RNCM visits St John Rigby College in Wigan

The RNCM Academic Marketing Assistant Tara Cruddas paid a visit to St John Rigby College on 18 October, accompanied by third year undergraduate students Ellie Hull and Mackenzie Paget. The purpose of the visit was to provide information to A-level music students about studying at a conservatoire and share an insight into College life.

Ellie, a soprano and Mackenzie, a pianist, opened proceedings by performing Memories by Charles Ives, Après un rêve by Fauré and Ouvre tes yeux bleus by Massenet.

Led by Tara, the following presentation covered a range of topics including the RNCM entry requirements, audition process and structure of courses. Students were told about possibilities for study abroad and the numerous ensembles that exist at the College including the Symphony and Concert orchestras, RNCM Chamber Choir, RNCM Session Orchestra, RNCM Big Band and Jazz Collective. Videos of student experiences shed light on teachers, performance opportunities and life in Manchester, whilst a rundown of the RNCM’s three main undergraduate degree programmes: Bachelor of Music, the GRNCM/MusB (‘Joint Course’) with The University of Manchester and the BMus (Hons) Popular Music gave students an idea of formal course study options.

Ellie and Mackenzie spoke throughout of their own personal experiences studying at the RNCM, and offered advice to students on what to expect from the audition process and exam procedures. After a round of questions, Ellie and Mackenzie ended the presentation by performing two more works: ‘Vomini’ from Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte and ‘Vanilla Ice Cream’ from She Loves Me by Jerry Bock.

St John Rigby student Holly Mullahy spoke positively about the RNCM visit: ‘I was scared about the auditioning side of things so it was good to learn more about that… It was great to get an idea what being a student at the RNCM will be like,’ she said.

Mackenzie also shared his positive experience: ‘The students really responded well. They seemed very inspired and asked a lot of questions… It was really worthwhile.’

Music teacher David Wall expressed his gratitude to Tara, Ellie and Mackenzie for their visit: ‘Having the RNCM visit gives my students the chance to hear experienced performers and see first-hand what they’re aiming for. It raises their aspirations and helps motivate them to become outstanding musicians,’ he said.

The RNCM staff and students regularly visit schools, music hubs and services throughout the UK, free of charge. If you would like to enquire about the possibility of arranging a visit to your school or music organisation, please contact [email protected]

1 November 2017