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Guildhall School of Music & Drama • Annual Report 2011/2012

The Guildhall School is provided by the City of London as part of its contribution to the cultural life of London and the nation

Patron The Right Hon. The Lord Mayor

The Board of Governors 2011/12 The Board of Governors for the Guildhall School contains elected members from the City of London, elected independent members drawn from relevant professions, elected members from the Guildhall School staff and the Student Union president.

Common Council Members

Ex Officio Members

Staff Members

Tom Hoffman (Chairman until 14 May 2012)

Josh Chapman as President of the Students’ Union

Katharine Lewis elected by the Administrative Staff

Alderman David Graves (Deputy Chairman until 13 May 2012, Chairman from 14 May 2012)

Professor Barry Ife CBE as Principal of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Pamela Lidiard elected by the Academic Staff

Catherine McGuinness as Chairman of the Barbican Centre Board

Independent Members

Deputy John Bennett (Deputy Chairman from 14 May 2012) Deputy Michael Welbank (until April 2012)  

John Scott as Chairman of the Culture, Heritage & Libraries Committee (from 19 May 2011)

Deputy John Barker (from April 2012)

Nicy Roberts representing Centre for Young Musicians (until 14 May 2012)

Sir Andrew Burns Daniel Evans (Acting 1994) Christina Coker Neil Constable (SMTT 1985)

Ann Pembroke (from April 2012)

Paul Hughes

John Chapman

Kathryn McDowell CBE

Deputy Stella Currie Wendy Mead (Sheriff from Sept 2011) Deputy Richard Regan Jeremy Simons Alderman David Wootton (Lord Mayor from November 2011) Sheriff and Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE

Senior Leadership Principal Barry Ife CBE

Director of Technical Theatre Ben Sumner

Director of Music Jonathan Vaughan

Director of Creative Learning Sean Gregory

Director of Drama Christian Burgess

Head of Junior Guildhall Derek Rodgers

Director of Acting Wyn Jones

Assistant Principal (Research and Academic Development) Helena Gaunt

Photos: Simon Annand, Clive Barda, Nobby Clark, Nick James, Nina Large, Alexander Newton, Richard Olivier, Johann Persson, Harold Raitt, Clive Totman, Alan Wood/Town Hall Birmingham Main cover photo: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (February 2012)

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Director of Student and Corporate Affairs Deborah MacCallum Director of Finance, Resources and Infrastructure Sandeep Dwesar Director of Strategic Projects Clive Russell



Contents Vision, Mission and Strategic Aims


Chairman’s Message


Principal’s Introduction


Student Successes


London 2012


Alumni Successes


Fellowships and Graduation


Performance Highlights


What They Say


Teaching & Learning


Milton Court


Staff Successes


Research and Knowledge Exchange


Creative Learning




Student Profile




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Guildhall School of Music & Drama • Annual Report 2011/2012

Vision An international centre of excellence and global leader of creative and professional practice in the performing arts

Mission Train and educate musicians, actors and theatre technicians to the highest international standards; support creativity, innovation and risk; lead cultural change; excite and inspire as many people as we can reach

Strategic Aims 1

Exceptional Teaching Engage world-class staff to deliver innovative teaching, research and knowledge exchange, encourage experiment and lead ground-breaking creative and professional practice


Exceptional Students Recruit the most outstanding aspiring young musicians, actors and theatre technicians from around the world, train and educate them to the highest international standards, support them with continually improved services and facilities, and prepare them for successful careers in the performing arts

Think only this of me... Dec 2011

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Exceptional Opportunities Work with partners to create an international arts and learning centre without rival; encourage staff and students to find their voice, develop their craft and artistry, draw inspiration from practitioners across the art forms and engage with the audiences of the future


A Sustainable, World-Class

Institution Deliver the transformational investment needed to sustain a world-class centre of excellence for training and performance

Chairman’s Mesage


Chairman’s Message The Guildhall School of Music & Drama continues to impress, and last year’s achievements easily lived up to the title for the School’s strategy: Planning for Peak Performance. Several examples of outstanding work over the past year have more than maintained the reputation of the School and are reflected in this year’s Annual Report. Not many academic institutions provide an opportunity to the general public to watch students learning by the very act of performing. Attending the student performances is an enormous pleasure and offers tangible benefits even before the students’ courses are complete. The objective of the School is, of course, to best equip the students for their professional careers so they can continue to delight audiences around the world with their talent. None of this would be possible without strong support from the Principal and his staff, and from the many other generous benefactors, above all, those who have supported the capital-raising campaign for the new school building at Milton Court (opening for the 2012/13 academic year) alongside the continual need for funds to support scholarships. 2011-12 reflected continued commitment to the collaborative working with the Barbican Centre and the London Symphony Orchestra alongside the Creative Learning initiative, a partnership between the School and the Barbican Arts Centre. The School is also recognised for its commitment to students aged 4-18 in the Guildhall Young Artists’ division. Alongside these developments, the School is fully engaged with efforts to develop the City of London as a cultural hub of many dimensions and facets with existing partners, the City’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee, and indeed beyond London. All of the above developments coincide to offer truly spectacular opportunities for the School over the next few years, despite the clear financial challenges that flow from an enlarged estate and a new model for the public funding of higher education. My thanks go to our governors and trustees, the Principal, the teaching and support staff, the City of London Corporation, our other partners and benefactors, for their continuing commitment, enthusiasm, and generosity. It is greatly appreciated.

Alderman David Graves Chairman of the Board of Governors

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Principal’s Introduction 2012 was a great year for Britain, a great year for the School and a particularly good year for technical theatre. 30 current students and several alumni took part in the Olympic ceremonies as performers, stage managers, lighting technicians, prop makers and comms operators, and Guildhall alumna, Julia Whittle, was Show Caller for the opening ceremony – the greatest show on earth. It was a good year all round for the technicians, who went to the Barbican theatre for the first time with a stunning production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This was seen by nearly 4,000 people, more than twice our normal audience for an opera, and streamed live to 35,000 more. No other conservatoire in the world could have pulled off such an ambitious production so well. This was only one of many examples of outstanding technical artistry in support of our operas and dramas in the Silk St and Barbican theatres, at the Bridewell, the Albany in Deptford, Gray’s Inn and the Cheltenham Festival, where we took A Soldier and a Maker, Iain Burnside’s heartrending account of the life of composer-poet Ivor Gurney. Many of our current and past students feature in this report, from Junior Guildhall and CYM right through to the household names in film and TV, on concert platforms and in jazz clubs. To repeat them here would be otiose, but we should give a mention to this year’s three gold medal winners: Ashley Fripp, who also won the Brant international piano competition and played in our first ever concert at Carnegie Hall; Katherine Rose Morley, who stole the show in The Women; and Richard de Vere White, who stage managed Britten’s Dream before going on to Covent Garden. What an amazing year! The School came top of the specialist institutions league table in The Guardian, our overall student satisfaction rate of 95% was the highest in the entire university sector, and we won an award for our fundraising. So, many thanks to all of you who supported our students and contributed to our stunning new facilities at Milton Court.

