Popular Music

RNCM musicians chosen for Jazz North’s touring scheme

18 April 2018

Artephis, Manchester Jazz Collective and Täpp have all been selected as ambassador artists for Jazz North’s northern line touring scheme 2018 – 2019. Launched in 2013, northern line is an innovative model for touring which gives promoters the opportunity to programme high quality artists with low financial risk. To date, 59 ambassador artists have taken […]

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Yamaha Artist Mo Pleasure visits the RNCM for inaugural masterclass

20 December 2017

Categories: Popular Music

The RNCM had the pleasure of hosting Morris ‘Mo’ Pleasure on Friday 1 December, the first Yamaha Artist to take part in the Popular Music programme’s Friday Masterclass Series. As a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and touring musician, Mo has recorded and performed with numerous musical legends including Ray Charles, Najee, George Duke, Earth Wind & […]

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Mayor of Greater Manchester supports Popular Music education

13 December 2017

Categories: Popular Music

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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Riti Walia receives first Popular Music scholarship

18 October 2017

Categories: Popular Music

First year Indian student Riti Walia has been awarded the RNCM’s first Popular Music scholarship, sponsored by The Holroyd Foundation. Covering tuition fees for the full four-year undergraduate course, the scholarship enabled Riti to accept her place on the Popular Music programme, and will allow her to travel to and from India during the holiday […]

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Students to open Neighbourhood Festival with Blossoms

26 September 2017

Categories: Popular Music

Our students have been given the fantastic opportunity of performing with Blossoms at this year’s Neighbourhood Festival Indie band Blossoms will perform a very special acoustic set accompanied by composer Joe Duddell and an RNCM Ensemble, comprised of string quartet, harp, french horn, bass clarinet and vibraphone.  The 45 minute set will be part of an exclusive opening […]

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Great results for Popular Music and WBP in 2017 NSS

9 August 2017

The RNCM has achieved an exceptional 89% in this year’s National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction, which showed outstanding results for Popular Music and the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion. Conducted annually since 2005, the NSS is a national initiative running across all publicly funded Higher Education Institutions in England, Wales, Northern Ireland […]

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RNCM Students Join New Order for MIF Special

18 July 2017

Categories: Alumni Popular Music

It’s rave reviews all round for the RNCM students who performed with New Order at this year’s Manchester International Festival. Providing a fantastic synthesiser orchestra conducted by composer/arranger Joe Duddell, Aaron Breeze, George Burrage, James Davis, Ruairi Leonard, Ellen Lewis, Emily Owen, Andrew Jones, Gareth Jones, Anna Disley-Simpson, Charlie Sinclair, Carmel Smickersgill, Ollie Walton and […]

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RNCM Popular Music Musicians Play Wembley and Glastonbury

28 June 2017

Categories: Alumni Popular Music

Last weekend saw RNCM popular music students and alumni performing at two of the world’s most iconic venues. Ollie Harding (drums, pictured), Harry Gumery (bass) and Charles MacDonald (guitar), who all graduated in 2015, played Wembley Stadium with country duo The Shires on Saturday 24 June, before Charles headed over to Glastonbury on Sunday with fourth […]

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