Junior RNCM

Junior RNCM is a vibrant community of gifted young musicians aged 8 to 18 who come together to develop their talent within the Royal Northern College of Music.

Every Saturday during term time the RNCM is their home; a place to study with exceptional tutors, perform with like-minded people and make long-lasting friendships. It’s also a place that looks to the future, teaching transferrable skills for life and creating a solid platform for further study at a conservatoire or university.

Being part of Junior RNCM is special. Students often say it’s their favourite part of the week and many tutors are proud to be alumni of the school. The varied curriculum ensures that everyone who trains with us receives an outstanding music education within an environment full of opportunity. Read our full prospectus here.

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Junior RNCM Curriculum

The varied curriculum ensures that everyone who trains with us receives an outstanding music education within an environment full of opportunity.

Students are required to spend a whole day at the Junior RNCM to undertake the full curriculum, which comprises:

Principal Study: 1 hour

Second Study: ¾ hour

Academic Studies
• Musicianship/Improvisation: ¾ hour
• Theory/Harmony/Composition: ¾ hour

Chamber Music Coaching (sight-singing for vocalists): ¾ hour

Plus one of the following, as directed by the Head of Junior RNCM:

Orchestral Training: 2 hours
Brass Band: 1½ hours
Vocal Ensemble: 2 hours
Jazz Ensemble: 1½ hours
Percussion Ensemble: 1½ hours

Foundation Section for Young Students

Our youngest students are placed in the Foundation Section and follow a shortened curriculum, at a reduced fee. Foundation Section students undertake the following:
Principal Study: 1 hour
Second Study: ¾ hour
Eurhythmics Class: ¾ hour
Theory: ¾ hour
Foundation Choir: ¾ hour

When their technical ability and physical stamina have reached the levels required for a full day of activities, it is expected that Foundation Students will become ‘full Juniors’.

Academic Studies
The Junior RNCM curriculum is underpinned by Academic Studies, which are of key importance in the training of well-informed young musicians. All students attend classes of either theory, harmony or composition (depending on age and standard) plus classes in musicianship, improvisation or Eurhythmics.

The Junior RNCM curriculum complements and supports students’ wider music education, particularly their learning on GCSE and A level Music courses. Help is also available for those preparing for ABRSM practical examinations through the aural training element of the musicianship course.

Composition is a particular strength of the Junior RNCM. Many of our students have had their works broadcast or performed nationally, and Junior RNCM students have won the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition seven times in recent years. Our Young Composers‘ Concerts, featuring performances by the Junior RNCM New Music Ensemble, provide an excellent focus for student output.

Our older students also enjoy the benefits of tuition in the techniques of conducting, score preparation and interpretation. There are opportunities for outstanding student conductors to work with Junior RNCM ensembles.

Chamber Music
Chamber Music is an important element in the training of our young musicians, and most of our students receive ensemble coaching in small groups, carefully matched to age, standard and experience.

Orchestral and Large Ensemble Training (as directed by the Head of Junior RNCM)
Junior RNCM orchestras and ensembles rehearse and perform works from a wide-ranging repertoire, and offer concerto opportunities for several outstanding soloists each year.

Regular sectional work is undertaken by experienced tutors, and there is a strong emphasis on orchestral and ensemble training. Alongside these in-house activities, students are encouraged to take part in complementary school, county and national activities.

Each ‘full Junior’ may be involved with: Big Band, Brass Band, Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Vocal Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble.

Click here for further curriculum information and sample timetables.

Staff List

Head of Junior RNCM
Karen Humphreys MBE, MusM (Perf), MPhil, GMusRNCM, PGDip RNCM, FRNCM, ARCM, LRAM, Dip Couns.