Barry Ife Principal

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Principal’s Introduction / Student Successes


Student Successes 2011/12 saw a host of Guildhall students triumph in prestigious award ceremonies, competitions and auditions. Joshua Mills (BMus Vocal Studies) won the Welsh Association of Male Choirs Voice Competition, and was a finalist in Young Welsh Singer of the Year, a prize that was taken by fellow Guildhall singer Kathryn McAdam (Opera Course). Joshua also won the Dunraven Young Welsh Singer of the Year with Bethan Langford (BMus Vocal Studies) as runner-up in the same awards. Adam Sullivan (BMus Vocal Studies) won Best Male Voice at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and Marta FontanalsSimmons (MMus Vocal Studies) won 1st Prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards. The Association of English Singers and Speakers Natalya Romaniw

awarded the Courtney Kenny Award to Elizabeth Desbruslais (MMus Vocal Studies), while Anna Starushkevych (Opera Course) triumphed at the Handel Singing Competition, taking both 1st Prize and the Audience Prize, and Hadleigh Adams (Opera Course) won the Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition. Pianist Catherine Norton (MPerf Accompaniment) took the Accompanist Prize at the same awards.

Grand Opera, where she took the 2nd Prize at the Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers. Also at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Ben McAteer (Opera Course) won joint 2nd Prize. Ashley Riches (Opera Course) won a place on the prestigious Jette Parker

Music Festival, with pianists Ricard Rovirosa (MPerf Piano), Kristina Rokashevich (BMus Piano) and Sophie Dee (BMus Piano) taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively. Kristina also won 1st Prize at the Croydon Music Festival Piano Concerto Competition.

Ashley Fripp (centre)

2011’s Gold Medal winner Natalya Romaniw (Vocal Studies Fellow) was awarded both the 1st Prize and the Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition and subsequently won a place on the prestigious Young Artist Program at Houston Young Artist programme at the Royal Opera House. Over in the Keyboard Department, Cordelia Williams (MPerf Piano) took 1st Prize at the Aixen-Provence Concours International de Piano and the Norah Sande Award, and 2nd Prize at the Dudley International Piano Competition. Erdem Misirlioglu (BMus Piano) won 1st Prize and the Beethoven Medal at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Inter-Collegiate Piano Competition. And Guildhall pianists swept the board at the Oxford

Minjung Baek (MPerf Piano) took 1st Prize at the Ernesto Falla International Piano Competition in Piemonte in Italy and Ben Schoeman (DMA Piano) 1st Prize at the Ibla Grand Prize Competition in Sicily. 2012 Gold Medal winner Ashley Fripp also took home 1st Prize at the Brant International Piano Competition. Sarah Campbell (BMus Trumpet) and Sam Wilson (BMus Percussion) were awarded places on the highly competitive London Sinfonietta Academy Course for summer 2012.

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Student Successes (cont’d) at the 2nd British Composer Awards for April – a piece written for string quartet which was performed by the Heath Quartet, currently Guildhall School Fellows, at the Awards in November 2011.

Wenjing Wang

At the illustrious Royal OverSeas League Annual Music Competition, Jonathan Bloxham (MMus Cello) won 1st Prize in the Chamber Music section as part of the Busch Ensemble. An all-Guildhall postgraduate ensemble featuring Yolanda Bruno, Hun Ouk Park, Jonathan Larson and Vladimir Waltham won the Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition. Guildhall School harpists celebrated successes with Murdo Macrae (BMus Harp) winning a scholarship to the 2012 Aspen Festival, Ching Man Ho (BMus Harp) winning a place in the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra, and Oliver Wass (BMus Harp) taking the Gwenolyn Mason Cup at the Bromley Festival. 2011/12 was a golden year for the Composition Department. Three of the School’s Composition Fellows won places on the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Program. Matthew Kaner, Alastair Putt and Edmund Finnis headed to the US in June 2012 to study composition on Tanglewood’s summer residency. The Boston-based

classical music academy awards just six composer fellowships each year, with applications open to young composers from all over the world. Mark Simpson (MMus Composition) was commissioned to write a 2.5’ orchestral piece, which he entitled sparks, to be performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Last Night of the Proms. Meanwhile, in March 2012, two students participated in an international composition project at Carnegie Hall led by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and cellist Anssi Karttunen on new works for solo strings. Out of hundreds of applicants, Edmund Finnis (Composition Fellow) and Louis Chiappetta (MMus Composition) were invited to participate in this prestigious opportunity. Matthew Kaner (MMus Composition) was awarded a 10’ commission and alumnus Alastair Putt (Composition 2011) was awarded a 5’ commission both as part of the LSO’s Panufnik Young Composer Scheme. And Wenjing Wang (MMus Composition) won the Student Composition prize

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Over in the Drama department, three final-year actors left early to take up professional roles: Cara Theobold joined hit ITV show Downton Abbey to play new kitchen maid Ivy, while Jonathan Barnwell was cast in new BBC series Ripper Street opposite Matthew Macfadyen. Emily Berrington took the part of Effie in the world premiere of Children’s Children at the Almeida Theatre. In Junior Guildhall, all ten chamber music groups that entered the Pro Corda National Chamber Music

Emily Berrington

Competition were successful in getting through to the semi-finals and six of these progressed to the finals. Two groups were then selected to perform at the Wigmore Hall made up of students Didier Osindero,

Scarlet O’Shea, Millie Ashton, Georgina LloydOwen, Lois JohnsonPerkins, Seleni Sewart and Anita Monserrat. Chantal Osindero and Lilly Vadaneaux were also selected to play at the Wigmore Hall as a result of the Jaques Samuel Piano Festival. Alex Woolf was awarded the Junior prize at the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition, winning a commission for next year’s Proms season. Junior Guildhall was also delighted to see three students compete in the Category Finals of BBC Young Musician 2012. Brothers Peter Rayner and Richard Rayner qualified for the Percussion final, while last year’s winner of Junior Guildhall’s most prestigious award – the Lutine Prize – tuba player Christopher Dunn qualified for the Brass final. And ten Junior Guildhall musicians were selected for the National Youth Orchestra. In CYM, the Theodora Trio were finalists in the National Music for Youth Festival Birmingham and winners of the Advanced Ensemble Class and Emma Barr Trophy in the Croydon Festival. And nine-year-old CYM student Sophia Kiely, who played the lead role in the smash hit show Matilda the Musical in the West End, won an Olivier Award jointly with the other three young actors sharing the role.

