A series of live broadcasts and pre-recorded events from across all School departments will take place from late-September 2020

Guildhall School of music and drama

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama has announced its Autumn Season of events, which will all be delivered digitally and free of charge.

From late-September 2020, the conservatoire will present a series of live broadcasts and pre-recorded events from across all School departments, created, performed and filmed at Guildhall School with the required social distancing.

These events include the rescheduled Gold Medal final – this year celebrating instrumentalists – and the return of Takuo Yuasa to conduct the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Dvořák, Janáček, and Sibelius.

The Opera department presents a triple bill of Italian works directed by Stephen Medcalf and conducted by Head of Opera Dominic Wheeler: Mascagni’s Zanetto; Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna (Susanna’s Secret); and Donizetti’s Two men and a woman (Rita).

The Guildhall Jazz department will present the first in a year-long series of concerts charting the history of big band, beginning with the 1920s and 1930s.

Masterclasses and curated concerts will take place with artists including pianists Stephen Hough, Imogen Cooper, Iain Burnside and Julius Drake; composers Jonathan Dove and Alison Bauld; and singers Kate Royal and Roderick Williams.

Guildhall School’s Autumn drama productions include a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Suba Das, and a new devised piece entitled Pod co-created by Jamie Bradley and Vicki Igbokwe, made with the Company.

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Students on the BA Performance and Creative Enterprise (PACE) programme will also share a series of self-devised works in a three-day online festival called Chapters, complemented by guest speakers throughout the season.

The School’s Research Works seminars continue in online format throughout the season, in which staff, students and visiting speakers discuss the findings of their ongoing research.

Soprano Julia Bullock will be Artist in Residence at Guildhall School for the seasons 2020–2022. She will work with Vocal students in masterclasses and performance projects.

All content will be available to watch online, for free, via Guildhall School’s website.

Event dates and further information will be announced later in August.