Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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An institution that trained Sir Arthur Sullivan, Sir Henry Wood, Sir John Barbirolli, Lionel Tertis, Dame Myra Hess, Dame Moura Lympany, Richard Lewis, Dennis Brain, Sir Clifford Curzon, Philip Langridge and John Dankworth, and with strong associations back to Mendelssohn, is bound to be proud of its history; but the Academy is firmly focused on refreshing creative traditions for tomorrow’s musical leaders in the classical, jazz, media and musical theatre worlds. Every year some of the most talented young musicians from over fifty countries come to study at the Academy, attracted by renowned teachers and by a rich artistic culture that broadens their musical horizons, develops their professional creativity and fosters their entrepreneurial spirit. In addition to a busy schedule of lessons, classes and masterclasses, students benefit from the Academy’s ambitious and unrivalled calendar of concerts, operas, musical theatre shows and other events, in which they work with leading practitioners and visiting professors such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir Mark Elder, Trevor Pinnock, Stephen Hough, Maxim Vengerov, Semyon Bychkov and Sir Thomas Allen. Appointments to the Academy’s staff in 2014/15 have included Edward Gardner, Simon Keenlyside, Oliver Knussen and Robin Ticciati.
Ever since its inception, the Academy has been committed to transporting its musical activities from its central London home to the widest possible national and international audiences. Today, Academy students perform at many leading venues and festivals, including Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Kings Place and the Aldeburgh Festival. They collaborate with distinguished partners such as the London Sinfonietta, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Juilliard School in high-profile projects that attract national attention and critical plaudits. In 2012 and 2015, the Academy and New York’s Juilliard School joined forces in sensational concerts at the Lincoln Center, Boston Early Music Festival, Leipzig Bach Festival, the BBC Proms and the Academy’s own Duke’s Hall.
The Academy’s own recordings with Linn and its own CD label have received critical acclaim. (‘While the big record companies flounder, the independents flourish. The Royal Academy of Music’s own label is a case in point, with some jolly good recordings in its catalogue.’ Metro). The Academy is committed to lifelong learning, ranging from the Junior Academy that trains musicians up to the age of 18, through many Open Academy community music projects with schools in London and further afield, to performances and educational events for the musically curious of all ages.
The Academy’s museum is home to one of the world’s most significant collections of instruments and artefacts. Highlights include the important collection of Italian stringed instruments (with many examples by Stradivari, Guarneri and members of the Amati family), a unique collection of nineteenth-century keyboard instruments, composers’ manuscripts (including Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis) and collections that belonged to Sir Henry Wood, Sir John Barbirolli, Lord Menuhin, Otto Klemperer, Sir Charles Mackerras, Nadia Boulanger, Richard Lewis, Robert Spencer, Norman McCann and David Munrow. These collections are an invaluable educational and artistic resource for the Academy’s entire community, underpinning teaching and research and enabling young musicians to find their own artistic profile in the context of musical riches of the past.
As the Academy approaches its bicentenary it goes from strength to strength. In the past three years alone, the Academy has been rated the top conservatoire in the country for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey and top conservatoire in The Times University Guide.