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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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Students Enjoy Placement with Royal Marines Band

3 March 2017

RNCM students Nat Martin (tenor horn) and Sarah Byron (saxophone) were given an insight into the life of the Royal Marines Band Service (RMBS) last month as they joined the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Portsmouth (The Royal Band) for a week’s musical training. Culminating in a concert conducted by RNCM postgraduate Captain Sam Hairsine […]

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Alumnus Represents Australia in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

2 March 2017

Categories: Alumni

Congratulations to RNCM alumnus Kang Wang, who has been chosen to represent Australia at the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. One of the world’s most popular music competitions, the BBC Cardiff Singer is the premier showcase for opera and concert singers at the outset of their careers. Almost 400 applications were received […]

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Matthew Eden is Black Dyke’s Young Composer in Residence

21 February 2017

Second year undergraduate Matthew Eden has been announced as Black Dyke Band’s Young Composer in Residence for 2017. A student of Laura Bowler, Matthew began playing the piano at the age of six and started to compose his own music shortly afterwards. At 14 he wrote his first sizeable work, the three movement Fantasia for […]

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RNCM Wins UniBrass 2017

20 February 2017

The RNCM Brass Band came out on top at this year’s UniBrass Competition. Not only did the band win the coveted UniBrass Trophy, but second year undergraduate Dominic Longhurst (cornet) picked up the award for Best Soloist, while fourth year composer Callum Harrison was announced as Best Conductor. Taking place at Harrogate International Centre on […]

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Joins as International Chair in Piano

20 February 2017

The RNCM is pleased to announce that acclaimed pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet will join the College in September as International Chair in Piano. Recognised as one of the most engaging live performers of his generation, Jean-Efflam enjoys an eminent career as a solo recitalist and recording artist. He has also worked regularly with the world’s leading […]

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RNCM Soprano’s Success at Clonter

16 February 2017

Congratulations to Samantha Clarke, winner of Second Prize and the Audience Prize at this year’s Clonter Opera competition. The postgraduate soprano, who performed the role of Fiordiligi in the RNCM’s 2016 production of Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte, was one of five singers from UK conservatoires to take part in the annual event at Clonter’s home in […]

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RNCM Recognised by Department for International Trade

6 February 2017

Categories: Alumni

The RNCM has been recognised by the Department for International Trade for its strong educational links in China. Held at The Lowry, Salford Quays, on Friday 3 February, The Greater China Awards were open to any companies or organisations in the North West of England which have made a significant contribution to developing business or […]

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RNCM Celebrates Gift from The Patron’s Fund

6 February 2017

The RNCM has received a gift from The Patron’s Fund to help support the work of RNCM Young Company. Forming part of RNCM Engage, RNCM Young Company is a talented musical theatre group offering everyone aged 13 to 18, regardless of ability or experience, the opportunity to work with industry professionals to improve acting, singing […]

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