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River of Work

22 March 2016

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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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Snow wonder they’re shocked…

9 December 2013

Very little is known about these two ladies and why they find themselves tucked into some draft pages of ‘The Pageant’ magazine within the RNCM Archives collections (ref Man-Mus/32).  Are they shocked by the snow?  The lady on the left is perhaps shocked by the hole in her hat.  Who knows?  If you do, however, […]

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Christmas is coming…

5 December 2013

Over the next few weeks, I will post images with a Christmas or winter theme from the RNCM Archives, to help get us all in the mood for the upcoming festive season. By now, children have probably written their letters to Father Christmas, asking for whatever has taken their fancy this year.  I wonder, however, […]

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The Gaskell family and the Royal Manchester College of Music

14 December 2012

On 15 December, as part of its RNCM in the City series, the College is putting on a concert at the Gaskells’ house, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester. Interestingly, the College has a link to the Gaskell family dating back to the 19th century, Sir Charles Hallé and the early days of the Royal Manchester College […]

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Sir Harrison Birtwistle: where it all began

4 December 2012

Congratulations to Sir Harrison Birtwistle, who has collected his fourth British Composer Award (here).  Birtwistle began his studies at the Northern School of Music (NSM) in 1949, before continuing his studies at the Royal Manchester College of Music (RMCM) in 1952.  Extracts from his student register cards for each institution can be seen below.  You […]

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Musicians and ambassadors

22 November 2012

Seventy years ago today, on the 22 November 1932, Hilda Collens, founder and Principal of the Northern School of Music (then the Matthay School of Music), delivered a speech to the students and families gathered for the School's fifth annual distribution of awards ceremony.  She spoke of her pride in the School's accomplishments in the […]

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Violist from 1972 recalls the RNCM’s first concert, 40 years on

21 November 2012

Following on from last Thursday’s 40th anniversary concert, Clare Scott, Manager of the Principal’s Executive Office here at the RNCM, recalls performing in the RNCM’s inaugural concert on 7 November 1972 at Manchester Town Hall.   ‘I was a student of the Northern School of Music (NSM), studying viola, piano and singing.  My first term […]

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Spot the difference

19 November 2012

Thursday 15 November’s fabulous 40th anniversary opening concert at the RNCM marked the beginning of the College’s birthday celebrations by reproducing the programme from the College’s opening concert, 40 years ago (7 November 1972).  This was the first time the programme was actually performed in its proper location, however, as 40 years ago the College […]

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A concert with a difference…

15 November 2012

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Tonight the RNCM will host a very special event, recreating the programme from the first ever concert given by the College 40 years ago (7 November 1972).  However, the key difference is that tonight’s concert will be held in its 'proper' location, the College's Concert Hall. 40 years ago, the Concert Hall wasn't quite ready and […]

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