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Staff and Students Gather to Wish John a Happy Retirement

26 June 2017

Categories: Alumni

RNCM staff and students got together today to wish Professor John Miller all the best as he retires from his role as Head of the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion. John joined the RNCM in 1998 as Director of Brass, before taking up the position of Deputy Head and then Head of the School […]

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RNCM Receives Gold in Teaching Excellence Framework Results

21 June 2017

Categories: Alumni

The RNCM has been acknowledged as ‘Outstanding’, achieving the highest available Gold ranking in today’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) announcement. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has announced the outcomes of the newly established Teaching Excellence Framework (REF), ranking the RNCM as the UK’s joint leading music college for Teaching. Professor Linda Merrick, […]

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RNCM 2017 Gold Medal Winners

18 June 2017

Categories: Alumni

The RNCM held its Gold Medal Competition on Saturday 17 June featuring 10 of the College’s finest performers and four of its leading young composers, who wrote new works for piano trio. Adjudicated by Nigel Clarke (composer), Cathy Graham (Music Director, British Council), Professor Linda Merrick (RNCM Principal), and Sam Rigby (Creative Director, Schott Music Publishers), […]

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Trio Gaspard Appointed RNCM Junior Fellows in Chamber Music

14 June 2017

Categories: Alumni

The RNCM is pleased to announce that Trio Gaspard has been awarded the position of Junior Fellows in Chamber Music for the 2017/18 academic year. Comprising violinist Jonian Ilias Kadesha, cellist Vashti Hunter and pianist Nicholas Rimmer, Trio Gaspard was founded in 2010 and is fast becoming one of the most sought-after piano trios of […]

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RNCM Shortlisted for Two Northern Soul Awards

2 June 2017

Categories: Alumni

Great news! The RNCM has been shortlisted for two Northern Soul Awards. Established this year, the Northern Soul Awards celebrate and reward exceptional culture and enterprise in the North of England, including theatres, productions, venues, businesses, galleries and many other projects and companies. Awards will be presented in 22 categories, covering the best venues, businesses of the […]

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IMG Artists Signs Soprano Katie Lowe

16 May 2017

Categories: Alumni

Congratulations to alumna Katie Lowe, who has been signed by IMG Artists for General Management. The 30-year-old soprano, who performed the role of Anna Murrant in the RNCM’s 2015 production of Weill’s Street Scene, graduated in 2016 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Solo Performance. That same year she was announced as a Samling Scholar and received a Postgraduate Fellowship from […]

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A4 Brass Performs at Brassed Off Red Carpet Event

12 May 2017

Congratulations to A4 Brass on their fantastic red carpet performance on 9 May to mark the 21st birthday screening of the classic British film Brassed Off at the Royal Albert Hall. Jamie Smith (cornet), Jonathan Bates (tenor horn), Michael Cavanagh (baritone) and Chris Robertson (euphonium) were invited to play before the event as cast and […]

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Nicholas Thompson Appointed Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion

9 May 2017

Categories: Alumni

The RNCM is delighted to announce the appointment of Nicholas Thompson as its next Head of the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion, commencing in September. Nicholas joins the RNCM from his position as Principal Trumpet of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe; a seat he has held for almost 30 years. More recently, he has […]

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RNCM Composers Chosen for LSO Panufnik Scheme

8 May 2017

Categories: Alumni

Congratulations to Grace Mason and Han Xu, two of six young composers selected to take part in the 2017 LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme. Established in 2005 in memory of Sir Andrzej Panufnik, the scheme enables six young composers to experiment and develop their orchestral writing skills under the guidance of renowned composer Colin Matthews and […]

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Grace Celebrates Handel’s Water Music with BBC Commission

4 May 2017

Third year undergraduate composer, Grace Mason has been asked to write a piece celebrating the 300th anniversary of Handel’s Water Music for the BBC Proms. A co-commission from the Proms and BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, the work is one of 30 premières to be performed during this year’s festival and will be broadcast live […]

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Chroma Harp Duo Wins Camac Ensemble Prize

2 May 2017

Congratulations to the Chroma Harp Duo (Lucy Nolan and Rebecca McIlroy), winners of the Ensemble Prize at the 2017 Camac London Harp Competition. A major award for harpists sponsored by the French harp makers Camac, the competition is open to harpists of conservatoire standard or beyond studying or resident in the UK or Ireland up […]

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Alumnus Gains Leading Role with RCO

2 May 2017

Categories: Alumni

Alumnus Tom Bell has been appointed Director of the Royal College of Organists’ North of England, North Wales and Isle of Man regions. Tom’s appointment completes the leadership team for the College’s new regional structure, which will see directors supporting teams of co-ordinators in arranging events and initiatives throughout the UK. Tom said: ‘I have been […]

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