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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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RNCM Flautist Wins International Competition

21 April 2016

RNCM flautist Meera Maharaj has won the 2016 Dutch International Flute Competition. Held at Adams Flute Centre in Ittervoort between April 13 – 15, the competition is divided into three sections: undergraduate (Bachelor), postgraduate (Master), and young talent. Following a preliminary round featuring works by Telemann and Jolivet, Meera performed Frank Martin’s Ballad and Berio’s […]

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Sir John Tomlinson Appointed RNCM President

18 April 2016

The RNCM is proud to announce the appointment of Sir John Tomlinson CBE as its new President, commencing in January 2017. The critically-acclaimed bass has a strong connection to the RNCM after graduating from the Royal Manchester College of Music (RMCM) in 1970. Since then he has performed leading roles with companies throughout the world […]

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JRNCM Students Reach BBC Category Finals

13 April 2016

Junior RNCM students Jess Gillam and Andrew Woolcock have reached the category finals of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year. Saxophonist Jess, aged 17, participated in 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 Woolcock took […]

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David Thornton Appointed Senior Tutor in Brass Bands

12 April 2016

Categories: Alumni

The RNCM has appointed Dr David Thornton as Senior Tutor in Brass Bands. This exciting new position will see David, an internationally-renowned euphonium player, teacher and conductor, steering the RNCM’s brass band activities throughout the year, enhancing the College’s reputation as a world-leading conservatoire for brass education. David said: ‘The RNCM has always been a […]

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RNCM Pianist Wins International Competition

12 April 2016

Russian pianist Alexander Panfilov has won the 2016 Jaén International Piano Competition. The 26-year-old postgraduate secured the 20,000 euros First Prize thanks to an impressive performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto alongside the Ciudad de Granada Orchestra and Paul Mann at the Infanta Leonor Theatre on Friday 8 April. Alexander, who is taught by Graham Scott, […]

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RNCM Double Bassist Wins Bromsgrove Competition

11 April 2016

Postgraduate double bassist Toby Hughes has won the 2016 Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition. The 23-year-old, who is studying for an International Artist Diploma, walked away with the £5000 First Prize on Sunday 3 April after impressing judges with ‘the most outstanding performance’ of the evening. The Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition began in 1981 as an […]

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Jette Parker Success for RNCM Répétiteur

7 April 2016

Pianist James Hendry has been announced as one of three new Conductors/Répétiteurs on the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artists Programme (JPYAP), based at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. James, who is studying for a Master of Music in Performance (Répétiteur) supported by a full RNCM scholarship, will begin the two-year placement in September after […]

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Alumni Shortlisted for RPS Music Awards

5 April 2016

Categories: Alumni

RNCM alumni Kathryn Rudge and Gavin Higgins have been shortlisted for RPS Music Awards. Mezzo-soprano Kathryn, a 2011 graduate who was recently selected as a BBC New Generation Artist, has been nominated in the Young Artist category, while 2005 alumnus Gavin appears in the Large Scale Composition section thanks to Dark Arteries, a Rambert Dance […]

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RNCM Library Wins Third Excellence Award

5 April 2016

Categories: Alumni

The RNCM Library has secured its third Excellence Award from the International Association of Music Libraries (UK and Ireland). Presented every two years, the Awards acknowledge music libraries which demonstrate sustained good work and good practice in addition to recognising outstanding personal achievement by individuals. They also provide an opportunity for music collections – of […]

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