Student Successes / London 2012


London 2012 Musicians, actors and theatre technicians from the Guildhall School played key roles in the Olympic celebrations this summer. The School had a strong presence at the Opening Ceremony on Friday 27 July. Acting student Faith Alabi was a character actor in Danny Boyle’s extravaganza, while music students Lydia Gosnell (BMus Recorder), Katrina Pett (BMus Percussion) and Felicity Hindle (BMus Percussion) performed as part of the ceremony. Technical Theatre students were out in force behind the scenes: Vaiva Baltrunaite, Scarlett Hooper, Osnat Koblenz, Tom Leggat and Sarah Sweet were Assistant Stage Managers; props were handled by Lisa Jürgensen, Grace Douetil, Sasja Ekenberg, George Walters and Mimi Palmer Johnston; Katie Ducarreaux, Jennie Leach, Tara Wells, Hannah Stewart and Will Newman

were on the staging team; James Adkins and Alex Bratza (Roof Follow Spot), Anna Newton and Katy Nixon (LX Ground Crew) and Beth Price Williams (Follow Spot Swing Captain) were on the lighting team; and sound was delivered by Iain Harvey, Holly Curtis, Alex Durrell, Joe Morgan, Ceri Hazeldon and Adam Dallman. Making props in advance of the show were Megan Courage, Lai Fung, Ellie Pitt and Daisy Rigley. Meanwhile, the Principal Sound Consultant coordinating all radio packs and national anthems was alumnus Colin Pink (Technical Theatre 1989). Jonathan Lyle (2008) was Associate Video Designer, Ben Delfont (1998) was a Senior Stage Manager for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and Ryan Quelch (2007) a Stage Manager. And the woman who kept her cool and gave instructions to Assistant Stage Managers,

performers, follow spots and staging crews was Show Caller Julia Whittle – another Technical Theatre graduate of 1989. Our students and graduates made an enormous contribution and will never forget that they were a part of the greatest show on earth. Away from the opening ceremony… Professor and alumnus John Miles (Composition 1990) saw his composition for the Cultural Olympiad, On Golden Cap, performed at the opening of the Olympic sailing in Weymouth on 27 July to an estimated audience of 15,000. On Golden Cap was inspired and informed by a community project John led along the ‘Jurassic Coast’, with several groups of young people aged 10-18 and special guest Billy Bragg.

Alex Woolf (Junior Guildhall) had his Royal Opera House prize-winning fanfare chosen by Antonio Pappano for the opening of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Gala at the Royal Opera House, when it was played to mark the arrival of Princess Anne. Another fanfare by Alex was performed by the brass section of the Aldeburgh World Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder as the Olympic torch relay passed through Aldeburgh. Third year singer Dominick Felix (BMus Vocal Studies) was selected as one of this summer’s Torch Bearers for his efforts to bring opera to his local community. Alumnus Simon Coleman (Jazz 1997) had two works (Driving Inspiration: Light Up the World and The Mandeville Legacy) premiered at the Paralympic Torch Lighting Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville.

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Alumni Successes Five alumni received honours for services to music and theatre in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2012. Soloist Tasmin Little (Violin 1986) and former Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House Elaine Padmore (Piano Accompaniment 1960) were awarded OBEs for their services to Music; James Beirne (Lute 1984), Chief Executive at Live Theatre was given an MBE for services to Theatre; and soul singer-songwriter Omar Lye Fook (Jazz 1989) and Katie Tearle (Voice 1985), former Head of Education at Glyndebourne, were given MBEs for services to Music.

Toby Spence

Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder which won the Choral Category in the 2011 Gramophone Awards. Gary Griffiths (Baritone 2010) won the Welsh Singers Competition 2012 and will represent Wales at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013. Four of the eleven members of the prestigious English National Opera Young Singers Programme in the 2011/12 season are recent graduates of the Guildhall Opera Course: Katherine Broderick (Soprano 2007), Benedict Nelson (Baritone 2008), Duncan Rock (Baritone 2010) and Nicky Spence (Tenor 2009). Matthew Featherstone (Flute 2010) was appointed Principal Flute of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. This followed his success in the Royal OverSeas League earlier in 2012 when he was awarded first prize in the Wind and Percussion Section. At the same competition, Njabulo Madlala (Opera 2009) won the Singers Award.

Toby Spence (Tenor 1995) won the Singer category at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards for his ‘vocal beauty and dramatic maturity’ in a range of operatic and concert repertoire, including the role of Lensky in ENO’s recent Eugene Onegin. Susan Bickley (Voice 1981), John Hudson (Voice 1987) and Claire Rutter (Opera 1991) were all soloists on the recording of Elgar’s The Kingdom with the Hallé

2012 as part of the highly competitive LSO Discovery Panufnik Young Composers Scheme: Patrick Brennan (Composition 2010), Leo Chadburn (Composition 2004) and Bushra El-Turk (Composition 2006). As part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, eleven of Britain’s most renowned film composers were commissioned to create a new work using for inspiration the original titles of Handel’s Water Music. This new suite of music was performed live for the first time as part of the Thames Pageant. The composers, who each contributed one movement, included Guildhall alumni Christopher Gunning (Composition, Piano & Percussion 1965), Jocelyn Pook (Viola 1982) and Debbie Wiseman (Composition & Piano 1984).

Njabulo Madlala

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Matthew Featherstone

Other alumni successes included: Shabaka Hutchings (Clarinet 2007) was nominated for Jazz Musician of the Year in the 2012 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Stephen Lumsden (Bassoon 1997) was named Artist Manager of the Year at the 2012 Association of British Orchestras conference. Michael Marshall (Trombone 2002) was appointed 2nd trombone in the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Andrew McCormack (Jazz Piano 2000) was chosen as one of the New Faces of British Jazz in the Observer. Richard Watkin (Trombone 2006) was appointed Principal Trombone of Scottish Opera. Jonathan Watkins (Trombone 2007) was appointed 1st trombone with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Alumni Successes

Drama alumni also achieved extraordinary things during 2011/12. Simon Baker (Technical Theatre 1992) won Best Sound Design in the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards for Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre, while Danielle Tarento (Acting 1994) won best producer and best new musical for Burlesque at the 2012 Off West End Awards.

Roger Gale (Speech and Drama 1963) received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list for public and political services. Dominic West (Acting 1995) won Best Leading Actor, alongside Monica Dolan (Acting 1991) who won Best Supporting Actress, at the BAFTAs in May for their performances

as Fred and Rosemary West in the ITV two-part drama Appropriate Adult. Among many major castings for Guildhall acting alumni, 2011 saw Owain Arthur (Acting 2006) take over from James Corden in the lead role in the National Theatre’s hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors in its West End transfer, during


which he performed for the Queen and Prince Philip at a preview, and the casting of Lily James (Acting 2010) as Rose in ITV hit show Downton Abbey alongside existing cast members and alumni Michelle Dockery (Acting 2004) and Lesley Nicol (Acting 1974).

The Sheffield Crucible theatre saw a major new production of Shakespeare’s Othello with no less than six Guildhall alumni on stage. Acting graduates were out in force in Daniel Evans’ production, which opened on 20 September. Evans, himself a graduate from the class of 1994, assembled a stellar cast and the production opened to great reviews. The Times called it ‘increasingly potent’, whilst Michael Billington of the Guardian said ‘Sheffield is lucky to have a production of this calibre’. The cast included Dominic West, star of The Wire and a graduate of the School’s Acting class of 1995, as Othello, as well as Lily James (Acting 2010), who played Desdemona, Gwilym Lee as Cassio (Acting 2008), Brodie Ross as Roderigo (Acting 2009), and also featured Luciano Dodero (Acting 2005) and Josh Hart (Acting 2011).

Brodie Ross and Dominic West

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Fellowships and Graduation Each year the Board of Governors confer fellowships on a small number of professionals from the arts industries in recognition of services to the School, services to their industry or for extraordinary achievements in their chosen career. In 2011, Bill Bannerman, Martin Hathaway, Kate Eaton, Richard Antonel, Dinah Stabb, Christopher Gunning, Jacqui Dankworth, Eric Fellner and Tony Wigram were made Fellows of the Guildhall School (FGS). At the same time, Sir John Tomlinson, Oliver Knussen, Joseph Blatchley and Angela Hewitt were made Honorary Fellows (HonFGS). Graduation Day took place in the Great Hall of the Guildhall on 4 November with 190 students, from a total of 313 graduands, and 463 guests in attendance. The ceremony featured music from the Guildhall Brass Ensemble. Sir John Tomlinson made an acceptance speech on behalf of the Honorands.

