Guildhall School Annual Report 2017-18

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Annual Report 2017/18

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Welcome Welcome to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Annual Report 2017/18. Guildhall’s mission is to be a conservatoire for the 21st century, empowering artists to realise their full potential as distinctive artistic citizens who enrich the lives of others and make a positive impact in the world. Being part of the Guildhall community is not just about spending time in a studio, lecture hall or on stage. It’s also about the positive change we make in the world around us – whether student, professor, alumnus or administrator – and how we strive for a better future. That’s why we’ve set ourselves ambitious strategic objectives. In this report we will demonstrate just some of the things we have done towards these objectives over the past academic year. For our full Reports and Financial Statements see

About Guildhall

Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of young musicians, actors and production artists in the heart of the City of London. Rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework and ranked as the UK’s top conservatoire in the Guardian University Guide 2019 for Music, the School is a global leader of creative and professional practice which promotes innovation, experiment and research, with over 1,000 students in higher education, drawn from nearly 60 countries around the world. The School is also the UK’s leading provider of specialist arts training at the under-18 level with nearly 2,500 students in Junior Guildhall and the Centre for Young Musicians.

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Content Our objectives


Our impact


Leading cultural change Supporting professional development Helping young people find their voice Inspiring responsible artistic citizens World-class artists World-leading staff Strengthening partnerships Distinctive higher education programmes A strong financial model Innovating in our use of technology Building on an international community Ensuring there are no barriers

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Performance Highlights


Drama 35 Opera 36 Music and events 38 Information 42

Financials 43 Student profiles 44 Who’s who 46

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Our objectives

Higher education

Our wider impact

We will deliver distinctive higher education programmes which enable our artists to be world-class; virtuosi in their field; adaptable, purposeful and responsible artistic citizens in society.

We will lead positive cultural change which impacts on society, our industry and the wider world through professional development, research and knowledge exchange, and public engagement.

Our partnerships

We will strengthen our unique bonds with the Barbican Centre and the City of London, and establish a creative destination in Culture Mile. Young people

We will refocus our outstanding and widereaching Guildhall Young Artists programme which helps young people find their creative voice.


We will ensure an evolving and sustainable institution through the acquisition and retention of world-leading staff, future-focused learning and teaching spaces and resources and fit-for-purpose services, underpinned by a strong financial model.

In addition, three initiatives cut across all of our objectives: Digital

We will contribute to the future of the arts and creative industries through new technology and digital learning and engagement. International

We will lead and partner on activity which builds an internationally engaged, diverse and globally relevant community. Widening Participation

We value the diversity of cultures at Guildhall and we believe in the power and duty of arts to transform lives and society. We are committed to building a community that reflects the society in which we live.

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Leading cultural change which impacts on society

New faces Three appointments were made in 2018 that signal the School’s commitment to diversity and continual self-reflection. Canadian composer Cassandra Miller was appointed Associate Head of Composition. Her works have been performed internationally, and her teaching philosophy prioritises inclusivity and diversity. Orla O’Loughlin was appointed Vice Principal & Director of Drama, from January 2019. O’Loughlin, formerly Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, is a leading director and theatre practitioner with a strong record in higher education. She has committed to reinvigorating the acting curriculum to ensure that actors are prepared for a rapidly evolving performing arts industry.

“I feel sure Cassandra will bring new energies and expertise to Guildhall’s lively composing community. We will also be working together closely to advance diversity and inclusiveness in composition at Guildhall School”

Mezzo-soprano Samantha Malk took up the new role of Deputy Head of Vocal Studies. Malk has spent much of her career in the US, guiding singers at conservatoire and young artist programme level, many of whom have gone on to gain significant work. Her appointment strengthens the support for student vocal development, career guidance and wellbeing.

Cassandra Miller

Samantha Malk

Julian Philips, Head of Composition

“By appointing Orla, Guildhall is not only gaining a world-class theatre practitioner but also an expert in nurturing new dramatic writing, generating crossdisciplinary work and developing playwrights, directors and actors. This is an exciting step as we look to diversify our drama programme offer” Lynne Williams, Principal

Orla O’Loughlin

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Research students (up from 54 in 2016/17)


Research activity Two areas are gaining greater focus within our research community – the social impact of the performing arts, and arts and health. Social impact of performing arts •


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Doctorates include those in applied theatre techniques for teachers, and the ethics of representation in costume design A new studentship explores audience engagement Na’ama Zisser, Composer-inResidence on the Guildhall Royal Opera House studentship had her opera Mamzer Bastard staged at Hackney Empire, featuring Hassidic music in an opera for the first time

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number of performing arts businesses that Creative Entrepreneurs has supported since it launched in 2013

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The Research & Enterprise department was rebranded as Guildhall Innovation and now focuses on three strands of activity: • Research – inspiring critical-thinking PhD graduates and high-quality, impactful research • Enterprise – developing cuttingedge enterprise activity that enables creative entrepreneurship and supports the creative economy • Knowledge exchange – expanding the sharing of ideas and expertise

Creative Entrepreneurs Guildhall’s twelve-month part-time business-training programme, which launched in 2013, continues to offer aspiring entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools and resources to succeed with their ideas.

Finding a Voice workshops continued Five businesses were accepted on the as part of a study tracking the impact scheme for 2017/18: on 20 non-singers of being given • Opera company HERA champions singing lessons, which began in 2016 the work of women composers, and culminates in a conference in conductors, writers, performers, July 2019 choreographers and technicians Guildhall hosted the National Arts • HYPE create theatrical experiences in Health Conference and Showcase that combine the arts and technology of Arts Enterprise with a Social • Get Go Culture is a personalised online Enterprise (AESOP) service that handpicks event tickets Hosted the national conference of the • Music Generation is a social enterprise British Association for Music Therapy based in Australia committed to the Presented a symposium exploring accessibility of music and education ‘Aesthetic methodologies in health • Wind-Up Penguin Theatre Company care and medicine’ brings music theatre productions to the most disadvantaged and remote areas of the developing world HYPE secured £4,000 in funding and Get Go Culture won £2,000 at the Creative Entrepreneurs Awards 2017/18, having pitched their ideas to a panel of business experts as the culmination of the programme. For the first time, this year Guildhall Creative Entrepreneurs collaborated with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning to offer participants of their Young Creatives programme an opportunity to pitch for funding, with production company LAMBB winning £2,000 to invest in the development of their business, which creates and curates content aimed at redefining images of people of colour in the media.

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Chi-chi Nwanoku spoke at the Reflective Conservatoire Conference

delegates from 22 countries heard 110 speakers discussing strategies for the future of music education at the fifth Reflective Conservatoire Conference in February 2018

“I am delighted that diverse contributions have firmly established exciting opportunities for music and theatre practitioners in society and have underlined the urgency of some immediate challenges” Professor Helena Gaunt, Vice-Principal & Director of Guildhall Innovation ( – 2018)

Delegates brainstormed artistic citizenry

Reflecting on education

Socially engaged

In February 2018 Guildhall hosted the fifth Reflective Conservatoire Conference, focusing on Artists as Citizens. Topics included: Social responsibility, the artist and the student; Embracing multicultural perspectives; International collaboration on innovation in conservatoire learning and teaching; The innovative conservatoire; Re-inventing the music professional; and Inclusive approaches to opera and music theatre.

A new studentship in socially engaged music practices was created in 2018 in association with the Social Impact of Music Making. Its two new students are researching a UK-based project with sex workers and socially engaged music practice in Columbia, respectively.

Future librettists In April, Guildhall Innovation Funding was secured for the development of the Librettists’ Network, established by Ruth Mariner (Opera-Making & Writing 2015), Stephen Plaice, Writerin-Residence, and Julian Philips, Head of Composition, as a new learning initiative and advocacy body for creative writers working in contemporary opera. The funding will allow the network to establish its own website, develop learning resources, programme events and work with opera companies to identify diverse new writing talent.

