The RNCM is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Linda Merrick as its next Principal. Linda Merrick joined the RNCM in 2001 as Director of Performance Studies and Senior Tutor in Clarinet, becoming its Vice-Principal in 2006. Since July 2012 she has, in addition, been Acting Principal of the College, and now, following an extensive international search, she has been appointed by the Board of Governors to the substantive position.

As an accomplished clarinettist with an international profile as a soloist and recording artist, Linda brings to the role credibility as a performer, and a well-established and proven track record as an academic and as a strategic leader in the management of change, all of which position her well to be a persuasive advocate and ambassador for the RNCM in an increasingly difficult and complex external environment. She is passionate about instilling amongst staff and students of the College the sense of ownership of the institution’s destiny, and especially to provide students with the best possible experience whilst at the RNCM, preparing them with all the skills and confidence they will need to take advantage of the vast array of opportunities now offered by the music profession.

Of her appointment, Linda says: ‘I have always regarded the Royal Northern College of Music as a very special place.  Recognised as one of the world's leading Conservatoires, and one of the busiest and most forward-looking public arts venues in the UK, it holds a unique position in the cultural life of the City of Manchester and the wider North West region.  I am delighted to be taking on the role of Principal as the College celebrates its 40th Anniversary, and look forward to leading the institution into the next phase of its development.’

Speaking on behalf of the RNCM Board of Governors, the Chairman, Nick Prettejohn, comments: ‘The College will join me and the Board in our excitement at Linda's appointment.  Her musicality, leadership and energy provide just the right qualities to consolidate and grow our position as one of the world's leading conservatoires.’

For further information please contact Liz Rowley, PR & Media Relations Officer, on 0161 907 5369 or email liz.rowley@rncm.ac.uk