Top left to bottom right: Sir John Tomlinson, Bill Bannerman, Richard Antonel, Martin Hathaway, Joseph Blatchley, Kate Eaton, Jacqui Dankworth, Principal Barry Ife and Dinah Stabb

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Performance Highlights During the 2011/2012 season the School mounted an excellent programme of drama and opera productions on the main stage, including The Women by Clare Boothe Luce, ….think only this of me… a devised collaboration by Guildhall School actors and musicians, Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, Nicholas Nickleby Part I by Charles Dickens, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor by Nicolai, Our Town by Ned Rorem and Chaplin based on the book by Ernest Kiney with music by Roger Andersen and lyrics by Lee Goldsmith.

Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor

The School also continued its association with the Bridewell Theatre in Fleet Street, where it staged Aces & Jacks, a series of short plays by David Mamet, and Jenufa by Gabriela Preissová. The School also used The Albany in Deptford where it staged Lysistrata by Aristophanes.

Aces & Jacks

For the first time, the School performed on the main stage in the Barbican with A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Britten. One of the performances was streamed live for the European project ‘Euroclassical’.

Britten, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Caplet, Berg, Bernstein and Copland songs, piano works by Rachmaninov and Brahms, songs by Mahler, Mozart violin sonatas, and Ravel’s Piano Trio.

The School’s orchestral programme had a particularly strong year following the establishment of Centre for Orchestra with the support of the HEFCE SDF grant. This initiative has established the basis of a unique training and mentoring programme for orchestral musicians, including sectional coaching by LSO principals for the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra. Performances included Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring conducted by Adrian Leaper, a Ravel and Mussorgsky programme conducted by Diego Masson in the Barbican Hall and a MacMillan, Britten and Prokofiev programme conducted by James MacMillan.

In the School’s Music Hall, Graham Johnson once more directed the School’s autumn song recital series in a series of well known song cycles by Schubert, Schumann and a short Tour de France (Fauré, Debussy and Poulenc). Johnson introduced the series with a lecture recital. Iain Burnside directed A Soldier and a Maker to great critical acclaim, combining Ivor Gurney’s songs, poems and letters with freshly created material to create a full length theatre work. Eight performances were given in the Barbican’s Pit Theatre and this piece was also taken to the Cheltenham Festival.

The School continued its association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra through the Total Immersion series, which this year featured music by Jonathan Harvey (Tranquil Abiding, Songs of Li Po, Vers, Tombeau de Messiaen, Calling Across Time), works by three Guildhall composers: Jason Anderson, Ben Graves and Peter Yarde-Martin (all performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall School), Brett Dean (Polysomnography, Wolf-Lieder, Voices of Angels) and Arvo Pärt (Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis, Für Alina, Spiegel im Spiegel, Stabat Mater). Guildhall musicians also contributed twelve lunchtime concerts to the City of London Festival and took part in the London Jazz Festival. The School also staged ten further concerts in the series Guildhall Artists at the Barbican in which senior Guildhall musicians stage performances at 6.00pm of the repertoire related to an LSO concert later that evening. Repertoire included music by Benjamin

A Soldier and a Maker

Senior musicians from the School performed at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York, on 24 January 2012. Szymon Komasa, Michael Petrov and Ashley Fripp performed a programme which included music by Brahms, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Schoenberg and Guildhall School alumnus Thomas Adès. The 2012 Gold Medal was won by pianist Ashley Fripp with an exciting performance of Liszt’s Totentanz – Danse Macabre; and the Guildhall

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Wigmore Recital Prize, a competition run jointly by the School and the Wigmore Hall, with a Wigmore recital as the prize, was won by pianist Mihkel Poll. The Drama department awarded the Acting Gold Medal to Katherine Rose Morley and the Technical Theatre Gold Medal to Richard de Vere White.

Visiting conductors included Adrian Leaper, James MacMillan and Diego Masson, who all made their first appearances with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, while alumnus Anthony Marwood directed the Guildhall Chamber Orchestra from the leader’s chair. Composer Brett Dean conducted the Chamber Ensemble as part of the BBC’s Total Immersion event focusing on his own works. Harry Fehr and Stephen Medcalf both visited to direct operas, the latter returning to direct the European premiere of Ned Rorem’s opera Our Town, and opera alumnus Roderick Williams gave a talk to senior singers about life skills in the operatic profession.

Over in Drama, visiting directors included Sue Lefton, Owen Horsley, Nadia Fall and Joseph Blatchley, who returned to the School to direct the first of a major two-parter The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Acting alumna Hayley Atwell also returned to give a talk to third year actors about her meteoric career in film, television and stage since leaving the School and Technical Theatre alumnus Stuart Crane gave a talk about working in the events industry. Technical Theatre worked with a choice array of designers and lighting designers, including Johanna Town, Dick Bird, Neil Brinkworth and Mark Jonathan.

2012 Gold Medal

Visiting jazz musicians included Mike Gibbs, Phil Minton, Maggie Nichols, David Friesen, Liane Carroll, John Warren, John Surman, Pete Hurt and Jason Rebello, an alumnus who returned to the School for a performance as part of the London Jazz Festival. Two successful composition alumni returned to the School: Guy Chambers gave a talk to music students about his career as an award-winning songwriter and producer working with Robbie Williams, and Christopher Gunning talked to composition students about his work for major television programmes and films including La Vie en Rose.

Junior Guildhall

The School presented over 300 events during the academic year. Audience attendance at ticketed events across the 2011/12 year was an average 74% capacity, with gross box office income of £120k. This was a 10.1% increase on 2010 box office income of £109k, partly due to the large number of sales for A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Barbican Theatre, which made a record £28k in gross box office income.

Recent Visitors This academic year saw a wide range of high-profile artists and figures from the performing arts industry visit the School, giving performances, masterclasses and talks, directing and designing shows, and conducting concerts and operas. The Music Department hosted a record 51 masterclasses, including visits from internationally-renowned names such as Anne Sofie von Otter, Sarah Connolly, Colin Currie, Richard Goode, Paul Lewis, the Endellion Quartet and Gerald Finley. This year also saw masterclasses given by players from Barbican International Associates the New York Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw orchestras for the first time.