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Supporting professional development


of students in work, due to start work or in further study six months after graduation*

Working group

Industry connections

A new Employability Working Group was set up in July 2018 to bring together module leaders across all departments to bring innovative professional development ideas into the School curriculum.

This year’s Production Arts graduates exhibition was attended by around 100 industry professionals. Many graduates moved directly into work, including at English National Opera, Nottingham Playhouse, Matilda in the West End, Wexford Festival and the Albany Theatre.

What’s Next? The first issue of What’s Next was distributed to all graduands, offering advice, inspiration and psychological support for navigating the first year after graduation.


Continuing Professional Development Supporting artists, teachers and practitioners in their professional development, Guildhall offers short courses in specialised industry skills and career development. In 2017/18, these included The Female Actor, Mindfulness for Performers, Creative Entrepreneurs and Coaching & Mentoring.

– the employment rate for our Production Arts graduates


of around 10,000 active alumni work in the performing arts

Featured graduates

What’s Next?

Top tips for life after Guildhall Lewis Daniel, Jazz Saxophone


players in the London Symphony Orchestra trained at Guildhall

(8 principals)


players in the Philharmonia

(4 principals)


players in the BBC Symphony Orchestra (3 principals)

* Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016/17

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What’s Next?

Daniel de Souza, French Horn

James Garner, Composition

Alex Knox, Acting

Matthew Rainsford, Trumpet

Katie Macdonald, Flute

Seth Scott Deuchar, Electronic Music

Rebekah Carpio, Clarinet

Elisabeth Swedlund, Vocal Studies

Rory Beaton, Theatre Technology

Joshua Chapman, Vocal Studies

Rachael Bull, Cello

Ben LloydHughes, Acting

Vahan Salorian, Composition

Maddie Cutter, Cello

“So, what’s next?” It’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves once we’ve (finally) left education. What’s the correct response? Well, you’ve got a few options:

even appear in it yourself in the future. There are lots of ways you can get involved in our alumni community so visit for further information.

a) Laugh in the face of the future b) Console yourself with your in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of being a freelancer c) Sing about your hopes and dreams from the rooftops d) Break down in a heap sobbing ‘I HAVE NO IDEA’

Guildhall graduates are a huge community within the performing arts industry, and a powerful network. We hope that the transferable skills you have gained during your time at the School will allow you to contribute to this network and use your creativity in the world of the performing arts or beyond.

There is another option however: to read this guide.

You can get in touch with the Alumni Relations department using the email address below. We’re always happy to promote a project, appointment, or award, or support you in any way we can. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for Guildhall news, offers and opportunities. We hope you enjoy reading this booklet and that you find it helpful. Please drop us a line if you have any thoughts or feedback. All the best,

We’re not going to try and tell you what your career will hold because each will be unique, however we do hope to help you ask yourself the right questions as you take the next steps. Questions like “Is it true that tax doesn’t have to be taxing?”, “Who can help me build a great CV?”, “Where can I get more letters after my name?”. We’ve spoken to the real experts — people who have left Guildhall in the last few years, and asked them about their career experiences (good and bad). Their interviews have been abridged for this booklet, but you can see their full profiles on the ‘Alumni’ section of the School website, and we’ll be adding to the list with more of our graduates in the future.

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Employability Coordinator Gregory Wilkinson

Alumni Relations Manager

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What’s Next – offering practical advice for Guildhall graduates

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Helping young people find their creative voice

Children played alongside adults in Junior Guildhall’s Big Gig

Guildhall is the UK’s leading provider of specialist music training to under-18s, with nearly 2,500 students in Junior Guildhall and in its Centres for Young Musicians. In 2017/18 Guildhall undertook a comprehensive review of its under-18 offer, encompassing Junior Guildhall, Centres for Young Musicians both in London and in UK regions, the Creative Learning programme in association with the Barbican Centre and Short Courses for children and young people. The results of this review are currently being fed into a strategy for 2018/19.

tickets to Guildhall events sold through Young Barbican, a scheme which gives 14–25 year olds discounted access to arts

As part of Barbican’s OpenFest in March 2018, Junior Guildhall hosted the Big Gig, a free music workshop for people of all ages and abilities, with young children playing alongside adults. Junior Guildhall also held an open orchestral rehearsal of Tchaikovksy and Rachmaninov, and Junior Guildhall Kindergarten ran family workshops on Kodály and Rhythmics.

Youth Manifesto

In May 2018, 42 young creatives from “Junior Guildhall has been around the world agreed a 14-point an inspiration in shaping manifesto for changing the arts world me as a musician, with as part of a Barbican Guildhall Creative the support and guidance Learning Project, launched at an open rehearsal in the Barbican Hall with of the teachers and the conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Tuning variety of ensembles into Change: A Youth Manifesto called always at exceptional on governments to take the pressure off standards. I have gained education targets to focus on wellbeing and creativity, and to make the arts a a truly rewarding and fundamental part of the classroom memorable experience and curriculum. amongst friends and the staff of brilliant musicians” “Tuning into Change is proof that, regardless of our age, Emily Noithip, Junior Guildhall student we as young people are just as capable of generating Salzburg record and executing ideas to change the world. We call Junior Guildhall violinist Leia Zhu on you to join our movement became the youngest musician to because together we can perform in the Salzburg Festival after being selected to perform in the prizecreate a change greater winning concert of the Mozarteum than any one individual.” International Summer Academy masterclasses, one of nine selected out from 915 participants.


Big Gig

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Tuning into Change: A Youth Manifesto

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Bringing sunshine

Inspiring responsible artistic citizens Wind-Up Penguins

Changing the world

“I am so lucky to have studied at Guildhall. Now as a professional opera and jazz singer I am passing on my knowledge and looking after the next generation of musicians” Guildhall alumnus

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Guildhall students and alumni have taken their artistic missions across the world this year. These are just some of the projects: • In the Summer of 2017, the Wind-Up Penguins, including Guildhall students and alumni, brought their toy-themed music theatre show and workshops to over 3,000 children in refugee settlements in the Bekaa valley, Syria. • Through a new partnership with Action around Bethlehem Children with Disabilities, recent graduate Sophie Williams (Music Therapy 2017) delivered a project in outreach centres in Bethlehem for people with disabilities, in September 2017. • Cyprus Chamber Orchestra, which brings together Turkish and Greek Cypriot musicians to promote peace in Cyprus, co-founded in 2016 by violinist Nihat Agdac (Orchestral Artistry 2015), performed at United by Music, alongside the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, as part of Pafos2017. • As part of young people’s theatre company Oily Cart, Katherine Vernez Gray (Acting 1998) toured the UK with Kubla Khan – an adaptation of Coleridge’s work for children and young people who are deafblind. • The Giving Voice Society, which was co-founded in 2009 by Patricia Rozario (Vocal Studies 1979) to create performance opportunities for Indian musicians, gave three intensive workshops in vocal technique. • The ABC of Opera, founded by Mark Llewelyn Evans (Opera Studies 1994), gave workshops around the UK to school children aged 11 to 14, bringing history, geography and social context to a fun exploration of opera.

Music, Memory and Me, a project through which musicians on the Guildhall School’s Leadership programme brought music and song to older hospital patients, won Best Collaborative Arts Project (Performance) at Building Better Healthcare Awards in November 2017.

“It brings sunlight to the afternoon. I feel happy and alive” Hospital patient involved with Music, Memory and Me

Singing Our Lives In July 2018, Singing Our Lives brought together choirs of refugees, migrants and local communities in a ground-breaking initiative to explore the experience of refugees and migrants in the UK through music. Workshops were facilitated by Mike Roberts (Head of Electronic Music & Music Technology) and delivered with the support of Guildhall School Electronic Music musicians, with over 200 musicians involved.

Changing Dialogue Fifty Guildhall School students and 200 community members came together in this year’s Changing Dialogue festival, celebrating the diversity and creative talent of East London, as part of the Guildhall and Barbican’s joint Creative Learning division, which gives people of all ages and backgrounds access to world-class arts. The four-day project culminated in live performances, workshops and a finale showcase at Chats Palace, Hackney, and The Broadway, Barking. The event featured The Messengers, a band made up of Guildhall musicians and people who seek support from St Mungo’s Homeless Charity.

