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Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of young musicians, actors and production artists in the heart of the City of London.

Ranked as one of the top ten performing arts institutions in the world (QS World University Rankings 2019), and recently awarded top conservatoire in the Complete University Guide Music League Table 2020, 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 over 70 countries around the world.

It is also the UK’s leading provider of specialist music training at the under-18 level with nearly 2,500 students in Junior Guildhall and Centre for Young Musicians, as well as a joint Creative Learning outreach division with the Barbican which seeks to create inspiring arts experiences for all.

Our diversity extends to the art forms that we cover. We are one of the few major European conservatoires to combine schools of music, drama and production arts. Working across disciplines frees us to break down boundaries across traditional art forms, to nurture invention, and to cross-fertilise ideas and methods.

Above all, at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, we believe in the power of performing arts to transform people’s lives, and to radically enrich the world around us. We invite you to join us in transforming your own life, and to serving the wider world as we embark, together, on the challenge and change of the 21st century.

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Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of young musicians, actors and production artists in the heart of the City of London.

Ranked as one of the top ten performing arts institutions in the world (QS World University Rankings 2019), and recently awarded top conservatoire in the Complete University Guide Music League Table 2020, 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 over 70 countries around the world.

It is also the UK’s leading provider of specialist music training at the under-18 level with nearly 2,500 students in Junior Guildhall and Centre for Young Musicians, as well as a joint Creative Learning outreach division with the Barbican which seeks to create inspiring arts experiences for all.

Our diversity extends to the art forms that we cover. We are one of the few major European conservatoires to combine schools of music, drama and production arts. Working across disciplines frees us to break down boundaries across traditional art forms, to nurture invention, and to cross-fertilise ideas and methods.

Above all, at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, we believe in the power of performing arts to transform people’s lives, and to radically enrich the world around us. We invite you to join us in transforming your own life, and to serving the wider world as we embark, together, on the challenge and change of the 21st century.

    Orla O'Loughlin in conversation with Patsy Rodenberg

    Orla O'Loughlin in conversation with Patsy Rodenberg

    How has coronavirus affected the theatre industry? What does the pandemic mean for theatre training and the future of the industry?

    In a wide-ranging discussion, Professor of Text & Poetry at Guildhall School, voice coach, author and theatre director Patsy Rodenburg OBE and Vice Principal & Director at Guildhall School Orla O’Loughlin discuss the future of the theatre industry and training in the light of COVID-19.

    Their conversation opens with Patsy’s call to the government to protect theatre and training before covering topics including the importance of theatre and stories; the new energy, companies and ideas that will come out of this time; the need to make space for the next generation of actors and theatre-makers; and the importance of community.

    Follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/guildhallschool), Facebook (www.facebook.com/guildhallschool/) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/guildhallschool).

    • 50 min
    In Conversation: Julian Philips' Stories of Sweet Visions

    In Conversation: Julian Philips' Stories of Sweet Visions

    Head of Composition Professor Julian Philips joins us for this podcast to talk about 'Stories of Sweet Visions', a programme of song and chamber works celebrating his 50th birthday year.

    We discuss his inspirations as a composer, his fascination with text and song, the process of putting programme together for this milestone concert and what it's like to revisit past works.

    Stories of Sweet Visions takes place on Monday 25 November at Milton Court Concert Hall. Tickets are available via the Barbican Box Office (https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/stories-of-sweet-visions-chamber-music-by-julian-philips).

    Follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/guildhallschool), Facebook (www.facebook.com/guildhallschool/) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/guildhallschool) and head to our website (www.gsmd.ac.uk) to stay up to date with all the events and news from the Guildhall School.

    Intro and outro music is Little Lily Swing by Tri-Tachyon, licenced under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tri-Tachyon/Little_Lily_Swing/Tri-Tachyon_-_01_-_Little_Lily_Swing)

    • 18 min
    In Conversation: The Wheel Audio Description

    In Conversation: The Wheel Audio Description

    Final-year Stage Manager Tom Downie joins us to discuss the access performance of our autumn term drama 'The Wheel', written by Zinnie Harris.

