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).