RNCM Pathfinder shortlisted for Times Higher Education Award

We’re thrilled to announce that RNCM Pathfinder has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award.

Nominated in the Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year category, the innovative scheme started as a six month pilot in 2017, developing into a three-year programme in partnership with two Manchester Music Education Hubs and the BBC Philharmonic.

It aims to enable young people aged 10 – 16 to overcome financial, social and cultural barriers to progressing their musical talent, becoming confident, independent learners supported and motivated in their music-making.


To ensure it reaches those who can benefit the most, RNCM Pathfinder uses the knowledge of teachers working in Hubs to nominate appropriate young people, offering an intensive approach to those who are selected that delivers transformational, long-lasting benefits. Content includes a personalised programme of workshops, mentorship, tuition and ensemble training from RNCM students, staff and BBC Philharmonic musicians.

A readily transferable model of best practice – unique in the conservatoire sector – each participant receives a tailored package of activity shaped to their music education needs and personal circumstances. Success relies on building strong relationships with participants and their families, and identifying what is most appropriate for each individual.

John Gill, THE editor, said: I am delighted to say that the ‘Oscars of higher education’ go from strength to strength. With 23 categories this year, we’re also showcasing more exceptional stories than ever before, and it’s a real honour for us to shine a spotlight on all those who have made it as far as these shortlists – their stories deserve much wider circulation.’



11 September 2019