Zara McFarlane

Music Therapy

Change Makers

In Spring, the department hosted the British Association of Music Therapists international conference at Guildhall, attended by more than 400 delegates and with an opening address by the Principal. The entire music therapy team and some alumni attended and gave papers.

Jazz vocalist and alumna Zara McFarlane returned to her own school, Sydney Russell School – one of the largest in Britain – to perform to 200 pupils and give a talk and Q&A, as part of Barbican Creative Learning’s Change Makers residency in the school.

Elsewhere, Donald Wetherick, Clinical Tutor in Music Therapy, led a national PhD symposium for music therapists.

Garden Party

The Music Therapy outreach programme continued to develop with a new contract with Charterhouse alms-houses providing a placement for a music therapy trainee. Nick Richards, MA student, has been working with young people who have been excluded from mainstream school and a generous donation made by The Fishmongers Company in September 2017 ensured that the programme will continue for two further years. In March, Irene Pujol Torres, Music Therapy graduate and PhD student, started running The Music Therapy group at the Womens’ Therapy Centre for socially isolated and economically disadvantaged women. Film footage of the music therapy group at St Luke’s Community Centre, part of their provision for the over-55s, was shown as part of Smithfield 150 anniversary festival.

Processions: celebrating votes for women

In 2017 Walthamstow Garden Party attracted over 30,000 people across the weekend, involving over 70 local arts organisations, businesses and community groups and more than 460 young people. The event, featuring Guildhall students, represents Barbican and London Borough of Waltham Forest’s commitment to emerging professionals and young people in Waltham Forest.

From the Queen Several members of the Guildhall community were recognised for their service to music, culture and education in the Queen’s Birthday and New Year’s Honours for 2018: Thomas Adès (Composition 1989 and Fellow) and actress Julia McKenzie were awarded CBEs. Debbie Wiseman (Composition 1984 and Fellow) and mezzo-soprano Alice Coote (Vocal Studies 1989) were awarded OBEs.

Emma Windle (2017 graduate) gained a full-time research position in the music Violinist Anthony Marwood (Violin therapy team at East London Foundation 1987), vocalist–composer Cleveland Health Trust. Watkiss (Jazz Voice 1988) and Vivienne Littlechild, Chairman of the Board of Governors at the Guildhall School, were Celebrating Suffrage made MBE. Students and professors of the Wind, Brass and Percussion department celebrated 100 years of votes for women in June, as part of Processions, a 75-player all-female brass and percussion ensemble, which performed works by female composers in Parliament Square and during the march from Trafalgar Square. The ensemble’s age range was 10-70 and it included players from Centre for Young Musicians and Junior and Senior Guildhall, as well as professional, community and conservatoire musicians from across the UK. Our impact | 15

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Student Successes Vocal and Opera

Ema Nikolovska (MMus Vocal Studies) won first prize and audience prize at the Maureen Lehane competition in the Wigmore Hall.

Michelle Alexander (Artist Diploma Opera Studies) won audience prize, President’s Prize and second overall prize in the Wagner Society’s Singing Competition.

William Thomas (MMus Vocal Studies) won first prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards as well as the John Christie Award.

Erika Baikoff (MMus Vocal Studies) won the Founders’ Prize in the Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition.


Benson Wilson (MMus Opera Studies) won the Joan Sutherland and Richard Soprano Lucy Anderson (Advanced Bonynge bel canto foundation award Certificate Opera Studies) was invited to the Scottish Opera as an Emerging Artist. plus audience prize.

Harriet Burns (MPerf Vocal Studies) won the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform and recorded Brahms songs for Volume 8 of Hyperion Records’ complete Brahms Song series, with Guildhall Piano Accompaniment professor Graham Johnson. Manon Gleizes (BMus Vocal Studies) won first prize with the highest distinction at the Les Clefs D’Or contest as well as being selected as a 2018/19 scholar of the Drake Calleja Trust. Carmen Artaza Insausti (MMus Opera

Studies) won the audience prize, young talent and first prizes at the Luis Mariano Competition. Lauren Lodge-Campbell (Vocal Studies fellow) was named winner of Le Jardin Des Voix, Les Arts Florissants’ Baroque academy for young singers. Sofia Marafona (MPerf Vocal Studies) won second prize in the Prémio Jovens Músicos Competition, voice category. Mirjam Mesak (MPerf Vocal Studies) and Caspar Singh (BMus Vocal Studies) were

Ryan Drucker (MPerf Piano) won first prize in the Piano Section of 2018 Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists. Ashley Fripp (DMus Piano) released his

first CD, of Adès and Bach. Michael Pandya (Artist Diploma Piano Accompaniment) won the accompanist’s prizes at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. Dylan Perez (Artist Diploma Piano Accompaniment) won the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. Michael Sikich (MPerf Piano) performed in a Cadogan Hall lunchtime BBC Prom with soprano Wallis Giunta, earning a four-star Guardian review. Ming Xie (MMus Piano) won the Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize, awarded annually to a Guildhall student, and made his Wigmore Hall debut on 27 June. He also won the Gawan Award, worth $10,000 and a recital in the Seoul Arts Centre.

selected for the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich) Opera Studio for the 2018/19 season. Jake Muffett (Advanced Certificate

Opera Studies) was invited on the National Opera Studio Young Artist intensive nine-month programme. James Newby (MPerf Vocal Studies)

was named in June as a BBC New Generation young artist for 2018-20, following his role debut in the summer as the Count in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Neville Holt Opera.

Lucy Anderson

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Ming Xie

Joon Yoon

Chamber Music


The Accendo Quartet won first prize at the CAVATINA Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition in June, competing against eight quartets from music colleges and conservatoires around the UK.

Elin Samuel (MMus Harp) won the place as harpist for the Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra Academy and Festival.

Strings Callie Brennan (MPerf Violin) was

awarded first prize in the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra concerto competition.

Guildhall Prizes

Music Gold Medal: pianist Joon Yoon Acting Gold Medal: Mhairi Gayer Technical Theatre Gold Medal: Samantha Agnew Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize: pianist Ming Xie Junior Guildhall Lutine Prize: violinist Sofía Gómez Alberto

Yuriko Matsuda (BMus Violin) was

selected as leader and assistant tutor for the LSSO April concert in the Barbican. Violinist Lyrit Milgram (MPerf Orchestral Artistry) played with LSO, ECO and Royal Northern Sinfonia, and was invited to the Lucerne Festival Academy, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), and SchleswigHolstein Orchestra Academy. Violinist Patrycja Mynarska (MMus Violin) won trials with RPO, BBC NOW and WNO. Violinist Arisa Nemoto (MPerf Orchestral Artistry) was selected for the Tiroler Festspiele Erl Orchestra Academy. Cellist Yoanna Prodanova (MPerf Cello) was selected for masterclasses with Ralph Kirshbaum at IMS Prussia Cove and toured with the Barbican Quartet. Bassist Lewis Reid (MMus Orchestral Artistry) won auditions for deputy work with the Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony and BBC Symphony, and successfully auditioned for Britten– Pears Young Artists programme and Glyndebourne Touring Orchestra. Cellist Jacky Siu (MPerf Orchestral Artistry) and double bassist Mario Torres Valdivieso (MPerf Orchestral Artistry) completed their term in the LSO String Scheme; Mario successfully won a trial for a position with the LPO.

Helena Ricci (BMus Harp) was selected as harpist for Santander Orchestra Academy. Lise Vandersmissen (MMus Harp) was selected for the London Sinfonietta Academy. Composition Clare Elton (MPerf Composition) was

accepted on the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik scheme, following on from other recent Guildhall composers on the scheme including Alexander Tay (DMus Composition), James Hoyle (DMus Composition) and Donghoon Shin (Composition 2016). Acting

Final year actors who went on to prestigious roles: Nick Armfield starred in Imperium with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Zach Wyatt acted in You and I at the Hampstead Theatre, opposite Maisie Williams. Rory Francis was awarded the Michael Bryant Award 2018, following the final, held at the National Theatre in June. Production Arts Benjamin Cook (BA Technical Theatre Arts) won the Stage Management Association Student of the Year Award and became Deputy Stage Manager at English National Opera.

