Deputy Principal (Performance and Programmes)
Manus joined the RNCM in September 2017 from his role as Executive Producer at the RSNO.
His broad studies from an early age in piano, violin, clarinet and as a cathedral chorister laid the foundation for a deep love of and fascination with music and live performance. After taking a first class degree in Classics at Durham University, Manus returned to Ireland to the Royal Irish Academy of Music to study piano performance. This was followed by further studies in London with the renowned pedagogue Carola Grindea, alongside taking a Masters degree in musicology at King’s College London.
After four years in London combining work as an accompanist, teacher and music journalist with research into musicians’ injuries and Alexander technique, he decided to combine all this experience taking a role in the Concerts department of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, while continuing a passionate interest in pedagogy through teaching work at Liverpool University.
Manus subsequently spent six years as Head of Creative Programming at Manchester Camerata overseeing the orchestra’s programming and planning in addition to developing innovative digital and cross-Arts work. As Executive Producer for the RSNO, a position he held since 2013, he oversaw all the programming and artistic strategy for the Orchestra.