She has given recitals in venues across the country, such as St John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall and Colston Hall. Prior to taking up her role at Peterborough, Castledine was Director of Music and Organist at St Mark’s, Hamilton Terrace, worked with Finchley Children’s Music Group and was Visiting Lecturer and Director of the Chamber Choir at City, University of London. His teachers include Simon Carrington and Alan Cumberland, whose virtuosic Two Challenges for Timpani (2003) are dedicated to Bedewi. In 2019, he led masterclasses with Mark Padmore at the Aldeburgh Festival for the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme. The Royal Academy of Music HK Alumni Association (RAMHKAA) was founded in 2008 by RAM graduates who had returned to Hong Kong in the same year to pursue their careers. Its aim was to enrich the city’s musical life and to provide a platform of musical exchange for students and professionals. The list includes people like Elton John, Arthur Sullivan, Bill Bailey, Myleene Klass & Aled Jones. In 2019 they were invited to give a special performance of Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto Madrigal in the Stadttheater Aschaffenburg in the presence of Cecilia Rodrigo. In 2007, he graduated with a DipRAM and received the Christian Carpenter Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements. New York Nights featuring music by Gershwin, Florence Price and Samuel Barber. The campaign has raised over £24,000 for musicians in need. Other notable highlights include The Cure for the Aldeburgh Festival and Royal Opera House; 5 Lessons in a Frame for London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Musikfabrik; and Deep Time, which was commissioned by the Staatskapelle Berlin and the BBC, and received its UK premiere at the 2017 Proms. A Concerto for two guitars was written by Stephen Dodgson in the duo’s honour. New solo album, Bach: The English Suites BWV 806-811, released on Musica Ficta. Charlotte Ashton graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015 with first-class honours and the Principal’s Prize, where she learned flute with Clare Southworth, Karen Jones and Samuel Coles, and piccolo with Sophie Johnson and Helen Keen. Antoine Bedewi holds the position of Principal Timpanist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, best known as the host orchestra of the world’s biggest international classical music festival, the BBC Proms. Andrea is the Head of Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, leading and teaching on the postgraduate programmes. Released solo album That's the Berries! Welcome to the Royal Academy of Music Facebook page. We're excited to discover who’s next. At the age of 13, Armstrong met Alfred Brendel, who has guided him as a teacher and mentor ever since. Welcome to the Royal Academy of Music Facebook page. These are your pages; a chance to celebrate success and to reconnect with college friends old and new. Baigent has assisted Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Jac van Steen and Masaaki Suzuki and collaborated with the Dallas Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, London Sinfonietta and Britten Sinfonia. In recent years, he has developed a particularly close affinity with the clavichord and is currently recording 20th- and 21st-century music, including his own compositions. Bertie Baigent is Assistant Conductor of the Colorado Symphony and Music Director of Waterperry Opera Festival. Matijas-Mecca joined the University of Michigan in 1998 after having served for several years on the faculty at Interlochen Arts Academy where he accompanied the Academy Choir in addition to the dance and instrumental and vocal music programs. In recent seasons, Bullock has debuted as Klytaemnestra in Elektra at the Canadian Opera Company under Johannes Debus; Liz Stride in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel for English National Opera; and she reprised her acclaimed portrayal of Mother in Mark Anthony-Turnage’s Greek at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. One of seven composers commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to write a movement of an a cappella work for choir entitled Seven Ages of Woman, broadcast on International Women's Day. Other major works include Theseus Game, Neruda Madrigales, Angel Fighter and In Broken Images. Their unique relationship was captured in the film, Set the Piano Stool on Fire, by Mark Kidel. He graduated with a postgraduate degree from the Royal Academy of Music in 2016, where he studied with Christopher Cowie, Sue Böhling and Melanie Ragge. We're excited to discover who’s next. 