The Magazine for the Royal College of Music I Summer 2009 Transformed! What’s inside... Welcome to upbeat... In this Summer Issue of Upbeat, we are thrilled to unveil the newly refurbished Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, which opened in March with a spectacular Contents performance of the War Requiem by one of our most famous alumni Benjamin Britten. The event was conducted by Martin André and truly tested the new 4 In the news acoustics with its extremes of emotional and dynamic range. See page 12-13 for Updating you on the recent goings on of the College from a pictorial summary and pages 10-11 for details of the completed project. the world of research to the world of reality television The reason for the new name for this great performance space is revealed on page 14 in an interview with Geoff Richards, one of the key supporters of the project. As Managing Trustee of the Amaryllis Fleming Foundation, he provides 8 RCM Sparks Summer Music Our Education and Outreach an insight into the motivations and character of this outstanding former Programme goes from strength student and professor. to strength with a jam-packed summer programme As well as a round up of many other goings on at the College on page 9, you will also see that we are once again hosting Proms Plus events this summer. There are over 70 events in the Proms Plus series, providing a fascinating 9 Events round-up Some of the performances context to the season’s music and artists. and other activities taking place this term We are always keen to hear from students and staff past and present – so if you have anything you’d like us to feature in the next issue of Upbeat, send your news and pictures in to firstname.lastname@example.org by 21 September 2009. 10 All about Amaryllis An insight into the former student cellist and professor NB: Please note that we cannot guarantee to include everything we receive and that we reserve the right to edit submissions. 12 Britten War Requiem A pictorial review of the spectacular opening concert in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall 14 Introducing the new hall Upbeat unveils our new world- class performance space 16 Student notes Current student success stories 18 Staff notes News from professorial, academic and admin staff 20 Alumni notes A digest of graduate news The Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, a stunning venue fit for the 21st century. 21 Births, marriages & obituaries Front cover - The newly refurbished RCM Amaryllis Fleming concert hall 22 A Royal Visit Inside front cover - The Sound of Perfume, held at the RCM in association with HRH The Prince of Wales attended Clive Christian Perfumes (see also page 4) the College in May to present a Inside back cover - Images from the recent production of Handel’s Alessandro, a collaboration number of prizes and awards between the RCM and the London Handel Festival 3 In the news... BBC Symphony Orchestra collaboration works through an ongoing relationship with the orchestra, its conductors and We are delighted to announce a unique student will be assigned a mentor from management team. new programme that will build on the within the orchestra to provide advice, Paul Hughes, General Manager of the long-standing relationship between guidance, coaching and feedback. BBC Symphony Orchestra commented: the RCM and BBC SO, and broaden “This scheme is part of an innovative the experience offered to student The BBC Symphony Orchestra has had an extensive relationship with and adventurous education programme instrumentalists aspiring to enter the which aims to open up the full breadth orchestral profession. the Royal College of Music and its students for more than decade and of our work to the widest range of Each year up to ten final year RCM has long offered students the chance participants. Within that programme, postgraduate students will be selected to attend rehearsals and concerts and investing in the orchestral talents of the to participate in the scheme. Starting work with its musicians. While many future is a central and to be making that investment in partnership with in July 2009 and running throughout ‘one-off’ sit-in schemes exist, this the Royal College of Music, one of the the year, they will sit in on BBC SO year-long programme gives students world’s leading music conservatoires, is rehearsals covering a wide range of an opportunity to develop and refine tremendously exciting.” repertoire and may also perform with their orchestral performing skills and to the orchestra in a special concert. Each understand better how the profession The Sound was selected by a judging panel and announced by the two head judges: studies. From these three pieces, the audience voted Stay Gold – written by of Perfume Clive Christian and RCM Chairman Lord Winston. Both of the head judges Ikuyo Kobayashi and performed by RCM pianist Maria Marchant – as the overall commented that the pieces had been winner. A ground-breaking project which saw of an extremely high standard and that the Royal College of Music join forces The innovative project was recognised judging was very difficult indeed. After with Clive Christian Perfumes (makers at the 7th Annual Fragrance Foundation much deliberation, the winners were of the world’s most expensive perfume) ‘FiFi’ awards at the Dorchester Hotel, announced as: came to a grand conclusion in the Britten when The Sound of Perfume was Theatre in February (see page 2 for Erick Flores – The Last Rose of 1872 awarded a ‘Special Commendation for images). The invited audience heard nine Vlad Maistorovici – Transcent Education and Innovation’. new pieces by RCM composers, three Ikuyo Kobayashi – Stay Gold inspired by each of the three perfumes For more information on the project visit in the Clive Christian range - 1872, X and Each of these composers was awarded www.thesoundofperfume.com (see No.1. A winning piece in each category a substantial cash prize towards their also page 2 for images of the event). Young Britten Nigel Luckhurst Tuesday to Saturday, 2–5pm; then from 1 October to 11 December it is open A fascinating new free exhibition at Tuesday to Friday 2–5pm. Admission The Red House in Aldeburgh traces is free. the early musical development of one of the RCM’s most illustrious students. Linked to the exhibition is a series of Young Britten: schoolboy, composer four lunchtime lectures about the music looks at some of the 730 works that Britten wrote aged 10–18, with excerpts performed by gifted young players of the Benjamin Britten wrote between the same age. These take place at 12.30pm at ages of 6/7 and 1932, the year he left the Aldeburgh Church on 24 July, 4 August, RCM. It explores the young composer’s 14 August and 25 August. Admission is influences during these formative years, £5 per lecture, or £15 for the series - call and draws on the latest research for the 01728 451700 to book, or buy on the Britten Thematic Catalogue project. door. Items on display include his fascinating RCM reports (pictured). See www.brittenpears.org for more information about the exhibition and The exhibition, which is the Britten - lecture series. Pears Foundation’s most ambitious to date, runs from 13 June to 11 December 2009. Opening hours during the Aldeburgh Festival (13 to 28 June) are daily from 10am–5pm; from 30 June to 30 September the exhibition is open Britten’s RCM report, 1931 4 Rag Week 2009 During a week in February a number of RCM students were working hard Videoconferencing - and playing hard! - to raise money for charity. Events included a football at the RCM match, a photo challenge, a comedy The RCM has been developing an night and a cake sale and culminated intense programme of masterclasses in “Grade 1 Idol”, in which a number and research seminars via of students and staff (including RCM videoconferencing. A doctoral Director Colin Lawson) took part. We seminar with the University of managed to raise a total of £1300 and Auckland in New Zealand took the proceeds will be going to a hugely place in April with presentations by deserving cause in the shape of David Carla Rees (Claes Biehl’s Evocazione Juritz’s charity Musequality, which takes del Mare, for quarter tone bass flute and electronics) and Jessica Chan: music projects to some of the poorest (Frank Bridge’s Phantasm: Rhapsody, children in the developing world. for piano and orchestra). For more For details visit www.musequality.org information about videoconferencing contact Dr Tania Lisboa at email@example.com A Tudor organ at project. More information about the organ and its smaller companion, the Holy Trinity, Prince ‘Wingfield’ organ, can be found on the RCO’s website at www.rco.org.uk Consort Road Through 2009 the College is collaborating with Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road and the Royal College of Organists to bring the so-called ‘Wetheringsett’ organ to South Kensington. Owned by the RCO, this instrument is a reconstruction of an early 16th century English organ and was built by the organ-builders Goetze & Gwynn in 2002 as part of the Early English Organ Project (EEOP). It