06 July 2022
By Ellie Palmer
The new series celebrates the people who have helped shape the academy, uncovering some of the individuals – past and present – whose stories define the institution
The Royal Academy of Music has launched a brand-new podcast series titled, 'Short Stories: 200 years of the Royal Academy of Music'.
Presented by alumna Anna Picard, the series opens the doors of the renowned conservatoire to a wider audience, focusing on an illuminating range of subjects. It reveals some of the treasures held at the Academy’s Marylebone Road home, tells the stories of extraordinary musicians who studied there and features music by students past and present, much of it specially recorded. As well as exploring the Academy’s rich history, ‘Short Stories’ also brings to life the institution as it stands today.
The Academy’s Principal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, said: "Since its founding in 1822, the Academy has played a vital role in music-making in the UK and beyond. Some of the most important musical figures of the past two centuries have learnt, taught and performed here – this is where music’s past, present and future converge. This series has been a joy to create, and there couldn’t be a better time to tell these stories than in our Bicentenary year."
The first three episodes will be available on Friday 8 July on all major streaming platforms. Episodes four and five will be released on Friday 22 July and Friday 5 August.