From late-September 2020, online audiences will be able to enjoy a mixture
of live broadcast and pre-recorded content from across all School
departments, created, performed and filmed at Guildhall School with the
required social distancing.
Soprano Julia Bullock will be welcomed as Artist in Residence at Guildhall
School for the seasons 2020-2022. Known for her versatile artistry and
probing intellect, Bullock will draw on her depth of experience to work
with Vocal students in masterclasses and performance projects, guiding them
on programming and on developing their own creative processes.
Guildhall’s Autumn Season music events include the rescheduled Gold Medal
final – the School’s most prestigious prize, this year celebrating
instrumentalists – and the return of Takuo Yuasa to conduct the Guildhall
Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Dvo?·k, Jan·?ek, and Sibelius.
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.
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 a regular series of
conversations with inspiring guest speakers throughout the season.
The Opera department presents a triple bill of Italian works directed by
Stephen Medcalf and conducted by Head of Opera Dominic Wheeler: Mascagni’sZanetto; Wolf-Ferrari’sIl 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
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
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.
All content will be available to watch online, for free, via Guildhall
School’s website. To account for social distancing, ground-breaking
low-latency technology will be used to enable larger ensembles to perform
together in real time from from across different venues at the School.
Staged productions will feature the work of the School’s Production Arts
department, created in collaboration with the Opera and Drama departments
in accordance with safety and social distancing guidelines.
Event dates and further information will be announced later in August.