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RNCM Opera Nominated for Manchester Theatre Award

17 January 2017

Categories: Alumni

RNCM Opera’s production of Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne has been nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award. Following last year’s Best Opera win for Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Vie Parisienne appears in the Best Design category alongside Endgame (HOME), Singin’ in the Rain (Octagon Theatre) and The Pitmen Painters (Oldham Coliseum). Transforming the stage into […]

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Graham Vick appointed International Chair of Opera

17 January 2017

Categories: Alumni

The RNCM has appointed internationally renowned director and alumnus Graham Vick CBE as its first International Chair of Opera. Working in opera houses across the globe with leading conductors and singers, Graham has established a career as one of the world’s foremost opera directors since graduating from the Royal Manchester College of Music (now RNCM) […]

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Luthiers Make New Viola for RNCM Collection

13 January 2017

For the past week, four of the country’s finest instrument makers (William Castle, Helen Michetschläger, Kai-Thomas Roth, Marc Soubeyran) have been busy creating a brand new viola. Made possible thanks to a generous bequest by Thomas Jellis, the viola is based on an instrument by the 18th century Venetian maker Anselmo Bellosio. It was completed […]

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RNCM Saxophonist Performs at Leading Cultural Event

11 January 2017

Second year saxophonist Caitlin Laing was one of the main performers at Creative Industries Federation’s second anniversary celebration on Monday 9 January. Held at the new Design Museum in London, the special event – highlighting the success of the UK’s arts, creative industries and cultural education – included key note speeches and addresses from Greg […]

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Alumnus Conducts Advert for PlayStation 4

3 January 2017

Categories: Alumni

Alumnus Robert Guy has conducted Manchester Camerata in a haunting version of Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) for PlayStation 4’s latest advert. Robert, who graduated in 2012, was recently appointed Conductor of the University of Manchester Chorus and a Tutor in Conducting in its music faculty. He was guest conducting with Camerata when […]

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RNCM New Partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music

19 December 2016

Categories: Alumni

The RNCM has confirmed a professional partnership with the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music (ZJCM). The news swiftly follows the recent announcement of two additional new partnerships for the Manchester conservatoire, with Peking University Academy of Opera and the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain. Together, these exciting relationships highlight the RNCM’s continued commitment to […]

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James Hendry Nominated for British Education Award

13 December 2016

Categories: Alumni

Alumnus James Hendry has been nominated for a British Education Award (BEA) for his outstanding achievements during his studies. A brand new initiative established to promote excellence in British education, the BEAs identify and celebrate individuals who have excelled within our education system. James was one of the first students to be accepted onto the […]

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RNCM Singer Wins Arts Council/BBC Young Musicians’ Award

13 December 2016

Baritone Aaron O’Hare is one of four talented young artists to receive the Young Musicians’ Platform Award by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and BBC Northern Ireland. Presented every two years, the Platform Awards showcase and support the development of young musicians from the region by providing individual funding awards of £5,000. This enables […]

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RNCM New Music Education Appointments

12 December 2016

Categories: Alumni

The RNCM is pleased to announce the appointments of Dr John Habron and Robert Gardiner as Head of Music Education and Assistant Head of Music Education (PGCE) respectively. John, who initially trained as a composer, has previously worked as a Senior Lecturer in Music at Coventry University, and specialises in Dalcroze (a practice where music […]

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Daniel Thomas Appointed Black Dyke Solo Euphonium

8 December 2016

Daniel Thomas has been appointed Black Dyke Band’s new Solo Euphonium. The fourth year undergraduate follows in the footsteps of some of the finest players in the brass band world to occupy the Queensbury Chair, including Phineas Bowers, Geoffrey Whitham, John Clough and David Thornton, Senior Tutor in Brass Bands at the College. Prior to […]

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French pianist Clément Lefebvre Wins 2016 JMIPC

5 December 2016

French pianist Clément Lefebvre has won the 2016 James Mottram International Piano Competition (JMIPC), held at the RNCM between 28 November and 3 December. Clément (pictured), who studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse, performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor Op 37 to secure the £10,000 First Prize […]

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RNCM Wins 2016 Times Higher Education Award

25 November 2016

Categories: Alumni

The RNCM has won the Outstanding International Student Strategy title at the 2016 Times Higher Education Awards for its Read with the World project. Now in their 12th year, the THE Awards are widely recognised as the Oscars of the higher education sector, shining a spotlight on the outstanding achievements of institutions, teams and individuals […]

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