, Working features new songs by Tony Award-winning creator of Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda. Each production will be followed by a new late-night cabaret in the Angela Burgess recital hall.

The Academy is delighted to welcome musicians and teachers from across the globe for its celebrated series of masterclasses. These include appearances from Academy Visiting Professors such as harpist Isabelle Moretti (3 May), pianists Richard Goode (8 May) and Pascal Rogé (22 Jun), horn player Radovan Vlatković (18 May), and violinists Daniel Hope (10 Jun) and Tasmin Little (22 Jun). The Academy also welcomes internationally renowned artists such as Academy alumna Lucy Crowe (23 Apr), eminent violinist and Honorary Member of the Academy Pinchas Zukerman (25 Apr) and Academy alumnus and Principal Flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Denis Bouriakov, who will give a masterclass followed by a recital of solo and chamber works (3 May).

The Academy continues to build strong partnerships across London and further afield. This season sees a concert of ballet music from the high Baroque and early Rococo directed by Rachel Podger at Wigmore Hall (6 May), Maggie Faultless directing the Academy Baroque Ensemble alongside the OAE Experience Ensemble at St John’s Smith Square as part of the London Festival of Baroque Music 2018 (15 May), the Academy Voices: Transcending Borders series in association with the Italian Cultural Institute celebrating Europe through song (6 Jun; 13 Jun; 20 Jun; 4 Jul), an evening of protest songs featuring works by Academy composers as part of the Waterloo Festival at Aures London (13 Jun), and performances bringing together the Academy and Geidai, conducted by Trevor Pinnock in both London and Oxford (21-22 Jun).

The annual Piano Festival, curated by Head of Piano Joanna MacGregor, runs from 25-27 June and celebrates the creative range of repertoire played by Academy pianists. This year, the Festival will feature works from Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas and Haydn Trios, as well as chamber music, lecture-recitals and multimedia collaborations. All events are free and the Festival culminates in a performance of Ligeti’s Piano Concerto alongside a world premiere of Academy composition student William Marsey’s new work.

Other highlights this season include the continuation of the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas series (22 Apr; 20 May; 17 Jun), a concert of works by the esteemed American composer, arranger, and trumpeter Billy May conducted by Mike Lovatt and featuring new arrangements by saxophonist Colin Skinner (4 May), a programme inspired by tango music with Bandoneon virtuoso Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi alongside Academy students (4 May), and a new exhibition in the Academy Museum celebrating some of the extraordinary Academy women who helped to break down barriers and make their voices (and instruments) heard (from 5 Jul).

Royal Academy of Music

2018 Season

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