RNCM Pianists Win 2014 Brant Prizes

7 July 2014

The RNCM made a big impression at this year’s Brant International Piano Competition with postgraduate pianist Oliver She (pictured) winning First Prize and undergraduate Dominic Degavino both Third Prize and the Audience Prize. Founded in 1979 and held in Birmingham each year, the Brant International Piano Competition is open to all UK-based pianists between the […]

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RNCM Conductor Signed by Hazard Chase

30 June 2014

Conductor Alpesh Chauhan has been signed for general management by Hazard Chase. The news comes just months after the 24-year-old, who has just finished his postgraduate studies at the RNCM, was selected as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s first Conducting Fellow. James Brown, Managing Director of Hazard Chase, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome […]

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Alumna Takes Lead Role at Junior Trinity

19 June 2014

RNCM alumna Tabby Estell has been appointed Head of Junior Trinity, replacing Marion Friend who retires this summer. Tabby, who graduated in 1993, has worked in music education for over 20 years including managing the pioneering education programme at the London Sinfonietta and as Director of Education and Community at the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In […]

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RNCM’s 2014 Gold Medal Winners

16 June 2014

The RNCM held its ninth Gold Medal Competition on Saturday featuring 10 of the College’s finest performers and four of its aspiring young composers. This year’s winners were Russian postgraduate pianist Alexander Panfilov, who studies with Graham Scott; Welsh postgraduate pianist Leanne Cody, who studies with Peter Lawson; undergraduate percussionist Delia Stevens, who studies with […]

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Cirtina Makes History in New York

11 June 2014

Undergraduate trombonist Josh Cirtina has become the first UK student to win the George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition. Held earlier this month in Rochester, New York, the competition is open to trombonists under the age of 18 and forms part of the International Trombone Association Festival (ITA); an annual event comprising solo and ensemble competitions, […]

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RNCM Professorships for Top Brass Musicians

9 June 2014

Two leading figures in the world of brass have been granted the title of Professor (Personal Chair) by the RNCM. Steven Mead, a Tutor in Euphonium and Baritone Horn (pictured), and Dr Nicholas Childs, Principal Conductor and Musical Director of Black Dyke Band, both received the honour last month in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the […]

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Alumnus John McCabe Honoured at the Ivors

23 May 2014

Congratulations to composer and alumnus, John McCabe CBE, who received The Ivors Classical Music Award at yesterday’s 59th Ivor Novello Awards ceremony.  The prestigious award celebrates the outstanding achievements of the prolific composer, who has created a vast body of works including symphonies, ballets, and solo works for the piano throughout his career. He said […]

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Alumnus Wins Dutch Classical Talent Award

22 May 2014

Cellist and RNCM alumnus Joris van den Berg has won the prestigious 2014 Dutch Classical Talent Award. Held at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on Sunday 18 May, the competition is open to young classical singers and instrumentalists and forms part of Dutch Classical Talent, an intensive programme of masterclasses, coaching and recitals throughout the Netherlands. Joris, […]

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RNCM News Spring 2014

14 May 2014

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RNCM at the National Opera Studio

13 May 2014

RNCM mezzo-sopranos Hanna-Liisa Kirchin and Heather Lowe, and repetiteur Eda Seppar have all been offered places to study at the National Opera Studio (NOS), commencing in September. Established by the Arts Council as a link between music colleges and the main UK opera companies, the NOS offers professional training of the highest quality to singers […]

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