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Eminent RNCM 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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Sir John Manduell CBE: 1928 – 2017

26 October 2017

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Sir John Manduell, our Founding Principal, on Wednesday 25 October at the age of 89. Born in Johannesburg in 1928, Sir John studied at the University of Strasbourg, Jesus College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music with Lennox Berkeley. He joined the BBC […]

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Alumni nominated for British Composer Awards

25 October 2017

Alumni Sally Beamish, Ben Gaunt, Andrew Hamilton, Emily Howard and the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies have been nominated for British Composer Awards. Announced today (Wednesday 25 October), this year’s shortlist includes 33 works across 11 categories, incorporating contemporary jazz composition, choral, orchestral, sonic art and small chamber. Sally Beamish (pictured above), who studied viola […]

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Alumna chosen for RSNO Composer Hub programme

20 October 2017

Alumna Anna Appleby is one of five composers selected for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s 2017/18 Composer Hub programme. Anna, who graduated in 2016, will now spend the 2017/18 season with the RSNO, gaining the opportunity to write for the orchestra in a range of different contexts, develop skills and creative relationships, and acquire an […]

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Alexandra Dariescu to première The Nutcracker and I

3 October 2017

Alumna Alexandra Dariescu will première her new work, The Nutcracker and I, at Barbican’s Milton Court Concert Hall on 19 December. Directed by Nick Hillel, the 50-minute live performance tells the inspiring story of Alexandra, as Clara, charting her transformation from small girl to concert pianist. On stage will feature a grand piano, played by […]

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RNCM singers join Edvard Grieg Kor

22 September 2017

Alumnus James Berry and postgraduates Chris Littlewood and Ingvild Schultze Florey have been invited to sing with the Edvard Grieg Kor next month in its performance of Mozart’s Requiem. The RNCM has a partnership the Edvard Grieg Kor, a professional chamber choir based in Bergen. The choir offers work to students who are invited to […]

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Katie Lowe wins Elizabeth Connell Prize

18 September 2017

Congratulations to 2016 alumna Katie Lowe, winner of the Elizabeth Connell Prize for Aspiring Dramatic Sopranos. Established in memory of the late South African dramatic soprano Elizabeth Connell, the competition is open to professional and non-professional sopranos of all nationalities between the ages of 25 and 34. Katie, who was recently signed to IMG Artists […]

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Elgan Llŷr Thomas joins ENO Harewood Artists Programme

18 September 2017

Congratulations to tenor Elgan Llŷr Thomas, one of four new singers to join English National Opera’s 2017/18 Harewood Artists programme. The ENO Harewood Artists, formerly the ENO Junior Company Principals and ENO Young Singers Programme, enables exceptionally talented British and British-trained singers to perform career-building roles with a major opera company while receiving specialist coaching, […]

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