Deputy Head of Junior RNCM
Dr David Jones BMus (Hons), MusM PGDip RNCM, PhD

Deputy Head of Junior RNCM (Academic)
Jennie Hartley MA (Cantab.), MA, PGCE, LRSM

Junior RNCM Manager
Euan Au BMus (Hons)

Tutorial Staff

Academic Studies
Rosemary Broadbent MA, ARCO, ARCM
Michael Fletcher MA, FRCO, Dip. Ed.
Dr Rachael Gibbon BMus RNCM, ATCL, PhD
Jonathan Gleeson
Ian Gray MA, LGSM, Cert Ed.
Marjory Gray DRSAM (Perf), DRSAM (teach), PGCSE
David Onac MA Hons, MPhil, MMus, PhD, LRSM

Rosemary Broadbent MA, ARCO, ARCM
Joshua Brown BA (Hons), MusM, PhD
David Onac MA Hons, MPhil, MMus, PhD, LRSM
Gavin Wayte MMus, BMus (Hons), ALCM

Rose Martin BMus (Hons), PG Cert & MMus (Perf) RNCM, PGCE, Dalcroze Cert.

Juan Ortuno MMus

Keyboard Studies

Teleri Sian Barker BMus (Hons) RCM, MML
Sam Brook BMus (Hons), PGDip (Perf)
Siew Fong Choon GMusRNCM (Hons), PGDipRNCM
Valerie Eastham LRSM(T), LRSM(P), FTCL
Hazel Fanning GRNCM, ARNCM, ATCL
Manola Hatfield GRSM, ARMCM (Perf.)
Benny Hui BA (Hons), BA (Hons), PGCert, MMus, MPhil, CT ABRSM
Marta Karbownicka MA
Matthew Kam MMus (Perf), PGDip RNCM, BMus (Hons)
Naomi Kayayan BMus (Hons) GRNCM, PGdip, PGCert (GSMD), MA, FHEA
Kwangho Lee MMus, BMus (Hons)
Katherine Mercer BMus (Hons), LRAM
Jonathan Middleton GMusRNCM (Hons), PGDipRNCM, PPRNCM
Sarah Murphy PhD, BA (Hons)
Lauryna Sableviciute MMus
Kiana Shafiei BA (Hons), MPerf(RCM), PhD(RNCM), AFHEA
Ruth Webb BMus (Hons), PGDip, PPRNCM
Alex Winkcup MMus (Perf), PGDip, BMus (Hons)
Shanshan Zhao BA (Hons), PPRNCM, MMus

Jazz Piano
Les Chisnall
Ian Gray MA, LGSM, Cert Ed.

Simon Mercer BMus (Hons), ARCO

String Studies

Joy Becker
Janet Fuest
Mary Hofman BA, MMus
Benedict Holland PPRNCM
Rose Martin BMus (Hons), PG Cert, MMus (Perf) RNCM, PGCE, Dalcroze Cert
Sophie Rosa BMus (hons), MMus, International Artist Diploma RNCM
Liz Rossi BMus (Hons), PPRNCM
Steve Wilkie GMus RNCM, PGDip RNCM
Cath Yates GMus RNCM (Hons) PPRNCM

Lucy Nolan BMus (Hons), MMus RNCM
Alex Robertson GMusRNCM, PPRNCM

Heather Bills BMus PgDipRCM
Jennifer Langridge GMusRNCM PPRNCM (solo) PPRNCM (Chamber)
Clare Rowe BMus (Hons), PGDip, MusM, PPRNCM

Double Bass
Geth Griffith BMus (Hons), PGDip (RNCM)
Rachel Meerloo BMus (Hons), MA (Dist), LRAM

Lucy Nolan BA, Mst Music Performance, PGCE
Anne-Marie O’Farrell PhD, MA (Performance and Musicology), MA (Composition), BA, BMus, LRSM, LTCL, LLCM, ALCM, ARIAM

Jeremy Bleasdale BA (Hons) LLCM
Jon Gjylaci BMus (Hons), PGDip RNCM

Wind, Brass & Percussion Studies

Noemi Gyori Magister Dip Hons (Franz Lizst Academy) PGDip (Vienna) Concert Dip (Munich), PhD
Aine Lambert BMus (Hons), MMus
Helen Rimmer G.MusRNCM (Hons), PGCE
Jonathan Rimmer ARCM

David Cowdy BA (Hons), PGDipRNCM, PPRNCM, PGCE

Helen Bywater BMus (Hons), PPRNCM
Heather Gordon-Redfearn BMus (Hons), MMus
Marianne Rawles BMus (Hons), PPRNCM, PG Dip

Rebekah Abramski BMus, Diplom (Stuttgart)

