RNCM Events Blog

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

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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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Music Meets Art for Mise en Scène

30 June 2015

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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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Meet the Gold Medal Competitors – Group 1

9 June 2014

The 2014 RNCM Gold Medal Competition sees ten of our most outstanding performers compete for our most coveted annual award. While our Concert Hall is under construction, we’re taking our most prestigious award outside of the College to the Martin Harris Centre for an exciting, intense day across five concerts with our finest performers. A testament to […]

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RNCM’s War & Peace Season

1 May 2014

Part of the global commemoration of the First World War Centenary, our War & Peace season looks at musical interpretations of the horrors of war as well as themes of hope in the face of adversity. Friday 27 June 7.30pm RNCM Symphony Orchestra, ‘Leningrad’ The Bridgewater Hall Continuing our programme of events, our end of […]

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John Harle unearths long lost concerto for RNCM Masterclass

28 January 2014

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It has come to light ahead of tonight’s RNCM Masterclass with John Harle that the prolific film composer Stanley Myers wrote a saxophone concerto for John back in the early 1990s. The score has been tucked away in Harle’s basement ever since he recorded it in 1995 – and tonight is a rare opportunity to […]

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Filling the British Museum with sound

3 July 2013

Guest post: Daniel Ferguson, Head of Adult Programmes, British Museum The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) first approached us in July 2012 with the proposal that eventually became Sound Histories. It was an enticing proposition from the very beginning. We are open late every Friday evening at the Museum and it is our chance to […]

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RNCM Compositions for the British Museum

25 June 2013

In today’s post we hear from four RNCM composers who have written new works in response to various objects in the British Museum’s collections. These works can be heard in full on Friday 5 July at the museum, where they will receive their world premières! Michael Betteridge on Two Leopards for two clarinets written for […]

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