RNCM Events Blog

Kimberley Raw plays her dream role as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel

14 March 2018

Soprano Kimberley Raw has been part of the RNCM family for seven years. The 26-year-old completed her undergraduate studies in 2015 and is due to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma later this year. Here, she shares her thoughts on playing her dream role in Hansel and Gretel, and what she’s enjoyed most about her time […]

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RNCM Students Prepare for Paris-Manchester 1918

28 February 2018

Our Paris Manchester 1918 project brings together young musicians from the RNCM and Conservatoire de Paris for performances in Manchester, London + Paris. We caught up with two RNCM students to find out how the project is going so far… Lily Whitehurst, 1st year Masters student studying Violin I’m involved in all the performances in […]

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New to Opera?

23 January 2018

If you’re new to opera, and not sure if it’s for you or where to start, here’s our handy guide about all things opera… You can wear whatever you like There’s no dress code for RNCM Opera performances. If you do want to make a special occasion of it and wear your best frock, be our […]

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Cinderella Q&A with director Olivia Fuchs

27 November 2017

With the opening night of Cinderella (Cendrillon) drawing closer, we caught up with Director Olivia Fuchs to find out more about how she’s working with our students to bring the fairytale to life A fairytale for the festive season, Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon is our Winter opera – a reimagining of Cinderella with perfect French operatic form – and […]

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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

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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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