The Paris-Manchester project formed the centrepiece to the RNCM’s year-long French Connections festival in 2018, focusing on the music of France and its impact throughout the world.
The project was a collaboration with the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris and brought together live performances, research and publications centred on musical life in Paris and Manchester during the First World War.
The two conservatoires came together to form a student orchestra to perform repertoire from concert programmes of the Colonne Lamoureux and Concerts du conservatoire in Paris and the Hallé orchestra in Manchester from 1918.
- 1 March 2018 orchestral concert, RNCM Concert Hall
- 2 March 2018 Orchestral Concert, Cadogan Hall, London
- 8 March Théâtre du Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique, Paris
In addition, there were vocal recitals at the Opéra-Comique, Paris and RNCM Concert Hall and an international conference, Les Institutions musicales à Paris et à Manchester durant la Première Guerre mondiale at the Opéra-Comique and Paris Conservatoire:
The project has left a lasting legacy in its online exhibition, which brought together archival materials from Manchester and Paris. Paris-Manchester 1918: Conservatoires in time of war’ is an online collaborative exhibition between the RNCM and the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (Paris Conservatoire), giving us the opportunity to find out about the lives of the musicians behind the concert programmes.