Royal Academy of Music – London, England

Since 1822 the Royal Academy of Music, Britain’s senior conservatoire, has prepared students for successful careers in music according to the constantly evolving demands of the profession. Academy musicians study for University of London degrees in instrumental performance, composition, jazz, musical theatre and opera. The Academy’s student community is truly international, with over 50 countries represented.

Distinguished musicians who have studied at the Academy include Sir Harrison Birtwistle, John Dankworth, Lesley Garrett, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Katherine Jenkins, Sir Elton John, Dame Felicity Lott, Joanna MacGregor, Michael Nyman, Sir Simon Rattle and Jean Rigby.

Highly-respected performers and composers make up the Academy’s formidable roster of teaching staff. Recent appointments include the composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies; Maxim Vengerov, often described as the greatest living violinist; and the operatic star Chevalier José Cura. Students also enjoy working with visiting international musicians in master classes, performances and other collaborations.

Academy students perform regularly in orchestral concerts and workshops and are also versatile and experienced ensemble musicians. But today’s professional musicians need to draw on an increasingly wide range of talents: Academy students also learn how to bring music to life outside the concert hall, to the fullest range of society.

The Academy has an expanding catalogue of highquality CDs featuring student performances. The Academy is based alongside Regent’s Park in central London. Its compact site includes performance venues as well as a free ‘living’ museum. More information, including a full schedule of public performances, is available at


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