is based on the soundboard (or windchest) found in the 1990s at Wetheringsett, Suffolk. Now housed in the RCM Museum of Instruments, this soundboard was actually discovered by chance during alterations to a farmhouse, where it may have been used as timber for a dairy door. According to tree-ring dating the The ‘Wetheringsett’ organ, owned by RCM videoconferencing facilities enable us to reach a range of contacts tree of which the soundboard was made the Royal College of Organists (from Baltic oak) cannot have been cut down before about 1525. It is likely that the original instrument was built at a nearby church. Jerusalem this year Parry’s own orchestration will be performed at the Last Night, and to celebrate this, we have produced a As no organs of this period survive The latest publication from the RCM colour reproduction of Parry’s original in the British Isles, Goetze & Gwynn’s is a timely reproduction of the most manuscript score, which remains in the imaginative and scholarly reconstruction enduringly popular work by Sir Hubert RCM’s extensive special collection. allows us to sample something of the Parry. Jerusalem: And did those feet in very sophisticated pre-Reformation ancient time was written in 1916 while Copies of Jerusalem English liturgical repertoire in a way Parry was Director of the College, and are priced at £9.95 hitherto impossible. During its time in was originally for voices and organ. each, and are South Kensington, the ‘Wetheringsett’ is Although Parry orchestrated himself, it available from the being used by Holy Trinty on a frequent is Elgar’s orchestration that has become RCM Box Office on basis for recitals and in services and by better known as a regular fixture in 020 7591 4314. the RCM for teaching, examining and the Last Night of the Proms. However also for the V & A Listening Gallery 5 In the news... A leading institution for Research As part of the Higher Education Funding officially opened by Flemish Minister Council for England’s grant allocations of Economics, Enterprise, Science, for 2009-10, research funding has been Innovation and Foreign Trade Mrs announced, determined by the results Patricia Ceysens. As well as a speech of a recent research assessment exercise from the Minister, in which she outlined (RAE). The RCM’s RAE quality profile the context for research within Europe, triggered a rise of £148K to £471K, some the event featured varied examples of £40K ahead of our nearest rival in the practice-based research in music being conservatoire sector confirming the pursued by members of the ORCiM RCM’s position as the No 1 conservatoire. team. Many Higher Music Education Institutions and Research Centres (from In addition, the RCM’s Graduate School is delighted to have been awarded an Austria, Belgium, France, Norway, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sweden Exhibition Road Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Block Grant partnership which and Switzerland) were represented at the opening. RCM Director Professor Colin Music Day secures AHRC funding for masters and Lawson attended the event as a special The RCM this year has further increased doctoral studentships for the next five guest, while two RCM/ORCiM Research years. For the 2009/2010 academic year, its involvement with Exhibition Road Fellows, Dr Darla Crispin and Dr Tania Music Day. Music Day 2009 will take the College will be making a total of eight Lisboa, were also present. awards; seven awards in the Professional place around the Exhibition Road area Preparation Masters scheme and one for for a free festival of live, international Doctoral study. music and culture on Midsummer’s Day, Sunday 21 June. The College is supporting The role of the Royal College of Music a varied and rich classical music as a key institution for practice-based programme and the Amarylis Fleming research in Europe has also been Concert Hall will showcase exceptional underlined by its collaborations with the RCM musicians of every generation, Orpheus Institute in Ghent, Belgium. with chamber recitals from current In February the Institute’s Orpheus The Orpheus Institute students, alumni and Junior Department Research Centre in Music (ORCiM) was ensembles. Owain Williams: Our American Idol The day will culminate with The Evolution of the Piano, a concert in which stars of the Keyboard Faculty RCM student Former RCM student Scott MacIntyre reached the final eight of the global perform some of history’s best-loved piano pieces and trace the story of becomes television phenomenon ‘American Idol’ in April. Scott completed a Masters Degree in keyboard music from Purcell to the present day. A stream of prize-winning internet star Performance Studies here in 2006 where he focussed on voice and piano. international piano students will perform a number of piano pieces in Following a lengthy selection process His mentor Paula Abdul said of his time chronological order, ending up with the from over 3,000 global entries, RCM postgraduate student Owain Williams in the competition “Of all the contestants world première of a new work by RCM was chosen as one of only two UK who’ve graced the Idol stage, I’m most proud composer Gavin Higgins commissioned representatives in the YouTube of you… you’ve been an inspiration to the specially for Exhibition Road Music Symphony Orchestra -the world’s entire world through your commitment, Day. The concert will be presented by first ever orchestra selected entirely through your talent.” TimeOut “What’s the Score?” columnist through online auditions. He took and RCM alumnus Karl Lutchmayer, part in a performance at New York’s a concert pianist himself, who will Carnegie Hall of a new piece specially introduce each work and illuminate its written by Tan Dun and conducted position in the evolution of piano music. by Michael Tilson Thomas. The internet phenomenon, which has RCM performers can also be spotted at attracted well over 15 million visitors, the Goethe Institute, Natural History invited applicants to upload a clip of Museum, Royal Geographical Society themselves playing. Owain recorded and the V&A. In addition to their his audition in the RCM percussion inspirational Sunday Session, RCM Sparks studio and was one of just 200 finalists will offer an open workshop with the selected by professional musicians. Kazoo Collective on the Kensington A public vote then confirmed him as Garden’s stage. For full details of the day’s one of the 96 to go to New York. Visit Former RCM student Scott MacIntyre programme, go to www.YouTube.com/Symphony reached the final eight of “American Idol” www.exhibitionroadmusicday.org 6 Pianists work with Perahia Malcolm Bilson In April we saw the distinguished Workshop international soloist and former Leeds International Piano Has our understanding of musical Competition winner Murray Perahia notation transformed over the course of history? Does a crotchet, a slur, or hold a masterclass in the Amaryllis an accent have the same meaning Fleming Concert Hall where he as it had 250 years ago? Perhaps, worked with advanced pianists from because of the development of the the Keyboard faculty. This event Meng Yang Pan works with Murray Perahia modern grand piano, our relationship was extremely well attended and a to articulation, phrasing and musical highly memorable experience for the texture has changed radically since students who took part. the day of Mozart and Haydn? “…it was an absolutely extraodinary These were some of the issues that and remarkable event; not only for the Malcolm Bilson raised when RCM College but also for musical life in the professor David Ward and six students whole country (I could see students from the RCM – Hiren Wong, Maggie from other colleges and cities in the Ho, Joe Cheung, Alvaro Corral Matute, Murray Perahia in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall Erik Dippenaar and Balder Neergaard audience). I am extremely grateful to Head of Keyboard Vanessa Latarche – participated in a fortepiano and the College for giving me such an workshop in Cossington, Somerset, in April. honour and the privilege to take part in it, which had an enormous impact on Having given a recital the previous my understanding of music. He has just night on a newly built replica of an opened my ears!” Anton Walter fortepiano from c.1800, Bilson gave a talk to the workshop Anna Peletsis From left to right: Konstantin Lapshin, Anna Peletsis, participants on musical notation and Murray Perahia and Meng Yang Pan Artist Diploma in Performance student performance on historical pianos. The workshop, where the RCM students played music by C.P.E. Bach, A Parisian Experience Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin and David Graham and the students Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven on the fortepiano was inspiring, thought- saw a performance of Widor’s Toccata provoking and called for a new and In April, a number of Organ students – in the composer’s actual church. “This fresh approach to some of the most visited Paris for a study trip. Highlights was a hugely valuable trip providing beloved