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Edgar Divver | Being a Composition Student

9 February 2017

Ever wondered what life is like at the RNCM? What’s it really like to study at a Conservatoire? Our new blog series gives an insight into the daily lives of RNCM students. This week, we heard from first year MMus Composition student, Edgar Divver. Some of the typical questions I have been asked about being a […]

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RNCM’s War & Peace Season

1 May 2014

Part of the global commemoration of the First World War Centenary, our War & Peace season looks at musical interpretations of the horrors of war as well as themes of hope in the face of adversity. Friday 27 June 7.30pm RNCM Symphony Orchestra, ‘Leningrad’ The Bridgewater Hall Continuing our programme of events, our end of […]

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Snow wonder they’re shocked…

9 December 2013

Very little is known about these two ladies and why they find themselves tucked into some draft pages of ‘The Pageant’ magazine within the RNCM Archives collections (ref Man-Mus/32).  Are they shocked by the snow?  The lady on the left is perhaps shocked by the hole in her hat.  Who knows?  If you do, however, […]

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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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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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