Northern Highlights

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Alumna wins Ferrier Song Prize

1 May 2018

Congratulations to soprano Catriona Hewitson, winner of the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize at the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. The 63rd competition took place at Wigmore Hall on 27 April and featured six finalists. Catriona (below, left) who graduated in 2014, won the Song Prize for her rendition of C by Poulenc. The first Ferrier Competition […]

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Leeds Lieder Artists 2018

23 April 2018

Congratulations to current students Caroline Taylor (soprano), Anna Chiu (piano accompaniment) and Rachel Fright (Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment) and alum Peter Edge (bass-baritone), chosen as 2018 Leeds Lieder Young Artists. Leeds Lieder was founded in 2004 to promote the enjoyment, understanding, appreciation, composition and performance of art-song. Each year the finest young duo and next […]

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RNCM musicians chosen for Jazz North’s touring scheme

18 April 2018

Artephis, Manchester Jazz Collective and Täpp have all been selected as ambassador artists for Jazz North’s northern line touring scheme 2018 – 2019. Launched in 2013, northern line is an innovative model for touring which gives promoters the opportunity to programme high quality artists with low financial risk. To date, 59 ambassador artists have taken […]

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Carly Paoli signs with world’s top publishing company

17 April 2018

Singer, lyricist and RNCM alumna Carly Paoli has been signed to Sony/ATV as part of a deal struck between the world’s No 1 music publishing company and the independent publishing and record company ABIAH. The deal covers London-based ABIAH’s entire song catalogue, including songs by Carly and celebrated composer, arranger and conductor Romano Musumarra, which […]

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David Butt Philip shortlisted for RPS Music Award

13 April 2018

Congratulations to alum David Butt Philip, shortlisted in the Singer category of the 2018 RPS Music Awards. Presented in association with Radio 3, the RPS Music Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. Divided into 13 categories, they honour musicians, composers, writers, broadcasters and inspirational arts organisations. Amongst shortlisted ensembles […]

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Madaras appointed Music Director Designate of the OPRL

22 February 2018

Alumnus Gergely Madaras has been appointed Music Director Designate of the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (OPRL). Following an extensive search, Gergely, the youngest Music Director in the history of the OPRL, will begin a three season tenure from September 2019. He said: ‘While working with the OPRL, I was immediately struck by their energy […]

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Panfilov wins $30,000 at international competition

1 February 2018

Alexander Panfilov was one of the prize-winners at the inaugural International Music Competition Harbin (IMCH). Announced last week, the 2016 alum was awarded second prize – including $30,000 – in the keyboard category after no first prize was given. Co-hosted by the Harbin Municipal Government and Harbin Conservatory of Music, the competition is divided into […]

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Vocal alum performs for Chelsea Pensioners

1 February 2018

RNCM alumna Carly Paoli performed a special concert for the Chelsea Pensioners last month. The private performance, which took place in the Pensioners’ Club at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, was a special preview of Carly’s forthcoming concert at Cadogan Hall. ‘I often see the Pensioners out and about in Chelsea and wanted to invite them […]

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RNCM alumnus Dane Lam nominated in the 2018 International Opera Awards

30 January 2018

Opera’s answer to the Oscars, the International Opera Awards honours outstanding achievement on stage, backstage and in the pit. This year, RNCM alumnus Dane Lam has received a nomination in the Best Newcomer category. Chinese-Australian Conductor Dane made his debut at the age of 18 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. […]

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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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