Tamaki Sugimoto (BMus Cello) won North London Festival’s D’Addario String Prize 2018 and the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust Award 2018-19.

Cellist Gabrielle Yuen (MMus Cello) was invited to be principal cellist of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

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The Memory of Water (2018)

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Lily James (Acting 2010), star of Mamma Mia, Baby Driver and Darkest Hour, returned to the School in June for a Q&A with acting students. She discussed the benefits of having been to Guildhall and the work and persistence involved in landing acting roles as well as reminiscing about her time as a student. “With Guildhall, there’s a generosity and a bravery that people are aware of and appreciate” Lily James

Alumni Successes Music Catherine Backhouse (Vocal Studies 2006) became a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist for 2017/8.

Andrew Robb (Jazz Double bass 2012) won Album of the Year at the Scottish Jazz Awards as part of the Alan Benzie Trio, as well as the 2018 European Society of Bassists award. Robert Scarmadella (Piano 2004) became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

Bojan Čičić (Violin 2006) was appointed leader of the Academy of Ancient Music. Sara Deborah Struntz-Timossi (Violin 2014) won the Premio 2017 for Jessica Dandy (Vocal Studies 2015) won Baroque violin. the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. Alex Wide (Horn 2013) was appointed Matt Dickinson (Percussion 1996) was co-principal horn of Britten Sinfonia. appointed percussionist for Phantom of Raymond Yui (Composition 2014) was the Opera. nominated for an RPS Music Award for Shabaka Hutchings (Clarinet 2007) was Large-Scale Composition. shortlisted for the 2018 Mercury Prize. Margo Arsane (Opera Studies, 2017) Alessandro Fisher (Vocal Studies was invited on the National Opera 2013) was named BBC Radio 3 New Studio Young Artist intensive nineGeneration Artist for 2018–2020. month programme. Luis Gomes (Vocal Studies 2010; Opera Drama Course 2012) was joint winner of both the Zarzuela and audience prizes at Alumni Ewan McGregor (Acting 1992), Placido Domingo’s Operalia competition. Alfred Molina (Acting 1975) and David Johannes Kammler (Vocal Studies

Thewlis (Acting 1984) were among

2015) was a finalist in Operalia 2018.

nominees for the Golden Globes 2018.

Helena Kay (Jazz Saxophone 2016) won the Peter Whittingham Award.

Tom Glynn-Carney (Acting 2016) won

Ausias Garrigos Morant (Clarinet 2014) was appointed principal bass clarinet at Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Jocelyn Pook (Viola 1982) won a

BAFTA for Original Music for King Charles III, for which Dario Marianelli (Composition 1994) was also nominated.

the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017’s Emerging Talent Award for his performance in The Ferryman, and Luke Thallon (Acting 2017) was nominated for an Emerging Talent Award. Nikesh Patel (Acting 2010) won Best Actor at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2018, with David Kirkbride (Acting 2009) also among award winners, for Rathband: A Digital Tragedy (Best Online/Podcast Only), and nominations for alumni Paapa Essiedu (Acting 2012), Kate Phillips (Acting 2014) and Julia McKenzie. Jean Rogers (Acting 1961) was awarded

the Women’s Gold Badge by the Trades Union Congress. Edwin Thomas (Acting 2012) starred opposite Rupert Everett in film of The Happy Prince. Akpore Uzoh (Acting 2016) won the Alfred Fagon Audience Award for his one-man play ADITL ‘A Day in the Life’, which explored the justice system.

Lily James returned to the School

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Alfred Molina (Acting 1975) visited the School in July to receive his Fellowship. The awardwinning actor and star of films including Magnolia, Boogie Nights, and Frida spoke to finalyear acting students and watched a rehearsal for Fiddler on the Roof.

British Composer Awards Philip Venables (Guildhall School of

Music & Drama and Royal Opera House Doctoral Composer-in-Residence 2016) won the Stage Works category for 4.48 Psychosis. Several alumni were nominated: • • •

Leo Chadburn (Recorder 2001) in the Choral category for Affix Stamp Here Tansy Davies (Composition 1998) in the Orchestral category for Forest tuart MacRae (Composition 1997) S in the Solo or Duo category for Piano Sonata No 2

Jazz FM Awards At the Jazz FM Awards 2018, held in April in Shoreditch Town Hall, Zara McFarlane (Jazz 2008) was named Jazz Vocalist of the Year for the second time and Shabaka Hutchings (Clarinet 2007) won the award for Jazz Innovation of the Year. Guildhall Jazz Vocal Professor Liane Carroll was also nominated for Jazz Vocalist of the Year. Alfred Molina visited the School

Repetiteur achievements This was an excellent year for Guildhall repetiteurs, both student and alumni, with awards announced in 2017/18 for a host of programmes: there are currently no high-level trainee repetiteurships in the UK that are not occupied by a recent Guildhall alumnus (Royal Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera Holland Park). •

Edmund Whitehead (Guildhall Artists Fellowship Conducting) and Patrick Milne (Piano Accompaniment 2017)

join the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artist programme as conductors/repetiteurs for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons rika Gundesen (Guildhall Artists E Fellowship Repetiteur) followed her National Opera Studio Young Artist appointment to join Scottish Opera as an Emerging Artist repetiteur ichael Papadopoulos (Guildhall M Artists Fellowship Repetiteur) was named among the 2018/19 National Opera Studio Young Artists, as well as one of the 2018 Young Artists at Opera Holland Park aleria Racco (Guildhall Artists V Fellowship Repetiteur) was announced

as a trainee repetiteur at English National Opera Nathan Harris (MPerf Repetiteur) was appointed to International Opera Studio at the Zürich Opera House for the 2018/19 season elène Favre-Bulle (Advanced H Certificate Repetiteur) was invited to Komische Oper Studio in Berlin for 2018/19

Guildhall at the BBC Proms Many Guildhall artists appeared at this year’s Proms, one of the world’s leading music festivals: •

Mark Armstrong (Jazz 1995)

Richard Balcombe (Piano/Violin 1976)


conductor •

Jules Buckley (Composition 2004)

conductor •

Francesca Chiejina (Vocal Studies

2016) soprano • •

Nicholas Daniel (Professor) oboe Tansy Davis (Composition 1998)

composer •

Bushra El-Turk (Composition 2005)

composer •

Mahan Esfahani (Professor)

harpsichord • • •

Paapa Essiedu (Acting 2012) narrator Ben Gernon (Tuba 2012) conductor Benjamin Hulett (Opera Studies 2003)


Paul Lewis (Piano 1994) piano Sally Matthews (Opera 2000) soprano Jennifer Pike (Violin 2007) violin Sir Simon Rattle (Artist-in-Association)

Ashley Riches (Vocal Studies 2011)

James Rose (Piano 2014, Professor)

• • •




David Shipley (Opera 2015) bass Michael Sikich (MPerf Piano

Mark Simpson (Composition 2012)

Anna Stéphany (Vocal Studies 2005)

Joby Talbot (Composition 1995)

Philip Venables (Doctoral Composer-

Accompaniment) piano clarinet

mezzo-soprano composer

in-Residence 2016) composer

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Olivier Awards The list of Olivier Awards and nominations demonstrates how integral Guildhall graduates are to the London theatre world. •

Honorands at Graduation Day 2017

he National Theatre’s production T of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, which featured soprano Alison Langer (Opera 2013), was nominated for ten awards Guildhall alumni Alex Durrell (Technical Theatre 2013), Matthew Hoy (Technical Theatre 2013) and Emma Livingstone (Technical Theatre 2011) all worked on Hamilton, which won seven awards

