The CAMRAM scheme enables Cambridge Music students taking the recital options in the Tripos examinations during their second and third year of Undergraduate study, to take lessons at the Royal Academy of Music in London alongside their studies at the University. Students selected for the scheme are assigned a teacher at the Academy and in addition to receiving individual tuition on their principal instrument, they may attend (and exceptionally perform in) departmental classes by arrangement. Lessons are paid for by the College of successful students, as the supervision equivalent, and do not represent additional funding.
CAMRAM was established in 2013 by the Director of Performance, Margaret Faultless, who is also Head of Historical Performance at the Academy. Students on the scheme benefit from individual advice provided by Margaret in devising a tailor-made programme of study.
Dr Martin Ennis, the Chairman of the Music Faculty Board in 2013, commented: 'Cambridge University has a long tradition of fostering performance, and over the years many of our best students have gone on to London for further studies after completing their degree in Cambridge. However, this new scheme gives the cream of our performers the best of two worlds: they can enjoy international-level tuition and attend performance classes at a leading conservatoire while pursuing a largely academic course at one of the world’s most renowned research universities. It’s an unbeatable combination, and the competition for places is, unsurprisingly, intense.'