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RNCM - Royal Northern College of Music The UK’s leading conservatoire for music (The Times Good University Guide 2020) and a thriving performance venue. Located in the heart of Manchester, UK, the RNCM is dedicated to providing an outstanding education that propels its students into careers as inspiring and versatile musicians, fully-equipped for exciting futures both on and off stage.

Housing three major performance spaces, the College is also a vibrant live music venue offering unparalleled opportunities for students to perform to public audiences and to work alongside professional musicians and visiting artists. In 2017 the RNCM was rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework and is the UK’s leading music college for research. It’s also the recipient of three Times Higher

Housing three major performance spaces, the College is also a vibrant live music venue offering unparalleled opportunities for students to perform to public audiences and to work alongside professional musicians and visiting artists. In 2017 the RNCM was rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework and is the UK’s leading music college for research. It’s also the recipient of three Times Higher

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The May edition of our Resonate blog is available now! We have news of exciting announcements from our alumni and staff,...
11/05/2022
Resonate: May 2022 - Royal Northern College of Music

The May edition of our Resonate blog is available now! We have news of exciting announcements from our alumni and staff, as well as stories about innovative student projects that celebrate diversity and underrepresented music. Tap below to read more ⬇️

  Welcome to your May edition of Resonate! Our students are busy with end of year assessments and […]

Congratulations Agata Zając on becoming the next Mills Williams Junior Fellow in Conducting! 🙌
11/05/2022

Congratulations Agata Zając on becoming the next Mills Williams Junior Fellow in Conducting! 🙌

Join us on Thursday 26 May for our Young Strings Open Evening (Stage 3), running from 4.30 - 6.30pm!The Open Evening wil...
10/05/2022
RNCM Young Strings - Royal Northern College of Music

Join us on Thursday 26 May for our Young Strings Open Evening (Stage 3), running from 4.30 - 6.30pm!

The Open Evening will include opportunities to try out our Ensemble and Musicianship classes and to chat to staff about the programme. It’s suitable for string players aged eight to 12 years who have been playing a stringed instrument for a least one year. To book in advance, please contact Bryony Taylor at [email protected].

RNCM Young Strings provides musical training to children between the ages of five and 12.

Head over to TikTok and watch as bassoonist and Digital Ambassador Bia Carvalho takes us behind the scenes from Saturday...
10/05/2022
RNCM on TikTok

Head over to TikTok and watch as bassoonist and Digital Ambassador Bia Carvalho takes us behind the scenes from Saturday’s performance at Wigmore Hall!

As part of our In Focus with Anna Thorvaldsdottir, our students set off to London for a special concert, featuring several of Anna's small-scale pieces for solo, duo and a range of chamber ensembles, many of which were performed at Wigmore Hall for the first time.

Bassoonist and Digital Ambassador Bia Carvalho takes us behind the scenes from Saturday’s performance at Wigmore Hall! As part of our In Focus with Anna Thorvaldsdottir, our students set off to London for a special concert, which featured several of Anna's small-scale pieces for solo, duo and a ra...

09/05/2022
Giulia Contaldo - IAD

Ahead of her International Artist Diploma Recital on Wednesday, pianist Giulia Contaldo chats to us about her RNCM highlights, how she came to play the piano and her programme for the concert. Find out more >> rncm.link/IADgiulia

It was fantastic to welcome Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir to the RNCM this week! As part of our In Focus serie...
08/05/2022

It was fantastic to welcome Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir to the RNCM this week! As part of our In Focus series celebrating her work, Anna spoke to Radio 3’s Elizabeth Alker, followed by RNCM students performing her chamber works.

Click through to see some shots from the day!

Photo credit: Photography by Abhishek

In this week's student blog, Digital Ambassador Elena Orsi shares her experience of RNCM Lab Week 2022! >> rncm.link/lab...
06/05/2022

In this week's student blog, Digital Ambassador Elena Orsi shares her experience of RNCM Lab Week 2022! >> rncm.link/labweekblog

In her piece about performing with the K'in Ensemble, Elena writes: 'With our multicultural backgrounds and diverse music experiences, we all collaborate to create compositions based on folk traditions from our respective countries, with Flamenco and Latin music at the roots and Jazz, Fusion, and World-Music influences. Thanks to Lab Week, we finally got the chance to get together for a total of 22 hours of rehearsal!'

Tap the link above to read the full blog!
Photo credit: Ravi Nathwani

Today’s beautiful lunchtime recital featured RNCM harp students performing a stunning programme, including works by Andr...
05/05/2022

Today’s beautiful lunchtime recital featured RNCM harp students performing a stunning programme, including works by Andrès, Caplet, Hasselmans, Swift and more!