Shirley Henderson (Acting 1986) won Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic Roderick Williams (Opera 1995) Graduation Day 2017 was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Opera On Friday 3 November, more than 800 The Exterminating Angel, the new graduands, honorands, guests and prizeopera by Thomas Adès (Composition winners came together to celebrate 1989) at Royal Opera House, was graduation. nominated as Best New Opera Production New Fellows included: The B*easts, written by and starring • Professor of Bassoon Meyrick Monica Dolan (Acting 1992) Alexander was nominated for Outstanding • Alumnus and Co-Chairman of Achievement in Affiliate Theatre Working Title Films Eric Fellner CBE category, as was Neil Anthony (Technical Theatre 1980) Docking’s The Revlon Girl, directed by • Alumnus and composer Dario Maxine Evans (Acting 1991) Marianelli (Composition 1994) Award-winning The Ferryman, • Head of Junior Guildhall and by Jez Butterworth, which starred Safeguarding Lead for the School Tom Glynn-Carney (Acting 2016) Alison Mears in its original cast and subsequently alumni Terence Keeley (Acting 2009) • Professor of Piano Noriko Ogawa and Dean Ashton (Acting 2002), was New Honorary Fellows nominated for eight awards and won of the School included: three Sarah Burgess’s new comedy Dry • Soprano Barbara Hannigan Powder, which starred alumna Hayley • Former Director of the Edinburgh Atwell (Acting 2005) was nominated International Festival Sir Brian for Best New Comedy McMaster CBE • Principal of the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague Henk van der Meulen • Principal of the Norwegian Academy of Music Peter Tornquist • BBC Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo was presented with his Honorary Fellowship in front of the BBC Symphony Orchestra on the Barbican Hall stage in October 2017

The School’s Gold Medals went to Josep-Ramon Olivé Soler (Music), Steffan Cennydd (Acting), Oscar Selfridge (Technical Theatre)

Prizes were also awarded to Timothy Crawford (Lord Mayor’s Prize), Oscar Selfridge (Lady Mayoress’ Prize), William Newell and Lana RakeLasmane (Sheriff’s Prizes), John Findon (Chairman’s Prize), Lucie Fletcher (Principal’s Prize), and William Thomas (Lutine Prize, Junior Guildhall). 22 | Our impact

World-leading staff

John Harle

Staff achievements

New professors

Julian Anderson was honoured by a

Professorships were conferred on John Harle (Visiting Professor of Saxophone, Wind, Brass and Percussion department), Stephen Plaice (Writer-in-Residence, Composition department), Richard Bissill (Wind, Brass and Percussion department) and Yvonne Kenny (Vocal department), in April 2018. In order to be considered, applicants were required to demonstrate a national and international standing in their discipline.

Total Immersion festival devoted to his music, involving BBC Symphony Orchestra, Barbican and Guildhall students. Laurence Crane, Professor of

Composition, was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists, one of UK’s largest awards for composers. He was also nominated for a British Composer Award in the Small Chamber category for Omloop Het Ives. Professor John Sloboda was awarded

Jane Booth

“This award recognises Professor Sloboda’s eminent career in academia and the relevance of his research, an important part of the Guildhall School’s diverse work exploring and enabling connections between musicians/artistic practitioners and society”

an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List for services to psychology and music, and a SEMPRE Lifetime Achievement Award for his research on cognitive psychology and music. Programme leader Nell Catchpole’s Untouchable, co-composed with choreographer Hofesh Shechter, was performed by the Royal Ballet and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in November 2017.

Staff support Following a successful pilot in 2017, administrative staff at Guildhall were offered a Mentoring-Coaching course, to help foster leadership, communication and interpersonal skills as well as personal growth, in support of the organisation’s culture.

Volume 1 of Ensemble DeNOTE’s CD series of Mozart Chamber Music, featuring Jane Booth, Head of Historical Performance, received a four star review from Sir Nicholas Kenyon in The Guardian’s Classical listings in December 2018.

Helena Gaunt, Vice Principal & Director of Guildhall Innovation (– 2018) Our impact | 23

Strengthening partnerships

Culture Mile The School continues to be an important partner within Culture Mile, which brings together the Barbican Centre, London Symphony Orchestra, Museum of London and City of London Corporation, to develop a major destination for culture, creativity and learning in the Square Mile. OpenFest

In March 2018, the partner organisations of Culture Mile organised OpenFest. As part of Guildhall’s contributions, doctoral students ran free workshops and Junior Guildhall took part in Big Gig, a free workshop where anyone had the chance to play or sing with an orchestra – regardless of age or experience – supported by Junior Guildhall staff.

London Symphony Orchestra Guildhall’s partnership with LSO has continued to develop and to offer both inspiration and practical professional experience. This is Rattle, the London Symphony Orchestra’s concert series marking Sir Simon Rattle’s arrival as Music Director of the LSO and Artistin-Association with the Guildhall School and the Barbican in September 2017, was nominated for a Royal

Philharmonic Society Music Award 2018. The series featured Guildhall musicians in a concert curated by alumnus Thomas Adès, conducted by composition professor Richard Baker. Guildhall musicians also joined the LSO on stage in Trafalgar Square for an LSO On Track concert conducted by Rattle. Other events have included nine LSO Platforms, offering students the chance to perform in the Barbican Hall; LSO Discovery: On Track at 10; Inside Out; and an Orchestral Mastery Masterclass with François-Xavier Roth.

Barbican Centre As part of Guildhall’s relationship with the Barbican Centre, students had access to a film music masterclass with Stephen Endelman, a piano masterclass with Milton Court Artistin-Residence Jeremy Denk, masterclasses with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a live interview with Jonas Kauffman. Guildhall also contributed to Barbican’s Phantoms of the Opera weekend, celebrating on-screen adaptations of the story with a symposium, postgraduate musicians improvising accompaniments and a screening of the 1925 version with music from the Electronic Music department.

Sir Simon Rattle conducted Guildhall, LSO and LSO On Track players in Trafalgar Square

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work of Leonard Bernstein, Julian Anderson and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Wigmore Hall: the iconic venue hosted

the Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize, which was won by pianist Ming Xie this year, as well as a Side by Side for Guildhall musicians with The Prince Consort, and Voiceworks, a collaboration between poets, composers, singers and instrumentalists from Guildhall. City of London: as part of its Londinium Festival, exploring London’s Roman past, the City of London hosted Hallucinatio, a virtual reality experience designed by Guildhall video artists, and Blood Rite, a digitally animated outdoor dance show. At Tower Bridge, Guildhall video design artists created an immersive light and sound installation in Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chamber using digital technology to transform one of London’s most iconic structures.


Royal Opera House Guildhall’s collaboration with Royal Opera has offered many exciting opportunities: both 4.48 Psychosis by Philip Venables and Mamzer Bastard by Na’ama Zisser came about as the result of Doctoral Composer-in-Residence at Guildhall. Opera Makers presented three new operas written by composers and librettists on the MA in Opera Making and Writing programme, delivered in association with the Royal Opera House.

Philharmonia: Guildhall singers joined the chorus and orchestra for Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder under Esa-Pekka Salonen Academy of Ancient Music:

Musicians from Guildhall’s Historical Performance department had the experience of working side-by-side with the orchestra.

Further collaborations •

Centre for Music

“Brilliantly performed by musicians from Guildhall School of Music & Drama” Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph, on Total Immersion: Leonard Bernstein, featuring Guildhall students

The School continued to work with Barbican Centre, London Symphony Orchestra and the City Corporation to prepare the business case for a new Centre for Music within Culture Mile. The Centre would be a dynamic forward-looking facility connecting performance, research, discovery and learning. The School’s contribution centres around performance, digital dissemination and an Institute for Social Impact.

