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.