    Tom talks us through the ins and outs of audio describing a performance, the rehearsal process and technical requirements and describing for the ear and not the eye.

    'The Wheel' runs to 26 October in the Milton Court Theatre, and the audio-described performance and touch tour will take place on Thursday 24 October. Tickets and more information are available through Barbican Box Office (https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/the-wheel).

    Follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/guildhallschool), Facebook (www.facebook.com/guildhallschool/) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/guildhallschool) and head to our website (www.gsmd.ac.uk) to stay up to date with all the events and news from the Guildhall School.

    Intro and outro music is Little Lily Swing by Tri-Tachyon, licenced under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tri-Tachyon/Little_Lily_Swing/Tri-Tachyon_-_01_-_Little_Lily_Swing)

    • 10 min
    In Conversation: Chamber Music Festival

    In Conversation: Chamber Music Festival

    A very special podcast as Guildhall pianist Jonathan Ferrucci sits down with Carole Presland, Senior Tutor in Keyboard Chamber Music, to discuss our upcoming Chamber Music Festival in which they are both performing.

    The pair talk about how the programming for the festival was decided, what it's like to programme and perform, and how the festival captures the essence of chamber music and its teaching at Guildhall.

    Our Chamber Music Festival runs from 5-7 July at Guildhall School and across Culture Mile venues. Tickets are available via the Barbican Box Office (https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/series/guildhall-chamber-music-festival-2019).

    Follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/guildhallschool), Facebook (www.facebook.com/guildhallschool/) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/guildhallschool) and head to our website (www.gsmd.ac.uk) to stay up to date with all the events and news from the Guildhall School.

    Intro and outro music is Little Lily Swing by Tri-Tachyon, licenced under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tri-Tachyon/Little_Lily_Swing/Tri-Tachyon_-_01_-_Little_Lily_Swing)

    • 13 min
    In Conversation: Handel & Blow Opera Double Bill

    In Conversation: Handel & Blow Opera Double Bill

    Cast members Harriet Burns and Siân Dicker give us the inside track on this term's opera double bill of early operatic works exploring romantic love: Aminta e Fillide by George Frideric Handel and Venus and Adonis by John Blow.

    We talk about these two very contrasting but thematically linked operas, exploring comedy and tragedy in a double bill, and performing opera in Milton Court Theatre.

    Our opera double bill runs from 3-10 June in the Milton Court Theatre. Tickets are available via the Barbican Box Office (https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/opera-double-bill-aminta-e-fillide-venus-and-adonis).

    Follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/guildhallschool), Facebook (www.facebook.com/guildhallschool/) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/guildhallschool) and head to our website (www.gsmd.ac.uk) to stay up to date with all the events and news from the Guildhall School.

    Intro and outro music is Little Lily Swing by Tri-Tachyon, licenced under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tri-Tachyon/Little_Lily_Swing/Tri-Tachyon_-_01_-_Little_Lily_Swing)

    • 15 min
    In Conversation: A Midsummer Night's Dream

    In Conversation: A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Cast members Sam Carl, Irene Hoogveld, Madison Nonoa, William Sharma, Collin Shay and Christian Valle join us to discuss our production of Britten's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

    They talk us through this production of Britten’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s magical tale (emphasis on the magic), being double cast in two very different roles, and give us a glimpse into the incredible design and technical work that's gone into the production.

    'A Midsummer Night's Dream' runs to 4 March in the Silk Street Theatre. The run is sold out but returns may become available from the Barbican Box Office (https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/brittens-a-midsummer-nights-dream-presented-by-guildhall).

    Follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/guildhallschool), Facebook (www.facebook.com/guildhallschool/) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/guildhallschool) and head to our website (www.gsmd.ac.uk) to stay up to date with all the events and news from the Guildhall School.

    Intro and outro music is Little Lily Swing by Tri-Tachyon, licenced under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tri-Tachyon/Little_Lily_Swing/Tri-Tachyon_-_01_-_Little_Lily_Swing)

    • 22 min

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