Other partners throughout the year included: BBC Symphony Orchestra: Total Immersion concerts focused on the

In December 2017, Guildhall School hosted the meeting of École des Écoles, a European network set up in 2006 to support pedagogical and artistic exchange among European theatre schools. Eighteen representatives from nine institutions and nine countries met for a two-day mask workshop focusing on how to play when teaching As a result of joining a network of other academic institutions – named techn¯e after the Greek term for craft – Guildhall and Culture Mile partners were awarded five years’ funding for Doctoral Training Partnerships by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Following a successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Laying the Foundations will archive important collections from the Barbican and Guildhall, and enable wider engagement with the historic records of both institutions

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Distinctive higher education programmes

In 2018, Guildhall was ranked the UK’s top conservatoire in the 2019 Guardian University Guide for Music and came third of all higher education institutions for Music. The table reflects various aspects of the student experience and employability. Guildhall was also awarded Gold status in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework in 2018.

National Student Survey


satisfaction in the quality of of the Acting Course in the National Student Survey


The annual National Student Survey gathers anonymous feedback from final year students, with both quantitative and qualitative questions. Results included:

100% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course – Acting


84% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course – BA Technical Theatre Arts

Jazz enrolments continued to rise – from 120 in 2016/17 to 137 in 2017/18, as a result of the strategic decision to increase numbers and remodel the course, broadening the reach of jazz in the coming years and offering access to more diverse communities.


94.7% satisfaction in the quality of teaching for the whole School, with 100% satisfaction scores from PG Cert, Music Therapy, Artist Diploma, BA Acting Studies.

Teaching Excellence The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) measures the performance of higher education providers in student satisfaction, continuation and employment outcomes. The Panel picked out the following specific strengths: • •

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The department established a new public masterclass series, with two presentations at Milton Court on Logic Pro X, hosted by Guildhall professor Jono Buchanan with the participation of Guildhall musicians, and uploaded to YouTube.

81% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course – whole School

Whole School Survey

“The Panel noted that progression to highly skilled employment or further study is outstanding and that student satisfaction with academic support is exceptionally high and above the provider’s benchmark”

Electronic Music has widened its pathways this year to add Film Music, Sonic Arts, Game Audio, Popular Music, Production, Live Electronics and New Media. This has the potential to double the size of the cohort from 22 to 44.

The Electronic Music department also provided music for the Waddesdon Manor Imaginarium project with a 41 day run and an estimated audience of 120,000.

out of 100 – Guildhall’s score in the Guardian University Guide table

satisfaction in the quality of teaching in the Whole School Survey

Electronic Music

• •

high contact hours and intensive one-to-one tuition the provision of a personalised learning experience a strong partnership with students via a range of formal and informal channels very high levels of student engagement with developments at the forefront of professional practice which contributes to outstanding employment outcomes outstanding physical and digital resources a strategic commitment to attract students from a diverse range of backgrounds

Production Arts In March 2018 the Technical Theatre department became a stand-alone faculty, separate to Drama, and in June it was re-named Production Arts, giving parity to the two departments and allowing each department room for growth. The Director of Production Arts, Ben Sumner, became a Vice Principal.

“I am confident that this new configuration will provide a future-proof structure that allows these two vibrant areas of our offer to thrive” Lynne Williams, Principal

Electronic Music established a new masterclass series

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A strong financial model

Planning for the future

New Short Courses

In September 2017, the Board of Governors approved Guildhall’s new five-year strategic plan, initially for the five-year period 2017–2022, accompanied by a business plan to ensure its success. To support Guildhall’s ambitions, departments were restructured and key senior appointments made.

Guildhall’s Short Courses offer was expanded, delivering more profit while also reaching more diverse audiences, as well as offering a channel to the School: for example, six students from the Composition course applied to BMus for 2018. New courses for 2018 included the Easter Music Course for 8- to 16-year-olds. With over 26 courses across the breadth of Guildhall disciplines, 550 people participated from 39 countries. A new five-year plan is in development for launch in 2019, aiming to grow this offer.

Jeremy Newton was appointed to the new role of Vice Principal & Director of Advancement. This new senior role plays a key role in delivering sustainable, longterm growth in the School’s philanthropic support and engagement, as well as seeking other forms of potential income and connections for Guildhall.

“This role will be vital in helping to deliver sustainable, long-term growth in a number of areas, including philanthropy and engagement, financial sustainability and international activity” Lynne Williams, Principal

The A Cappella Short Course

Guildhall Live Events Work on the School’s new business unit – Guildhall Live Events – continued, strengthened by the award of £150,000 from City of London’s Priorities Investment Pot to fund new technology. A new team was recruited, including staff from across the organisation as well as new expertise. This new arm is a development of the Video Projection Mapping team, which bridged Enterprise and Production Arts and delivered more than 25 projects over the past 5 years, with revenue growing year-by-year.

Ticket sales


ticketed events across Guildhall School venues

12,173 tickets bought

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Fundraising achievements

£2,287,463.02 total amount of pledges and gifts

£1.3 million amount raised for named scholarships (gifts of £5,000+) during the year


students received scholarships through named and general awards


of the student body received scholarships


number of new named scholarships in 2017/18

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Our Supporters

Multi-year pledges and donations from individuals, liveries, trusts and foundations totalled over £2.2 million and the School is particularly indebted to a number of individuals, trusts and foundations who have made multi-year pledges and donations.

The Guildhall School is grateful for the generous support of the following individuals, trusts and foundations, City livery companies and businesses, as well as those who wish to remain anonymous.

In particular we would like to thank The Leverhulme Trust, The Wolfson Foundation, The Amar-Franses & Foster-Jenkins Trust and The Norman Gee Foundation for their generosity and continued support. Supported projects included: •

How scholarships have helped our students: “Without the scholarship I received this year it wouldn’t only have been hard but actually impossible for me to continue and I’m so grateful to have received it. This last year has made me feel fully prepared for what I hope will be a very fruitful career in the future” “The scholarship I was given granted me the freedom of time and energy that I would not otherwise have had if I had to get a job in order to finance my education. I used these extra priceless resources afforded to me to fuel what was the core of my creative development this academic year”

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Enhanced chamber music provision: students received more contact hours with coaches, as well as with visiting groups Music, Memory and Me: Guildhall musicians led 17 sessions at the Royal Free Hospital, sharing songs and music with elderly patients to help improve their sense of belonging, memory and outlook Urswick School Project: Guildhall students worked with pupils of mixed musical ability to create a high-quality performance that expressed the pupils’ own musicianship Vocal Masterclass Series: guest musicians who coached students included Tobias Truniger, Karina Gauvin, Brenda Hurley and Gidon Saks Music Therapy placements

Fundraising events In May, 50 guests were welcomed to Take to the Stage, an exclusive evening including dinner and performances on the Milton Court Theatre stage at the School, with a three-course dinner interspersed with performances from Guildhall actors and singers. The School hosted two fundraising Summer Gala Evenings in July. Tickets for the reception cost £100 and guests watched Fiddler on the Roof after a twocourse dinner and drinks reception. 420 people attended the events.

Exceptional Giving (£100,000+)

The Leverhulme Trust Founding Corporate Partner

Eversheds Sutherland Leadership Giving (£25,000+)

The Amar-Franses & Foster-Jenkins Trust Norman Gee Foundation The Goldsmiths’ Company Hargreaves and Ball Trust The Leathersellers’ Company London Symphony Orchestra The late Mr Billy Newman The late Mr Colin Thomson The Wolfson Foundation Henry Wood Accommodation Trust The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers Peter and Corinne Young Major Benefactors (£10,000+)

Anonymous The Behrens Foundation The Boltini Trust Ms Elmira Darvarova The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust The Drapers’ Company Albert & Eugenie Frost Music Trust Dr Madeleine Gantley The Girdlers’ Company The Haberdashers’ Company The late Mrs Jean Jaffa The Sidney Perry Foundation The Stanley Picker Trust Mitzi Scott Rabinowitz M&C Saatchi and the Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation The late Mr Ken Sephton The South Square Trust Alderman Sir David Wootton & Lady Wootton The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers The Worshipful Company of Grocers The Worshipful Company of Innholders The Worshipful Company of Skinners The Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers

Innovating in our use of technology and digital learning

In 2018 Guildhall set up a new Digital Steering Group and drafted a new cross-school digital strategy that will embed technology in the way all departments work, and continue to drive development. The School restructured the IT department to create a shared facility with the Barbican Centre.

