In preparation for a student composer project for solo piano, Visiting Professor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies discusses Chopin’s Ballades nos 1 and 4. This session will be illustrated by performances given by Royal Academy of Music pianists.
Pianist Elena Vorotko illustrates the developing history of pianism and compositional styles through dialogues with the Royal Academy of Music Museum’s historical keyboard collection. This six-part lecture-recital series explores familiar and lesser-known repertoire from the Renaissance to the present.
Christmas was Charles Dickens’s favourite time of year and he wrote many stories describing the food, mood, music and parties associated with it. Hear readings from some of Dickens’s novels before creating your own Christmas-themed composition. We round things off in festive style with a jolly-good sing-song around a historic piano and maybe even some dancing. This event complements the Dickens and Music exhibition at the Royal Academy of Music’s Museum.
During the course of Christopher Redgate’s AHRC Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music he has commissioned many new works, written for his redesigned Redgate-Howarth system oboe. Tonight’s event will launch three new CDs of these works. Christopher Redgate will discuss them in the context of the influence the new instrument is having upon his performance practice and technical development.
Soundbox is a series of events inspired by the Academy’s museum and collections. Presented by Peter Sheppard Skærved, Viotti Lecturer, the events explore the historical and contemporary relationships between performers, composers, instruments and instrument-makers.
The great British dramatic soprano reflects on her remarkable life and career with Dr Raymond Holden.
Jeremy Dale Roberts’s new Quintet, written for the Kreutzer Quartet, reflects on his friendship with Priaulx Rainier, with whom he studied at the Royal Academy of Music. This event provides a unique opportunity to explore this work before its long-anticipated premiere, with the composer, the acclaimed Kreutzer Quartet and guest cellist Bridget MacRae, principal cello with the Munich Chamber Orchestra.
Martijn Padding discusses his music and influences with Philip Cashian, Head of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.
Soundbox is a series of events inspired by the Royal Academy of Music’s museum and collections. Presented by Peter Sheppard Skærved, Viotti Lecturer, the events explore the historical and contemporary relationships between performers, composers, instruments and instrument-makers.
In the 1980s Roy Howat prompted radical reappraisal of Debussy with his discoveries about meticulously proportioned shapes and structures in his music. Based on his book ‘Debussy in Proportion’, these sessions use visual projection to show how these structures interact with the musical flow in masterworks including La mer, letting us see the forms and shapes unfold as the music plays. This approach can be followed without any need for advanced analytic skills; it’s mostly common sense, blended by Debussy with an amazing imagination and carried to an extraordinarily sophisticated level.