RNCM50: Artists and Composers in Residence

Throughout our 50th year we’re thrilled to welcome friends old and new as Artists- and Composers-in-Residence. Join us, and them, as we celebrate this exciting milestone together.

Artists in Residence

Manchester Collective

The Manchester Collective.

Performing three pieces – WEATHER, Places We Know and BAG OF BONES – between September 2022 and February 2023, Manchester Collective is a ‘new kind of arts organisation’ built for the modernity and diversity of today’s musical world. In addition to the shows, their residence includes a Professional Experience Scheme, open to applications for RNCM violinists.

Elias String Quartet

Elias String Quartet

Formed at the RNCM in 1998 and now reputed to be ‘one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of their generation’, the Elias String Quartet join us in November for a performance featuring the work of Haydn, Beethoven and Sally Beamish. Its members includes Donald Grant, our Deputy Head of Chamber Music.

Stephen Hough

Stephen Hough.

A firm favourite at the RNCM, Stephen Hough is recognised as one of he most important and distinctive pianists of his generation. He returns to his alma mater on Tue 6 Dec with an exploration of his works for voice and piano with students from our School of Vocal Studies and Opera.


Sally Beamish

Sally Beamish credit Ashley Coombes

Award-winning composer and alumna Sally Beamish joins us this October as the subject of our In Focus series. She’ll discuss her career so far, the history of her decorated genre-crossing oeuvre and her future work, before leading a performance by the RNCM Brand New Orchestra.

George Lewis

George Lewis.

Known internationally as a pioneer of computer-driven, interactive compositions, George Lewis’s autumn residency entails a collaboration with PRiSM, the RNCM Centre for Practice and Research in Science and Music, to develop an enhanced version of the Voyager system, a pivotal automated musical improvisation programme.

Anna Clyne

Anna Clyne

Anna Clyne will be joining us in the new year for an In Focus festival. Performances include a special collaboration with the RNCM Brand New Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic.