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Spring 2018 at the RNCM

14 December 2017

Between January and April we host everything from classical, big band and opera to an array of festivals celebrating brass, strings, percussion and chamber music. Classical highlights include the RNCM Strings Festival, offering a mixture of French and British music culminating in a concert featuring the Hallé and RNCM students conducted by Sir Mark Elder […]

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Gavin Reid appointed Chair of ABO

14 December 2017

Categories: Alumni

Congratulations to alumnus Gavin Reid, elected Chair of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO). Born and raised in Edinburgh, Gavin was appointed Principal Trumpet with Manchester Camerata in 1989, becoming its General Manager in 2001. He became Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 2006 and Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in […]

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Mayor of Greater Manchester supports Popular Music education

13 December 2017

We were delighted to welcome Andy Burnham to a special event on Tuesday 12 December highlighting the importance of popular music education in Manchester. Describing the city as ‘the music capital of the UK’, the Mayor of Greater Manchester spoke openly about the need to inspire and support future talent, and credited the RNCM for establishing […]

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RNCM Honorary Members 2017

12 December 2017

Categories: Alumni

Our annual Congregation of Awards took place on Tuesday 5 December and we were delighted to award Honorary Membership (HonRNCM) to Dame Patricia Routledge, Carole Nash CBE, Jonathan Groves and Martin Vander Weyer. Perhaps best-known for her roles as Hyacinth Bucket in the classic sitcom Keeping up Appearances and Kitty in Victoria Wood’s As Seen on TV, Dame […]

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Success for RNCM pianist at Future Stars competition

12 December 2017

Congratulations to second year pianist Brian Low Rhung Wei on winning two prizes at this year’s Future Stars International Piano Competition. The online competition is open to pianists of all nationalities and is divided into five age-related categories. Brian, who studies with Helen Krizos, was awarded Third Prize in the Young Virtuosi category for players […]

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Emily Howard wins British Composer Award

8 December 2017

Categories: Alumni

Congratulations to Emily Howard on winning a 2017 British Composer Award. The Senior Lecturer in Composition and 2004 alumna was nominated in the Orchestral category for Torus (Concerto for Orchestra) alongside Forest by Tansy Davies and Two Eardley Pictures by Helen Grime. Basca chair Crispin Hunt said: ‘The composers honoured this evening are testament to […]

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Mezzo-soprano receives Independent Opera scholarship

28 November 2017

Postgraduate mezzo-soprano Rhiain Taylor has received a Vocal Scholarship from Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells. Awarded annually to a singer entering their final year of study on a specialist opera course at specific UK conservatoires, Vocal Scholarships provide £5,000 towards course fees, along with the opportunity to perform in the annual IO Scholars’ Recital at […]

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Manoj Kamps signed by IMG Artists

28 November 2017

Categories: Alumni

Congratulations to conductor Manoj Kamps, signed by IMG Artists for General Management Graduating this summer after two years as our Junior Fellow in Conducting, Manoj will be managed by Jennifer Spencer in association with Jennifer Spencer Consultancy from IMG’s London office. Jennifer said: ‘I first heard about Manoj from Iván Fischer, when he assisted on […]

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet awarded RNCM Fellowship

28 November 2017

Categories: Alumni

We were proud to award pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet with Fellowship of the RNCM during his latest visit to the College. Recognised as one of the most engaging live performers of his generation, Jean-Efflam enjoys an eminent career as a solo recitalist and recording artist. He has also worked regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and […]

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Keiko Abe awarded Fellowship of the RNCM

24 November 2017

Categories: Alumni

We were proud to award Yamaha artist Keiko Abe with Fellowship of the RNCM during a recent visit to the College. The marimba virtuoso, who turned 80 earlier this year, was presented with the accolade by Principal Professor Linda Merrick on Thursday 23 November following a lunchtime concert with RNCM percussion students. Fellowship of the […]

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