The Royal Academy of Music in London, the oldest British
Conservatoire, was founded by Lord Burghersh in 1882. Musical
education in the Academy embraces every traditional branch of music in
its departments, which include instrumental, vocal, historical performance,
jazz, composition, media and applied music, musical theatre. International
students community numbers some 570 students from more than 50
countries. More than 90 percent of graduates continue their career in music
which shows a high standard of professional training for European music
schools. In 1999 the Academy became the first and the only Conservatoire
attached to the London University.
Beginning with 1981 the Academy became a platform for the Annual
International Composer Festival, introducing the music of contemporary
composers. First of these Festivals showed the music of Witold
Lutoslawski, the Polish composer who himself was the guest of honour in
the event. Then followed the Festival of Music by Michael Tippett, Krzysztof
Penderecki, Olivier Messiaen, Hans Werner Henze, Luciano Berio, Elliott
Carter, Alfred Schnittke, Gyorgy Ligeti, Galina Ustvolskaya and Arvo Part.
The Academy students take an active part in the rich musical life,
appearing with the outstanding performers of our day. They have every
opportunity to be present at the concerts of world-famous performers
on the plarforms of the Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Covent Garden, London
Coliseum, St John’s Smith Square.
In 2001 the Academy opened now world-famous Museum of
Instruments and Manuscripts. In 2001–2003 the Academy was nominated
the best British musical educational establishment by the Guardian
newspaper’s Good University Guide.