Alumni News

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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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RNCM at the BBC Proms

20 April 2017

This year’s BBC Proms line-up has just been announced and there’s lots of involvement from RNCM singers and musicians. Running between 14 July and 9 September, this year’s Proms promises eight weeks of concerts, talks, workshops, family events and more before things draw to a close with the famous Last Night of the Proms. RNCM […]

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Alumnus Benefits from RSNO’s Composers’ Hub

6 April 2017

RNCM alumnus Daniel Kidane has won the chance to have one of his latest works, Zulu, premiered by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). The 2012 graduate was one of five UK composers to be selected to benefit from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s RSNO Composers’ Hub – the second annual initiative to develop the […]

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Alumni Shortlisted for RPS Music Awards

5 April 2017

Alumni Andrew Gourlay, Christine Rice and Mark Simpson have been shortlisted for RPS Music Awards. Andrew, a former Hallé Assistant Conductor, has been shortlisted as a potential RPS Young Artist, while mezzo-soprano Christine, who has performed with leading opera companies worldwide, appears in the Singer category, and JRNCM alumnus Mark, the BBC Philharmonic’s Composer in Association, […]

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Zelkova Wins St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition

4 April 2017

Congratulations to the Zelkova Quartet, winners of the Main Prize at the St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition. Comprising alumni Caroline Pether (violin), Ed Pether (violin) and Jonathan Pether (cello), and postgraduate Alex Mitchell (viola), Zelkova performed works by Haydn and Debussy to secure the main prize, which offers the opportunity for the quartet to develop […]

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Browne Jacobson RNCM Entrepreneurship Award

29 March 2017

The inaugural Browne Jacobson RNCM Entrepreneurship Award took place on Friday 24 March. Launched in February, the new initiative was established to help young RNCM entrepreneurs get innovative projects off the ground through financial assistance, advice sessions and professional mentoring. Over the past few weeks more than 40 business plans were submitted by students who […]

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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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