Marc Usher, Digital Marketing Manager

494K website visitors

27,834 total Twitter followers: 71% UK, 29% rest of the world

65.5% 4,876 470K 17,310 of total traffic came from the UK

Instagram followers: 64% UK, 36% rest of the world

“The most valuable hour of YouTubing I have spent in years. Such a straight to the point and comprehensive class giving me just the tools I have been searching for so long. Many, many thanks!� YouTube comment on the Logic Pro X masterclass

people watched YouTube masterclasses on Logic Pro X hosted by Guildhall professor Jono Buchanan and Guildhall musicians

YouTube subscribers

22,874 Facebook likes

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Building an internationally engaged, diverse and globally relevant community

Partners in China

Carnegie Hall

In the second year of the Performing Arts Skills Exchange (PASE) programme, Guildhall ran courses in Shanghai and Beijing in November 2017, and in Shanghai in June 2018, with participants coming from performing arts organisations across China. PASE is led by the Royal Opera House and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, working with Shanghai Grand Theatre Arts Group and Central Academy of Drama, Beijing, and the programme focuses on company, production and stage management, with £500,000 of Arts Council England funding across 2016–2019.

The School returned to the worldrenowned Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York in January, with students James Newby, Ionel Manciu and Jonathan Ferrucci presenting a recital of Bach, Beethoven, Poulenc and Rachmaninov, to great acclaim.

PASE has helped deepen understanding of the Chinese performing arts market and current policies and procedures in China, as well as creating connections and conversations with participants all over China.


countries were represented in the student body


Twelve Chinese students came to London in 2017/18 as part of Guildhall’s four-year BA Acting Studies programme. Through this dual degree course, which started in 2016, Chinese students spend their first year at the Central Academy of Drama, Beijing, and come to Guildhall for their second and third years, returning to Beijing for their fourth year. The programme combines Eastern and Western actor training and theatre traditions.

Auditions The School continued to connect with international students by offering auditions in locations in New York, Taipei, Hong Kong and Seoul, with a marketing campaign designed to reach prospective students across the entire region.

Student intake The top non-UK countries of origin for the new intake (with greatest first) are: Undergraduates

United States, Portugal, Bulgaria, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, France, Sweden, South Africa, Czech Republic Postgraduates

Italy, United States, Spain, France, Australia, Portugal, Poland, New Zealand, Japan, Canada

of the student body came from outside UK


came from outside EU (172), compared with 14.7% in 2016/17


applications for all Guildhall courses came from 94 countries, from Argentina and Armenia to Vietnam and Zimbabwe


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James Newby, Ionel Manciu and Jonathan Ferrucci

Ensuring there are no barriers to deter talented students

Open Door

Diversity School Initiative

As a result of Guildhall’s relationship with Open Door, seven students enrolled on undergraduate Drama programmes in September 2017. Open Door sets out to find promising actors between the ages of 18 and 25 who may not have the resources to apply to the UK’s leading drama schools.

Guildhall signed a three-year partnership with the Diversity School Initiative in March, one of five drama schools to do so. The non-profit campaign organisation was set up to address under-representation and diversity in UK drama schools, and is providing workshops to staff and students, a mentoring and networking scheme for students, and outreach activities into schools and colleges, as well as sharing knowledge and auditing progress on diversity.

Going East The Drama department ran 30 workshops with youth groups in East London, with the aim of breaking down preconceptions about drama training. Guildhall also partnered with Theatre Royal Stratford East to deliver an acting course for young people aged 17–24 in East London, offering them the chance to develop acting techniques, with a view to full-time drama training at Guildhall and other drama schools, a possibility that might previously have seemed remote.

“Drama school no longer feels like an intangible, intimidating thing but something that, with hard work, drive and talent, could be very achievable” Yasmin, Cohort 1


application fee waivers for 2019 entry across all undergraduate programmes

£2m in scholarships


bursaries between £3,000 and £5,000

National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO)

“There is a strong will throughout the School for our students, staff and curriculum to reflect the people living in our society, and for our culture to be sensitive to the lived experience of all” Christian Burgess, Vice-Principal and Director of Drama (– 2018)

Inclusive music Guildhall and Barbican hosted the launch of National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO), the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra. The orchestra will be made up of disabled people aged between 11 and 25 who have a passion for music and the potential to play an acoustic or electronic instrument as part of an ensemble. With a vision of an inclusive orchestra, NOYO also invited applications from non-disabled young musicians.

“It is often said that music is the universal language, but unfortunately a great many disabled people are still left out of the conversation. We are overjoyed to be working with the Barbican and the Guildhall School to deliver the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra” National Open Youth Orchestra Chief Executive Barry Farrimond Our impact | 33

Performance Highlights


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“Cast and creatives have grasped the dramaturgical imperatives and done full justice to the author’s capacious and humane framework”

Whole Blue Sky, Face to the Wall and Fewer Emergencies


The Cherry Orchard

Paradise Lost


The Memory of Water

Colder than Here

Fiddler on the Roof

Tim Hochstrasser, LiveTheatreUK, on The Memory of Water

“This was a carefully considered revival, with plenty of talent on show” Tim Hochstrasser, LiveTheatreUK, on Colder than Here

“Strong in every department, Guildhall’s team never wavers from the highest standards” Jeremy Chapman, Musical Theatre Review, on Fiddler on the Roof

“The Guildhall School’s version of Fiddler on the Roof could well move straight to the West End without any difficulty. It really is that good” Michael Darvell, ClassicalSource, on Fiddler on the Roof

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“The Guildhall opera company can take pride in their production... The orchestra played with a vivid appreciation of the many twists and turns in style and language heard throughout” Edward Clark, Musical Opinion, on The Consul

The Consul

“Guildhall’s impressive, dozen-strong vocal ensemble, each having their spotlight moment, displayed plenty of talent, every word of the English text audible. All acted well, and danced smartly” Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, on The Consul

Les Dialogues des Carmélites “The orchestra... gets the full measure of Poulenc’s intriguing and enigmatic score, while from among the good cast several performances stand out” **** Sam Smith, MusicOMH, on Les Dialogues des Carmélites

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“All of the singing is geared towards furthering a narrative, with the emphasis being on each principal fitting in with an overarching concept as they often sing in trios, or even as part of a sextet. The emphasis is therefore on precision and blending, and the cast acquits itself extremely well” ****

Double bill: The Long Christmas Dinner and A Dinner Engagement

Sam Smith, MusicOMH, on the double bill

“Where else would we be able to enjoy intelligently produced, skilfully delivered performances of short operas which are all too seldom performed?” Claire Seymour, Opera Today, on the double bill

Mamzer Bastard – in association with Royal Opera House Composed by Na’ama Zisser, Composer-in-Residence at the Royal Opera House and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, 2013–2016

Produced by Royal Opera House and Guildhall School of Music & Drama at Hackney Empire

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Palmer, Carole Presland, Jacqueline Ross, Graham Sheen, Ursula Smith, Andrew Webster and Ian Wilson.

Music and events

Classical Music Visiting conductors included Vassily Sinaisky, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Roberto González-Monjas, Ben Gernon, James Johnstone and James Judd.

Jazz Showcase The Jazz Showcase featured Stan Sulzmann, Nikki Iles, Julian Siegel Quartet and Issie Barratt. Guildhall Jazz Orchestra also presented a Miles Davis feast featuring Marvin Stamm and Robbie Robson on trumpet. Guildhall first-year Jazz students took part in The Nightfly, a solo album by Donald Fagen, transcribed and arranged by Malcolm Edmonstone specially for their year group.

