• The Royal Academy of Music announces its season of events for autumn 2024, with around 60 concerts and 13 public masterclasses. Many performances are free to attend
  • Highlights include collaborations with world class artists including Jonathon Heyward, Sir Mark Elder, Augusta Read Thomas and Dave Holland
  • Academy students perform in SIDE-BY-SIDE projects with the Dunedin Consort, Septura Brass and London Sinfonietta
  • Fully-staged productions of Humperdinck’s fairytale opera Hansel und Grëtel and a celebration of the last twenty five years of musical theatre
  • Online booking opens to the public on Thursday 18 July
  • View the full diary of events here

The Royal Academy of Music today announces its season of events for autumn 2024, featuring around 60 concerts and 13 masterclasses. Audiences can see Academy students perform alongside world class artists in a wide range of musical styles, from orchestral and chamber music concerts, to opera, musical theatre, jazz and contemporary music performances.

Academy students work alongside leading conductors on orchestral and chamber music projects this autumn. Jonathon Heyward, Academy alum and Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, makes his first appearance with the Academy Symphony Orchestra performing Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, with opera student Erin O’Rourke taking the solo soprano role (11 Oct). Trevor Pinnock, Principal Conductor of the Academy Chamber Orchestra, leads the ensemble in Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony (25 Oct). After a memorable performance of Tod und Verklärung in 2023, Sir Mark Elder makes a welcome return to conduct the Academy Symphony Orchestra in two further tone poems by Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche and Also sprach Zarathustra (29 Nov).

This term’s composer-in-residence is Academy alum Augusta Read Thomas, one of the most performed composers of her generation. Two concerts at the Academy explore the extraordinary range and vitality of her music, alongside new works and compositions from the Academy’s 200 PIECES collection (10/11 Oct).

Resounding Shores, a performance series celebrating the music of Purcell and his forebears and contemporaries, continues with three concerts this term. Regular collaborator Eamonn Dougan conducts the Academy Baroque Soloists in a programme of sumptuous symphony anthems (29 Sep), Jonathan Manson and Nicholas Mulroy lead a performance with the Academy Viol Consort (27 Oct), and the Academy’s first SIDE-BY-SIDE project with the Dunedin Consort sees Academy musicians travel to Edinburgh to perform Purcell’s Hail! Bright Cecilia with conductor John Butt before returning for a concert of this programme in the Duke’s Hall (22/24 Nov).

The Academy’s Piano Series at Wigmore Hall gives young pianists the opportunity to showcase their talent and virtuosity on one of London’s most famous stages. This autumn term, Emanuil Ivanov performs Rzewski’s ambitious and soul-stirring work The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (9 Oct); Tom Zalmanov plays Janáček’s In the Mists alongside Debussy’s Images and Schubert’s exhilarating Wanderer-Fantasie (13 Nov); and Kasparas Mikužis pairs Bach’s Toccata in G minor with Chopin’s remarkable cycle of preludes (4 Dec). Back at the Academy, Piano Department students open a two-year project of Robert Schumann’s complete works for solo piano in the Autumn Piano Festival, curated by Dame Myra Hess Chair of Piano Joanna MacGregor (29 Oct).

For their autumn production, Royal Academy Opera’s rising stars present Humperdinck’s fairytale opera Hansel und Grëtel (19-22 Nov), directed by Jack Furness and conducted by Johann Stuckenbruck. Also on the Susie Sainsbury stage, the Academy’s Musical Theatre Company celebrate the best and brightest songs of the century so far in a show devised and directed by Matt Ryan (3 Dec).

SIDE-BY-SIDE projects at the Academy continue to provide students with the experience of working alongside leading musicians in the profession. A concert with Septura Brass celebrates the cultural richness of 20th-century America through the music of Price, Copland and Gershwin (8 Nov), and Academy musicians take to the Southbank Centre stage to perform Feldman’s For Samuel Beckett alongside longstanding partner, London Sinfonietta (29 Nov).

There are opportunities to see students from the Jazz Department performing at the Academy and beyond this autumn term. The Academy Jazz Orchestra is joined by NEA Jazz Hall Of Fame inductee, bassist Dave Holland, for a concert of his original works (4 Oct). In November, the department collaborates once again with Spice Jazz and the EFG London Jazz Festival to celebrate 85 years of Blue Note Records. The Academy Jazz Orchestra focuses on two of the frequently unsung jazz giants on the label, Bobby Hutcherson and Duke Pearson, in sets directed by Winston Rollins and Orphy Robinson (16 Nov).

Finally, the Academy looks forward to a range of public masterclasses, where audiences can see great artists sharing their musical expertise and knowledge with our students. Notable masterclasses include Joanna MacGregor (24 Sep), guitar sensation and Academy alum Miloš Karadaglić (26 Sep) and Grammy award-winning baritone Christopher Maltman (8 Oct).