and well-known music of the included playing in the chapel at the Palace opportunities to meet and learn from piano literature. After the workshop of Versailles, a visit to the Basilica of St highly-respected Parisian organists and – which was organised by Julie Anne Denis (Pierre Pincemaille performed an to play the instruments for which much Sadie of Cossington Manor who improvisation) and to La Madeleine, where of the repertoire was conceived, in the offered most generous hospitality – organist François-Henri Houbart worked buildings where the composers themselves all students participated in an with students. All attended Mass at Saint- worked”. Martin Ford – Masters informal concert in Cossington Sulpice, performed by RCM professors Programme in Performance student Church. Without exception their playing was inspired to new levels of insight and vitality by Malcolm Bilson’s energetic and provoking teaching. We hope to welcome him to the RCM before very long. RCM professor Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin with PG students Liam Cartwright and Geoff Tuson at St Sulpice Malcolm Bilson, far right 7 RCM Sparks Summer Music RCM Sparks is the RCM’s groundbreaking learning and participation programme, which provides training for RCM students in running school-based and community outreach work and runs an extensive year-long programme of events in collaboration with local schools, councils and other cultural organisations. The team have had an exciting term of activity. A particular highlight was a Sunday session offering teenagers the chance to write music for a specially sourced Lord of the Rings clip and a trip to see the inspirational live performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Also the Spring Sing! was very much on song with people of all ages joining us for a day of great music making. Summer 2009 sees our most ambitious and wide-reaching programme of open access events to date. Summer Music is a series of free workshops and discovery events that enables participants of all ages and levels of ability to engage with a wide variety of music. It runs Discovery Sessions: These run on RCM Learning and Participation Manager alongside the BBC Proms season, and Mondays throughout the summer. Hayley Clements said “We are very excited offers a weekly programme of interactive Music-lovers of all ages will discover more to be able to offer such a fantastic range creativity alongside the world’s leading about composers whose works are being of activities this year that, we hope, offer classical music festival. As the RCM is performed at the Proms through the something for everyone. The RCM is such situated opposite the Royal Albert Hall, treasure trove of items held in the RCM an enchantingly musical place and we will participants will be able to move directly Library and Museum – here’s the chance be thrilled to welcome many new people from their workshop to the concert hall to take a look at Handel’s Last Will and to experience live music-making. through our doors to make music here.” Testament, Mendelssohn’s letters, and the Summer Music comprises three distinct original autographed score of Elgar’s Cello To book for Summer Music events call strands of activity. Concerto. 020 7591 4314 or visit Practical workshops: Every Tuesday www.boxoffice.rcm.ac.uk All events are All three strands run in addition to the workshops for 6-9 year olds and 10-12 free of charge, but must be booked in Proms Plus events that are taking place year olds will provide practical creative advance. For all information contact the every day during the Proms season in sessions tied in to particular BBC RCM Sparks team, firstname.lastname@example.org, the RCM’s newly transformed Amaryllis Proms concerts. So the RCM Rubbish Fleming Concert Hall. 020 7589 3643 or see Collective! on 21 July gives participants www.rcm.ac.uk/summermusic the chance to make and write for their own musical instruments ahead of a performance of Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra in Prom 13; while Musical Landscapes gives the chance for participants to create their own musical responses to landscapes, ahead of the Proms performances of the Hebrides Overture and Pastoral Symphony. Summer Springboard: Three-day courses for 13-18 year olds will take place at the end of July and August. Participants on each course will create their own music based on a range of pieces performed at the Proms. 8 Events round-up The Creative Leadership Showcase takes place at 7.30pm in the RCM Recital Hall on 9 July, and admission is free. Moving into the autumn term, our collaboration with the Philharmonia’s ongoing concert series City of Dreams: Vienna 1900–1935 reaches a climax in September with two major concerts at the RCM. On 23 September you can hear Schoenberg’s wonderful 2nd String Quartet, in which a soprano soloist appears to proclaim the musical revolution (“I feel the breath of air of distant planets”), juxtaposed with one of the finest examples of the “old” Viennese style, Korngold’s sublime String Sextet, considered by many to be his finest work. A week later there is an unmissable chance to hear a concert of rarities. Egon Wellesz, Hans Gal, Franz Schreker and Franz Schmidt may not be household names today, but in pre war Vienna they were acclaimed as the finest living composers – you’ll be able to discover why in the Recital Hall on 30 September. Tickets for both concerts are available from the RCM Box Office on 020 7591 4314. Finally, book now to ensure sure you can make it to the London leg of English Touring Opera’s HandelFest. Between 15 and 24 October you can hear a thrilling Images from ETO performances group of singers, including many recent RCM graduates, perform no fewer than five of Handel’s operas in the Britten The highlight of the summer term is The following week sees one of the Theatre – Flavio, Teseo, Tolomeo, Alcina always our opera production, but this most inspiring and entertaining and Ariodante. year we’re particularly thrilled as we events in the RCM calendar, when the welcome one of the country’s leading Recital Hall plays host to the annual Running alongside this will be a special Shakespeareans to put together our showcase by graduating students on series of masterclasses, talks and production of Britten’s magical opera our groundbreaking Creative Leadership concerts, all adding up to the biggest A Midsummer Night’s Dream. course. ever celebration of Handel’s operas. Director Ian Judge has brought to life Launched in 2006, the course trains Tickets are available directly from the numerous Shakespeare plays for the RSC teachers, performers and community ETO box office on 020 7833 2555. and has directed several Shakespearean musicians from diverse backgrounds, operas, including Macbeth for Opera helping them to work together, learn North, Falstaff for Scottish Opera and from each other and develop their the Châtelet Theatre, and Sir John in skills as innovative music leaders. Their Love for ENO. He therefore promises to showcase concert presents new works bring a special insight into his first ever devised during the year for a mixed production of any opera by Britten – a ensemble of professional musicians and composer he has long admired. students, including a DJ, a music teacher/ Performances of A Midsummer Night’s cellist, a professional violinist, a guitarist Dream take place in the Britten Theatre and guest orchestral musicians. on 29 June and 1, 3 and 4 July. Tickets are available from the RCM Box Office on 020 7591 4314. 9 Introducing the new hall... In May 2008, after a stunning How has all this been done? original doors were modified to include concert conducted by Vladimir Of course the first huge challenge facing acoustic seals. Between the two sets Ashkenazy, we waved goodbye to the College was raising the £5 million of doors, a custom-built new area was needed to carry out such an extensive walled off to allow seat storage and easy our much-loved but noticeably transformation. We were delighted to wheelchair access. flawed RCM Concert Hall. Nine achieve this through a mixture of RCM’s months later the hall shed its own investment, fundraising and a grant The air conditioning system for such a chrysalis of scaffolding and from HEFCE. The support from our large large space of course requires a great deal emerged as the Amaryllis Fleming number of supporters (see box) has been of power, and so a brand new housing truly tremendous. It would be impossible was built on the roof of the Senior Concert Hall, a stunning venue Common Room. With no vehicular to thank them enough, as they enabled fit for the 21st century. Since us to engage leading architects access, the construction materials then, many of our admiring DarntonEGS to commence work on a had to be lifted in with an enormous visitors have asked the same thrilling and ambitious project. crane, which provided perhaps the four questions; to which Upbeat most dramatic image of the hall’s provides the answers… In order to undertake such an extensive transformation – huge metal girders and complex programme of work swinging