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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Sound Histories – An Enlightening Score for the British Museum

11 June 2013

Sound Histories is the latest and largest yet in the RNCM’s series of site-specific installations created to animate iconic public spaces with music. 200 musicians will perform 120 pieces to bring artefacts and different areas of the British Museum to life on the 5 July. This week we heard from Professor Richard Wistreich, RNCM Dean […]

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Sound Histories – An Evening of Live Music at the British Museum

31 May 2013

Our Director of Performance and Programming, Toby Smith, talks to us about Sound Histories, an exciting project set to culminate in a unique evening of live music for the British Museum collection, taking place on the 5 July:  Sound Histories is the latest and largest yet in the RNCM’s series of site-specific installations created to animate […]

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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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