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As well as numerous internal concerts and performances ranging from weekly Open House Concerts to the more formal Public Concerts (totalling over 50 for the Music Course and around 30 for the String Training Programme), Junior Guildhall also arranges a range of external concerts. During the academic year 2011/12 these included performances by the Brass Band, Chamber Choir, String Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music (strings and wind & brass) and solo performances at venues such as St John’s Smith Square, St Martin-inthe-Fields, Regent Hall and Charlton House. Highlights included: • Abraham Wallfisch-Jacobs performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square in February • In March Junior Guildhall trumpeters were involved in a performance of the Haydn Nelson Mass at St Martin-in-the-Fields with the Brandenburg Sinfonia & the Medici Choir

Hayley Atwell

Performance Highlights

• Bach Concerto in D minor for Two Violins performed by Joanna Wu (and the conductor) at a Junior Guildhall String Ensemble concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields in May • a Scholars Concert with the Brandenburg Sinfonia at St Martinin-the-Fields in May featuring Christopher Dunn (tuba) performing his own arrangement of the Cappuzi Concerto for Bass, Bethany Davis performing a Vivaldi Bassoon Concerto and Briony Prior a work by Cherubini

Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra. It culminated in a performance in July. On 3 June The Mayor’s Jubilee Band performed for Her Majesty The Queen on the Westminster barge as part of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. This included 14 musicians from the Guildhall School (taken from Junior Guildhall, Centre for Young Musicians and the senior Guildhall School) out of a total of 58 performers, with Junior Guildhall Associate Conductor and Head of

•• John Williams’s Tuba Concerto at St John’s Smith Square in July featuring soloist Christopher Dunn The 2012 Lutine Competition was won by saxophonist Stephanie Lai who will be performing a concerto with the Junior Guildhall Symphony Orchestra in July 2013 at St. John’s, Smith Square as part of her prize.

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Brass Spencer Down conducting. They performed a programme that included a new commission and world premiere by composer Rachel Portman OBE alongside popular classics such as River Dance, Let’s Face the Music and Dance and There’s No Business Like Show Business. 2012 Lutine Prize

The third Junior Guildhall Tuned Percussion Competition took place in February, including a creative workshop and performance led by Julian Warburton and a performance given by Arthur Lipner. Junior Guildhall students were again involved in the East London Creative Jazz Orchestra, this year led by Paul Griffiths with support from Guildhall School jazz students and musicians from the internationally-renowned

Percussionists Daniel Marks and Richard Rayner performed duet Transmission by composer Orlando Gough on board HMS Belfast as part of the Thames Festival.

Centre for Young Musicians Performance highlights for CYM this year included: • The London Schools Symphony Orchestra gave three concerts at the Barbican in 2011/12, including Carlos Izcaray conducting works by Ginastera, Korngold, Castellanos


and Gershwin, Nicholas Kraemer conducting works by Elgar, Stravinsky, Handel and Ravel and they also toured the Czech Republic with concerts in Karlovy Vary, Cheb and Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall in Prague. • Two CYM piano trios performed in the National Music for Youth Festival in the Royal Festival Hall • CYM singers took part in a film soundtrack recording of La Guerre des Boutons at Abbey Road Studios, conducted by ex-CYM student Harriet Syndercombe-Court (now studying at the Guildhall School). Singers were also invited back by the Disney Corporation to Abbey Road Studios to record the new song for their 20th Anniversary spectacular Disney Dreams for Disneyland Paris, and five CYM singers recorded the Evian Water advert for television. • The Stagecraft Class performed A Dinner Party for John Cage’s 100th by the American composer and friend of John Cage, Stephen Montague, in the Blue Bar in the Royal Festival Hall, as part of the South Bank Nucleo Weekend. CYM chamber groups also performed at the same weekend. Also at the Royal Festival Hall, string quartets, cello ensemble, wind quintet, brass ensembles, piano chamber ensembles and jazz ensemble performed at the Sounds Venezuela event. • CYM choirs sang in the Royal Festival Hall’s Jubilation concert in May, performing George Benjamin’s work of the same name, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, also marking the start of the Cultural Olympics.

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What They Say “I was blown away by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s new intake…an extraordinarily ambitious programme…the Stravinsky stood comparison with many a performance I’ve heard by seasoned professionals.” The Stage blog, October 2011, on Guildhall Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with Adrian Leaper

“Once again the Guildhall School Opera Course comes up trumps… especially in such an excellent production as Harry Fehr’s, the wonder is that the opera isn’t more often seen. This gem of a production is populated by some great singing actors. There are three more performances – don’t miss!” Classical Source, November 2011, on Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor

“Straightaway, I must write that Harry Fehr’s direction and the talent of singers from the Guildhall School Opera Course…combined to give me one of the most entertaining evenings of opera I have been at for many years. [The production] puts into the shade many offerings by some larger state-funded organisations and other smaller opera companies...” Seen and Heard, November 2011, on Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor

“This was one of the most polished efforts I have seen at the Guildhall School, with some truly remarkable singers and an orchestra which was on exceptionally fine form…the star of the show, and by an immense margin, was the Frau Fluth of Sky Ingram…with a voice which could do anything Nicolai wanted…surely she will appear with a major company as soon as she graduates. The first [performance] was packed and the reception was rightly rapturous.” The Spectator, November 2011, on Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor

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“Guildhall fielded a cast of promising singers who can also act. Sky Ingram…has a compelling stage presence, great looks and a versatile soprano voice….Barnaby Rea demonstrated deft comic timing and good vocal control as Falstaff… names to watch. These conservatoire productions are not just a chance for young professionals to face an audience. They offer educational pleasure for all.” The Observer, November 2011, on Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor

“This was probably the most ambitious production mounted by the Guildhall School Opera Course, and done with great flair. The finale was a triumph. Ingram went for it with a will, her full-on comic acting and extravagant athleticism not getting in the way of her big, characterful soprano and some agile coloratura.” Opera, December 2011, on Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor

“A triumph…a hugely successful collaborative evening, but it is impossible not to give special mention to a double limelight-grabbing role for Becca Toft on clean-as-a-whistle high baroque trumpet and exhilarating mains-powered soul vocals.” London Jazz, December 2011, on the Guildhall Jazz Choir’s performance of Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

“James Kreiling, a student pianist from the Guildhall, gave a wonderfully dramatic performance of Harvey’s memorial piece for Oliver Messiaen. He placed the bell-like chords exactly in alignment with their electronic alter-egos…and built to a thrilling finish.” Daily Telegraph, January 2012, on BBC Total Immersion: Jonathan Harvey

“Ashley Fripp…impressed from the off with his gentle, extemporised way with the F sharp minor prelude. His sensitive touch and dynamic variance paid many dividends during this complete presentation of Opus 23… the concluding Prelude was ideally serene and intimate – as if Fripp were playing in his study for a few friends.” Classical Source, February 2012, on Guildhall Artists at the Barbican (Rachmaninov)

“It could have been a step too far for the Guildhall’s opera department to take their production out of their own theatre and into the wide expanses of the Barbican’s main stage. That Martin Lloyd-Evans’s production filled the space confidently and a strong ensemble cast looked assured is a testament to the talent of the Barbican’s student neighbours. Clive Timms…has plenty to be proud of after 22 years in situ.” The Times, March 2012, on A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“Tart, smart Second World War production…played with vivacity by an excellent student orchestra, and sung by the freshest and loveliest young voices.” The Independent on Sunday, March 2012, on A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“Perhaps with the exception of one singer, any of the first night’s cast could walk onto any of the world’s famed opera houses to deliver their roles. Indeed, some of these singers could be regarded as role models in their parts.” Musical Criticism, March 2012, on A Midsummer Night’s Dream

What They Say

“The simple, haunting designs and seamless direction of a large, multitasking cast set the seal on this moving portrait of a very English artist. If you love life, you’ll love this. Highly recommended.” Classical Source, April 2012, on A Soldier and a Maker

“Richard Goulding, a Guildhall alumnus, did a marvellous, moving job as Gurney…the many smaller roles…were played with great fluency and demonstrated the surfeit of talent at the Guildhall School.”

