The Royal Academy of Music announces its Spring Season featuring a new Bach series, an exciting line up of guest artists, two Composers in Residence, extensive collaborations, and explorations of digitisation.
Marin Alsop (18 Jan), Sir Mark Elder (22 Feb) and John Wilson (15 Mar) join the Academy Symphony Orchestra with repertoire including Strauss, Hindemith, Bax and Shostakovich. Alsop’s concert will be streamed live on the Academy’s Facebook page.
After a decade of performing Bach Cantatas, the Academy embarks on a new series, Bach the European: From Ancient Cosmos towards Enlightenment, which opens with Trevor Pinnock leading the mighty St Matthew Passion (3 Feb), and continues with Bach and the Extended Family directed by Philippe Herreweghe (3 Mar), featuring two JS Bach cantatas alongside masterpieces by his first cousin once removed, JC Bach. Excitingly, the opening performance will also be live-streamed on the Academy’s Facebook page.
In Spring, the Academy celebrates Sir Henry Wood’s 150th anniversary with six events including Professor Raymond Holden’s survey of Wood’s remarkable life through film and marked scores (25 Feb), and a talk on Wood’s fascinating career as a recording artist (11 Mar).
The latest chamber series (21 Feb-7 Mar) features works by influential female composers and players from Priaulx Rainer (28 Feb) to Roxanna Panufnik (5 Mar), continuing the celebration of a centenary of women’s suffrage. Alongside the museum’s temporary exhibition, Hitting the Right Note: Amazing Women of the Academy, it provides an important platform for the performance and discussion of extraordinary, trailblazing women in the world of music.
Composition is at the core of the spring programme, with the Academy welcoming two Composers in Residence, Georg Friedrich Haas (29 Jan) and Anna Thorvaldsdottir (8 Feb). Students will also work with CHROMA, presenting compositions for clarinet, piano, violin and cello (14 Feb), and with London Metropolitan Brass (5 March), while Comedy, Tragedy and Really Loud Electronics (14 Feb) is an intense 45-minute rollercoaster of brand-new music for trumpet, saxophone, piano and electronics that blurs the lines between contemporary classical, jazz and Celtic folk.