Alumni News

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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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Daniel Shelvey joins National Opera Studio

18 September 2017

Congratulations to baritone Daniel Shelvey on being selected to join this year’s National Opera Studio. Established by the Arts Council as a link between music colleges and the main UK opera companies, the NOS works with leading opera companies – English National Opera, Opera North, the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera […]

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RNCM and Paris Conservatoire unite for WW1 collaboration

18 September 2017

Two of the world’s leading conservatoires join forces in March 2018 for a major collaboration to mark the end of the First World War. The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP, below) will present an exploratory project throughout the month featuring performance, a significant research conference, and an online exhibition […]

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Archive project receives £9,300 from Heritage Lottery Fund

7 September 2017

The RNCM has received £9,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its project Revealing and Reinterpreting ‘Making Music in Manchester during WW1’. Made possible by National Lottery players through HLF’s First World War then and now programme, the project will use volunteers and local arts group Instigate Arts to digitise and encourage the creative […]

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New partnership for RNCM and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at ECU

30 August 2017

The RNCM has agreed a new professional partnership with Edith Cowan University (ECU), home to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Professor Linda Merrick, Principal, travelled to Perth this month to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will pave the way for student and staff exchanges, short courses and placement opportunities, knowledge […]

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Sitkovetsky Trio signed for worldwide general management

29 August 2017

The Sitkovetsky Trio, former RNCM Junior Fellows in Chamber Music, have been signed by International Classical Artists for worldwide general management. Comprising Alexander Sitkovetsky, an RNCM Tutor in Violin, pianist Wu Qian and cellist Isang Enders, the Sitkovetsky Trio has established itself as one of the exceptional piano trios of today with sensational performances in […]

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New appointments for September 2017

17 August 2017

The RNCM has announced a number of new International Chairs and Tutors, commencing in September. Director and alumnus Graham Vick CBE will join the School of Vocal Studies and Opera as its first International Chair of Opera, while the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion welcomes Alberto Menéndez as International Chair in Horn, Thomas Rüedi […]

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Alumna reaches final of Elizabeth Connell Prize

14 August 2017

Congratulations to 2016 alumna Katie Lowe on reaching the finals 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 […]

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