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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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Uri Caine on Beethoven and improvisation

21 November 2012

Uri Caine is a New York City-based composer, pianist and improviser famed for his ingenious weaving together of the classical and jazz traditions.  Tomorrow, to round off our Beethoven 1 Day, he presents an evening of inspired jazz musings around Beethoven’s first symphony. And here’s what he had to say: ‘Improvisers are used to taking […]

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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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Celebrating 40 years of the RNCM

15 November 2012

Today is the beginning of a landmark year ahead for the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. Founded in 1973 when the Northern School of Music and the Royal Manchester College of Music merged, the RNCM has, over the past four decades, nurtured over 5,500 students, many of whom […]

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A concert with a difference…

15 November 2012

Categories: RNCM Archives Blog

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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Louise Brooks: Doing it Herself

2 November 2012

‘In writing the history of a life, I believe absolutely that the reader cannot understand the character and deeds of the subject, unless he is given a basic understanding of the person's sexual loves and hates and conflicts . . .’ Louise Brooks. Unwilling to bow to the film studio system of the 1920s; independent […]

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