Are you following us on TikTok yet? Head over to our channel (@rncmlive) where our Digital Ambassadors are sharing a wee...
04/05/2022
RNCM on TikTok

Are you following us on TikTok yet? Head over to our channel (@rncmlive) where our Digital Ambassadors are sharing a week in their life.

First up is Harpist Jess Hughes!

We asked our Digital Ambassadors to give us a look at a week in their lives! First up is harpist Jess Hughes 🙌 #studymusic #musicstudent #uni #unilife

Want to experience a city stay without the hefty hotel price tag? Stay with Unite Students this summer and enjoy great c...
03/05/2022

Want to experience a city stay without the hefty hotel price tag? Stay with Unite Students this summer and enjoy great city locations at great prices 🤩. The best bit is your student mates are invited to join too! Explore all UK student summer stays & get 20% off stays of 6 weeks or more >> rncm.link/unitemay

03/05/2022
Samuel Staples - IAD

Violinist Samuel Staples chats to us about the inspiration for his programme ahead of his International Artist Diploma Recital this evening. Check it out below and head to rncm.link/samstaples for more information!

Yesterday afternoon, RNCM New Music Society’s UnHeard Ensemble took to the stage to perform a range of pieces they’ve wo...
29/04/2022

Yesterday afternoon, RNCM New Music Society’s UnHeard Ensemble took to the stage to perform a range of pieces they’ve worked on during this year’s Lab Week!

The performance included free improvisation performances, improvisatory ‘game pieces’ and collective improvisations.

Click below for some shots from the concert taken by our own Gema Lu!

Join us tomorrow afternoon at 1.15pm for the first Lunchtime Concert of our summer season! Grab your tickets here >> rnc...
27/04/2022

Join us tomorrow afternoon at 1.15pm for the first Lunchtime Concert of our summer season! Grab your tickets here >> rncm.link/lc28apr

Get a glimpse of what our students have been up to during this year's Lab Week and hear RNCM New Music Society’s UnHeard Ensemble in a concert exploring all things improv!

Lab Week is a chance for our students to step out of the practice room, collaborate with one another and create something new. In the only public event of the week, you can watch the ensemble perform a range of pieces they have worked on over the past few days, including free improvisation performances, improvisatory ‘game pieces’, and collective improvisations.

Congratulations to Abel Selaocoe, one of Southbank Centre’s 2022/23 Artists in Residence!The RNCM alumnus and Honorary A...
26/04/2022
Abel Selaocoe is Southbank Centre Artist in Residence - Royal Northern College of Music

Congratulations to Abel Selaocoe, one of Southbank Centre’s 2022/23 Artists in Residence!

The RNCM alumnus and Honorary Associate Artist is recognised for exploring the capacity of the cello across a range of genres, from collaborations with world musicians and beatboxers, to concerto performances and solo classical recitals.

Congratulations to Abel Selaocoe, one of Southbank Centre’s 2022/23 Artists in Residence. The RNCM alumnus and Honorary Associate […]

A big welcome back to all our students today! We hope you had a wonderful break and we can’t wait to see what the next f...
25/04/2022

A big welcome back to all our students today! We hope you had a wonderful break and we can’t wait to see what the next few months bring! ☀️🎉🙌

Congratulations to RNCM alum Lucy Armstrong whose new work The Gardener will be premiering in the RNCM Concert Hall this...
22/04/2022
Our Wonderful World - April 23rd

Congratulations to RNCM alum Lucy Armstrong whose new work The Gardener will be premiering in the RNCM Concert Hall this weekend. Commissioned by the Salford Choral Society, The Gardener is a vibrant and accessible new work exploring a day in the life of the garden from First Light to Dusk Falls, thunderstorm included!

Find out more here >> https://rncm.link/lafb

An introduction to our concert on April 23rd at RNCM Concert Hall with Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, with the world premiere of our exciting new commission,...

Our summer season is right around the corner! Head to rncm.ac.uk/whatson to discover all the exciting events we have lin...
22/04/2022

Our summer season is right around the corner! Head to rncm.ac.uk/whatson to discover all the exciting events we have lined up over the next few weeks. We hope to see you soon!

22/04/2022
Earth Day 2022

ICYMI: For #EarthDay2022 watch RNCM Principal, Professor Linda Merrick, discussing the College's efforts to become a more sustainable conservatoire.

Learn more about our decarbonisation plans at rncm.link/decarbonisation 🌏

We’re now offering a unique opportunity for postgraduates to specialise in piccolo, cor anglais, Eb clarinet and contrab...
21/04/2022

We’re now offering a unique opportunity for postgraduates to specialise in piccolo, cor anglais, Eb clarinet and contrabassoon for the first time in our history >> rncm.link/rncmwind

Traditionally chosen as doubling options to complement study on flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, these instruments will be available as Principal Study options from September 2022 onwards.