“..The Guildhall performance was flawless, exactly the kind of thing it should do.” The Spectator, June 2012, on Our Town

“Stephen Medcalf’s beautifully judged Guildhall production…could all be too sentimental and too cosily American, but, in fact, it’s charming and rather touching…in what is such a consistently fine company achievement, it’s almost invidious to pick out individuals.”


“…A stimulating and rewarding mix, which Poll brought off with unstinting focus and commitment. He has these works in his psyche and at his fingertips…indeed, he was singularly impressive and over the course of two hours ensured that he is a musician now to follow. Poll is already a very complete artist: a credit to himself and the Guildhall School. He seems on the cusp of a notable career.” Classical Source, June 2012, on Mikhel Poll’s Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize winner’s recital

The Guardian, June 2012, on Our Town

Opera, June 2012, on A Soldier and a Maker

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Guildhall School of Music & Drama • Annual Report 2011/2012

Teaching & Learning In May 2012 the Guildhall School was rated top of the specialist institutions league table in The Guardian’s University Guide 2013. The School achieved a perfect 100 ‘average teaching score’ according to The Guardian’s rating formula, putting it at the top of the table above all other UK conservatoires. In the subject league tables, the School came highest in Music with a Guardian rating of 100 and second highest in Drama (combined with dance in the tables), with a score of 98.2 – the highest-rated drama school in the table.

Programmes At the start of the academic year, the School enrolled 803 students on to the following programmes:

Drama BA (Hons) in Acting MA in Acting MA in Training Actors (voice) or (movement) BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre Arts BA (Hons) in Stage Management & Technical Theatre

Music BMus (Hons) Guildhall Artist Masters programme (Parts 1 and 2) MA in Music Therapy Advanced Certificate MPhil/DMus

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This saw the last cohort of students on the BA in Stage Management & Technical Theatre programme and the first cohort on the newly expanded MPhil/DMus programme encompassing both composition and performance. During the year, the new postgraduate Artist Diploma programme was validated for entry September 2012. This full-time post-Master’s diploma route provides a framework for advanced development for the emerging professional musician. Two new Principal Study specialisms were also approved for entry in 2013; an Early Instruments route for undergraduate students, and an Orchestral Artistry specialism offered in association with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) as part of the Guildhall Artist Masters programme. The latter will place students alongside LSO players, international artists/conductors and Guildhall School professors in a context akin to a professional environment. The aim is to produce fully rounded, excellent musicians who have acquired the skills, knowledge and capabilities to become part of the 21st century orchestra.

Teaching & Learning


Student feedback on teaching & learning • National Student Survey (NSS) 2012: participation of final year undergraduate students increased slightly to 80% (compared with 79% in 2011) and was significantly above the sector average (67%). Overall satisfaction with the quality of the programmes was the highest in the sector at 95%.

• Whole School Survey: 2012 was the third year of the whole School survey, combining programme and module evaluations for all programmes and years with a general survey of student satisfaction with facilities and services. Participation increased to 49% of the student body and satisfaction with the quality of the teaching matching the high score in the NSS.

Whole School Survey 2012: Overall I was satisfied with the quality of teaching on this programme % agreed 2012

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BA Technical Theatre


BA Acting/MA Acting


MA Training Actors


Guildhall Artist Masters


MA Music Therapy




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... the clarity of information regarding fees & other payments


... the courtesy & efficiency of front desk staff when room booking


... the service provided by the Cafe Bar


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Guildhall School of Music & Drama • Annual Report 2011/2012

Teaching & Learning (cont’d) Junior Guildhall Following the completion of the String Curriculum, the 2011/12 academic year saw it being introduced to teaching staff through INSET sessions and being integrated into the teaching and reporting procedures. The curriculum was developed as part of Junior Guildhall’s plans to raise standards on the String Training Programme. There has since been noticeable evidence that this is working; in particular, the fact that all six students who applied for the Music Course from the String Training Programme for entry in September 2012 were successful. Future plans now include developing a curriculum for harp and guitar. Junior Guildhall composer and Musical Awareness teacher Michael Christie wrote and compiled a resource which supports all elements of the Musical Awareness syllabus including detailed information on musical history and stylistic analysis, theory, listening extracts and student worksheets. During the academic year 2011/12 Musical Awareness staff were introduced to the resource, trained in accessing and using it via Moodle and are integrating it into their teaching. Future plans include working on student access to the resource.

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Centre for Young Musicians Curriculum development in CYM in 2011/12 included the addition of Folk Music, Westminster Ensembles (beginner’s whole class instrumental learning) as a new partnership venture, and a new Summer School part funded by the Department for Education was held at St. Saviours and St. Olaves School in July.

Teaching & Learning / Milton Court


Milton Court Following the appointment in July 2010 of Sir Robert McAlpine to construct the Guildhall School’s new facilities, Milton Court has risen rapidly from the ground and remains on track to be completed during the spring of 2013. At the end of July 2012, the construction project was at week 109 of the 141-week programme. There were nearly 800 workmen on site every day, with this set to rise to around 1,000 over the following months. Externally the building was virtually complete and all but one of the cranes had been removed. Internally, all structural work was in place and fit-out had started in earnest. In the Concert Hall the sapele joinery to walls and floors had commenced, and the stage lifts were being installed. In the main Theatre, winches for the state-of-the-art powered flying system had been installed in the fly tower grid. The oak joinery was under way, and installation of the specialist sound and lighting systems had started. The principal dressing rooms were being fitted with their final decorations, and final finishes to walls and ceilings in the main rehearsal

and teaching rooms were well advanced. Installation of the glazing in the central atrium had started. Mechanical and electrical work was progressing rapidly. The vast air handling units for the main performance spaces were all in place, and miles of power and data cables were starting to snake their way around the building. Detailed design refinements continued to take place as the fit-out progressed, led by the Arts Team, part of the architects Renton Howard Wood Levin LLP. When complete, the building will provide the School with new world-class performance and teaching spaces including: • a 608-seat Concert Hall • a 227-seat Theatre • a Studio Theatre • three major rehearsal rooms • TV studio suite • Associated technical and administration spaces

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Staff Successes Head of Voice in the Drama department Patsy Rodenburg was selected to appear on BBC Radio 4’s eponymous show Desert Island Discs in March, choosing eight records, one book and one luxury item in conversation with Kirsty Young. Neil Alexander, Deputy Sound & IT Supervisor/Lecturer, was awarded Best Sound Designer at the 2012 Off West End Awards (Offies) for his work on Snake in the Grass at The Print Room.

Clive Timms’s retirement party

The E17 Jazz Collective, founded by saxophonist and Professor of Contemporary Jazz Carlos Lopez-Real and also featuring Vocal Professor Brigitte Beraha, won the Arts and Culture award in the third Waltham Forest ‘Love your borough’ awards, which draws attention to community groups doing good work in the borough.

Julian Philips

Head of Composition Julian Philips heard his work Sweet Love Remembered, a piece for baritone and string quartet, performed by Gerald Finley and a quartet from the Berlin Philharmonic in Berlin; and his work Sea and Stars premiered at Cadogan Hall by the Ealing Choral Society. In other news, a television programme Gareth Goes to Glyndebourne, featuring Gareth Malone conducting Julian’s opera Knight Crew, won an International Emmy for best arts programming at the ceremony in the US in November. Professor of Composition and Composer in Residence Julian Anderson won two prizes at the British Composer Awards: the Orchestral Award for Fantasias and the Liturgical Award for Bell Mass.

