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Sir John Manduell CBE: 1928 – 2017

26 October 2017

Categories: Alumni

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Sir John Manduell, our Founding Principal, on Wednesday 25 October at the age of 89. Born in Johannesburg in 1928, Sir John studied at the University of Strasbourg, Jesus College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music with Lennox Berkeley. He joined the BBC […]

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Alumni nominated for British Composer Awards

25 October 2017

Alumni Sally Beamish, Ben Gaunt, Andrew Hamilton, Emily Howard and the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies have been nominated for British Composer Awards. Announced today (Wednesday 25 October), this year’s shortlist includes 33 works across 11 categories, incorporating contemporary jazz composition, choral, orchestral, sonic art and small chamber. Sally Beamish (pictured above), who studied viola […]

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Alumna chosen for RSNO Composer Hub programme

20 October 2017

Alumna Anna Appleby is one of five composers selected for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s 2017/18 Composer Hub programme. Anna, who graduated in 2016, will now spend the 2017/18 season with the RSNO, gaining the opportunity to write for the orchestra in a range of different contexts, develop skills and creative relationships, and acquire an […]

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Lord Mayor of Manchester launches new research centre PRiSM at the RNCM

20 October 2017

Manchester’s Lord Mayor Eddy Newman opened the new RNCM research centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music (PRiSM) on 4 October. Bringing together researchers and practitioners in composition, performance, music perception, mathematics, big data and other disciplines, PRiSM fosters and promotes research through creative collaborations between the sciences and music. Founding members are […]

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Jess signed for worldwide general management

19 October 2017

Congratulations to undergraduate saxophonist Jess Gillam, signed by HarrisonParrot and Polyarts for worldwide general management. The second year undergraduate, who made her Proms début this summer, is the first artist to be jointly represented by the two companies. Writing on Twitter, she said: ‘I could not be more excited about this. I am so pleased to […]

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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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Student composer wins RLPO competition

13 October 2017

Categories: School of Composition

Congratulations to Grace-Evangeline Mason, winner of the RLPO’s Christopher Brooks Composition Competition. The fourth year undergraduate is the second RNCM composer to receive the accolade, following in the footsteps of 2014 alumna Bethan Morgan-Williams. It adds to a fantastic year of achievements for the 23-year-old, who made her BBC Proms début this summer in addition […]

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RNCM Opera presents Massenet’s Cinderella

13 October 2017

We bring a little festive magic to the College this December when RNCM Opera presents Jules Massenet’s enchanted Cinderella (Cendrillon). Directed by Olivia Fuchs, whose credits include the Royal Opera House, ENO and Opera North, and conducted by Martin André, who teamed up with Fuchs in 2013 for critically-acclaimed productions of Hansel und Gretel and […]

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McDonough is Eccles Borough Band’s Principal Euphonium

11 October 2017

Congratulations to third year undergraduate Peter McDonough on his appointment as Principal Euphonium with the Eccles Borough Band. Having started out in the Cardiff County youth bands, Peter began senior banding at the age of 14, joining the Tongwynlais Band in 2012. He is also Principal Euphonium of the National Youth Band and Wind Orchestra […]

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Kieron-Connor signed by Harlequin

10 October 2017

Congratulations to undergraduate countertenor Kieron-Connor Valentine who has been signed by Harlequin Agency Limited. Established in 1986 by Doreen O’Neill, with a remit to nurture young talent in Wales, Harlequin Agency now has a global reputation for its personal management of artists by its team of dedicated staff. It has a growing roster of singers […]

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