into place just a few feet over What work has been done? without completely disrupting College the College clock tower! Visitors who are familiar with the hall life, the contractors had to come up with immediately notice the more cosmetic a number of innovative solutions. They Back in the hall, the design of the new improvements: the white paintwork established a nerve centre of operations chandeliers was particularly challenging. (which takes the hall back to its 1901 in the courtyard, from where Nadine They had to be designed to reflect the original colour scheme), the carpet that Boehm, Associate in Charge, could direct late Victorian use of metalwork, but in a matches the Inner Hall, and the new proceedings. modern style that would be aesthetically blue ergonomic chairs. There is also pleasing within the scale and proportions completely new lighting – wall lights The first procedure was to fill the entire in the hall. Their ‘bird-cage’ frame illuminating both the newly gilded hall with scaffolding, allowing access to is made entirely of brass, and they cherubs and the recessed plasterwork; the roof and to the walls at every level incorporate various special, controlled bold, brass chandeliers containing – a process that took a week in itself! lighting elements including fluorescent a number of individually adjustable Then, astonishingly, the entire vaulted luminaries and spotlights that can either spotlights; and an extensive white ceiling was removed to gain safe access illuminate tables during evening banquet lighting rig flush against the ceiling. to the attic. Electrical cabling, a pulley events or be used for radical new modes system for the new lighting rig, and of concert presentation. But beyond all these, by far the most extensive aluminium ducting for the significant and extensive changes aren’t air conditioning system could then be After the major construction work visible at all. Perhaps most importantly, carefully woven into place together. was finished, the decoration could the hall has been thoroughly begin. The architects undertook paint soundproofed through a variety of While this was taking place, a sample analysis, research into original methods, including the isolating lobby, replacement roof was fashioned, with drawings, and thorough surveys of new doors, secondary glazing, and many of the sections made in a material existing elements, in order to carry out special acoustic seals throughout. To called “jesmonite” rather than plaster, the successful restoration of the hall cope with the fact that the windows because of its greater density and to its 1901 original livery. Once the are now permanently sealed, an air strength. Each square roof panel had extensive scaffolding was removed, the conditioning and temperature control to be positioned correctly, because new chairs and carpets could be brought system has been installed. although they all look uniform from in, enabling the hall to open bang on below, in fact each panel is individually schedule for its first public concert – the Specialist acousticians have worked their crafted according to its position in Britten War Requiem on 5 March 2009. magic behind the scenes to transform the hall, being backed with whatever the naturally slightly booming sound combination of mineral wool and Why has the work been done? of a barrel ceiling into a gentle bloom. cement-bonded particleboard is required It’s usually a difficult matter for any A one-touch state-of-the-art recording to create the precise acoustic effect organisation to work out where best to system has been introduced alongside that is required – either reflecting or concentrate its efforts and resources, a computerised, programmable lighting absorbing the sound. but the concert hall transformation was control system that offers almost infinite easily decided upon because of the huge flexibility to cope with the wide range of While all these were being installed, work benefits for the students. events that take place in the hall. was progressing rapidly in the hall below. Cable routes were laid along the walls As RCM Chairman Lord Winston has put Finally, we’ve attempted some “future- and control panels were installed, while it, “The RCM is committed to providing proofing”, as new cable routes have special timber panelling and plaster the very best education possible for the been installed to allow us to cope with mouldings were designed to keep them students that come to us from across the whatever technological advancements concealed. A new set of doors was added world. Performing is a vital component take place during the second century of to create an isolating lobby between of a musician’s learning experience and the hall’s existence. the hall and the reception area, and the thanks to the help of our generous 10 The newly refurbished Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall funders, we have been able to transform The Royal College of Music would like the RCM’s concert hall into a world-class to thank the many supporters whose teaching resource as befits the calibre of generosity has enabled the transformation our students.” of the Concert Hall in 2009. We would particularly like Happily, the students themselves are just to thank: as pleased, and Students’ Association The Amaryllis Fleming Foundation President Mary Kelly has commented The Wolfson Foundation that “The Students’ Association The Foyle Foundation welcomes with delight the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. Those who have Garfield Weston Foundation already performed in the space are Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 enthusiastic about the lighting and acoustics, and those who have attended The Hon Richard & Mrs Victoria Sharp concerts are impressed with the The Friends of the Royal College of Music beautiful, updated décor in addition to The Mercers’ Company the wonderful sounds produced by the Professor Lord Winston various ensembles who have been lucky The Orr Mackintosh Foundation enough to play in it thus far!” Newton Investment Management Limited The Wyseliot Charitable Trust Another benefit is of course that external Anthony Bolton organisations will want to make use of such a tremendous resource. We are Alan Parnell particularly thrilled that the BBC Proms Michael Steen HonRCM will this year be holding more than 70 Honeymead Arts Trust “Proms Plus” events in the hall – you Vernon & Hazel Ellis can read about those in the Proms guide Roger & Stephanie Carr or at www.bbc.co.uk/proms As Lord Professor Colin Lawson FRCM Winston has said “we are excited to be & Hilary Birch taking our outreach work and the RCM Mary & David Bowerman CBE HonRCM experience to an international audience.” Joseph Williams Deloitte & Touche LLP What’s next? RCM Director Professor Colin Lawson Sally Bott has spoken of this transformation Leopold de Rothschild CBE FRCM as “emblematic of our ongoing Richard & Susan Price commitment to provide world-class Celia Clarke HonRCM resources for our students and visitors.” The Hon Simon Windsor-Clive Of course his word “ongoing” indicates Tony Leifer that while we are delighted with the David Lewis huge success of the concert hall project, The Marsh Christian Trust we’re not going to rest on our laurels! John Ward Top to bottom: Already plans are afoot for the next Jerry del Missier 1. Metal girders swing into place phase of development, so keep an eye 2. Scaffolding fills the concert hall Halina Bennett on future issues of Upbeat as you’ll read 3. A newly guilded cherub about it here first… Dr Ingrid E Pearson 4. The new brass chandeliers 11 Britten War Requiem, 5 March 2009 “To inaugurate the new concert hall, after a nine month, multi million pound, refurbishment, the Royal College chose one of the largest works, and one which would involve most of the student body, of one of its most famous alumni. This new hall, beautiful in its simplicity, white plaster walls, complete with cherubs, a very large stage, high ceiling, with space for an audience of some 400, fully met all the requirements, and even the biggest climaxes were heard to full advantage with clear and well focused sound. But even in the tenderest moments, such as the glorious conclusion which brings all the performers together for the only time in the work, the sound was bright and precise. The hall is a triumph and the RCM can be very proud of it, it was money well spent and it will host many superb concerts in the years to come and I, for one, will always be looking forward to my future visits there.” Bob Briggs Music Web International 12 13 All about Amaryllis Why has the concert hall been renamed I used to sit and listen to her play Bach, She also had other great causes, such the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall? and I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone as Tibet. She was absolutely transfixed Amaryllis Fleming (1925–1999) was play the way she played – it was just so by Tibet and by the huge injustice an outstanding cellist who won a moving. perpetrated against the Tibetan people, scholarship to the Royal College of and