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Carlos Lopez-Real

Member of the Board of Governors Alderman David Wootton was elected Lord Mayor of the City of London for 2011-2012, and took up his position in November.

Senior staff changes Dominic Wheeler joined as Head of Opera, replacing Clive Timms who retired at the end of the spring term 2012 after 22 years at the School. Dominic has a wealth of experience conducting at both conservatoires and with major opera companies, and was most recently Vocal Repertoire coach at the Royal Academy of Music. The retirement of Clive Timms was marked with a party in April, featuring performances by a number of former Opera Course students, many now major names on the world stage. Clive will continue to conduct performances both at the School and elsewhere. Among professorial staff changes, Professor of Violin Jack Glickman’s retirement was noted for his forty years of service at the School. He was formerly leader of the London Mozart Players and the English Sinfonia and was also a Guildhall School alumnus. Colleague and violin professor Pauline Scott also retired after 22 years at the School. Chris Wheal joined the Technical Theatre department as Head of Performance Venues, leading the team looking after performance venues across the School’s campus. Chris previously worked for the Barbican Centre as Head of Technical, Business Events. Gareth Higgins joined the School as Head of Drama Administration. He previously worked for BPP University College as Deputy Registrar, and has also written and directed for the stage.

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Research and Knowledge Exchange Highlights in the Research and Knowledge Exchange Department included: • Launch of the School’s full doctoral programme with both DMus and PhD routes, and development of a five year strategy to build the doctoral cohort • The Reflective Conservatoire Conference: Performing at the Heart of Knowledge attracted 244 delegates from 26 countries with keynote presentations from Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Professor Richard Sennett, Christian Burgess and Sean Gregory • Two more focused strands of research activity launched: Words becoming Music led by Pamela Lidiard and The Creative Stage led by Julian Philips and Christian Burgess • Publication of the School’s second research digest brochure (see Appendix 2) • Publication of new work, including a revised production of Iain Burnside’s Unknown Doors; world premiere of Julian Anderson’s The Discovery of Heaven for orchestra by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder at the Royal Festival Hall; completion of Patsy Rodenburg’s 8 disc DVD Patsy Rodenburg brings you Shakespeare in the present; Paul Roberts’ volume on Ravel Reflections; Jacqueline Ross’ recordings of Schubert works for violin and fortepiano are released by Naxos; journal articles from new researchers including Gail Brand in the Jazz and Music Therapy department • Launch of Working Together – an enquiry into creative collaborative learning across the Barbican-Guildhall Campus: a piece of research commissioned by the Barbican Centre and Guildhall School which examines the place of ‘creative collaborative learning’ across the Campus • Development of a Code of Practice for the Research Assessment Exercise 2014 and a call to all staff for outputs to include in the School’s submission in 2012/13 • Launch of a website for the Innovative Conservatoire project

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Research and Knowledge Exchange (continued) Research Partnerships included: The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE) TCCE (Formerly LCACE) is committed to promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise by providing a vital network between Higher Education, business and the cultural and creative sectors across London to mutual benefit. The School continued to work in partnership on a number of ResearchWorks events including the Reflective Conservatoire Conference and TCCE playing a core part of the AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub, Creative London. The School is one of the founding members.

Innovative Conservatoire The Innovative Conservatoire, an international network of Conservatoire teachers worldwide led by the Guildhall School met twice during 2011/12 at Dartington Hall, Devon, going from strength to strength with the launch of a new logo and website to showcase the work of the network, including film footage, project resources, details of the members and forthcoming seminars: www.

Institute of Education, London University The collaborative research team completed the Masterclasses project, funded by Palatine, investigating the structure and impact of different types and formats of masterclasses. Findings were published in December 2011, and are being used to inform the structure and preparation of students for masterclasses across the disciplines.

Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP) The School was involved in two phases of data collection for John Rink’s project, Creative learning and “original” music performance project. Helena Gaunt was appointed as an Associate of CMPCP and Jacqueline Ross appointed as Visiting Fellow where her research was centred on late eighteenthand early nineteenth-century violin techniques and performance practice.

Institute of Musical Research (IMR) Planning for future collaborations began during this period including a conference celebrating Oliver Knussen’s 60th birthday in November 2012 programmed to complement the Barbican and BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion: Oliver Knussen at 60.

Funded research applications made: • Joint music bid to the AHRC Block Grant Partnership 2 scheme – Round 1 (successful). Outcome of round 2 to be announced; • AHRC bid A study of the effects of music making on musicians health and well-being led by Aaron Williamon, Royal College of Music, and including Helen Reid as a Co-Investigator. If successful, the project will be the largest research initiative of its kind worldwide. (Outcome tbc – £9,704.41); • Leverhulme – Graham Johnson Schubert publication (Successful: 7k).

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Research & Knowledge Exchange / Creative Learning


Creative Learning The School’s joint Creative Learning division with the Barbican Centre has given students exceptional opportunities to work with world class artists, to develop the portfolio of skills required of artists in the 21st century, and to work in communities, schools and other settings across East London. Creative Learning works with all undergraduate students both within and outside of the curriculum, and leads the Masters in Leadership and Undergraduate modules in Performance Matters, Professional Studies and electives encompassing cross arts and community projects. Over the year the work of the Creative Learning division has reached over 35,000 people as participants and audiences. Highlights of an extraordinary year have included: Barbican International Associate Residencies

Dialogue – Urban Stories Weekender

During New York Philharmonic’s Barbican residency in February 2012 the Orchestra’s musicians worked with the leaders of Creative Learning ensemble Future Band and Leadership students on a project combining New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers programme with the creative ensemble approach of Future Band. Performances took place during a Come and Play Event in the Barbican’s Foyers which also provided 2,000 visitors with the opportunity to try instruments, compose and perform.

In the Spring term 16 Leadership and four elective students took part in Dialogue – a large scale community festival. Over six weeks the students worked with a number of community organisations leading to performances at the Barbican Weekender in March. The festival included student-led performances with John Scurr (60 children) and Bangabandhu Primary (60 children) schools in Tower Hamlets, Morpeth secondary school (50 young people), four weeks of workshops with two reception classes from Prior Weston School (60 children) and Barbican nursery (30 children and their parents), seven theatre workshops in the Pit with mothers and toddlers (40 families per workshop) following the Rawums performances in the Pit, Sanctuary of Voices Refugee Choir (20 refugees), and Gateway Housing Association (10 elderly people who took part in the workshops and 50 who took part in a final performance).

In July 2012 Jazz at Lincoln Center’s second Barbican Residency included masterclasses with undergraduate jazz students, who performed in Soho’s Spice of Life with Wynton Marsalis as a special guest. The UK’s second Essentially Ellington Festival brought eleven youth big bands from across the country to the Barbican for performances and masterclasses with the visiting musicians and the School’s Jazz Faculty. Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra’s residency included pocket performances in East London Schools and hospitals, as well as public masterclasses for students, exploring the unique soundworld of one of Europe’s oldest orchestras.

Masters in Leadership Leadership students undertook an exchange with Palestinian musicians and teachers from Beit Al Musica based in Israel. Students worked together to share skills, and worked and performed in schools and communities in both London and Israel. Students also undertook a placement in the Gambia, working in schools and communities.

