RNCM 50th Birthday Celebration
Thursday 22 June 2023, 6.30pm
RNCM Concert Hall
For over five decades, the RNCM has been home to amazing musicians who’ve forged incredible careers in all areas of the industry, and in an evening that celebrates our past, present and future, we’re pulling out all the stops for this spectacular 50th anniversary event.
Journey through three innovative performances, each paying tribute to the many ways our ideas, experiences, and emotions can be expressed through live music in the 21st century.
Our first event of the evening immerses audiences in a uniquely curated performance that breaks the traditional barriers of the concert hall, incorporating movement, improvisation, new music and old, and bringing together our past and present with alumni and current students playing and singing side-by-side.
In a nod to our roots, our second event showcases the sheer power and excitement that only a symphony orchestra can deliver, in a programme packed with joy, dance and drama.
Rounding off the evening is our Session Orchestra, promising an electrifying performance that turns up the dial on some of popular music’s most iconic tunes from our founding year, 1973.
We can’t to welcome you to this incredible event. Have a drink on us and join us as we raise a toast to our 50th Birthday Celebration.
6.30pm – 7.10pm / RNCM Concert Hall
RNCM String Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Katy Lavinia Cooper Cattle Call
Trad (Danish String Quartet) O Fredrik, O Fredrik
Edvard Grieg Holberg Suite (Movements 1, 2 and 3)
Shruthi Rajasekar * Heart of Earth
Lucy Hale* Four Folk Tunes
Shruthi Rajasekar * Bahaari Baarish
Trad (Danish String Quartet) Jasspodspolska
Shruthi Rajasekar * To Manc, with Love
Edvard Grieg Holberg Suite (Movement 5)
Katy Lavinia Cooper The Shepherd’s Wife
Caroline Pether violin (Manchester Camerata) *
Lily Whitehurst violin (BBC Philharmonic) *
Alex Mitchell viola (Manchester Camerata) *
Stephanie Tress cello (Solem Quartet) *
* RNCM alumni
8pm – 9pm / RNCM Concert Hall
RNCM Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Adès Three-Piece Suite from Powder Her Face
Florence Price Andantino-Allegretto from Piano Concerto in One Movement
Leonard Bernstein Glitter and Be Gay from Candide
Ottorino Respighi Roman Festivals
Alpesh Chauhan conductor (Principal Guest Conductor, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Associate Conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Birmingham Opera Company) *
Agata Zajac conductor (RNCM Junior Fellow in Conducting)
Alexandra Dariescu piano (RNCM Associate Artist and Tutor in Piano) *
Soraya Mafi soprano (RNCM Associate Artist) *
* RNCM Alumni
9.30pm – 10pm / RNCM Theatre
RNCM Session Orchestra
Andy Stott director
£10 (Under 26s and Students)
Your ticket will admit you to all three parts of the evening (6.30pm, 8pm and 9.30pm). The evening will include two intervals and will end at approximately 10pm.