The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has announced details of a new partnership with The Guildhall School of Music & Drama to provide students with opportunities to prepare for a career in professional performing.
The partnership, which will launch in September 2013, will see masterclasses led by principal members of the AAM, as well as ensemble workshops, Q&A sessions and mock auditions led by AAM’s music director Richard Egarr. The group will also provide students with access to their open rehearsals, and the chance to meet artists with whom the AAM collaborates.
This particular partnership will have special meaning for two of the AAM’s members, William Carter and Pavlo Beznosiuk, both of whom are historical performance studies alumni from Guildhall.
Egarr described the new partnership as ‘the beginning of a very exciting relationship’. He said: ‘I am immensely proud at the prospect of working closely with the students at Guildhall, both individually and alongside members of the AAM. It is of paramount importance for us to encourage and develop the solo instrumental skills of period instrument players.
‘Perhaps an even more important aspect will be a focus on ensemble leadership skills and direction, which both myself and our key players can help nurture.’
AAM has strong educational links, working as the orchestra in residence for the University of Cambridge and as the associate ensemble at the Barbican. The group is currently performing as the resident ensemble for the National Gallery’s ‘Vermeer & Music’ exhibition.
Jonathan Vaughan, director of music at Guildhall School, said of the partnership: ‘The benefits our students will gain from this relationship will be enormous: not only learning historical performance techniques and informed interpretation while sitting side by side with some of the UK’s finest professional early music specialists, but also developing their own leading and directing skills with inspirational figures such as Richard Egarr and Richard Tognetti.’
At Guildhall, this autumn will also see the launch of the school’s new BMus Principal Study pathway in early instruments – which will for the first time extend historical performance study to reach BA, MA and PHd students.
This story first appeared in Early Music Today.