so we still support the Dalai Lama’s She had a difficult life. She never knew school at Dharamsala, and other things – Music in 1943, made her Proms début when her birthday was, just that she Tibet House in London, for example. in 1953 and had a major performing was born around 1925. Her mother [Eve career before returning to the RCM in Fleming] went off on a long trip, a year Although we were always dishing out the 1970s as a professor. To find out or more, and came back brandishing a money from different sources, she never more about her private life and her child, saying “look what I’ve adopted had much money herself, because as commitment to good causes, Upbeat on the way”. I’m told that everyone was an adopted child she wasn’t entitled spoke to Geoff Richards. Working for the commenting on her Titian red hair, which to any of the Fleming Trust. But the Robert Fleming bank for many years, matched that of Augustus John, who had extraordinary thing about Amaryllis was he became a close friend of Amaryllis the studio in the attic of the Flemings’ that she never asked me for anything for Fleming and then Managing Trustee house in Cheyne Walk. But it’s said that herself. She lived like a church mouse of the Amaryllis Fleming Foundation, if anyone even whispered a suggestion really. The whole ground floor of the which has supported the concert hall’s that Eve had had a liaison, or had an mews house was like a music room: bare dramatic transformation. He tells illegitimate child, they were immediately boards, a Steinway, a lot of books, two Upbeat about her amazing life… threatened with legal action. rickety wooden chairs; nothing grand or comfortable or sumptuous in any way. … that was very sad because Amaryllis She lived simply and she didn’t really didn’t find out until she was 23 that have a lot of objects, except that every Augustus John was her father. He told her wall was filled, upstairs and downstairs, and said “don’t tell your mother!” After with Augustus John’s wonderful pictures, that, she had a tremendous relationship which he left her. with her father, though she had a rather more tempestuous relationship with her mother. Her mother was a very Final years accomplished violinist and encouraged Amaryllis continued to teach well Amaryllis in her music, but I think when into her seventies. In the latter years, Amaryllis obviously overtook her, being when she’d had several strokes and so talented, it didn’t make her feel very her mobility was not very good, I used happy. So there was a bit of rivalry there, to go round and see her, and take her and also Amaryllis became very beautiful Indian or Thai food. Quite often shewas just as her mother was aging. giving classes as I arrived and I would Her half-brother Richard, who was sit and wait, and I thought they were chairman of the bank and a wonderful wonderful, these students, and they man, was fantastic to her and looked obviously adored her. Even though she Amaryllis Fleming after her. All her four brothers – Richard, was incredibly sharp and tough – Ian [creator of James Bond], Peter and I mean terrifying! Michael Valentine – were very fond of Leading up to her death she had a few Well Amaryllis was an her, and they were very close. heart scares and was in and out of extraordinary person. She was incredibly hospital. We talked about death, and feisty and wasn’t very good at suffering fools. She was lovely, and it was exciting Amaryllis’s she was really frightened. But by chance the Dalai Lama was here on a tour, and to be with her, not least because if somebody said something she didn’t like philanthropy because she’d supported him for years, or agree with, she would immediately he agreed to see her. So she was taken by tell them, not in a cruel way but in a very I saw Amaryllis at least every couple ambulance to see him, and spent about direct way, why she disagreed with them. of weeks but we talked probably half an hour with him. Afterwards she She did look at things literally, and she every other day, because she would told me “It was wonderful, amazing. I’ve couldn’t understand why people would always ring me if she heard of a cause, got nothing to be frightened of any more be slow to take a side if it was obvious particularly students who couldn’t afford – he’s told me I’m going to fly like a bird that they should. She had amazing instruments, or had a problem with their to heaven.” And she went to her death principles, and she stuck by them. accommodation or their tuition fees. She absolutely serene. was quite persistent – she would turn Amaryllis was beautiful. She was a up at the bank and ask to see me, and stunning woman – very tall, long say “Look, I’ve had the annual report and hair. Even in her seventies she was an the bank’s made all these hundreds of incredibly striking, beautiful woman, still millions, a lot of this money we should feisty and still flirting! give away!” 14 The day before she died I called her and really appreciate the gesture of selling said “I’m coming to see you, is there it to benefit the College, specifically the anything you’d like?” And she said “do Concert Hall. you know, I was thinking Geoff, I’ve never had caviar”. So I went along to Harrods, What do you think of the Hall? and I bought this little tin of caviar – it I think the hall is wonderful – it’s better cost me about £250, I couldn’t believe than I could have imagined. I was it! – and a little mother of pearl dish and dreading what they were going to do to spoon to eat it with, and took it to her in it, but I think it’s absolutely as it should the hospital. And she died some hours be. I think the Concert Hall is fantastic! after, but she had her caviar. It was the (I even have no problem with the only thing she could think of that she chandeliers!) hadn’t done! What do you hope the benefits of the When she went I wasn’t sad at all. There Hall will be? was a feeling of joy, because she was I want to see exposure for the College, a real person, who had done so much particularly through the BBC Proms with her life. She’d had an amazing life, usage, which is fantastic. I want made many friends, had known absolute Amaryllis’s name to be heard and rung love and had a lot of lovers (we all know out everywhere. And I think the RCM that!), and she was loved by many. She has an extremely good orchestra, it really was loved by her students, and at her does, a tremendously talented group of students, and so I hope that in these Geoff Richards and RCM Director Colin Lawson memorial service at St Bartholomew’s – admire the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall I’ll never forget, it was all their idea and magnificent surrounding it will go they organised it themselves – they all from strength to strength and continue turned up and performed. It was just to be replenished by students as they We hope they’ll appreciate it, because it’s incredible. come through. incredibly important. How did the Amaryllis Fleming What do you enjoy about The whole point is to encourage the Foundation come into being? charitable giving? creation of excellence in music and in Towards the end of her life, Amaryllis The privilege of being involved in making musicians. We support a lot of different told me that she wanted me to carry a difference, that’s all there is to it. things but this is a very special cause on supporting the causes that she Nothing else – it’s a tremendous cause. because of Amaryllis’s involvement. I believed in and had always actively know she’ll be looking down, very happy. What motivates you to be involved with supported – students, helping the the RCM? What is the immediate future of College, and Tibet; musical, educational It was Amaryllis’s belief in the place philanthropy in the current climate? and humanitarian causes. and its aims and objectives, which I was Well I sit on a number of boards, I sit as a So on her instruction, I sold Augustus incredibly impressed with. She loved the member of the Prince’s Charities Council, John’s paintings at auction after her College. She liked the College rather than and it’s a huge worry. The people I speak death, and the money went into creating the Academy; she thought the Academy to who are doing the same sort of thing, the Amaryllis Fleming Foundation, as did was for toffs! We all remember that the we think we’ve got a very difficult time the proceeds of the sale of her house. College, when it was founded, really was ahead for between 7 to 10 years, at least. That is what is sustaining what we do. for the benefit of students who couldn’t And charitable giving is going to be afford it, and it’s an amazing experience hit very badly, not least because of the My absolute objective is never to let her to give to something that’s going to make massive depletion of values. I was sitting name be forgotten. She really did make a such a difference. in a trustee’s meeting last week next to a difference, in a very quiet way, to a lot person who had had a third of his wealth of people. I’d love to help find the money to wiped out in a matter of months. improve the whole building, because it’s So people start to get jittery and How did you come to support the Hall’s a lovely building but it needs work and stop everything. refurbishment? needs funds desperately, so now the hall Amaryllis had her favourite students, and this is done we’ve got to move onto the So it’s going to be difficult, but people Raphael Wallfisch was one of them. He next chunk, a bit at a time. who love music and believe in education was the first person who I encouraged to will still try and help, will still try and take the loan of her Stradivarius cello, as The bottom line in terms of our giving to give a bit even if they haven’t got a lot. Amaryllis wanted it to be used by people the College, which has been over many Myself, I will continue to do what I can, who would appreciate it. So Raphael years – we bought the new pianos for particularly for the College, because had it for a while, but then he found the Recital Hall, we’ve given money to without education, opening minds, it too much of a responsibility. Then the development fund and scholarships without introducing children to culture, rather than pass the cello on to another – is to make it a better place for the you are lost. student, I decided that Amaryllis would students, and to encourage creativity. 