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RNCM Announces 2016 Honorands

31 May 2016

Music producer and songwriter Pete Waterman OBE is amongst the RNCM’s 2016 list of Honorands. The Coventry-born entrepreneur, who has sold over 500 million records during his 40 year career, will be awarded Fellowship of the RNCM (FRNCM) alongside alumnus Alasdair Tait, Chief Executive of the Young Classical Artists’ Trust, and award-winning composer Professor Gary […]

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Donald Grant is New Deputy Head of Chamber Music

24 May 2016

The RNCM is delighted to announce the appointment of Elias Quartet violinist Donald Grant as Deputy Head of Chamber Music, commencing in September. Donald studied at the RNCM with the late Christopher Rowland between 1998 and 2002, before returning for a two-year term as Junior Fellow in Chamber Music with Elias. In his new role, […]

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Royal Schools and ABRSM Show Support to EUYO

19 May 2016

The RNCM has joined forces with other UK Royal Schools of Music and the ABRSM to show support for the European Union Youth Orchestra in an urgent request to restore its core EU funding. In a joint letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Principals […]

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Sir Mark Elder Awarded Companionship of RNCM

16 May 2016

The RNCM is delighted to announce that British conductor Sir Mark Elder CBE is to become a Companion of the College. Sir Mark Elder is recognised one of the world’s leading conductors. Since 2000 he has been Music Director of the Hallé orchestra and was appointed the RNCM’s International Chair in Conducting in 2002. Between […]

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Alumnus Wins JUNO Composition Award

11 May 2016

Categories: Alumni

RNCM alumnus Dinuk Wijeratne has won the JUNO Classical Composition of the Year Award for his string quartet pieces Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems. The Sri Lankan-born composer, who graduated in 2000 and now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, was one of over 40 winners at this year’s ceremony, sitting alongside Adele (International Artist […]

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JRNCM Saxophonist Through to BBC Final

10 May 2016

Junior RNCM Saxophonist Jess Gillam has reached the Final of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. The 17-year-old, who studies at JRNCM with Ruth Bourn, is one of three musicians to make it through to the Final, alongside cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and French horn player Ben Goldscheider. The final will take place […]

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RNCM Acknowledged as World-Class

9 May 2016

Categories: Alumni

The RNCM is proud to have been recognised by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as one of the world’s leading music conservatoires. The only music conservatoire outside the capital to receive enhanced Institution-Specific Funding, the RNCM continues to develop its global reputation through the success of its current students and its esteemed alumni, […]

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RNCM Pianist Wins International Competition

5 May 2016

Undergraduate pianist Dominic Degavino has won the Piano Section final of the 2016 Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition. Held at the Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts between 27 April and 1 May, the competition was established in 1979 to provide a unique platform for advanced students and young professional musicians on […]

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Vershinina Wins International Piano Competition

3 May 2016

Postgraduate pianist Yulia Vershinina has won the Senior Category of the 2016 Wales International Piano Competition. Forming part of the Wales International Piano Festival held in Galeri, Caernarfon between 29 April and 2 May, the competition is divided into three categories – Senior, Junior and Accompanists – and is organised by the Canolfan Gerdd William […]

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RNCM Announces New Honorary Associate Artists

27 April 2016

Categories: Alumni

Five exceptional recent graduates have been announced as Honorary Associate Artists of the RNCM. Pianist Alexandra Dariescu, composer Tom Harrold, cellist Mikhail Nemtsov, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge, and percussionist Le Yu, have all been selected for this prestigious new ambassadorial role. Professor Linda Merrick, RNCM Principal, said: ‘This new position recognises the exceptional track record some […]

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Junior Musicians Through to BBC Semi-Final

26 April 2016

Junior RNCM students Jess Gillam and Andrew Woolcock are through to the Semi-Finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. Saxophonist Jess, aged 17, won the Woodwind category of the annual competition, held at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama between 6 – 10 March, while 16-year-old Andrew reigned victorious in […]

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Alumnus Appointed Chief Executive of the SCO

21 April 2016

Categories: Alumni

RNCM alumnus Gavin Reid has been announced as the new Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Currently Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Gavin will take up the new position in August, replacing Roy McEwan, who steps down after 23 years. He said: ‘I am enormously thrilled to take up this post with […]

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