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RNCM students on performing with Blossoms at Neighbourhood Festival

11 October 2017

Our students had the unique opportunity of performing with indie band Blossoms at this year’s Neighbourhood Festival The 45 minute set was part of an exclusive opening party to launch the festival this weekend.  Blossoms performed a special acoustic set arranged by composer Joe Duddell and accompanied by an RNCM student ensemble – made up of string quartet, harp, french […]

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Student Blog – Freshers’ Week at the RNCM

18 August 2017

Are you joining the RNCM community in September 2017? Want to know what to expect at Freshers’ Week?  Second year violinist Alice Flannery shares her experiences of her first week as an RNCM student. The dreaded move away from home flew around and before I knew it, I’d packed the car to the brim with […]

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Meet the Team Behind RNCM StudentFest

14 June 2017

Join us this July for the first ever student-run festival of the RNCM. See their individual passions come to light in their unique and innovative projects. RNCM StudentFest features a huge variety of events, from a Jazz Big Band to an audio-visual presentation with a string quartet – come along and enjoy your favourite genres, while […]

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An Interview with John Miller about Wind, Brass and Percussion Day

24 April 2017

Student Bradley Jones caught up with Professor John Miller to discuss our upcoming RNCM Wind, Brass, and Percussion Day: Creating an event is hard work. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Professor John Miller and discuss his involvement in the creation of the RNCM Wind, Brass, and Percussion Day.   For those […]

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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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