Head to the link above for more info and to apply. Applications for 2022 Entry are still open via UCAS Conservatoires.

We’re delighted to announce that following audition, pianist Victor Lim has been chosen to undertake the RNCM’s Internat...
21/04/2022
Victor Lim chosen to complete RNCM IAD - Royal Northern College of Music

We’re delighted to announce that following audition, pianist Victor Lim has been chosen to undertake the RNCM’s International Artist Diploma. This prestigious one-year qualification is for artists on the cusp of international careers.

Commencing in September, Victor – who was recently appointed Head of Keyboard at Rossall School – will benefit from intensive tuition and specialist classes, and receive advanced musical training to the highest level in performance, honing his artistic, technical, presentation and communication skills.

We’re delighted to announce that following audition, pianist Victor Lim has been chosen to undertake the RNCM’s International […]

Earlier this month, RNCM International Chair in Music Education, Nate Holder, visited the College to lead a day of inspi...
20/04/2022

Earlier this month, RNCM International Chair in Music Education, Nate Holder, visited the College to lead a day of inspiring conversations.

Across two sessions, Nate worked with our students, as well as colleagues from music services within Greater Manchester, focussing on identity, what we bring of ourselves into music teaching spaces, and decolonising the curriculum.

At the end of March, we were thrilled to extend our partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music!The partnership give...
20/04/2022
RNCM extends partnerships with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music - Royal Northern College of Music

At the end of March, we were thrilled to extend our partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music!

The partnership gives students and staff the chance to experience both conservatoires through collaborative projects and curriculum initiatives as well as student and teacher exchange programmes.

RNCM Principal, Professor Linda Merrick said: ‘We pride ourselves on giving students real world experiences during their studies, both in the UK and internationally. Our renewed partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music is testament to our commitment to providing an outstanding teaching and learning environment and I’m looking forward to developing it further over the next few years.’

The RNCM is thrilled to extend its partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music. Building on an existing relationship, Professor Linda […]

We were deeply saddened to hear the news that alumnus and RNCM Fellow, Sir Harrison Birtwistle has died at the age of 87...
19/04/2022
In tribute – Sir Harrison Birtwistle: 1934 - 2022 - Royal Northern College of Music

We were deeply saddened to hear the news that alumnus and RNCM Fellow, Sir Harrison Birtwistle has died at the age of 87.

Born in Accrington in 1934, Birtwistle enrolled at the Northern School of Music in 1949 to study clarinet and piano, before joining the Royal Manchester College of Music in 1952 to specialise as a clarinettist.

Birtwistle received many honours during his lifetime and was still composing into his 70s and 80s. His compositions have been performed at major festivals and concert series worldwide, and gained the attention of eminent conductors including Christoph von Dohnányi, Oliver Knussen, Sir Simon Rattle, Peter Eötvös, Franz Welser-Möst, Martyn Brabbins, Vladimir Jurowski and Edward Gardner.

Sir Harrison Birtwistle was knighted in 1988 and was made a Companion of Honour in 2001. He received Fellowship of the RNCM in 1989.

We were deeply saddened to hear the news that alumnus and RNCM Fellow, Sir Harrison Birtwistle has died […]

We're thrilled to welcome Maya Youssef to the RNCM this June to present her Finding Home album with our String Quartet S...
08/04/2022
BBC Radio 3 - In Tune, James Runcie, Maya Youssef

We're thrilled to welcome Maya Youssef to the RNCM this June to present her Finding Home album with our String Quartet Studio the Levare String Quartet. She recently caught up with BBC Radio 3's In Tune.

Check it out here: https://rncm.link/bbcmyfb

Novelist, producer and playwright James Runcie joins presenter Sean Rafferty.

07/04/2022
RNCM Creative Innovators Award

RNCM STUDENTS: There’s still time to apply for this year’s Creative Innovators Award! >> rncm.link/ciaappform

This is an exciting opportunity for students to have their artistic and entrepreneurial ambition supported through mentorship and funding, helping to take their creative project to the next stage of development. Students will learn from today’s leading entrepreneurs, artists and alumni and will have the opportunity to win financial support of up to £2000, as well as mentoring to support the next stage of development.

The programme is open to all undergraduates and postgraduates on taught courses. All students with an idea should apply! Deadline for applications is Friday 29 April 2022. If shortlisted to the final, students will have the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of industry experts at the awards Final on Wednesday 22 June.

Visit rncm.link/ciamoodle for more information!

Special thanks to RNCM student Ravi Nathwani for producing this video.