15 Student notes String stars… The Kallisto Quartet (violins: Joshua Burke, Faidon Miliadis, viola: Natalia Czerska, cello: Benjamin Havas) won First Prize in the Cavatina Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition at the Greenwich International Quartet Festival… Florian Rago won the Hatfield Concerto Competition. Earlier this year he appeared at the Royal Concert Ilya Movchan Kallisto Quartet Hall in Nottingham in the centenary celebrations of the Carlton Male Voice with singers from the RCM (David Green were both finalists in The Battle: Choir and appeared for the third time Webb, Martha Jones) at Woodhouse a European competition for composition by popular demand as soloist with the Opera followed by a gala performance and sound design held at last month’s Orchestra of the Restoration playing the with Sir Thomas Allen. Upcoming Unheard Film Festival in Amsterdam… Sibelius Violin Concerto… Ilya Movchan performances include Acis and Galatea, Simon Stevens has been offered a place won First Prize at the Bromsgrove to be performed in their walled gardens on the film scoring course at Thornton International Young Musicians in November and also Dido and Aeneas. School of Music at the University of Platform… Adelia Myslov won First Prize www.woodhousesounds.com Southern California in Los Angeles. and the Audience Prize at the prestigious Paula Sides has received some J&A Beare Solo Bach Competition… outstanding reviews of her role as Joo Yeon Sir performed the Brahms Violin Concerto with Ealing Symphony Pamina with English Touring Opera in Pianist The Magic Flute: The Independent said Orchestra and received a scholarship from the Philharmonia Orchestra/ she was “an outstanding Pamina: her prizewinners… singing alone is worth the price of a Martin Musical Scholarship Fund. She Maria Nemtsova won First Prize at the ticket”, The Guardian referred to her as gave lunchtime recitals at the Foundling VII Concorso di Esecuzione Pianistica “radiant” while The Times described her Museum, London as part of the New “Rivera di Rimini” in Italy… Alexey “sheer vocal beauty”. London Orchestra Young Performers’ Chernov won First Prize in the XI Concert Series. Concours International de Musique du Composer Maroc, in Morocco and First Prize, the Singer successes… triumphs… Audience Prize and the special Scriabin prize at the 11th Scriabin International Sarah-Jane Brandon won First Prize Piano Competition in Grossetto, Italy… in the 2009 Kathleen Ferrier Singing Current and former JD students Sally Wigan won the Joseph Weingarten Competition while Monica Bancos won every category of this year’s scholarship (by competitive audition) gained Second Prize… Madeleine Cambridge Young Composer of the and will study at the Franz Liszt Academy Pierard won First Prize in the Royal Year Competition; Jake Howarth won in Budapest next year… JD student Over-Seas League Vocal Competition the 16-18 category, Cambridge Young Asagi Nakata (aged 13) won First and gained a place at the National Opera Composer of the Year Nick White won Prize in the 2nd International Franz Studio… Lukas Jakobski won the 2009 the 13-15 category and Joseph Reynolds Liszt Competition for Young Pianists Intercollegiate Joaninha Trust Award… was the winner of the age 12 category… in Weimar (category 1: up to age 13), Sadhbh Dennedy has been awarded a Steven Daverson was a finalist in and got to perform at the Bayreuth Miriam Licette Scholarship in the Maggie the prestigous Moscow Jurgenson Teyte Competition and gained a place at Competition in the Solo/Ensemble the National Opera Studio… Anthony category. His work was performed in Gregory and Susanna Hurrell gained the Rachmaninov Hall at the Moscow MBF Ian Fleming Charitable Trust Music Conservatoire in June…Tristan Education Awards… Martha Jones and Brookes won the Impuls Composition David Webb gained Music Education Competition in Graz, Austria. Tristan Awards… Anna Gorbachyova won is one of four composers to win a Third Prize in the 15th International prestigious commission for the Vienna Singing Competition Ferruccio Tagliavini based new music group Klangforum in Deutschlandsberg, Austria… Peter Wien which will be performed in 2011… Brathwaite won a major award from Vlad Maistorovici recently completed the Peter Moores Foundation for the new works for the London Symphony 2009/2010 academic year… Helen-Jane Orchestra and London Philharmonic Howells performed the soprano solo at Orchestra. Vlad’s piece for the LPO had the world première of Carson Cooman’s: its first performance at the Royal Festival The Revelations of Divine Love (Metaphors Hall in April this year and was conducted from Sea and Sky) at Cadogan Hall in by Clement Power… Composition for Florian Rago May… A masterclass has been held Screen students John Chua and Chris 16 Festspielhaus, in a concert broadcast live on television… Poom Prommachart won First Prize in the finals of the Spotlight on... Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Ruby Hughes won First Prize and the Concert Competition… Aliaksandr audience prize in the 2009 Handel Muzykantau won Fourth Prize at the Singing Competition. Opera Today Jeunesses Musicales International Piano commented “Ruby Hughes, soprano, Competition in Belgrade… Jianing showed a professionalism and vocal Kong won the Derek Butler Prize in finish in her programme which the intercollegiate competition at the Wigmore Hall in London… Meng Yang stood out head and shoulders above Pan won an MBF award…William her rivals. Her larger instrument, Cale was awarded Second Prize in the with a warm, bright tone that was final of the Christopher Duke Piano even through the range, enabled an Recital Competition 2009 in Watford… expressive delivery that drew every John Paul Ekins won Second Prize in bit of drama from her choices from the San Sebastian International Piano Theodora, Giulio Cesare, Jephtha and Competition in Spain and an MBF Samson.” Ruby has been offered roles award… Christopher Lee Guild has in Rossini’s Tancredi and Monteverdi’s recently won a substantial award from Poppea at the Theater an der Wien in the Hope Scott Trust, and an MBF and the autumn of 2009. Anna Huntley Countess of Munster Award… at the also won Second Prize with Opera RCM and Contemporary Piano Music Today also commenting ”…Anna Competition in February, Alexei Petrov Huntley, mezzo-soprano, was the won the John & Jean Redcliffe-Maud and First Prize and Sally Wigan won the worthy Second Prize winner.” Ruby Hughes Frank Merrick Prize. contract with Classical Records. His incoming RCM students were four out Congratulations début CD is planned for autumn 2009 and will include works by Tchaikovsky of the eight awards made to woodwind students; six out of the 11 awards made also to… and Schumann… a number of RCM students who performed extremely to violinists (including the main top award of £5,000 for Stepan Lavrov), Organist Martin Ford who has been well in the competition for the Yamaha and six out of the 13 awards made to appointed Assistant Organist at the Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship singers (including the main top award Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields… Awards. Six of the ten finalists were to Eleanor Dennis). We look forward pianist Michael Ierace, selected to be from the RCM and scholarships were to welcoming them all to postgraduate one of the artists on the Phillip and awarded to Hannah Morgan (clarinet) and Dominic Childs (saxophone)… study next year. Dorothy Green Making Music award scheme… flautist Ben MacDougall several RCM students for 2009/10 who who has presented an early evening have also received major awards from the Musicians Benevolent Fund through the Out and about… programme for six weeks on BBC Radio Cumbria 95.6 FM entitled “Simply MBF Music Education Awards, which In May at the Oxford Playhouse six Classics”… Konstantin Lapshin who are designed to assist with postgraduate premières by RCM composers were held has signed an exclusive recording study. Among the many successes for in collaboration with choreographers from the London Contemporary Dance School and Oxford University: Sleeping by Pedro Faria Gomes, Shapes of Solitude by Fernando Covello, N11bis by Steven Nunes, Discord by Adrian More, Drop Dead by Gavin Higgins and Interlude by Tristan Coelho… Violinist Joo Yeon Sir will be performing Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy at an open- air concert with Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra at Hever Castle in July… Pianist John Paul Ekins will perform the 2nd Rachmaninov Concerto at the July Harwich Festival… Violinist Florian Rago will be playing with the De Havilland Orchestra in October at the University of The Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Awards Hertfordshire. 