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Alumna Wins Concord Competition

20 September 2016

Categories: Alumni

Alumna Alison Willis has won the London Concord Singers’ 50th anniversary composition competition. Selected from over 50 entries, Thou has made me endless will receive its première as part of the choir’s 50th anniversary concert at the Priory Church of the Order of St John, St John’s Square, London, in December. Founded by Malcolm Cottle in […]

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Heath Quartet Wins Gramophone Chamber Award

19 September 2016

Categories: Alumni

The RNCM’s Heath Quartet has won the Chamber Category of the 2016 Gramophone Awards for its recordings of Tippett’s String Quartets for Wigmore Hall Live. The ensemble, comprising violinists Oliver Heath and Cerys Jones, violist Gary Pomeroy and cellist Chris Murray, were shortlisted alongside recordings by Xavier Phillips and François-Frédéric Guy, Renée Fleming (soprano) and […]

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Philip Higham is SCO’s New Principal Cello

19 September 2016

Categories: Alumni

RNCM alumnus and Tutor in Cello, Philip Higham, has been appointed Principal Cello of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The 2010 graduate is one of three new musicians to join the SCO at the start of its 2016/17 season, alongside Marcus Barcham Stevens (Principal Second Violin) and Felix Tanner (Sub-Principal Viola). Philip, who has performed as […]

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One Direction’s Jon Shone Joins RNCM Teaching Staff

16 September 2016

Categories: Alumni

Jon Shone, former Music Director of One Direction, is one of three new Popular Music Tutors to join the RNCM this academic year. After a stint arranging strings for Radio 1’s Live Lounge, Jon – who has previously presented masterclasses at the College and is the resident pianist and arranger for ITV’s X Factor – has […]

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RNCM Alumni at the BBC Proms

14 September 2016

Categories: Alumni

It’s been a great season for RNCM alumni at the 2016 BBC Proms. Throughout the eight week extravaganza, we witnessed everything from world premières by leading composers to outstanding performances by top soloists. Honorary Associated Artist Tom Harrold even opened the infamous Last Night of the Proms with a new commission that Raze(d) the roof! […]

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Alumnus is Principal Conductor of Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini

14 September 2016

Categories: Alumni

Alumnus Alpesh Chauhan has been appointed Principal Conductor of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, commencing in September 2017. The 2014 graduated made his Italian début with the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, one of Italy’s leading symphony orchestras, in March last year when he stepped in at short notice to conduct two concerts. He was immediately re-invited for the […]

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RNCM International Student Scheme Shortlisted for THE Award

1 September 2016

An RNCM scheme designed to support international students and enhance their learning experience has been shortlisted for the 2016 Times Higher Education Awards Nominated in the Outstanding International Student Strategy category, the Read with the World project was devised to help international students at the College develop their language skills and cross-cultural competencies using a buddy scheme and […]

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RNCM Opera Presents La Vie Parisienne

18 August 2016

Categories: Alumni

Glitz and glamour head to the College this season as RNCM Opera presents Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne. Directed by Stuart Barker, Director of Training and Productions at British Youth Opera, and conducted by Andrew Greenwood, who makes a welcome return after conducting the College’s award-winning 2015 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Vie Parisienne features […]

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RNCM Singers Awarded Independent Opera Support

18 August 2016

Categories: Alumni

Alumna Katie Lowe and postgraduate soprano Samantha Clarke have been awarded support in the form of a Postgraduate Fellowship and Vocal Scholarship from Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells. Awarded annually, Postgraduate Fellowships provide funding of £5000 for singing lessons, coaching sessions, accompaniment and professional development for singers in the early stages of their operatic careers, […]

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RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition

18 August 2016

Categories: Alumni

Applications are open for the 2016 James Mottram International Piano Competition (JMIPC) which takes place at the RNCM between 28 November and 3 December. Now in its fifth year, the competition is open to pianists under the age of 30 from around the world who have the opportunity to mix performing on the concert platform with […]

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RNCM Takes Part in Charity Culture Crawl

5 August 2016

The RNCM will host an exclusive recital next month for walkers raising funds for cancer support charity, Maggie’s. Walkers participating in Maggie’s Culture Crawl Manchester on Friday 30 September will stop by the College as part of their 10km walk for Maggie’s, which provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends. The […]

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Autumn 2016 at the RNCM

4 August 2016

Categories: Alumni

The RNCM has launched its Autumn 2016 season. Between September and December the Manchester venue hosts everything from classical music, big band and opera to conversations with Margaret Atwood and Vivienne Westwood (pictured) as part of the Manchester Literature Festival (7 and 21 October). Classical highlights include Prokofiev’s Symphony No 5 by the RNCM Symphony Orchestra (2 November), […]

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