Chamber Music Festival The inaugural Chamber Music Festival brought together students and renowned performers from the chamber music faculty including Adrian Brendel, Levon Chilingirian, Nicholas Daniel, Endellion Quartet, Joy Farrall, Alec Frank-Gemmill, Louise Hopkins, Matthew Jones, Richard Lester, Krysia Osostowicz, Caroline

Distinguished musicians offering masterclasses included Richard Goode, Peter Frankl, Takács Quartet, Robert Levin, Susan Bullock, Yvonne Kenny, Francois-Xavier Roth, Ilya Itin, Stephen Endelman, Olivier Darbellay, Sa Chen, Kathryn Stott, Julius Drake, Jeremy Denk, Isabelle Perrin, Elmira Darvarova, Onyx Brass, Canadian Brass and musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Students were also involved in many performances with partner organisations. Guildhall musicians took part in the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion celebrations for Julian Anderson, EsaPekka Salonen and Leonard Bernstein. Students joined with the LSO and Simon Rattle in ten days of special events (‘This is Rattle’) and performed in eight preLSO concerts. Music students also worked with the Prince Consort and vocalists joined the Philharmonia Orchestra in a performance of Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder.

Guildhall musicians took part in the inaugural Chamber Music Festival

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“The directness of hearing vast experience right next to you, and all the tiny details of playing that make a performance work from the inside, gives an immediate boost to your playing and understanding” Postgraduate violinist Ionel Manciu describes the experience of performing alongside professors as part of the inaugural Chamber Music Festival

“I had a feeling I was listening to the Vienna Philharmonic on a good day... But that is what you achieve when you study at a world-class institution”

“The result was joy and exhilaration all the way” Richard Williams,, on The Nightfly, performed by first-year Guildhall jazz musicians

Edward Clark, Classical Source, reviews Guildhall Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adrian Leaper

Guildhall musicians perform at the inaugural Chamber Music Festival

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120,000 people experienced Waddesdon Imaginarium with lighting design by Guildhall artists

“It demonstrates one of the most brilliant elements of our course; that our university degree not only encompasses studying but also that the majority of our work is done on professional jobs” Amelia Kosminsky, Assistant Video Designer for Waddesdon Imaginarium, BA Video Design for Live Performance

Waddesdon Manor

Creative Learning

Alumni Recitals

The Curious festival took place at the Tate Exchange in Tate Modern, including performances and participative installations by Masters students. This was the first time that Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning had worked with Tate Exchange as an Associate.

Several alumni returned to the School to perform special recitals: • Guitar Spectacular featured the Jørgen Skogmo-Jens Franke duo, the Housden-Tarlton duo, George Tarlton and Isabel Martinez • The Flautadors • Clare Hammond • Alexandra Dariescu • Onyx Brass • Faculty Recital Series • Decoda • Stephan Loges and Eugene Asti • Paul Roberts

Video Design Video Design students delivered three major projects: a video projection in the Bascule Chamber of Tower Bridge; Hallucinato – a virtual reality experience in Leadenhall; and Waddesdon Imaginarium. More than one hundred students took part in a light and sound show at the historic Waddesdon Manor.

“It was brilliant to be able to get our heads out of the music and actually listen to everything else that was going on around us... something we should all do more often and apply to our classical playing” Millie Ashton, second-year violinist, on the experience of working in the new Guildhall Studio Orchestra, the first cross-genre conservatoire orchestra 40 | Performance highlights

Guildhall Studio Orchestra Guildhall Studio Orchestra launched in October 2017 as the first UK conservatoire orchestra to bring together students from across all faculties, in a genre-fluid, multi-disciplinary group that mirrors the diverse nature of professional orchestral work today. Their first concert featured special guest and alumnus Dave Arch, of Strictly Come Dancing fame, and Liane Carroll joined the ensemble for a second concert in January 2018.

The Flautadors

Guildhall Studio Orchestra


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HE tuition fees


Guildhall School Trust Scholarships




City of London contribution


Income generation and other activities


Guildhall Young Artists tuition fees


Total 2017/18


Total 2016/17




HE teaching and teaching departments


Academic services


Student support services


Central administration services


Income generating activities


Guildhall Young Artists activity and outreach


Premises and residential


Total 2017/18


Total 2016/17


Surplus 2017/18


Surplus 2016/17

2,253 Expenditure (£000)

Total: £32,987

Total: £31,657



Guildhall Young Artists activity and outreach

Premises and residential

1,585 Income generating activities


10,962 HE teaching and teaching departments

Central administration services

2,802 Guildhall Young Artists tuition fees

Student support services

4,290 Income generation and other activities


8,200 City of London contribution

Academic services

6,377 Grants

Guildhall School Trust Scholarships




Income (£000)

HE tuition fees


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Higher education student profile


Qualifications awarded for 2017/18 cycle

(as at January 2019) Bachelors degrees (including Ordinary degrees)


Masters degrees


Artist Diplomas


Total 2017/18


Total 2016/17


Undergraduate student cohort

Total (FTE)


BA in Acting


BA in Acting Studies


BA in Technical Theatre Arts


BA in Video Design for Live Performance




BA in Performance & Creative Enterprise


Total 2017/18


Total 2016/17


2017 new enrolment





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0.5% Information refused

19.3% BME

80.2% White

11.4% Declared

88.6% None

51.4% Male

0.4% Other

48% Female

Rise in BME undergraduate students since 2016

Postgraduate student cohort

Total (FTE)


MA in Acting


MA in Training Actors


MA in Collaborative Theatre Production & Design


Artist Diploma


Guildhall Artist Masters


MA in Music Therapy


MA in Opera Making & Writing




PGCert in Performance Teaching


Total 2017/18


Total 2016/17


2017 new enrolment

1.7% Information refused

18.6% BME

79.7% White


6.5% Declared

93.5% None

0.4% Other

49.4% Male


50.2% Female



Total (FTE)


Advanced Certificate





UG & PG Short-Term Programme


Total 2017/18


Total 2016/17


Fellows are students only in respect of their extra-mural tuition. Fellows are shown as headcount.


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Who’s who


Senior leadership

The Right Hon. The Lord Mayor


Chairman of the Board of Governors

Deputy John Bennett (Chairman until 18 April 2018 – Deputy Chairman from 24 May 2018)

Lynne Williams Vice Principal & Director of Music

Jonathan Vaughan Vice Principal & Director of Drama

Christian Burgess (until July 2018)

Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors

Vice Principal & Director of Academic Affairs

Vivienne Littlechild MBE (Deputy Chairman until 18 April 2018 – Chairman from 24 May 2018)

Professor Helena Gaunt (until July 2018)

Board members

Jeremy Newton

Vice Principal & Director of Advancement

Randall Anderson (from 18 April 2018)

Director of Acting

Sir Andrew Burns KCMG

Wyn Jones (until July 2018)

Deputy Michael Cassidy

Vice-Principal & Director of Production Arts

Deputy John Chapman

Ben Sumner

Felicity Chilton as President of the Students’ Union

Director of Learning & Engagement

Christina Coker OBE

Secretary & Dean of Students

Professor Geoffrey Crossick

Katharine Lewis

Stuart John Fraser CBE

Chief Operating & Financial Officer

Marianne Fredericks Shreela Ghosh

Sean Gregory

Sandeep Dwesar Director of Buildings & Operations

Jonathon Poyner

Alderman David Graves (until 18 April 2018)

Head of Junior Guildhall

Jo Hensel elected by the Academic Staff (until 19 February 2018)

Director of Centre for Young Musicians National Strategy

Gareth Higgins elected by Administrative Staff

Stephen Dagg

Alison Mears

Michael Hoffman Ann Holmes (from 18 April 2018) Jeremy Mayhew Graham Packham Alderman William Russell Jeremy Simons (until 18 April 2018) Andy Taylor elected by the Academic Staff (from 24 May 2018) Lynne Williams, as Principal of Guildhall School of Music & Drama

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Photo credits

Clive Barda, Morley Von Sternberg, Paul Cochrane, Robin Savage, Andrew Parker, Aly Wight, Justin Sutcliffe, Matthew Kaltenborn, Camilla Greenwell, Clive Totman, Doug Peters, Jamie Smith, Chris Christodoulou, Alastair Muir, Stephen Cummiskey, Matthew Ferguson, Gulcan Auckland

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