17 Staff notes Spotlight on... Woodwind professor Paul Carroll’s compositions A Royal Commonwealth Fanfare (performed by students from the RCM) and Harmonic Spaces (performed by 30 children from Chigwell School) were given their world premières in March, at Marlborough House in the presence Madeleine Mitchell with students at Texas Tech University masterclass in January 2009 of HM The Queen. His composition Cantata for the Commonwealth recorded by members of LSO with Andrew Earis (RCM Area Leader for choir which recruits undergraduate and London Voices, was released in April Postgraduate Performers) has recently postgraduate students from the London at the Commonwealth Secretariat. been appointed Director of Music of St conservatoires system. The first, featured A percentage of the proceeds from Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square. works by current RCM postgraduate each sale of the will be donated to a composition student Daniel Saleeb, Commonwealth charity. The piece Florilegium (Ensemble in Association) former composition student Stuart was given its world première at have celebrated Haydn’s bicentenary with Murray-Turnbull and the London Buckingham Palace at an event hosted a concert in the Newbury Spring Festival. première of Salve Regina 2 by renowed by HM The Queen, performed by the The group marked the anniversaries choral composer Gabriel Jackson. The Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields of Handel and Purcell in May by giving second takes place at St Alfege’s Church, with London Voices, solo tenor Steven concerts with Dame Emma Kirkby in Greenwich on 10 July at 7:30pm and will Leas and conductor David Rowland. Chipping Campden, Bath, at the RCM, promote choral part-songs written by and in the town where Handel was British art song composers. born, at the Halle Handel Festival with www.sonitus-choir.com countertenor Robin Blaze. The second (of three) all-Haydn Wigmore Hall Violin Professor Berent Korfker is taking concerts will take place on Wednesday up at teaching position at the Purcell 24 June (transmitted BBC Radio 3 on School this summer. Thursday 9 July). Composition Professor Jean-Philippe Deputy Librarian Peter Horton has Calvin has held the French première of given papers at two recent conferences: his opera La Cantatrice Chauve (The Bald Woodwind Professor Paul Carroll on the significance of the friendship Soprano) at Athénée Théâtre Louis- between William Sterndale Bennett and Jouvet in Paris. Mendelssohn at New College, Oxford, Violin professor and Graduate Pathway and on Samuel Sebastian Wesley and the Michael Mullen (Assistant Curator, RCM Leader Madeleine Mitchell has organ at Wadham College, Oxford. The Museum of Instruments) has given a talk toured the US and visited a number first instalment of his two-part article on on the popularity of Pardessus de Viole in of US Universities (where she gave the organist and composer Edward John pre-revolutionary France at the Oxford masterclasses) including Houston, San Hopkins has been published in the 2009 Music Faculty (St Aldates). Antonio, New Mexico and Midwestern RCO Journal. State. She will be playing music by at Rosie Perkins (Research Officer, RCM composers in the St Petersburg Matthew Jelf (Registry Administrator) Centre for Performance Science) gave Festival in November. has been conducting concerts in London two papers at the Sixth International with Sonitus – a sixteen voice chamber Research in Music Education Conference Violin professor Yuri Zhislin has held a recital at the Wigmore Hall (on violin and viola) joined by violinist Natalia Lomeiko and pianist Ashley Wass. On 11 July he will be performing the Glazunov Concerto with the I Maestri Symphony Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square and is planning a recording of violin and viola duos with Natalia Lomeiko for Naxos in the autumn. Jeremy Cox will be standing down as Dean of the RCM at the end of August. He joined the College as Dean of Yuri Zhislin Jean-Philippe Calvin Postgraduate Studies in 1995. 18 on her research into the learning cultures Gucci launched their ‘Flora’ ad campaign of conservatoires and redefining success in May, featuring Donna Summers’ for musicians. classic hit ‘I Feel Love’ as well as a choir of 16 vocal faculty singers under the Simon Powell (Director of Finance and direction of Vasco Hexel (Area Leader Estates) will leave the College at the end Composition for Screen). The visually of this academic year. stunning advert was directed by award- Dr Ingrid Pearson (Deputy Head of winning director Chris Cunningham. Graduate School) has commissioned www.gucci.com/uk/uk-english/gucci- a Classical-style basset horn from news/flora-by-gucci/ Swiss maker Andreas Schöni. This instrument will be heard in forthcoming A run of performances of Bizet’s performances with Ingrid’s recently- Carmen at the Opéra Comique in formed ensemble The Shackleton Trio. Parishas used Head of Graduate School She will perform with Florilegium and at Richard Langham Smith’s new the 2009 BBC Proms as a member of the edition, published by Peters Edition. Gabrieli Consort and Players. The performances, with the Orchestre Romantique et Revolutionnaire, used Julian Jacobson recently spent six and period instruments and were conducted a half weeks in the Far East. In Hong by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Adrian Noble Kong he was an adjudicator for the directed and the role of Carmen was Schools Music Festival, the largest of Alice in Wonderland sung by Anna Caterina Antonacci. its kind in the world. He then travelled to Changsha, China for a lecture and Flute Professor Susan Milan has made Saxophone professor Kyle Horch has masterclass and to Singapore for a a recording of Contemporary British released a new CD recording on the mixture of concerts, masterclasses and Flute Repertoire with Keyboard Professor Big Shed Music label, created with the private lessons, teaching at the Nanyang Andrew Ball which will be released in support of funding from the College. Academy of Performing Arts and for the June on the Metier label. This project Entitled Flotilla, the disc is a programme School of Young Talents. He also visited was supported by RCM. Susan is also of chamber music for saxophones and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for a recital and closely involved with the Charterhouse keyboards, connected by themes of echo masterclass. International Music, to be held from and memory. Works by Elliott Carter, Jan 12-19 July. Six of the ten professors will Head of Strings Mark Messenger ran his Dismas Zelenka and William Sweeney are included, as are première recordings of be from the RCM. www.cimf.org.uk fourth London Marathon this year in an impressive 3 hours 45 minutes. He raised pieces by Liz Johnson, Edward McGuire, Spring 2009 saw two revivals in the USA £4,000 giving him a total over the last Robert Myers, and recent RCM graduate of the ballet Alice in Wonderland with four marathons of £16k for the Anthony Paul Evernden. Other performers in music by Composition Professor Joseph Nolan Trust. the ensemble include RCM graduates Horovitz - in Reno, Nevada, staged by Alistair Parnell, Naomi Sullivan and AVA Ballet Theatre and in Ogden, Utah As English Touring Opera’s recently Alistair Watson. More information by IBT Ballet. This full-length ballet appointed Music Director, Michael about the ensemble at www.flotilla.org. was commissioned from Horovitz by Rosewell received rave reviews for uk and www.bigshedmusic.co.uk London Festival Ballet (now English performances of JanáČek’s Katya National Ballet) and premièred in 1953 Kabanova. Hilary Finch in the The at the Royal Festival Hall. Meanwhile, Times said “…with Michael Rosewell Horovitz’s complete revision of Adolphe in the pit, Katya resonates with all the Adam’s score for Giselle is again being rapture, anguish and verdant life of played this season, having been in the Janácek’s score”. Michael Church in The Royal Ballet’s repertoire since 1992. Independent commented “Accolades to conductor Michael Rosewell, his orchestra, and to a strong cast”. To Staff Developments celebrate the 30th Anniversary of English Touring Opera, Michael also conducted a The RCM is delighted to announce wonderful cast of leading British singers, the appointment of a Director of including the College’s very own Justin Development, Samir Savant, who joined Lavender, in performances of Bellini’s the staff at the beginning of May. Samir Norma in various concert venues around was most recently the Development the country. Michael is also currently Director at Shakespeare’s Globe and his recording an album of Lehar’s works with previous roles have included fundraising The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. positions at the Royal Academy of Arts, Handel House and English National Kyle Horch Opera. 