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In Tribute: Ronald Frost 1933 – 2015

29 October 2015

The College was saddened to hear about the recent death of Ronald Frost, former Organ Tutor at the RMCM and RNCM, on Thursday 1 October. For many years Ronald was organist at St Ann’s Church in Manchester, presenting over 1000 recitals between 1978 and 2015. Here, St Ann’s current organist and RNCM alumnus, Simon Passmore […]

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Alumni Shortlisted for British Composer Awards

29 October 2015

Categories: Alumni

Alumni Andy Scott, Gavin Higgins and Sir Harrison Birtwistle have been shortlisted for a 2015 British Composer Award. The shortlist, announced today (29 October), features 33 composers across 12 categories, including Contemporary Jazz Composition, Choral, Orchestral, Sonic Art and Small Chamber, with 40 per cent of those shortlisted being first-time nominees. Highlighting the diversity and […]

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Students Joined Top Composer for MSF Commission

26 October 2015

RNCM students worked with renowned composer Jonathan Dove at the weekend to create a structured improvisation for voice and instruments inspired by Tania Kovats’ exhibition for Manchester Science Festival (MSF). Starting with workshops at the Museum of Science and Industry on Saturday 24 October, the unique collaboration saw Jonathan and students Rachael Allen, Gillian Blair, […]

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RNCM Singer Wins Kathleen Ferrier Bursary

26 October 2015

Bass-baritone Steffan Lloyd Owen has won the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers. The annual award, established in memory of the famous contralto (pictured above), is presented to a singer entering their second year of study at a conservatoire and is one of the most well-known singing competitions in the world. Sixteen singers […]

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RNCM Students Perform for Chinese President and First Lady During State Visit

24 October 2015

Four RNCM students performed at Manchester Town Hall on Friday 23 October for Xi Jinping, Lady Peng Liyuan and Prime Minister David Cameron. The Chinese President and First Lady enjoyed lunch at the stunning venue alongside more than 200 businesses, civic leaders and community representatives from across the north of England and China during his […]

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RNCM to Present Interactive Workshop Dedicated to Music in the Third Age

16 October 2015

The RNCM will host an interactive workshop on Wednesday 25 November dedicated to music in the Third Age, with a particular focus on dementia. Taking place between 2pm and 6pm in the RNCM’s Forman Lecture Theatre, Music in the Third Age: Practice and Research is a free public event to raise awareness of the existing initiatives, activities, training, […]

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RNCM Clarinettist Wins International Competition

9 October 2015

Fourth year clarinettist Qiran Chen won the 2015 China International Clarinet Competition in September. Held in Chongqing as part of the International Clarinet Festival, the Senior Category was open to musicians aged 18 – 30 and the prize was a recital at Chongqing Normal University Concert Hall. Qiran said: ‘Before I went to the Festival […]

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RNCM Announces 2015 Honorands

9 October 2015

The RNCM is pleased to announce its 2015 Honorands. This year the College will award Fellowships (FRNCM) to Professor Lynne Dawson, one of the UK’s most respected sopranos and Head of the School of Vocal Studies, and British Baritone (and RNCM alumnus) Andrew Shore (pictured), and Honorary Memberships (HonRNCM) to Dr John Bethell MBE, Founder and Director of the […]

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Friends Come Together to Celebrate Michael Kennedy

8 October 2015

Categories: Alumni

The Michael Kennedy Memorial Concert took place at the RNCM on Monday 5 October, featuring an all-star vocal line-up led by Sir Mark Elder and Sir Andrew Davis. RNCM alumni Lee Bisset (soprano), Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano), Paul Nilon (tenor), Laurence Perkins (bassoon) Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts (tenor), Joan Rodgers (soprano), Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano), Kathleen Smales (mezzo-soprano), […]

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Students Join Top Composer for MSF Commission

6 October 2015

RNCM students will work with renowned composer Jonathan Dove later this month to create a structured improvisation for voice and instruments inspired by Tania Kovats’ exhibition for Manchester Science Festival (MSF). Starting with workshops at the Museum of Science and Industry on Saturday 25 October, the unique collaboration sees Jonathan and 12 RNCM students focus […]

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Alumna Kathryn Chosen for BBC New Generation Scheme

3 October 2015

Categories: Alumni

RNCM alumna Kathryn Rudge has been selected as a BBC New Generation Artist 2015-17. Launched in 1999, the New Generation Artist Scheme is designed to support young musicians who are embarking on an international career to reach the next stage of their development by offering performance and broadcast opportunities. Each autumn up to seven artists […]

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