RNCM Students Join New Order for MIF Special

It’s rave reviews all round for the RNCM students who performed with New Order at this year’s Manchester International Festival.

Providing a fantastic synthesiser orchestra conducted by composer/arranger Joe Duddell, Aaron Breeze, George Burrage, James Davis, Ruairi Leonard, Ellen Lewis, Emily Owen, Andrew Jones, Gareth Jones, Anna Disley-Simpson, Charlie Sinclair, Carmel Smickersgill, Ollie Walton and Ollie West joined the legendary Manchester band for five sell-out shows at The Old Granada Studios.

Visual artist Liam Gillick, who has previously presented solo exhibitions at Tate Britain and MoMA in New York, transformed the historic venue into an immersive environment and the result was a sure fire hit with fans old and new. Writing in the Manchester Evening News, Emily Heward described it as ‘a musical masterstroke with visuals to match,’ while The Guardian’s Dave Simpson was happy to award it 5*s. There was also a great shout-out from the stage for the students involved, referring to them as ‘the real stars of the show’.