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Alumna joins Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s Young Artists Programme

12 January 2018

Congratulations to alumna Lauren Fielder, one of 10 singers chosen to join Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s Young Professional Artists Programme. Forming part of the Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s 2018 summer activities, the scheme runs throughout June and July and offers opportunities for solo performance with orchestra. Lauren, who graduated in 2014, will also take part in the […]

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Gavin Reid appointed Chair of ABO

14 December 2017

Congratulations to alumnus Gavin Reid, elected Chair of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO). Born and raised in Edinburgh, Gavin was appointed Principal Trumpet with Manchester Camerata in 1989, becoming its General Manager in 2001. He became Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 2006 and Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in […]

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RNCM Honorary Members 2017

12 December 2017

Our annual Congregation of Awards took place on Tuesday 5 December and we were delighted to award Honorary Membership (HonRNCM) to Dame Patricia Routledge, Carole Nash OBE, Jonathan Groves and Martin Vander Weyer. Perhaps best-known for her roles as Hyacinth Bucket in the classic sitcom Keeping up Appearances and Kitty in Victoria Wood’s As Seen on TV, Dame […]

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Emily Howard wins British Composer Award

8 December 2017

Congratulations to Emily Howard on winning a 2017 British Composer Award. The Senior Lecturer in Composition and 2004 alumna was nominated in the Orchestral category for Torus (Concerto for Orchestra) alongside Forest by Tansy Davies and Two Eardley Pictures by Helen Grime. Basca chair Crispin Hunt said: ‘The composers honoured this evening are testament to […]

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Manoj Kamps signed by IMG Artists

28 November 2017

Congratulations to conductor Manoj Kamps, signed by IMG Artists for General Management Graduating this summer after two years as our Junior Fellow in Conducting, Manoj will be managed by Jennifer Spencer in association with Jennifer Spencer Consultancy from IMG’s London office. Jennifer said: ‘I first heard about Manoj from Iván Fischer, when he assisted on […]

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet awarded RNCM Fellowship

28 November 2017

We were proud to award pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet with Fellowship of the RNCM during his latest visit to the College. Recognised as one of the most engaging live performers of his generation, Jean-Efflam enjoys an eminent career as a solo recitalist and recording artist. He has also worked regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and […]

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Keiko Abe awarded Fellowship of the RNCM

24 November 2017

We were proud to award Yamaha artist Keiko Abe with Fellowship of the RNCM during a recent visit to the College. The marimba virtuoso, who turned 80 earlier this year, was presented with the accolade by Principal Professor Linda Merrick on Thursday 23 November following a lunchtime concert with RNCM percussion students. Fellowship of the […]

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Eminent vocal alumni in live cinema broadcast from the Met

17 November 2017

The stellar cast of Thomas Adès’s opera The Exterminating Angel features a host of familiar names from the RNCM To mark its American première, the much-anticipated opera is being broadcast live in HD from the Met tomorrow to cinemas around the world – including one in Manchester. Among the cast are RNCM President and alumnus Sir John Tomlinson, […]

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HEFCE supports RNCM digital project with £1.05m grant

14 November 2017

The RNCM has received £1.05 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Catalyst Fund to establish a significant digital project linking the College with university music departments and professional partners across England. RNCM Ensemble+ will see the Manchester conservatoire connect to music departments at the Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and […]

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Olympias Music Foundation wins Integration Award

10 November 2017

Congratulations to PhD student Jo-Yee Cheung and all RNCM students and alumni involved in the Olympias Music Foundation (OMF) on being named Grassroots Champion at the 2017 Community Integration Awards. The Community Integration Awards reward best practice in community integration and cohesion across the UK. Its aim is to influence the immigration debate by highlighting […]

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