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Why Theodora is a Modern Production for Today’s World

8 March 2017

One of Handel’s great masterpieces, Theodora has a plot that resonates to this day as conflicts continue to erupt around the globe. Innocence, love, faith and courage bloom strong and full of promise in this oratorio, only to be struck down by the thirst for power and blind hatred. This rarely staged dramatic work contains […]

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Budafest | Jeremy Young’s Chamber Festival Picks

21 February 2017

Categories: RNCM Events Blog

We’re about to take a journey through Hungary’s rich musical heritage for Budafest: RNCM Chamber Festival, exploring works from 1800 to the present day. Eminent musicians including Gábor Takács-Nagy, the Keller and Talich Quartets, Kathryn Stott and RNCM alumni the Aurora Percussion Duo will perform alongside other renowned performers from across Europe and we will be showcasing exceptional students […]

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Edgar Divver | Being a Composition Student

9 February 2017

Ever wondered what life is like at the RNCM? What’s it really like to study at a Conservatoire? Our new blog series gives an insight into the daily lives of RNCM students. This week, we heard from first year MMus Composition student, Edgar Divver. Some of the typical questions I have been asked about being a […]

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River of Work

22 March 2016

Categories: RNCM Archives Blog

Have you ever wondered how to be successful? Walter Carroll mapped out sources of inspiration you must nurture in his River of Work. Walter Carroll (1869-1955), was a champion of music education in Manchester and former teacher at the Royal Manchester College of Music. He was a man of great imagination and passion for education. […]

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Music Meets Art for Mise en Scène

30 June 2015

Categories: RNCM Events Blog

Tags: mise en scene

Mise en Scène, a unique theatrical experience combining music and art, takes place at the RNCM on Thursday 2 July. The project is an exciting collaboration between the RNCM’s School of Vocal Studies and Opera and design students from Manchester School of Art. Here, Fabrizio Cocchiarella, Senior Lecturer Interior Design, talks more about the partnership… […]

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Observing Oberon: A Contralto’s View of Oberon’s King

18 March 2015

Postgraduate Rebecca Starling is singing the role of Oberon in the RNCM production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on 19, 23 and 27 March, made possible thanks to the kind permission of the Britten-Pears Foundation. Here, she shares her thoughts on why the role is rarely performed by contraltos, and how her voice type […]

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80 Strings Students take on Schoenberg

10 March 2015

In preparation for the RNCM Strings Festival, Dutch Conductor Henk Guittart is currently working with 80 of our string players on the Arnold Schoenberg piece, Verklärte Nacht. Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) was originally composed for a string sextet in 1899 but arranged in 1917 for string ensemble. After conducting the piece many times, Schoenberg reworked it again […]

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An Interview with John Wilson about his Piano Spectacular III

15 January 2015

Bassoonist and member of the RNCM Development Team, Linda Begbie, blogs for us this week about her meeting with revered accompanist and RNCM alumni, John Wilson – ahead of the John Wilson Piano Spectacular III event here at the RNCM on Saturday 31 January. I first met John in 2013. I was supporting a talented bassoon […]

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The Role Costume Plays in Performance

11 September 2014

As part of our Sponsor a Costume series, we caught up with 2nd year postgraduate student, Sarah Foubert (pictured, right), who will be performing the role of Hannah in our December production of The Merry Widow. She talks about the role costumes play in bringing a performance together and what she is most looking forward to about the […]

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Bryan Fox – Why I’m Supporting the Your RNCM Campaign

22 August 2014

Categories: Your RNCM

Tags: yourRNCM

Bryan Fox has worked at the RNCM in a variety of role since its inception over 40 years ago and currently provides student support through the College’s Counselling Service. Here, he talks about his admiration for the RNCM and explains why he’s investing in its future by supporting the Concert Hall campaign. Why did you […]

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Creating the RNCM Screen Print

9 July 2014

Categories: Your RNCM

Tags: rncm screen print

To mark the exciting transformation of the Concert Hall, we have commissioned designer and alumna, Jane Foster, to create an exclusive screen print commemorating the occasion. We sat down with Jane to chat about her time at the RNCM and her inspiration behind the RNCM screen print.  What are your memories of your time at […]

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Why I’m Supporting Your RNCM – Amy Webber

19 June 2014

Categories: Your RNCM

Tags: amy webber your rncm

Amy Webber has been the President of the RNCM Student Union since 2012. Here she discusses why the Student Union chose to fundraise to name a seat in the Concert Hall. The Student Union are really excited about the new Concert Hall and we can’t wait to see the finished venue and all the benefits […]

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