September 21, 2012 by dontbringlulubook
‘Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent’ – Victor Hugo
The book ‘Don’t Bring Lulu’ focuses on the lives on the Onions family: Louise ‘Lulu’ Onions and her struggle with Thyroid problems from a very young age; her sister Sarah growing up in a family constantly on the move; father Ron whose name is renowned with the world of news broadcasting; and mother Doris – the calm within the family but torn inside with the difficult decision to place one of her beloved children into residential care.
Doris Moody and Ron Onions were childhood sweethearts. They married in 1951.
The young Moody started life as a teacher of speech and drama, having first attended the Royal Academy of Music.
The buildings of the Royal Academy stand out from the rest alongside Regent’s Park. It has not always been at this location.
Its first premises were in Tenterden Street, Hanover Square, where it was founded by Lord Burghersh in 1822. It was only eight years later that King George IV granted it a Royal Charter.
In those days, it was tutoring around 350 students.
1911 saw the Royal Academy move to its new purpose-built facilities on Marylebone Road, where it stands today.
Over the years it has had some distinguished guests, from royalty to chart-topping artists. Some of those names include The Queen who is the Patron of the Academy; the Queen Mother opened the Library; Princess Alice opened the Jack Lyons Theatre and is the Academy’s President; Sir Elton John, a member of the alumni, performed and set up a Scholarship Fund.
The likes of Annie Lennox, Sir John Dankworth and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett are former pupils; Mendelssohn was made an honorary member; and conductors include names such as Sir Colin Davis and Sir Charles Mackerras.
The Royal Academy of Music has grown in stature and strength. Nowadays it tutors over 700 students from 50 countries; performance, conducting, composition, opera, jazz, classical – there are 20 disciplines to choose from.
It is Britain’s oldest conservatoire, the first British conservatoire to offer a fully accredited degree and become a full constituent college of the University of London.
The libraries house an array of wonders, from manuscripts of Purcell’s ‘The Fairy-Queen’ to the Robert Spencer collection of Early English song and lute music.
It’s beautiful facade is an introduction to the wonders within the walls. The Royal Academy of Music continues to inspire and nurture talent.