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RNCM Announces 2017 Honorands

27 June 2017

Actress and singer Dame Patricia Routledge is amongst the Royal Northern College of Music’s 2017 Honorands, alongside pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, violinist Henning Kraggerud, and conductor Vasily Petrenko. The popular star of stage and screen will be awarded Honorary Membership of the RNCM (HonRNCM) during the College’s Congregation of Awards in December, while Jean Efflam-Bavouzet, Henning […]

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Staff and Students Gather to Wish John a Happy Retirement

26 June 2017

RNCM staff and students got together today to wish Professor John Miller all the best as he retires from his role as Head of the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion. John joined the RNCM in 1998 as Director of Brass, before taking up the position of Deputy Head and then Head of the School […]

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RNCM Receives Gold in Teaching Excellence Framework Results

21 June 2017

The RNCM has been acknowledged as ‘Outstanding’, achieving the highest available Gold ranking in today’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) announcement. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has announced the outcomes of the newly established Teaching Excellence Framework (REF), ranking the RNCM as the UK’s joint leading music college for Teaching. Professor Linda Merrick, […]

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RNCM 2017 Gold Medal Winners

18 June 2017

The RNCM held its Gold Medal Competition on Saturday 17 June featuring 10 of the College’s finest performers and four of its leading young composers, who wrote new works for piano trio. Adjudicated by Nigel Clarke (composer), Cathy Graham (Music Director, British Council), Professor Linda Merrick (RNCM Principal), and Sam Rigby (Creative Director, Schott Music Publishers), […]

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Trio Gaspard Appointed RNCM Junior Fellows in Chamber Music

14 June 2017

The RNCM is pleased to announce that Trio Gaspard has been awarded the position of Junior Fellows in Chamber Music for the 2017/18 academic year. Comprising violinist Jonian Ilias Kadesha, cellist Vashti Hunter and pianist Nicholas Rimmer, Trio Gaspard was founded in 2010 and is fast becoming one of the most sought-after piano trios of […]

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RNCM Shortlisted for Two Northern Soul Awards

2 June 2017

Great news! The RNCM has been shortlisted for two Northern Soul Awards. Established this year, the Northern Soul Awards celebrate and reward exceptional culture and enterprise in the North of England, including theatres, productions, venues, businesses, galleries and many other projects and companies. Awards will be presented in 22 categories, covering the best venues, businesses of the […]

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IMG Artists Signs Soprano Katie Lowe

16 May 2017

Congratulations to alumna Katie Lowe, who has been signed by IMG Artists for General Management. The 30-year-old soprano, who performed the role of Anna Murrant in the RNCM’s 2015 production of Weill’s Street Scene, graduated in 2016 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Solo Performance. That same year she was announced as a Samling Scholar and received a Postgraduate Fellowship from […]

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Nicholas Thompson Appointed Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion

9 May 2017

The RNCM is delighted to announce the appointment of Nicholas Thompson as its next Head of the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion, commencing in September. Nicholas joins the RNCM from his position as Principal Trumpet of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe; a seat he has held for almost 30 years. More recently, he has […]

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RNCM Composers Chosen for LSO Panufnik Scheme

8 May 2017

Congratulations to Grace Mason and Han Xu, two of six young composers selected to take part in the 2017 LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme. Established in 2005 in memory of Sir Andrzej Panufnik, the scheme enables six young composers to experiment and develop their orchestral writing skills under the guidance of renowned composer Colin Matthews and […]

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Alumnus Gains Leading Role with RCO

2 May 2017

Alumnus Tom Bell has been appointed Director of the Royal College of Organists’ North of England, North Wales and Isle of Man regions. Tom’s appointment completes the leadership team for the College’s new regional structure, which will see directors supporting teams of co-ordinators in arranging events and initiatives throughout the UK. Tom said: ‘I have been […]

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Manus Carey Appointed RNCM Director of Performance

26 April 2017

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is delighted to announce the appointment of Manus Carey as its new Director of Performance, commencing in September. Manus comes to the College with extensive experience from his current role as Executive Producer at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO); a position he has held since 2013. In […]

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Government Confirms Funding for EU Students for 2018/19

25 April 2017

EU students applying for university places in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will remain eligible for financial support. The government has confirmed that EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in academic year 2018 to 2019. The decision means EU students applying for an undergraduate […]

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