The Royal Academy of Music will celebrate its bicentenary throughout 2022

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The Royal Academy in London will celebrate its 200th anniversary in the year 2022.

The Academy was founded in 1822 by John Fane and Nicolas-Charles Bochsa, and its best-known alumni are Sir Simon Rattle, Elton John and Annie Lennox.

Academy Director Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood CBE said:

“The Academy has shaped musical life in Britain and around the world for 200 years. Our ambitious 2022 program celebrates the breadth of our core study departments, featuring our extraordinary students from over 50 countries, and an academic staff of the world’s best musicians and teachers.

“As we enter our third century, we are resolutely looking to the future and reflecting what we, as a conservatory, must provide to enable talented young musicians to lead fulfilling careers, while at the same time introducing music. to the greatest number. It means defending and supporting a high quality music education in the UK and inspiring the next generation of musicians. We must continue to help people from all walks of life to believe that they can study here, so that they can play their part in the next 200 years of the Academy.

The entry of RAM. © Françoise Marshall

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Many events will take place throughout the year to mark the celebrations, including:

  • Masterclasses of world-renowned artists including Dame Sarah Connolly, James Ehnes, Joyce DiDonato, Dave Holland, Angelika Kirchschlager, Igor Levit and Claude-Michel Schönberg in spring (from January 10)
  • Festival of works of 1822 and 1922, with the Academy Song Circle at Wigmore Hall (January 30) and a chamber festival hosted by violin teacher Levon Chilingirian (from February 1)
  • World premiere of Freya Waley-Cohen’s opera WITCH, commissioned by the Academy (March 23-26)

  • Semyon Bychkov conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 (June 23)

Additionally, Wigmore Hall will host the Third Bicentennial Prize sponsored by LetterOne, where some of the Academy’s top students will compete for a prize of £ 10,000 (May 26).

Aside from the artistic lineup, a new five-part podcast series will launch in late spring. The episodes will open the doors of the Academy to a wider audience and focus on an enlightening range of topics from rooftop beehives to 1960s musical experimentation and pop culture and the fascinating story of Evelyn. Dove and Edmund Jenkins, two black Students who were enrolled in the Academy at the turn of the 20th century.

Find out more about the Royal Academy of Music here.

Main picture: © Adam Scott


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