19 Alumni notes Spotlight on... The RCM’s Brass Band in Residence, Zone One Brass, recently qualified for the Championship Section Final of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on 17 October. The Band which was formed in 2002 by seven students of the College, was recently invited to perform at the All England International Brass Band Championship. They will also perform alongside current RCM students on 3 July. Zone One Brass are grateful for the continued support of Jane Barker and the Royal College of Music. Zone One Brass Composition for Screen alumni have David Nettle is celebrating 30 the newly re-discovered songs. Muriel been achieving industry recognition. years of successful performance won a scholarship to the RCM in 1917 Anna Rice’s score to Irish thriller worldwide with his piano duo partner and was taught by Charles Stanford. Anton was recently nominated for Best Richard Markham this season. They After graduating from the College, Original Score at the 2009 Irish Film and commissioned and premièred a two- she was introduced to Roger Quilter Television Awards whilst Nikhil George piano concerto by South African who enjoyed her songs so much he played guitar on the Oscar, Golden composer Hendrik Hofmeyr and their recommended them to the publisher Globe and BAFTA award-winning recordings on the Netmark label, most Augener. His signature even appears soundtrack of Slumdog Millionaire. recently Brahms’ Complete Two-Piano as witness on her contract with the Works, Holst’s The Planets (composer’s publisher. Her music became quite Composer David Bruce was two piano version) and Stravinsky’s The popular for a time and as such she gave commissioned by Carnegie Hall to Rite of Spring & Petrushka (composer’s occasional broadcasts of her work for the write a clarinet quintet for Todd Palmer piano duet transcription) continue BBC until 1938. For more details go to and the St Lawrence String Quartet. to receive critical acclaim. They were www.linnrecords.com He has also been commissioned by featured in the Celebrity Recital Series the Chamber Music Society of the On an entirely different note… at London’s Cadogan Hall on 12 June. Lincoln Center to compose a piece for organist Melanie Clegg recently became Alumnus Gary Matthewman, has won the first British woman to take part in leading soprano Dawn Upshaw (and the prize for Piano Accompanists, at ‘Das and complete the 500km Finnmarksløpet ensemble) for the opening gala concert Lied - International Song Competition’ Sled-Dog Race. Whilst there wasn’t of their 2009 season. Alumnus Julian in Berlin, performing Schubert and much scope for organ playing during Marshall recently premièred his new Schumann. Pianist Christopher the race, Melanie informs Upbeat that chamber cantata Out of the Darkness at Langdown recently gave a piano recital she did a good deal of singing, which Winchester Cathedral. The cantata uses at the Wigmore Hall. For details of future apparently keeps the dogs happy! text by poet and auther, Gertrud Kolmar. performance dates, visit Kolmar was interned in Auschwitz during www.christopherlangdown.com World War Two, where she perished. Further performances will take place this RCM alumni glittered on the red carpet autum. For more details go to at the Classical Brit Awards. Baritone www.outofthedarknessproject.org Gerald Finley and his accompanist Julius Drake were nominated for the Critic’s Juan Ibanez has been appointed Second Choice award for their CD Schumann Flute and Principal Piccolo of the Dichterliebe & other Heine Settings. Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, Spain. Soprano Elizabeth Watts and violinist Alumna Maria Jose sits alongside him as Alina Ibragimova were both nominated Principal Flute. Adrian Bawtree has been for the Young Performer/Group of the appointed Director of Music at Christ’s Year Award, with Alina taking home the Hospital www.adrianbawtree.com prize. Christopher Jepson has successfully passed his trial period with the Deutsche Twenty-five years following her Sinfonie Orkester in Berlin and is now a death, a recording of the songs of full member of the cello section. RCM alumna and HonRCM Muriel Herbert is to be released for the first Baritone Dawid Kimberg was recently time on CD through Linn Records. 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Richard was very committed to the Benedict – 5lb 3oz and Dominic the music staff of Edinburgh University Alexander – 5lb 7oz, born at 12 noon on in 1964, in the following years he rose to College and is remembered as a modest man, despite his many achievements. Monday 18 May. the position of reader. His compositions have been performed by Jane Manning at the BBC Proms, the Scottish Chamber Weddings & Births Orchestra and Scottish Opera – his most Jana Nováková (violin) and Václav successful works being the opera Hedda Vonášek (bassoon) became proud Gabler and his Second Symphony. He parents to their son, Matouš on was the founder and director of the New October 12 2008. They were married Music Group of Scotland from 1973 to on September 04 2005 in Pilsen, Czech 1990. Edward is survived by his first wife, Republic. the violinist Penny Dickson, his third wife, the cellist Louise Paterson and his Recording Engineer Ben Wiffen married children, Edward and Alice. Jenny Fernandes in May this year in Alfred and Sarah Boe announce the Coventry. birth of their daughter, Grace Elena 21 A Royal Visit... HRH The Prince of Wales visits the RCM In his role as President of the Royal Honorary Membership of the Royal included by a special celebratory College of Music, HRH The Prince of College of Music (HonRCM) was performance by the RCM Wind Wales spent the morning of Thursday 14 presented to the former Head of the Ensemble of Haydn’s March in E flat May at the RCM, when he was treated to Graduate School Darla Crispin, the Major for the Prince of Wales. The Queen performances by star RCM performers, flautist and orchestra manager Trevor Elizabeth The Queen Mother Rosebowl and presented special honours at the Ford, former RCM council member was awarded in absentia to Andrei College’s annual awards ceremony in the Rosalind Gilmore, NYO Director of Korobeinikov. Britten Theatre. Communications James Murphy, RCM Head of Human Resources Sophie Rees After the ceremony, His Royal Highness Fellowship of the Royal College of and oboist and Musician’s Answering moved through to the RCM’s newly Music (FRCM) was conferred upon the Service founder Richard Smith. transformed Amaryllis Fleming Concert clarinettist and bass clarinettist Michael Hall, where he heard a performance of Harris, the internationally renowned His Royal Highness also presented the the trio from Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, operatic soprano Rosemary Joshua, Tagore Gold Medal to two outstanding performed by members of the RCM’s RCM Head of Strings Mark Messenger, students who graduated last year – International Opera School, and was the organist and conductor James harpist Daniel de-Fry and soprano Ida presented to Geoff Richards, Managing O’Donnell and the musicologist and Falk Winland. They both participated in Trustee of the Amaryllis Fleming writer John Tyrrell. a concert in the Britten Theatre that also Foundation. Daniel de-Fry receives the Tagore medal The gathered honorands Ida Falk Winland is congratulated by the President Acknowledgements We would like to express our gratitude for Mr Richard & Mrs Rosemary Millar Mr John & Mrs Ruth West recent donations from the following: Thom Napper (Pro Musica Ltd) Professor Lord Winston The estate of Mr George F Thornton Sir Thomas Ackroyd (The Ackroyd Trust) The Amaryllis Fleming Foundation Mr Michael Steen HonRCM Lord Catto (Thomas Sivewright Catto The Garfield Weston Foundation Charitable Settlement) The estate of Sir Edwin Nixon CBE DL The Wolfson Foundation The Wall Trust Mrs Jane Barker Anonymous donor The Opperby Stokowski Collection Trust Mr Michael Whittaker The Foyle Foundation The Georgina Joshi Foundation St Marylebone Educational Foundation The Leverhulme Trust The Worshipful Company of Drapers Mr Richard Barrett BP The Rosemary Bugden Charitable Trust The estate of Miss Yvonne M Wells HonRCM The estate of Alice B Tunkel The Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust Mr David & Mrs Jane Novak The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers The Hon. 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