As ever, Autumn term has been busy for RCM staff. We share some of their successes both on and off campus, as well as some changes to professorial staff and other new appointments.
Changes to RCM staff
William Mival, Head of Composition (pictured above), will be stepping down from his post in January.
William – Bill to his colleagues and friends – graduated from the Royal College of Music, and returned to the RCM in 1989, teaching musicianship and lecturing on music history for the then London University BMus course. In 1997, Bill became Composition Faculty Co-ordinator and Historical Studies Co-ordinator. In 2000, Bill became joint Head of Composition with Julian Anderson, and subsequently was appointed sole Head of Composition in 2004.
Bill has overseen a remarkable development of the composition faculty, and his support and leadership in the performance programme has been a major influence on the life of the College. We thank Bill most sincerely for the transformative effect his work here has had on students and on College life, and wish him well.
Four new CPS / @RCMLondon appointments for 2021!@rosielperkins: Prof of Music, Health, and Social Science @NetaSpiro: Reader in Performance Science@TerryClark80: Research and Knowledge Exchange Fellow@DrGeorgeWaddell: Lecturer in Performance Sciencehttps://t.co/UzuJRyUp5K pic.twitter.com/6kum2CMRI9— Centre for Performance Science (@CPerfSci) September 9, 2021
A number of members of the Centre for Performance Science have received new appointments. Professor Rosie Perkins HonRCM has been appointed to a Personal Chair in Music, Health and Social Science. In addition, Dr Neta Spiro has been appointed Reader in Performance Science and Dr Christina Guillaumier Reader in Music & Cultural Practice. Read more about their work in our press release.
Dr Gerardo Gozzi has been appointed as the new Area Leader in Creative Musicianship & Improvisation, succeeding David Graham in this role. Gerardo has been an Academic Programmes professor at the RCM since 2018, and is active as a composer of acoustic and electronic art music. His works have been recently performed at international festivals such as Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht), ManiFeste (Paris), Festival du Royaumont (Paris).
Events on campus
Curator of the RCM Museum, Professor Gabriele Rossi Rognoni, shared this photo from the first chamber music concert in the new space. Performances have been taking place in the RCM Museum regularly throughout the Autumn term. Congratulations to Gabriele and all the team for the hugely successful opening of the new Museum.
On 30 September, presenter Alexander Armstrong performed in front of the Opera audition panel in the Britten Theatre, all part of a Classic FM charity stunt in which he performed in 24 iconic venues in 24 hours. Huge thanks to Nick Sears, Michael Rosewell, Audrey Hyland and Ann Somerville for being great sports and helping to organise this visit.
.@RCMLondon's beautiful Britten Theatre hosts @XanderArmstrong for his next charity concert @makenoise with pianist @harrythepiano. ❤— Classic FM (@ClassicFM) September 30, 2021
You can support Alexander's #MusicMarathon at https://t.co/rnpZeVe47A pic.twitter.com/eeyMGfnzaJ
Artistic Director Stephen Johns produced a recording featured in Falling for Stradivari, a new documentary following violinist Janine Jansen's quest to record a unique new album. The documentary can be watched on Sky Arts.
Falling for Stradivari, a new documentary following violinist Janine Jansen's quest to record a unique new album, features an exciting recording produced by our own Artistic Director Stephen Johns!— Royal College of Music (@RCMLondon) September 28, 2021
Watch tomorrow on @SkyArts at 9pm. https://t.co/646r9UGwR7
JD Percussion Teacher and senior guest teacher Calum Huggan has released his debut album, American Music for Marimba, on award-winning record label Delphian Records. The album showcases the instrument’s full spectrum of expressive possibilities, from Michael Burritt’s sparse and open textures to the warmth of Ivan Trevino.
Saxophone professor Kyle Horch has released 'Fairy Tales' – Recital Music from Eastern Europe for Saxophone and Piano. The album explores a rich repertoire of original and arranged works, which share affinities beyond the geographic theme: strands of poetic storytelling, references to folk-music, and magical fairy-tale imagery.
In the community
Head of Keyboard Vanessa Latarche recently adjudicated the 21st Twaites Bach Competition at Dulwich College.
Congratulations Finlay in Y13, winner of this year’s 21st Twaites Bach Competition, and to Yan-hung (runner-up), and to Perkyns, James, Albert and Thomas (all Highly Commended). Thank you Vanessa Latarche, Professor of Piano @RCMLondon for adjudication @DCMusicDept pic.twitter.com/2EoI7G0HD4— Dulwich College (@DulwichCollege) October 4, 2021
Welcoming former students
Former Masters student in Composition for Screen Kate Simko returned to the College this term – this time as a Professor.
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We also welcomed Thomas Blunt (former vocal postgraduate) who returned in a teaching capacity this term.
Spent four amazing years studying here at the @RCMLondon - such a pleasure to be back coaching the brilliantly talented postgrad/opera singers. And congrats on the stunning building development! pic.twitter.com/eMmMC0pbyx— Thomas Blunt (@BluntThomas) September 21, 2021
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