News

Hayley Parkes is RNCM’s New SU President

24 March 2016

Pianist Hayley Parkes has been appointed the RNCM’s next Students’ Union President. Hayley, a former BBC Young Musicians of the Year finalist who was recently awarded a Yamaha Scholarship, will take over from current President Ed Gaffney in September. She said: ‘After having such an amazing experience myself as a student at the RNCM, it […]

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Alumni Nominated for Times Breakthrough Award

22 March 2016

Categories: Alumni

RNCM alumni Jennifer France and Mark Simpson have been nominated for a 2016 Times Breakthrough Award. Forming part of the annual South Bank Sky Arts Awards, The Times Breakthrough category offers readers the chance to vote for their favourite artist from 10 areas of the arts, including opera, classical, film, dance, literature, film and comedy. […]

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RNCM Set to Install World’s Largest BOXY Studio

22 March 2016

The RNCM has announced plans to transform its former Studio Theatre into a state-of-the-art rehearsal and recording area by fitting the world’s largest BOXY modular studio system. The £850,000 project will convert the space, previously used for small-scale productions and concerts, into a designated student area with a particular focus on popular music. Work, which is set […]

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1993 Recording of Thomas Pitfield Music Re-released

15 March 2016

A disc of chamber music by RMCM alumnus Thomas Pitfield recorded at the College in 1993 has been re-released by Heritage Records. Featuring soprano Tracey Chadwell (1959 – 96), pianists John McCabe (1939 – 2015), Janet Simpson and Keith Swallow, violinist Dennis Simons, oboist Richard Simpson, and recorder player John Turner, the 70-minute selection includes […]

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Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: 1934 – 2016

14 March 2016

Categories: Alumni

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of alumnus Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, on Monday 14 March at the age of 81. One of the foremost composers of our time, Sir Peter made a profound contribution to musical history in the UK and beyond through his wide-ranging and prolific output. Recognised as […]

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RNCM Cellist Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

14 March 2016

Postgraduate cellist Abel Selaocoe has been awarded the Biddy Baxter and John Hosier Music Trust 2016 Scholarship. Allocated annually to one student from all UK conservatoires, the scholarship – this year totalling £8000 – provides financial support to outstanding young musicians who wish to further their studies. Professor Linda Merrick, RNCM Principal, said: ‘The Biddy […]

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A Dream Comes True as RNCM Wins MTA Best Opera

7 March 2016

The RNCM’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has won the 2015 Manchester Theatre Award for Best Opera, just months after the College won the Times High Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. Competing against professional performances from Opera North, Buxton Festival and Clonter Opera, the opera was directed by Garth Bardsley and […]

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Students Join Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood

1 March 2016

Five RNCM students joined the Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood last week for the inaugural Royal Marines Band Service Graduate Placement Scheme. Trumpeter Ben Conway, flautists Pola Kompf, Cressida McKay-Frith and Grace Callaghan, and oboist Vanessa Hanson-Morris spent five days at the Portsmouth base, rehearsing with Royal Marines musicians under the leadership of postgraduate […]

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