Alumni News

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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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Vocal Success at the National Eisteddfod

14 August 2017

There have been brilliant results at this year’s National Eisteddfod for six recent vocal alumni. Sarah Gilford (pictured below as Dorabella in RNCM Opera’s Così fan tutte) won the W Towyn Roberts Memorial Scholarship and second place in the over 25 soprano solo category; Ryan David was awarded second place in the under 25 tenor […]

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Great Results for Popular Music and WBP in 2017 NSS

9 August 2017

The RNCM has achieved an exceptional 89% in this year’s National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction, which showed outstanding results for Popular Music and the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion. Conducted annually since 2005, the NSS is a national initiative running across all publicly funded Higher Education Institutions in England, Wales, Northern Ireland […]

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Alumna Hits Top Spot with Début Album

8 August 2017

Congratulations to alumna Carly Paoli on the release of her début album, Singing My Dreams, which hit the top spot of the iTunes Classical Chart and No 2 in the Official Classical Album Chart this summer. Telling the story of a girl from Mansfield who fell in love with MGM musicals and went on to […]

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Alumnus Joins Manchester Camerata

31 July 2017

Congratulations to alumnus James Thomas on his appointment as Manchester Camerata’s Head of Artistic Development and Planning. James, who studied bassoon at the RNCM and graduated in 2009, joins the orchestra from his position as General Manager of the award-winning Sinfonia Cymru. In his new role, James will work closely with both Manchester Camerata and […]

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Emily Howard Receives Grant from PRSF Composers’ Fund

20 July 2017

Congratulations to Dr Emily Howard, one of 10 composers to receive a grant from the PRS Foundation Composers’ Fund. The RNCM alumna and Senior Lecturer in Composition has received the funding for a new chamber opera, To See The Invisible, she is writing in collaboration with writer Selma Dimitrijevic and director Dan Ayling. She said: […]

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RNCM Students Join New Order for MIF Special

18 July 2017

It’s rave reviews all round for the RNCM students who performed with New Order at this year’s Manchester International Festival. Providing a fantastic synthesiser orchestra conducted by composer/arranger Joe Duddell, Aaron Breeze, George Burrage, James Davis, Ruairi Leonard, Ellen Lewis, Emily Owen, Andrew Jones, Gareth Jones, Anna Disley-Simpson, Charlie Sinclair, Carmel Smickersgill, Ollie Walton and […]

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Kang Wang Wins Second Prize at International Competiton

14 July 2017

Congratulations to alumnus Kang Wang on winning Second Prize at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. Fresh from representing Australia in this year’s BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, Kang was one of 1125 applicants worldwide to enter the prestigious competition, 15 of which made it through to the final earlier this month. One […]

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Jan Wierzba is Assistant Conductor of Netherlands Philharmonic

12 July 2017

Alumnus Jan Wierzba has been appointed Assistant Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. The 2015 graduate was one of 300 conductors to apply for the position, eight of which were chosen to audition with the orchestra before a final three were selected to attend an interview. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and its partner the Netherlands […]

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TEDxRNCM: Thursday 6 July

29 June 2017

The inaugural TEDxRNCM takes place on Thursday 6 July focusing on the theme of The Big Wide World: Steps into the Unknown. Hosted by RNCM SU President Hayley Parkes, speakers from a variety of sectors will come together to share their steps into the unknown, whether that’s going against the grain of traditions, speaking out bravely […]

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RNCM Popular Music Musicians Play Wembley and Glastonbury

28 June 2017

Last weekend saw RNCM popular music students and alumni performing at two of the world’s most iconic venues. Ollie Harding (drums, pictured), Harry Gumery (bass) and Charles MacDonald (guitar), who all graduated in 2015, played Wembley Stadium with country duo The Shires on Saturday 24 June, before Charles headed over to Glastonbury on Sunday with fourth […]

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RNCM, ABRSM and RSM Launch New Website

28 June 2017

The RNCM, together with the ABRSM and Royal Schools of Music, has launched a new website to promote the UK as a leading destination for music education. The Royal Schools of Music, which includes the RNCM alongside the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, are renowned for attracting talented […]

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