ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC - Key Persons


Alexander Ashworth

Job Titles:
  • Professor of Singing / Opera / Professor of Singing / View Page

Andrew Foster-Williams

Job Titles:
  • Fellow
Andrew Foster-Williams studied at and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, London

Andrew Norman

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music / Visiting Professor of Composition

Bent Sørensen

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music / Visiting Professor of Composition
Bent Sørensen received his musical education from Per Nørgård and Ib Nørholm, among others In the 1980s, he composed string quartets Alman (1984), Adieu (1986), Angels' Music (1988), and Schreie und Melancholie (1994), while the 1990s were dominated by large-scale orchestral and vocal works: a major voice piece The Echoing Garden (1992) for soloists, choir and orchestra, violin concerto Sterbende Gärten (1993), Symphony (1996) and Piano Concerto La Notte (1998). He also wrote for ensembles during this time, composing concerto Birds and Bells for trombone and 14 instruments (1995) for Christian Lindberg. Danish playwright Peter Asmussen was so taken by Bent's violin concerto that the two collaborated on an opera commission from the Danish Royal Opera. It took five years, but Under The Sky was finished in 2003. Bent received the prestigious Nordic Council Music Price in 1995 and the Wilhelm Hansen Composer Prize in 1999.

Brenda Hurley

Job Titles:
  • Coach at English National Opera
  • OPERA / Head of Opera
Brenda Hurley is regarded as one of the leading vocal coaches of her generation Brenda has worked with many of the world's greatest conductors, directors and opera singers at international opera houses, festivals and young-artist training programmes. Born in Dublin, Brenda studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Trinity College Dublin, Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and National Opera Studio. As a répétiteur and vocal coach, she has held full-time positions at Scottish Opera, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Opera North and Dutch National Opera, where she worked for 16 years. She was the director of the International Opera Studio of Opernhaus Zürich from 2012-2020. Brenda is a leading advocate for the development of young singers, coaching at the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, Bolshoi Theatre Young Artists Opera Program, Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artists Programme, National Opera Studio, New National Theatre Tokyo Opera Studio, Dutch National Opera Studio, Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa Opera Academy, Wales International Academy of Voice and Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. She was a founder member of the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival and continues to coach for this programme each summer. She is a regular jury member of international singing competitions, such as Le Grand Prix de L'Opera, Les Azuriales, Zinka Milanov Competition, Byulbyul International Vocalists Competition, International Antonina Campi Vocal Competition and Migros-Kulturprozent. Brenda has been a guest coach at English National Opera, Paris Opera and Ruhrtriennale, and has enjoyed a long association with Glyndebourne, where she won the Janni Strasser répétiteur award. At the Salzburg Festival, she has collaborated with Sir Simon Rattle, Ivor Bolton, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Robin Ticciati. Brenda was a regular guest with The Metropolitan Opera, working as an Assistant Conductor to Valery Gergiev and Evelino Pidò. She has performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and Freiburger Barockorchester. In her native Ireland, Brenda has coached for Wexford Festival Opera and conducted The Magic Flute for their Opera Theatre Company. She is a coach and mentor to many generations of young Irish singers and is a member of the vocal staff at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is vocal consultant for the Irish National Opera Studio.

Catherine Jury

Job Titles:
  • Registrar and Director of Student Operations
I have senior management responsibility for the student lifecycle, academic governance, quality assurance and human resources. I am the lead contact with all external Higher Education agencies and I manage the Academy's responses to regulatory changes in the sector.

Christopher Austin

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music / Professor of Composition

David Sawer

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music / Professor of Composition

Dominic Alldis

Job Titles:
  • Lecturer / View Page

Edmund Finnis

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music / Professor of Composition

Eleanor Alberga

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music / Visiting Professor of Composition

Felix Mendelssohn

Job Titles:
  • Emeritus Professor of Music

Gareth Moorcraft

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music

Gary Carpenter

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music / Professor of Composition

Hans Abrahamsen

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music

Helen Grime

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music / Professor of Composition

Henry Cummings

Job Titles:
  • Distinguished Professor of Singing

Huw Watkins

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music / Honorary Research Fellow

James Newton Howard

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music / Visiting Professor of Composition

James O'Donnell

Job Titles:
  • Visiting Professor of Organ / Choral Conducting / Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting / View Page

John Mark Ainsley

Job Titles:
  • Visiting Professor / Opera / Visiting Professor / View Page

John Shirley-Quirk

Job Titles:
  • Professor
Regular opera engagements with the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, English National Opera and abroad Studied at the Royal Academy of Music; now a Visiting Professor here

John Williams

Job Titles:
  • Consultant / View Page

Judith Barber - CFO

Job Titles:
  • Director of Finance
I am an accountant with a background in higher education. I am responsible for all financial matters relating to the Academy.

Kathryn Adamson

Job Titles:
  • Research / Librarian

Kirsty MacDonald

Job Titles:
  • Deputy Principal ( Advancement )
I joined the Academy in 2016 and am responsible for fundraising, communications, marketing and alumni relations. I play a key strategic role on the Senior Management Team, identifying new income streams and planning celebrations and a campaign for the Bicentenary in 2022.

Marcus van den Akker

Job Titles:
  • Professor of Singing / View Page

Marjorie Thomas

Job Titles:
  • Visiting Professor / Opera

Micaela Comberti

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of Baroque Violin

Michael Wardell

Job Titles:
  • Company Manager

Morgan Hayes

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music / Professor of Composition

Oliver Knussen

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of Composition

Patrick Russill

Job Titles:
  • Head of Choral Conducting / Conducting / Choral Repertoire and Skills / View Page

Paul Morley

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music

Philip Cashian

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music / Head of Composition

Philip Dawson

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music

Richard Rodney Bennett

Job Titles:
  • Professor of Music

Ryan Wigglesworth

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music

Sian Edwards

Job Titles:
  • Head of Conducting / Choral Conducting / Symphonic Repertoire and Skills / View Page

Sir Arthur Sullivan

Job Titles:
  • Visiting Professor
Has worked with all the major British opera companies, including Glyndebourne and English National Opera

Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music / Visiting Professor of Composition

Sir Thomas Allen

Job Titles:
  • Visiting Professor / Opera / Visiting Professor / View Page

Tansy Davies

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music / Honorary Research Fellow

Tod Machover

Job Titles:
  • Composition & Contemporary Music / Visiting Professor of Composition

William Crotch

Job Titles:
  • William Crotch Chair of Keyboards and Coaching