Her Majesty The Queen (1926 – 2022)

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on Thursday 8 September at the age of 96.

Since October 1973, shortly after granting the prefix ‘Royal’ to the newly formed Northern College of Music, The Queen consented to become our official Patron, with the Duchess of Kent adopting the role of President.

Black and White picture of Elizabeth II

An announcement at the time stated:

‘The Queen has been graciously pleased to command that the title ‘Royal’ be included in the name of the Northern College of Music, Manchester, in perpetuation of the title enjoyed by the Royal Manchester College of Music, with which the Northern School of Music has amalgamated to form the new College.’

Fifty years on, her Majesty’s incredible legacy has played a significant role in securing and enhancing the reputation of UK conservatoire study on the world stage, and for that we remain eternally grateful.

Our thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family at this sad time.

8 September 2022