Making the Most of Your Time in London (Musical Training is More Than Just Practicing):
Taking lessons in London and practicing will be a valuable experience. But, don’t let this be the extent of your musical exposure to London – there is so much for you to see and hear in London that will do wonders for your education and musical soul. Be sure to take full advantage of it all. You may not practice as much as you do on-campus – don’t despair! Take this opportunity to fully enjoy and take fuller advantage of all the other things that life in London offers, including endless great concerts and recitals, opera, art galleries and museums, etc.
Here are some of the opportunities you’ll have in London:
- Attend concerts, talks, recitals, and master classes - this can be time just as well spent for your musical development as in a practice room. Check out all of the concerts and master classes (not just on your instrument) at the major music schools [RCM – Royal College, RAM – Royal Academy, GSMD –Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity] that are free and open to the public. You will certainly find a few that won’t conflict with your London Centre course schedule.
- Queue for cheap tickets to the opera at Covent Garden or for a play at the National Theatre. When will you have the chance to see and hear such world-class performances, in such abundance, again?
- Hear something (anything) in the Wigmore Hall. A must do.
- Museums & historic sites: Visit Handel House, the Sir John Soane Museum, the Foundling Hospital Museum (where there is also a small but fantastic collection of Handel artifacts, including his Will & Testament), attend a Ceilidh at Cecil Sharp House (English Folk Music & Dance), spend some time at the National Portrait Gallery, or see the “Treasures” room at the British Library.