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RNCM Students Join NBE this Christmas

8 December 2014

Three undergraduates have been chosen to join the Netherlands Blazers (Wind) Ensemble for a series of festive Family Concerts this month. Forming part of the College’s Platform initiative, members of the Ensemble auditioned 40 students at the RNCM in November before offering the exciting opportunity to third year trombonist Rachel Allen, fourth year saxophonist May […]

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Pianist Tom Hicks Reaches Finals of Ferruccio Busoni Competition

8 December 2014

Fourth year pianist Tom Hicks has reached the Finals of the 60th Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition. Established in 1949 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the death of pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni, the once annual competition now takes on a biennial structure, with the first year dedicated to Selections and the second to […]

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Sir Harrison Birtwistle Wins British Composer Award

4 December 2014

Congratulations to RMCM graduate and RNCM Fellow Sir Harrison Birtwistle on winning a 2014 British Composer Award for Songs from the same Earth. The work was nominated in the Vocal category alongside Flodden by RNCM alumna Sally Beamish and Totentanz by Thomas Adès. Sir Harrison was also nominated in the Choral category for his Moth Requiem. […]

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Postgraduate Panfilov Wins International Piano Competition

2 December 2014

RNCM pianist Alexander Panfilov has won the 2014 James Mottram International Piano Competition (JMIPC), concluding what had been an exceptional and highly competitive week at the College. Alexander, who was born in Moscow and is currently studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Solo Performance, performed Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto (Emperor) to secure the £10,000 First […]

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Christopher Yates: 1938-2014

24 November 2014

It is with great sadness that the RNCM reports the death of Christopher Yates on Friday 21 November. Chris joined the RNCM in 1980 as Dean of Postgraduate Studies, becoming the College’s first Vice-Principal in 1990. In this capacity he had a broad responsibility for the curriculum, as well as overseeing much of the day-to-day […]

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Alumnus Wins Raducanu Jazz Competition

12 November 2014

Alumnus Sam Healey recently won the Grand Prize and 5000 euros at the Raducanu Jazz Competition held in Braila, Romania. Named after pianist Johnny Raducanu, the uncle of RNCM alumnus Michael Cretu, the competition coincided with the Braila Jazz Festival and was broadcast live on Romanian television. Alto saxophonist Sam, who graduated in 2013, said […]

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Fantastic Start for Popular Music Masterclasses and Industry Seminars

10 November 2014

Students from the RNCM’s Popular Music course have enjoyed masterclasses and industry seminars from exciting guests recently, getting the new academic year off to a flying start. To date, the College has welcomed masterclasses from Jason Rebello (Sting, Jeff Beck, Chaka Khan), Robert ‘Sput’ Searight (Snarky Puppy, Eryicah Badu, Justin Timberlake) and Jon Shone (Musical […]

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RNCM Unveils Refurbished Concert Hall

5 November 2014

The RNCM opens the doors to its newly refurbished Concert Hall today (Thursday 6 November) following the completion of a £7.1m redevelopment project. Established in Manchester in 1972, the RNCM is a world-leading music college and one of the UK’s most diverse public performance venues. Designed by architect Ian Palmer and undertaken by Styles&Wood, the […]

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Kaleb Rose is Face of Roland BOSS

27 October 2014

Guitarist and popular music alumnus Kaleb Rose is the official face of Roland BOSS’ campaign to promote its new guitar effects pedals, expanding on the near-legendary status of these invaluable, sound-manipulating footswitches. BOSS, a division of Roland, is the pioneer of compact effect pedals, offering a diverse, world-leading product line-up, which includes compact-effects processors, multi-effects processors, […]

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From Bach to Bond on Classic FM

27 October 2014

Since Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Vass graduated from the RNCM in 2011 his career has certainly taken off. To date the 25-year-old pianist, who was born in the Philippines and grew up in East Yorkshire, has performed for His Serene Highness Prince Albert and Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco at the golden jubilee of the […]

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