Nearly 500 public concerts a year. That is the amazing figure the Royal Academy of Music achieves. Setting the public performance as a goal early in students career is critical to their success. The programme for the concert titles Battles was a good mix of music featuring trumpets, conetti and sackbuts from well known baroque composers (Purcell, Biber, Handel) and some more obscure ones (Fantini, Eccles, Croft, Susato). For a kind of monographic concert around war music it was perfectly balanced in all senses: known vs. unknown, instrumental vs. vocal, etc…

36 students were performing with two vocal soloists: 9 strings, 13 trumpets (yes! 13!), 6 winds, 5 percussion, harpsichord and theorbo. All conducted by John Hutchins. They mixed in different forms, even self-conducting ensemble. Performance was very good, combining the sense of an exercise for students with the joyful of playing. Specially good were the young soprano Ella Taylor on the beautiful Eccles aria, countertenor Patrick Terry on his second aria (Handel bravura Or la tromba as a duet with the trumpets) and the first violin Johanne Pramsohler on his solo parts.