NSM Centenary Events

As part of the NSM centenary celebrations, we’re hosting a range of archive events that are open to the public and free to attend

Come along to one of our events – all are welcome and each session is completely free of charge.

NSM2020 – Artefacts

24 Feb 2020, drop in 12-1pm

Location: RNCM’s Collection of Historic Musical Instruments

Amazing artefacts! It’s not just paper in our archives but a wealth of objects. Come and get your hands on some real life history, held by musicians of Manchester’s past. Even some parts of the musicians themselves! Free entry. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the centenary anniversary of the Northern School of Music (1920-1972).

NSM2020 – Photographs

27 Feb 2020, drop in 12-1pm

Location: RNCM’s Collection of Historic Musical Instruments

From creepy albums of Victorian children to performers in full wig and makeup, explore the images and lives of some of Manchester’s musical talents and the archives that preserve them. Free entry. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the centenary anniversary of the Northern School of Music (1920-1972).

NSM2020 – Art

6 March 2020, drop in 6-7.15pm

Location: RNCM’s Collection of Historic Musical Instruments

Get close to the gorgeous artworks in our archives. Be inspired by the scrapbooks and doodles, carvings and linocuts, masks and more! Touch the history of some of Manchester’s creatives as we bring these artworks out of their boxes and into your hands. Free entry. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the centenary anniversary of the Northern School of Music (1920-1972). 

NSM2020 – Letter Writers

12 Mar 2020, drop in 12-1pm

Location: RNCM’s Collection of Historic Musical Instruments

What were musicians talking about in late 19th century Manchester? What was on the mind of Elgar, Nina Grieg and Tchaikovsky? What’s the gossip? Find out how it feels to hold in your hands a letter from the hand that wrote Swan Lake. Free entry. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the centenary anniversary of the Northern School of Music (1920-1972).

NSM2020 – Stop Press!

23 Mar 2020, drop in 6-7.15pm

Location: RNCM’s Collection of Historic Musical Instruments

What was everyone in Manchester’s classical music scene talking about this past century and more? This and more is revealed within the hundreds of newspaper clippings collected throughout the decades and held in our archives. Come and have a rummage. Free entry. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the centenary anniversary of the Northern School of Music (1920-1972).

NSM2020 – Opera

28 Mar 2020, drop in 1-2.45pm

Location: RNCM’s Collection of Historic Musical Instruments

The costumes. The sets. The experience. Travel through time within our opera archives and explore what performance meant throughout the decades. If you performed – just come and play ‘Where’s Wally’ with your own face. Free entry. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the centenary anniversary of the Northern School of Music (1920-1972).

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