Need a place to stay on for a week or two when term ends? Want to visit another UK city with your uni mates over the hol...
06/04/2022

Need a place to stay on for a week or two when term ends? Want to visit another UK city with your uni mates over the holidays? Or simply want to stay in Manchester for the summer? Unite Students have you covered. Plus, stay for 6 weeks or more and get 20% off your booking! Explore their UK student summer stays today >> rncm.link/uniteapr

Last month, we held the the inaugural Williams-Howard Prize, won this year by soprano Georgie Malcolm and pianist Edward...
06/04/2022

Last month, we held the the inaugural Williams-Howard Prize, won this year by soprano Georgie Malcolm and pianist Edward Campbell-Rowntree >> rncm.link/whprize

An internal award for RNCM students, the prize was established by internationally-renowned countertenor Michael Harper in honour of his grandfather Chester Ambrose Williams and teacher and mentor Helen Palmer Howard. The first of its kind in Europe for singers and collaborative pianists, the Prize is designed to celebrate the study and performance of art songs of composers of African heritage.

Congratulations to all the participants in this year’s prize - click through for more photos, and head to the link above to read the full story.

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The RNCM is a leading international conservatoire located in the heart of Manchester, with a reputation for attracting talented students, teachers, conductors and composers from all over the world.

We’ve been ranked as the UK’s top conservatoire for music in The Times and Sunday Times University league table 2020.

Complementing this role, the RNCM is also a vibrant live music venue offering unparalleled opportunities for students to perform regularly to public audiences and to work alongside professional musicians and visiting artists.

Housing four major performance spaces, including a professionally-staffed, fully-equipped Theatre and recently refurbished Concert Hall, the College presents more than 400 concerts each year, ranging from RNCM orchestras and ensembles and large-scale opera productions, to a host of touring companies and external hires.

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The March edition of our Resonate blog is here! Tap below for a roundup of what’s on at the RNCM and beyond this month, as well as news of an exciting masterclass, a brand new commission, a special BBC Radio 3 broadcast and much more...
It was a joy to welcome the RNCM Wind Orchestra back to the stage for an exhilarating concert last night! Our students were joined by Senior Tutor in Euphonium and Baritone, Steven Mead, to honour the late Joseph Horovitz in a performance of his Euphonium Concerto, along with a programme of other contemporary works. Click through to see photographs from the event.
We were thrilled to welcome The Bands of HM Royal Marines Scotland last week, for a performance with RNCM student instrumentalists and conductors, and our very own saxophone tutor Rob Buckland! Click through below for photographs from the concert ⬇️
Today is #UniMentalHealthDay! Student wellbeing is a priority for the RNCM and it’s now more important than ever to look after our mental and physical health. Explore #StudentSpace to find lots of helpful resources and tips for improving your wellbeing!
Guitarist Dominic Miller joined us last week to lead a masterclass and chat with students from our Popular Music course! Dominic is one of our Visiting Tutors in Guitar and has an extensive solo portfolio, including playing on Phil Collins’ ‘But Seriously’ album and working with Sting on each of his albums and tours since 1990. Along with his family, he recently established the Barney Miller International Travel Award which offers RNCM students the chance to experience the music and culture of Latin America. This year’s award recipient was undergraduate drummer Jacob Brown.
RNCM Session Orchestra made a triumphant return to the stage on Saturday night! After three days spent working with Drew Casey, Carol Jarvis and Sam Staples, students from across our popular music and classical courses came together for an electrifying performance. Click through below to see all the shots from the concert!
February may be a short month, but it's been as busy as ever at the RNCM! Head to rncm.link/feb22roundup for a look at some of the things our community have shared with us over the past 4 weeks.
Session Orchestra returns tomorrow night! Re-imagined for a new year, students from across our classical and popular music schools combine forces for a special concert of energy-filled music! Click through below for a look at yesterday's rehearsals, and visit rncm.link/sessionorch22 to grab your tickets.
Today’s stellar Lunchtime Concert featured Principals from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, alongside our own RNCM Chamber Orchestra! Click through to see photos from their magnificent performance of Brahms’ Symphony No 3 in F Major.
Well done to all of the amazing finalists who took part in last night’s Frederic Cox Award for Singing - and congratulations to Morgana Warren-Jones, who was named the award winner! First picture (L-R): Sarah Winn, Olivia Tringham, Morgana Warren-Jones, Jess Hopkins, Sarah Ampil and Conrad Chatterton. Don’t forget, there’s only a few weeks until you can see more from our Vocal Studies and Opera students when they perform in our spring production of Le nozze di Figaro >> rncm.link/figarofb
We were delighted to welcome back David Owen Norris last night as part of the José and Rafton Smallwood Masterclass Series to work with students from the School of Vocal Studies and Opera.
It's the perfect finish to a blustery week as we present a film screening of The Wind (1928) directed by Victor Sjöström this Friday, with a newly commissioned soundtrack by Scottish composer Erland Cooper. You can catch a sneak peek below... More info >> https://rncm.link/thewindfb