Six RNCM ensembles have successfully auditioned for Live Music Now, the largest provider of live music to the UK’s welfare, educational, justice and health sectors.

Founded over 30 years ago by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker, Live Music Now supports the very best of young musicians embarking on professional careers and, at the same time, reaches those in the community who have less opportunity to experience the benefits of live performance. Today, over 3000 performances and workshops are given annually to some 200,000 people in special schools, community centres, prisons, hospitals, village halls and care homes.

Professor Linda Merrick, RNCM Vice-Principal, said: 'The RNCM is proud of the growing number of students and alumni of the College who are being selected for Live Music Now, and of the contribution these young musicians are making to the lives of those they reach through this unique scheme. For many, their work with Live Music Now is a life-changing experience; an experience that empowers them to use their skills to transform the lives of others. We look forward to working closely with Live Music Now over the coming years to increase the quality and reach of its offer, and to enhance the employment of RNCM graduates.'

The six RNCM ensembles chosen during last month’s auditions were: Tempest Flute Trio (Holly Melia, Helen Wilson, Sarah Bennett, pictured above), Aurora Percussion Duo (Delia Stevens, Le Yu), Nemtsov Duo (Mikhail Nemtsov, Elena Nemtsova), Phoenix Clarinet Quartet (Caroline Waddington, Hannah McCabe, Rocio Bolanos, Suzanne Clare), Trio Volant (Thomas Evans, Imogen Coe, Christopher James) and soprano Chloe Saywell with pianist Stephenie Leung. They will now deliver concerts and workshops throughout the North West.