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Alumnus Benefits from RSNO’s Composers’ Hub

6 April 2017

Categories: Alumni

RNCM alumnus Daniel Kidane has won the chance to have one of his latest works, Zulu, premiered by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). The 2012 graduate was one of five UK composers to be selected to benefit from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s RSNO Composers’ Hub – the second annual initiative to develop the […]

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Alumni Shortlisted for RPS Music Awards

5 April 2017

Categories: Alumni

Alumni Andrew Gourlay, Christine Rice and Mark Simpson have been shortlisted for RPS Music Awards. Andrew, a former Hallé Assistant Conductor, has been shortlisted as a potential RPS Young Artist, while mezzo-soprano Christine, who has performed with leading opera companies worldwide, appears in the Singer category, and JRNCM alumnus Mark, the BBC Philharmonic’s Composer in Association, […]

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Kathleen Gaspoz Makes History with Brighouse and Rastrick

4 April 2017

Kathleen Gaspoz has become Brighouse and Rastrick’s first female Principal Cornet in the band’s 136 year history. The RNCM postgraduate was offered the position by Professor David King after the conductor saw her perform during a College masterclass. Prior to this, she played Principal Cornet with the National Youth Band of Switzerland and the European […]

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Zelkova Wins St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition

4 April 2017

Categories: Alumni

Congratulations to the Zelkova Quartet, winners of the Main Prize at the St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition. Comprising alumni Caroline Pether (violin), Ed Pether (violin) and Jonathan Pether (cello), and postgraduate Alex Mitchell (viola), Zelkova performed works by Haydn and Debussy to secure the main prize, which offers the opportunity for the quartet to develop […]

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Browne Jacobson RNCM Entrepreneurship Award

29 March 2017

Categories: Alumni

The inaugural Browne Jacobson RNCM Entrepreneurship Award took place on Friday 24 March. Launched in February, the new initiative was established to help young RNCM entrepreneurs get innovative projects off the ground through financial assistance, advice sessions and professional mentoring. Over the past few weeks more than 40 business plans were submitted by students who […]

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Jack Sheen is RNCM Junior Fellow in Conducting

29 March 2017

Categories: Alumni

The RNCM is delighted to announce alumnus Jack Sheen as its new Junior Fellow in Conducting, commencing in September. Jack was one of 12 candidates chosen to attend the live auditions in February, selected from over 130 applications worldwide. Two made it through to the final round, each conducting the RNCM Symphony Orchestra in a […]

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Cellist Abel Selaocoe Wins ROSL ARTS Overseas Award

24 March 2017

Categories: Alumni

Congratulations to postgraduate cellist Abel Selaocoe, winner of the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Arts Overseas Award. Accompanied by alumnus Tyler Hay (winner of last year’s Keyboard Section Final), the fantastic win comes just two days after Abel also secured victory in the ROSL Arts Mixed Ensemble Award with his group, Kabantu. The ROSL Annual Music Competition is the […]

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Kabantu Wins ROSL Arts Mixed Ensemble Final

22 March 2017

Categories: Alumni

Congratulations to Kabantu, winners of the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Arts Mixed Ensembles Section Final. Hailing from Manchester, Kabantu (formerly Project Jam Sandwich) comprises Katie Foster (violin), Abel Selaocoe (cello), Ali McMath (double bass), Ben Sayah (guitar) and Delia Stevens (percussion). Together, they throw away the rule book to showcase music from around the globe […]

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Professor Linda Merrick Appointed Chair of Conservatoires UK

20 March 2017

Categories: Alumni

Professor Linda Merrick, RNCM Principal, has been announced as the next Chair of Conservatoires UK (CUK). Succeeding Hilary Boulding, who stepped down this month, Professor Merrick is a leading figure in conservatoire education, both in the UK and internationally. She joined the RNCM as Director of Performance Studies in 2001, becoming its Vice-Principal in 2006, […]

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A4 Brass Tour the Channel Islands

15 March 2017

RNCM ensemble A4 Brass undertook a tour of the Channel Islands last month, performing in Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney. Jamie Smith (cornet), Jonathan Bates (tenor horn), Michael Cavanagh (baritone) and Chris Robertson (euphonium) presented a series of public and school concerts on each island to showcase the work of the College. ‘The tour was a […]

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Alumna Wins BFS’s Young Artist Competition

14 March 2017

Categories: Alumni

RNCM alumna Amy Yule has won the Young Artist Prize at this year’s British Flute Society competition. Taking place at Regent Hall, London, last month, the British Flute Society competition is divided into three categories, two for school performers aged 18 and under and one – the Young Artist – for players aged 19 – […]

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RNCM Wins ROSL Arts Keyboard Final for Second Year Running

8 March 2017

Fourth year pianist Dominic Degavino has won the Keyboard Section Finals of the 2017 ROSL Arts competition. The 21-year-old ABRSM scholar, who studies with Helen Krizos, walked away with the £5000 prize on Wednesday 8 March and now has the chance to compete for the Gold Medal and £10,000 First Prize in the ROSL Annual […]

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