'My time at the Academy definitely set me on the path of what I do now! The opportunity to work with so many different singers and instrumentalists, all in one concentrated bubble, was extraordinary. Bowler completed her BMus (Hons) at the Royal Northern College of Music and Sibelius Academy, Finland, followed by her MMus and PhD at the Royal Academy of Music. Recent engagements include appearances at Wigmore Hall, Park Avenue Armory, Phillips Collection and Konzerthaus Dortmund. Won the Digital Creative Award at the ISA Digital Festival in Vienna for her work Heroes: the Shadows of a Tragic Mind. Alumni of the Royal Academy of Music, a music school in London which has been a constituent college of the University of London since 1999. Awarded the Gold medal at the 2020 ROSL Annual Music Competition final. It received its Royal Charter in 1830 from King George IV with the support of the first Duke of Wellington. For ten (long and somewhat uncomfortable!) His role debut as Prince Andrey Khovansky in Khovanshchina at Wiener Staatsoper, conducted by Semyon Bychkov, was subsequently seen at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the 2017 BBC Proms. Appointed Music Director of the Richmond Symphony in Virginia, USA. Recently appointed Organist in Residence and Choir Director at St. Thomas Aquinas, Charlottesville, Parish to the University of Virginia. His current research interests focus on the analysis of keyboard music, particularly counterpoint, as an aural and performed experience. As a concerto soloist, Beynon has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and London Chamber Orchestra. She has recently added soprano I in Mahler’s mighty Symphony No 8 to her repertoire in performance with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra under Lan Shui. Born in South Africa, Baillieu studied at the University of Cape Town and the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Dussek, Malcolm Martineau and Kathryn Stott. Orchestral piece Bone Palace Ballet, written for the London Symphony Orchestra, featured on the new CD Panufnik Legacies III released on LSO Live. Overview Alumni About us The Royal Academy of Music has been training musicians to the highest professional standards since its foundation in 1822. Sarah Fox (born 1973), soprano. She was made an Associate of the Academy in 2018, recognising outstanding contribution to the industry. In the second year, I focused more on building lasting duo partnerships and made use of the wonderful performance opportunities that were available in the various prestigious concert series at the Academy and also at festivals and venues around the UK. A deeply passionate and sensitive pianist, Christian Blackshaw is celebrated for the incomparable musicianship of his performances. She has sung support and live backing vocals for the likes of Sharon Van Etten, Bruce Hornsby, Jarvis Cocker, Robert Plant, Ben Folds, Patty Griffin and Richard Thompson. Michael Finnissy (born 1946), composer. Appointed Director of Music of St Peter's College, University of Oxford. Susan Bullock’s position as one of the world’s most sought-after British dramatic sopranos was recognised by the award of a CBE in June 2014. He is also a composer, his music having been commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and performed by the Aurora Orchestra, Fretwork and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. And in the closing bars of Strauss’s Morgen (their second encore), he provided the most breathtaking touch of all – suspending time and allowing silence itself to speak.’ - The Guardian, February 2020, ‘Her partnership with Baillieu is clearly a fine one, too. Pianist Libby Burgess is known for her ‘warm, sensitive pianism’ (The Observer), her musical intelligence, and her generosity of collaborative spirit, taking inspiration from the breadth of outstanding musicians with whom she works across an exceptionally wide repertoire. Nathaniel Anderson-Frank is Leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra. He served as visiting artist and music advisor to the orchestras of the Manhattan School of Music and has been a regular visiting artist at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In more recent seasons, Bell has appeared as Elsa in Lohengrin for Staatsoper Hamburg; the title role in Arabella at Oper Köln; as Eva for Opernhaus Zürich; and as the Governess for Staatsoper Berlin. She was President of the MTA (2015-2016), the UK's largest and longest established association of music teaching professionals, and in 2017 gained the National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL). - New York Classical Review, December 2019. This list of distinguished Royal Academy of Music alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Royal Academy of Music are at the top of the list. Won the 'Best Mystery' Audie award for his audiobook narration of The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup. Recording of the Chopin concerti for Decca Classics has been awarded a Diapason d’or de l’année 2020 in the concerto category. Awarded the Audrey Strange Memorial Prize for a Singer of Promise at ROSL Annual Music Competition. With Reich’s personal endorsement the group has performed at international venues including London’s Royal Festival Hall, Louis Vuitton Foundation (Paris), Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Opera City Tokyo. He was made Companion of Honour in 2001. was simply exquisite.’ - The Guardian, January 2020, ‘Yende’s partner for this recital, fellow South African James Baillieu, was extraordinary, showing all the makings of an exceptional vocal accompanist: his vivid playing never upstaged his partner, and he followed her beautifully, his choices responding to hers in real time…Baillieu might become one of the few pianists to achieve real fame as a vocal accompanist." Bulgaria area Orchestra "Levon Manukyan Collegium Musicum" at Bulgaria Music Education Royal Academy of Music, U. of London 2003 — 2004 Academy, piano Royal College of Music 2001 — 2003 College, piano, 8 Level High School of Music "Pancho Vladigerov" 1991 — 1999 piano Conducting student of Ivan Marinov 1998 — 2003 private student National Music Academy "Pancho Vladigerov" - Sofia … Ventris appeared as Peter Grimes at Opernhaus Zürich and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Florestan in Fidelio at Washington National Opera, Sergei in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Geneva, Madrid, London and Brussels, and Jimmy Mahoney in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at both Staatsoper Berlin and Wiener Staatsoper. Royal Academy of Music Alumni, London, United Kingdom. At 14, Chaney won a joint-first piano and voice scholarship to Chetham's School of Music, where she focused on classical repertoire. Andrea was the Artistic Director of Various Voices, an international choral festival involving 60+ international choirs performing at the Southbank Centre which was awarded the Inspire mark from the London 2012 Olympics Committee. An innovative programmer, he has already curated a number of projects, including series for the Brighton Festival, BBC Radio 3, Verbier Festival, Bath International Music Festival and Perth Concert Hall. Bedewi currently teaches orchestral timpani at the Royal Academy of Music, having previously completed his postgraduate studies there in 2005. The Royal College of Music is a conservatoire established by royal charter in 1882, located in South Kensington, London, UK.It offers training from the undergraduate to the doctoral level in all aspects of Western Music including performance, composition, conducting, music theory and history. Recent work includes concerts in Berlin with hortus vocalis, the Czech Republic with Festa Musicale and the critically acclaimed Memorial with Tippett Voices at the Barbican Centre, London. Andrea works regularly as conductor with other choirs including the BBC Singers, North London Chorus, London Oriana Choir, Borough Chamber Choir and the Southbank Centre’s Voicelab. Previously he taught at the Royal Academy of Music, where he founded the Department of Historical Performance in 1995, and was International Visiting Tutor in Harpsichord at the Royal Northern College of Music until 2019. Telephone +44 (0)20 7873 7373. Catherine Beynon began playing the harp at the age of eight and shortly afterwards won a scholarship from Surrey County Council to attend the Royal College of Music Junior Department, where she studied with Daphne Boden. We are hugely proud of the breadth and diversity of their careers, and the significant contribution our alumni make to the music profession and beyond. Prior to this he was awarded a first-class degree in music from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he was also presented with the Director’s Prize for all-round excellence and service to the Academy. Winner of the Royal Academy of Music’s Sir Henry Wood Scholarship and Ernest Read Prize in 2017, he was the youngest semi-finalist in the London Symphony Orchestra Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in 2018. In recent years, Ashfield's stand-out performance as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon in the West End and on Broadway has won him an Olivier Award, and both WhatsOnStage and BroadwayWorld Awards. This category has only the following subcategory. An active member of the Association of British Choral Directors, Andrea chairs jury panels of choral competitions, and holds masterclasses for choirs and conductors in the UK and across the globe. He then moved to Glasgow in 2019 to join the Royal Scottish National Opera. The Royal Academy of Music in London, England, is the oldest conservatoire in the UK, founded in 1822 by John Fane and Nicolas-Charles Bochsa.It received its Royal Charter in 1830 from King George IV with the support of the first Duke of Wellington. Recent highlights include her house debut at Bayerische Staatsoper as Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Freia in Das Rheingold with The Hallé; Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmélites at Staatsoper Hamburg; and Leonore in Fidelio at Oper Köln. In 2007 he served as the Principal Timpanist at Chile’s national opera house, Teatro Municipal. Selected for the 2020-21 RPS composer programme. You are in control of your personal data. He is also International Tutor in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music. She returned to the role of Elisabeth last season at both the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Bayerische Staatsoper. As Principal Oboe of the Dunedin Consort directed by John Butt, she has been involved in many highly acclaimed recordings, including the Brandenburg Concerti, St John Passion and Christmas Oratorio. Described by The Telegraph as ‘in a class of his own’, James Baillieu has been prize-winner at the Wigmore Hall Song Competition and Das Lied International Song Competition, and he has won a Kathleen Ferrier