Hofesh Schecter – Survivor Hofesh Schecter’s collaboration with artist Antony Gormley was a highlight of the Barbican’s 2012 theatre season. Joining Schecter’s ensemble under the musical directorship of the School’s Nell Catchpole were a group of Guildhall students and graduates, while over 100 members of Creative Learning’s Drumworks programme performed in key sequences of this new work.

Map/Making – Onsite Building on its origins as part of the School’s Masters in Leadership course, in February the MAP/Making collective of graduates and emerging artists presented On Site, a major site-specific performance in the Barbican’s disused Exhibition Halls. The piece responded to themes from the Barbican’s Art Gallery Exhibition OMA:Progress

Cultural Olympiad Programme The School’s Creative Learning work received a number of showcases during the Barbican’s contributions to the London 2012 celebrations. Young Musicians guested with the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s BT River of Music performance at the Tower of London, Future Band and DrumWorks performed at Shoreditch Festival, and Gillett Square in Hackney and on the eve of the Olympics the East London Creative Jazz Orchestra performed during the Torch Relay, on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.

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Guildhall School of Music & Drama • Annual Report 2011/2012

Development The Guildhall School is immensely grateful to all its supporters for their generosity during the 2011/12 academic year. In the academic year 2011-12 funds raised directly or through the School’s two linked charities, the Guildhall School Trust and Guildhall School Development Fund, totalled £936,000 in cash received and a further £1.1million in pledges for future years. By the end of the year, the total secured for the Campaign for Milton Court reached £6.1million with significant major donations and pledges received from Investec, Dunard Fund, John Lyon’s Charity, The Atkin Foundation, John S Cohen Foundation, and The Bernard Sunley Foundation. At the beginning of the academic year, the School launched the City Livery Companies Bar appeal as part of the Campaign with a specially-commissioned video. Over 35 companies gave or pledged their support to the appeal to celebrate the School’s historic link with the Livery Companies and the City of London. Preparations were also made for the School’s ‘Take Your Seat’ appeal, enabling donors to name seats in the new Concert Hall and Theatre at Milton Court, in advance of its official launch in September 2012.

As in previous years, donations to the annual Scholarships Fund enabled the School to continue providing financial assistance to more than one in three of its 900 students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. A significant boost for the Acting Department came in the form of the Josephine Hart Scholarships and Prizes in memory of the late Lady Saatchi, an alumna of the School and a passionate advocate for poetry. The awards were supported by M&C Saatchi on behalf of Lord Saatchi and the final round of the prize was held at the British Library in June as part of the Josephine Hart Poetry Hour. Other new major donations to the Scholarships Fund came from the Actuaries’ Company and the Laurence Atwell Charity of the Skinners’ Company. The Scholarships Fund was also the beneficiary of a number of legacies from the estates of the late Annie Kiff-Wood, Richard Squires and Beryl Norris.

Evenings and the Gold Medal Dinner held earlier in the year go towards supporting students through the Scholarships Fund.

Due to popular demand, the School extended its annual Summer Gala to two evenings in July 2012 which enabled 600 people to attend a pre-performance dinner in the Barbican Centre Garden Room and Conservatory before a performance of Chaplin in the Silk Street Theatre. All of the profits from the Summer Gala

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In May 2012, the Guildhall School was one of three higher education institutions to receive a Matched Funding Award from CASE Europe for the most outstanding fundraising results in 2010/11, the third and final year of the government-backed matched funding scheme for voluntary giving. The awards were given to institutions that improved and sustained fundraising performance and increased donors, secured new funds and grew cash income. The award was accepted on behalf of the School by the Principal and Head of Development in front of an invited audience which included Principals, Vice Chancellors, senior development staff and the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts.

Major supporters 2011/12 The Ashley Family Foundation

The Goldsmiths’ Company

Dr John & Mrs Jo Padfield

The Atkin Foundation

Pauline & Peter Halliday

The Behrens Foundation

Michael & Mercedes Hoffman

M&C Saatchi (Josephine Hart Scholarships and Prize)

The Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants

Professor Barry Ife CBE & Dr Trudi Darby

The Skinners’ Company


City Bridge Trust

The estate of the late Annie Kiff-Wood

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

The John S Cohen Foundation

The Leathersellers’ Company

The Drapers’ Company

The Leverhulme Trust

Dunard Fund


Serena M Fenwick

John Lyon’s Charity

The Fishmongers’ Company

The Mercers’ Company

The Girdlers’ Company

Music Students’ Hostel Trust

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The Tallow Chandlers’ Company The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers and Tobacco Blenders The Vandervell Foundation The Wolfson Foundation Mr & Mrs Peter and Corinne Young

Student Profile

Student Profile



2011 Enrolment UNDERGRADUATE

Male 49.2%


Total (FTE)

BA in Acting


BA in Stage Management & Technical Theatre/ Technical Theatre Arts



379 Total

Female 50.8%



Declared disability 15.8%



Total (FTE)

MA in Acting (full-time) new for 2009/10


MA in Training Actors (part-time)


Guildhall Artist Masters extended programme (PG Cert Year all pathways) (full-time only)

All other ethnicities 10.9% Information refused 1.5%


Guildhall Artist Masters Part 1 Performance (full or part-time)


Guildhall Artist Masters Part 1 Composition (full or part-time)


Guildhall Artist Masters Part 1 Leadership (full-time from 2010/11)


Guildhall Artist Masters Part 2 (full-time all pathways)


MA in Music Therapy (full-time)


MPhil/DMus in Composition


MPhil/DMus in Performance new for 2011/12


White 88.7%

POSTGRADUATE Gender Male 47.5% Female 52.5%


MMA/DMA full-time*

6 Total

211.5 Declared disability 6.5%

*MMA/DMA students are registered at City University but are taught in the School

Qualifications awarded (as at 31 January 2013) Qualifications Awarded

Ethnicity 2010/11

Bachelor’s Degrees


Master’s Degrees


PG Diplomas Total

All other ethnicities 17.6% Information refused 1.5% White 80.9%

4 250

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Guildhall School of Music & Drama • Annual Report 2011/2012

Guildhall Young Artists Junior Guildhall School

Student Cohort 2011 Music Course


String Training Programme


Drama Course


Total Student Body


Home Educated 5% Maintained Schools 53.6% Private Schools 39.1%



Male 43.2%

White British 69.6%

Female 56.8%

All other ethnicities 27%

Centre for Young Musicians


Student Cohort 2010 headcount

Independent 16%


State 84%



Male 45%

White British 36%

Female 55%

All other ethnicities 64%

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Student Profile / Financials



Year Ended 31 July 2011



Funding Council Grants



Academic fees and education contracts



Research grants and contracts
















Other Operating Income Total Income

Expenditure Staff Costs Other operating expenses Total Expenditure

Deficit on continuing operations after depreciation of tangible fixed assets at valuation and tax

Income 2011/12

City of London Funding 31% Funding Council 25% Other earned income 10% Tuition Fee and Education Contracts 34%

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Guildhall School of Music & Drama • Annual Report 2011/2012

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Guildhall School Annual Report 2011/12  

The Annual Report of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for 2011/12

Guildhall School Annual Report 2011/12  

The Annual Report of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for 2011/12