Alumni News

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Jack Sheen is RNCM Junior Fellow in Conducting

29 March 2017

The RNCM is delighted to announce alumnus Jack Sheen as its new Junior Fellow in Conducting, commencing in September. Jack was one of 12 candidates chosen to attend the live auditions in February, selected from over 130 applications worldwide. Two made it through to the final round, each conducting the RNCM Symphony Orchestra in a […]

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Cellist Abel Selaocoe Wins ROSL ARTS Overseas Award

24 March 2017

Congratulations to postgraduate cellist Abel Selaocoe, winner of the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Arts Overseas Award. Accompanied by alumnus Tyler Hay (winner of last year’s Keyboard Section Final), the fantastic win comes just two days after Abel also secured victory in the ROSL Arts Mixed Ensemble Award with his group, Kabantu. The ROSL Annual Music Competition is the […]

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Kabantu Wins ROSL Arts Mixed Ensemble Final

22 March 2017

Congratulations to Kabantu, winners of the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Arts Mixed Ensembles Section Final. Hailing from Manchester, Kabantu (formerly Project Jam Sandwich) comprises Katie Foster (violin), Abel Selaocoe (cello), Ali McMath (double bass), Ben Sayah (guitar) and Delia Stevens (percussion). Together, they throw away the rule book to showcase music from around the globe […]

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Alumna Wins BFS’s Young Artist Competition

14 March 2017

RNCM alumna Amy Yule has won the Young Artist Prize at this year’s British Flute Society competition. Taking place at Regent Hall, London, last month, the British Flute Society competition is divided into three categories, two for school performers aged 18 and under and one – the Young Artist – for players aged 19 – […]

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Alumnus Represents Australia in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

2 March 2017

Congratulations to RNCM alumnus Kang Wang, who has been chosen to represent Australia at the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. One of the world’s most popular music competitions, the BBC Cardiff Singer is the premier showcase for opera and concert singers at the outset of their careers. Almost 400 applications were received […]

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RNCM Recognised by Department for International Trade

6 February 2017

The RNCM has been recognised by the Department for International Trade for its strong educational links in China. Held at The Lowry, Salford Quays, on Friday 3 February, The Greater China Awards were open to any companies or organisations in the North West of England which have made a significant contribution to developing business or […]

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Double Award Win for RNCM Alumnus

31 January 2017

Alumnus James Hendry was celebrating last night after scooping two British Education Awards. A brand new initiative, the British Education Awards were established last year to identify and celebrate individuals who have excelled within our education system. Divided into four categories (GCSE, A Level, Vocational and Degree), James won both the Regional Degree Award and […]

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RNCM Opera Nominated for Manchester Theatre Award

17 January 2017

RNCM Opera’s production of Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne has been nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award. Following last year’s Best Opera win for Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Vie Parisienne appears in the Best Design category alongside Endgame (HOME), Singin’ in the Rain (Octagon Theatre) and The Pitmen Painters (Oldham Coliseum). Transforming the stage into […]

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Graham Vick appointed International Chair of Opera

17 January 2017

The RNCM has appointed internationally renowned director and alumnus Graham Vick CBE as its first International Chair of Opera. Working in opera houses across the globe with leading conductors and singers, Graham has established a career as one of the world’s foremost opera directors since graduating from the Royal Manchester College of Music (now RNCM) […]

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Alumnus Conducts Advert for PlayStation 4

3 January 2017

Alumnus Robert Guy has conducted Manchester Camerata in a haunting version of Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) for PlayStation 4’s latest advert. Robert, who graduated in 2012, was recently appointed Conductor of the University of Manchester Chorus and a Tutor in Conducting in its music faculty. He was guest conducting with Camerata when […]

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RNCM New Partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music

19 December 2016

The RNCM has confirmed a professional partnership with the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music (ZJCM). The news swiftly follows the recent announcement of two additional new partnerships for the Manchester conservatoire, with Peking University Academy of Opera and the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain. Together, these exciting relationships highlight the RNCM’s continued commitment to […]

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James Hendry Nominated for British Education Award

13 December 2016

Alumnus James Hendry has been nominated for a British Education Award (BEA) for his outstanding achievements during his studies. A brand new initiative established to promote excellence in British education, the BEAs identify and celebrate individuals who have excelled within our education system. James was one of the first students to be accepted onto the […]

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