The RNCM Songsters were established in 2016 to offer performance opportunities to students who are particularly interested in song repertoire.
Predominantly consisting of singers and pianists selected annually by audition, the RNCM Songsters take part in engagements and projects in art song both within the RNCM and in external UK venues. They are able to offer a variety of repertoire choices and seek to devise innovative and creative programmes of song across the entire repertoire.
Previous notable engagements and projects involving the RNCM Songsters include:
- Music Society recitals across the North of England
- Leeds Lieder/Leeds International Concert Season Lunchtime Recitals
- Festival recitals (including The English Music Festival and Manchester Song Festival)
- A recital of Russian Song and verse at The Stoller Hall working with acclaimed actor Timothy West
- RNCM Spotlight recitals and lunchtime concerts
- A collaboration with Sir Stephen Hough in performances of his songs for voice and piano
- Recordings of songs by Arthur Sullivan in collaboration with the acclaimed pianist David Owen Norris
- Collaborative recital projects with The Paris Conservatoire in Paris and Manchester
The artistic team for the RNCM Songsters includes Jonathan Fisher, Nico de Villiers, David Jones, and Lynne Dawson. In recent years RNCM Songsters have been invited to work with expert guest tutors experienced in the world of art song. These have included Julius Drake, Sir Stephen Hough, Ian Partridge, David Owen Norris, Alice Coote, Roderick Williams, and Richard Stokes.