Chris Orton HonBC, AdvPGDip (Prof Perf), BMus (Hons)

Gillian Blair BMus (Hons), MMus (RNCM)
Ruth Bourn PPRNCM, BMus RNCM
Carl Raven BMus, RNCM, PPRNCM

French Horn
John Thornton GRNCM
Sam Yates, BMus (Hons)

Tim Barber BMus (Hons) RNCM, PPRNCM, PGDip (Perf)
Richard Cowen BA PPRNCM
Neil Fulton BMus (Hons) RNCM
David Moore BMus (Hons), CTABRSM
Graham South MusB (Hons), MusM

Richard Broomhead BMus (Hons), LRAM
Philip Goodwin

Tenor Horn
Helen Varley BSc (Hons), LRSM

Mark Bousie BMus (Hons) RNCM, PPRNCM, PGDip RNCM, PGCE

Leslie Neish BMus (Hons), PRNCM, PGDip (Dist)

Ian Forgrieve GMusRNCM (Hons), PPRNCM
Andrea Vogler BMus (Hons) RNCM, PGDipRNCM

Vocal Studies

Paul Charles Clarke
Jenny Heslop ARMCM
Samuel Jackson BMus (Hons), MMus
Linda Richardson BA (Hons), PGDip Perf RNCM
Antonia Sotgiu GRNCM, Hon DArts

Vocal Ensemble
Simon Mercer BMus (Hons), ARCO
Samuel Jackson BMus (Hons), MMus

Chamber Music

Gillian Blair BMus (Hons), MMus (RNCM)
Jeremy Bleasdale BA (Hons) LLCM
David Cowdy BA (Hons), PGDipRNCM, PPRNCM, PGCE
Heather Gordon-Redfearn BMus (Hons), MMus
Ian Gray MA, LGSM, Cert Ed.
Geth Griffith BMus (Hons), PGDip
Noemi Gyori Magister Dip Hons, PGDip, Concert Dip
Anne-Marie Hastings GRNCM, PPRNCM
Mary Hofman BA, MMus
Aine Lambert BMus (Hons), MMus
Rachel Moore BA (Hons)
Lucy Nolan BA, Mst Music Performance, PGCE
David Onac MA Hons, MPhil, MMus, PhD, LRSM
Chris Orton HonBC, AdvPGDip (Prof Perf), BMus (Hons)
Juan Ortuno MMus
Eduardo Portal PGDipRAM, Int. Artist Dip RNCM
Helen Rimmer GMusRNCM (Hons), PGCE
Alex Robertson GMus RNCM, PPRNCM
Andrea Vogler BMus (Hons) RNCM, PGDipRNCM
Shanshan Zhao BA (Hons), PPRNCM, MMus

Orchestra and Ensemble Conductors

Geth Griffith BMus (Hons), PGDip (RNCM)Samuel Jackson BMus (Hons), MMus
Samuel Jackson BMus (Hons), MMus
Jon Malaxetxebarria
Simon Mercer BMus (Hons), ARCO
Leslie Neish BMus (Hons), PRNCM, PGDip (Dist)
Chris Orton HonBC, AdvPGDip (Prof Perf), BMus (Hons)
Juan Ortuno MMus
Eduardo Portal PGDipRAM, Int. Artist Dip RNCM
Andrea Vogler BMus (Hons) RNCM, PGDipRNCM


Dr David Jones BMus (Hons), PGDipRNCM, MusM (Perf), PhD
Jonathan Fisher BMus, MMus


The Junior RNCM prospectus is available to download here.

Contact Junior RNCM

If you’d like to learn more about Junior RNCM, please contact our Junior RNCM Manager, Euan Au, on 0161 907 5264 or email [email protected].


The RNCM is committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults studying in the College by raising awareness of safeguarding and promoting a safe environment in which to learn and explore music.

The College’s Senior Designated Person responsible for safeguarding is Fiona Chiang, Executive Projects Officer: 0161 907 5321 or email [email protected].

Our relevant policies are available for download on the College’s Safeguarding page.

2022 - 23 Term Dates

Autumn Term
September 10 – December 3

Spring Term
January 7 – April 1

Summer Term
April 22 – July 1

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