Facilities

As an RNCM student, you will enjoy use of the College’s excellent facilities, including world-class performance venues and a wealth of learning resources.

A major benefit of studying at the RNCM is that you will rehearse and perform in state-of-the-art venues. We recently invested more than £7 million to redevelop the RNCM Concert Hall and backstage areas, as well as £1 million to refurbish a studio space, which houses the world’s largest BOXY pod.

The College’s main performance and rehearsal spaces are:

RNCM Concert Hall (744-seat)

A unique octagonal performance space with advanced technical facilities and lighting, new flooring and seating, a balcony and raised floor area

RNCM Theatre (672-seat)

One of the largest performance and recording spaces in Manchester with a reconfigured backstage area, providing a professional learning environment at industry standard

Carole Nash Recital Room (117-seat)

A modern performance space with high-quality acoustic properties and on-site recording studio

Seven Large Studio Spaces

These include a newly-refurbished studio for use by Popular Music students with a state-of-the-art sound-proofing pod system, incorporating a fully-equipped recording studio.

You will have access to a wealth of resources to help support your studies, including:

  • Over 70 tutorial and individual practice rooms, including three brand new soundproof individual practice pods, and more than 120 pianos
  • Asimut, a state-of-the-art online room booking system
  • An IT Studio containing PCs with Sibelius software
  • Composition labs with a suite of iMac machines
  • RNCM Moodle, the College’s virtual learning environment
  • Wi-Fi hotspots inside the College
  • A professional recording department offering student recording services and AV equipment loan
  • An award-winning library with a wide range of materials and online resources

RNCM Library

The RNCM Library has a wide range of materials to support learning, research and performance, and is a key resource for all areas of your degree programme. Our knowledgeable library staff have vast musical expertise and will help you to make the best use of the resources available:

  • 90,000 catalogued items including books and printed music and 96 current journal titles
  • The College’s own archive of recordings, and a significant collection of CDs and DVDs
  • Online access to e-books, databases, selected journals and audio-visual streaming services
  • PCs with music software, listening stations and a viewing area
  • The RNCM Archives, which are of international importance
  • The RNCM Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, which consists of over 300 instruments dating from the 16th to the 20th century