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RNCM at the BBC Proms

20 April 2017

Categories: Alumni

This year’s BBC Proms line-up has just been announced and there’s lots of involvement from RNCM singers and musicians. Running between 14 July and 9 September, this year’s Proms promises eight weeks of concerts, talks, workshops, family events and more before things draw to a close with the famous Last Night of the Proms. RNCM […]

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RNCM SU President to Run London Marathon for Global Charity

20 April 2017

The very best of luck to RNCM SU President Hayley Parkes, who’s running the London Marathon on Sunday in aid of Make Some Noise. The official charity of media and entertainment group Global, Make Some Noise supports small but brilliant charities across the UK, which help youngsters and their families living with illness, disability or […]

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Student Success at Bromsgrove International Competition

11 April 2017

RNCM students have excelled at this year’s Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition, winning four out of the five prizes available. Second year pianist Wyn Chan and third year cellist Wayne Kwon both walked away with £3000 Finalist Prizes, while fourth year pianist Dominic Degavino (who recently won the Royal Over-Seas League Arts Keyboard Final) won the […]

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Alumnus Benefits from RSNO’s Composers’ Hub

6 April 2017

Categories: Alumni

RNCM alumnus Daniel Kidane has won the chance to have one of his latest works, Zulu, premiered by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). The 2012 graduate was one of five UK composers to be selected to benefit from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s RSNO Composers’ Hub – the second annual initiative to develop the […]

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Alumni Shortlisted for RPS Music Awards

5 April 2017

Categories: Alumni

Alumni Andrew Gourlay, Christine Rice and Mark Simpson have been shortlisted for RPS Music Awards. Andrew, a former Hallé Assistant Conductor, has been shortlisted as a potential RPS Young Artist, while mezzo-soprano Christine, who has performed with leading opera companies worldwide, appears in the Singer category, and JRNCM alumnus Mark, the BBC Philharmonic’s Composer in Association, […]

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Kathleen Gaspoz Makes History with Brighouse and Rastrick

4 April 2017

Kathleen Gaspoz has become Brighouse and Rastrick’s first female Principal Cornet in the band’s 136 year history. The RNCM postgraduate was offered the position by Professor David King after the conductor saw her perform during a College masterclass. Prior to this, she played Principal Cornet with the National Youth Band of Switzerland and the European […]

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Zelkova Wins St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition

4 April 2017

Categories: Alumni

Congratulations to the Zelkova Quartet, winners of the Main Prize at the St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition. Comprising alumni Caroline Pether (violin), Ed Pether (violin) and Jonathan Pether (cello), and postgraduate Alex Mitchell (viola), Zelkova performed works by Haydn and Debussy to secure the main prize, which offers the opportunity for the quartet to develop […]

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Browne Jacobson RNCM Entrepreneurship Award

29 March 2017

Categories: Alumni

The inaugural Browne Jacobson RNCM Entrepreneurship Award took place on Friday 24 March. Launched in February, the new initiative was established to help young RNCM entrepreneurs get innovative projects off the ground through financial assistance, advice sessions and professional mentoring. Over the past few weeks more than 40 business plans were submitted by students who […]

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Jack Sheen is RNCM Junior Fellow in Conducting

29 March 2017

Categories: Alumni

The RNCM is delighted to announce alumnus Jack Sheen as its new Junior Fellow in Conducting, commencing in September. Jack was one of 12 candidates chosen to attend the live auditions in February, selected from over 130 applications worldwide. Two made it through to the final round, each conducting the RNCM Symphony Orchestra in a […]

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Cellist Abel Selaocoe Wins ROSL ARTS Overseas Award

24 March 2017

Categories: Alumni

Congratulations to postgraduate cellist Abel Selaocoe, winner of the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Arts Overseas Award. Accompanied by alumnus Tyler Hay (winner of last year’s Keyboard Section Final), the fantastic win comes just two days after Abel also secured victory in the ROSL Arts Mixed Ensemble Award with his group, Kabantu. The ROSL Annual Music Competition is the […]

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Kabantu Wins ROSL Arts Mixed Ensemble Final

22 March 2017

Categories: Alumni

Congratulations to Kabantu, winners of the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Arts Mixed Ensembles Section Final. Hailing from Manchester, Kabantu (formerly Project Jam Sandwich) comprises Katie Foster (violin), Abel Selaocoe (cello), Ali McMath (double bass), Ben Sayah (guitar) and Delia Stevens (percussion). Together, they throw away the rule book to showcase music from around the globe […]

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Professor Linda Merrick Appointed Chair of Conservatoires UK

20 March 2017

Categories: Alumni

Professor Linda Merrick, RNCM Principal, has been announced as the next Chair of Conservatoires UK (CUK). Succeeding Hilary Boulding, who stepped down this month, Professor Merrick is a leading figure in conservatoire education, both in the UK and internationally. She joined the RNCM as Director of Performance Studies in 2001, becoming its Vice-Principal in 2006, […]

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