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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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RNCM New Music Education Appointments

12 December 2016

The RNCM is pleased to announce the appointments of Dr John Habron and Robert Gardiner as Head of Music Education and Assistant Head of Music Education (PGCE) respectively. John, who initially trained as a composer, has previously worked as a Senior Lecturer in Music at Coventry University, and specialises in Dalcroze (a practice where music […]

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RNCM Wins 2016 Times Higher Education Award

25 November 2016

The RNCM has won the Outstanding International Student Strategy title at the 2016 Times Higher Education Awards for its Read with the World project. Now in their 12th year, the THE Awards are widely recognised as the Oscars of the higher education sector, shining a spotlight on the outstanding achievements of institutions, teams and individuals […]

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Alumni Receive Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards

11 November 2016

RNCM alumni Daniel Kidane and Aílís Ní Riain are the only UK composers to receive a prestigious 2016 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award. Established in 1994, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards encourage composers and visual artists to continue to practice despite outside pressures, financial or otherwise. Each award consists of £50,000 paid over three years, and […]

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Alumna is Rambert’s New Music Fellow

31 October 2016

Alumna Anna Appleby has been appointed Rambert’s new Music Fellow. Anna, who completed her Master’s in Composition this year, will now work with the London-based company for one year, composing, arranging and orchestrating music for its contemporary dance work. She said: ‘I have learned so much during my time at RNCM and I feel that […]

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Alumni Shortlisted for British Composer Awards

25 October 2016

Alumni Emily Howard, Lucy Pankhurst and Sir Harrison Birtwistle have been shortlisted for a 2016 British Composer Award. Announced today (Tuesday 25 October), this year’s nominations features 33 works across 11 categories, including contemporary jazz composition, choral, orchestral, sonic art and small chamber. Emily, a Senior Lecturer in Composition who graduated in 2004, is nominated in […]

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