In Conversation with Stephen Hough

29 April 2013

World-leading concert pianist and RNCM International Chair of Keyboard Studies, Stephen Hough, talks about his memories of studying at the RNCM and how it helped prepare him for his career in the music world, ahead of his 'In Conversation With' slot here at the RNCM this Saturday 4th May… Why did you choose to study […]

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Graham Gouldman’s Heart Full of Songs

16 April 2013

Graham Gouldman and 10cc bandmates Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson and Mike Stevens join us this Thursday at RNCM for a show with a difference – a 90-minute acoustic set that spans over 4 decades of hits as you’ve never heard them before. We caught up with Graham to find out more about the show…   […]

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John Cage’s Song Books with Lor

28 February 2013

About the Song Books Commissioned in 1970 by Cathy Berberian and Simone Rist, the Song Books are a collection of 90 Solos for Voices and the result of one of the most intensely creative periods during Cage’s life, producing an incredibly diverse 317 pages of manuscript. The diversity of the Song Books can be attributed […]

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Think you know your Beethoven? Enter our competition!

7 January 2013

So you think you know your Beethoven? You may know your 5th from your 9th symphony but how much do you really know about the man himself?  As part of our Ludwig van RNCM Chamber Music Festival, John Suchet of Classic FM's morning show will be shedding new light on the difficult and complex character in […]

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Our gift to you: RNCM in the City

4 January 2013

RNCM in the City is our seven-month gift to Manchester of 40 free performances at 40 venues throughout the city. Part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, it’s a unique series that takes our music out into the community, reaching new audiences and enabling the College’s students and supporters to experience RNCM in a variety of […]

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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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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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