Award and Richard Tauber Prize. Early influences include Bert Jansch, Mozart, medieval plainchant, Prince, Billie Holiday, Henry Purcell and Joni Mitchell. Talented Royal College of Music students and alumni made up the majority of finalists in this year’s Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Debut album Mellow Mind released in August 2020. The group have also been a part of The Tunnell Trust for Young Musicians and Making Music programmes, and have performed recitals across the country in venues such as Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Kings Place. As a soloist, Ashton won the 2015 Royal Over-Seas League wind, brass and percussion finals and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, the Royal Academy of Music’s Chris Taylor Flute Award and the Harold Craxton Memorial Trust Award, as well as being supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust. He’s an exceptional accompanist, knowing both when to hold back and let the vocal line do the work, and when to assert himself and propel the music forward. Herbert Fryer (1877–1957), pianist. She is an extremely enthusiastic chamber musician and has performed across Europe and in Japan with numerous distinguished artists such as Quatuor Debussy, François Le Roux and Lindsay String Quartet, as well as with her sister, flautist Emily Beynon. Castledine is also the Musical Director of Peterborough and Ramsey Choral Societies and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Church Music Society. In 2016, Ashton was appointed Principal Flute in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and has enjoyed the opportunity to explore a huge range of orchestral music, from core repertoire to the more unusual. He earned a Master’s degree in pure mathematics at the University of Paris VI. Following the impact of these festivals, New Paths was additionally asked to take on the long-running Beverley Chamber Music Festival, of which Burgess and international pianist Martin Roscoe are now Co-Artistic Directors. His work for chamber orchestra, Grin, won the Chamber Orchestral category at The Ivors composer award 2020. He has appeared with them as soloist at the 2019 BBC Proms, as well as on tour around China and the UK, and is frequently featured on BBC Radio 2 and 3. ', ‘At the piano, Baillieu was a beautifully matched “partner in crime” (Davidsen’s phrase, in one of several disarmingly sweet spoken introductions), with quicksilver fingers in Grieg, a delicious flexibility of tempo in Strauss and delicately balanced sound throughout. Charlotte Ashton graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015 with first-class honours and the Principal’s Prize, where she learned flute with Clare Southworth, Karen Jones and Samuel Coles, and piccolo with Sophie Johnson and Helen Keen. New book The New Oxford Organ Method, jointly authored with Frederick Stocken, has been published by Oxford University Press. She later gained a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where she continued to study with Boden and also Skaila Kanga. He holds the Academy’s LRAM teaching diploma. Academy alumni permeate all areas of the music profession, and lead the way in concert halls, opera houses and theatres across the globe. In this context she is normally to be found giving some dozen performances in four days, ranging from the complete Schubert song cycles in 2019 (partnering Jonathan Lemalu, Nicholas Mulroy and Marcus Farnsworth), and annual commissions from living composers, to performances for pre-schoolers. Start your week with this uplifting 'Bach in lockdown' virtual performance by Academy alumni - Ilona Suomalainen, Barton’s Glowacki, Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade & Katariina Ahjoniemi with Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.3 #RAMplaysON Born in Oxford in 1995, Baigent read music at the University of Cambridge, going on to study conducting at the Royal Academy of Music with Sian Edwards and graduating with distinction. His opera, Denis & Katya, won the Stage Works category at the Ivors Composer Awards 2020. Their international recitals include an appearance at the Guitar Foundation of America Omni Foundation Concert Series in San Francisco and the Alla Grande Festival in Canada. The seed of Burgess’ love for working with voices was sown as organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford – where she read music – and has blossomed in the intervening fifteen years at the piano, beginning with her postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Whether you’re an RNCM graduate or an alum of one of our founding institutions (the Royal Manchester College of Music and the Northern School of Music), whatever you’re doing, wherever in the world, we’d love to hear from you. The skills that I learnt and picked up whilst being on the course gave me a very good grounding for a career as a recitalist. Won the Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. It includes award recipients of FRAM, Hon RAM, ARAM, Hon ARAM, Hon FRAM and Hon DMus. Henry Clay is currently Principal Cor Anglais with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. 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