Popular Music Summer School

We’re excited to announce our Popular Music Summer School for students aged 16+ who are interested in applying for our prestigious BMus Popular Music programme.

The 2023 Summer school participants sit on the stairs of the RNCM.

The 3-day residential summer school involves advice auditions with the Head of Popular Music, performance classes with instrumental and vocal staff, production, composition and artist development sessions, the opportunity to perform with current students, and rehearsals with musical directors in preparation for a live gig. You will stay with fellow summer school delegates at Sir Charles Grove Hall of residence, dine at the RNCM café and Dimitri’s on Deansgate, and perform at the Northern Quarter venue, 33 Oldham Street.

The school will provide the unique opportunity to work with some of the finest teachers, musicians, and students in the UK as well as the chance to meet, perform, and socialise with like-minded talented musicians from around the world who aspire to be RNCM Popular Music students.

How to Apply

Our 2023 Summer School took place between 12 and 14 July. Details of our 2024 event will be published next year. In the meantime, please browse the schedule below for an idea of what’s involved:

Day 1 – Wednesday 12 July

11:00 – Check-in to accommodation at Sir Charles Grove Halls of Residence
12:00 – Welcome meeting with Head of Popular Music Andy Stott and current students
13:00 – Lunch RNCM café
14:00 – Instrumental / Vocal workshops
16:00 – Break
16:30 – Live performance by current students
17:30 – Return to halls
19:00 – Dinner at Dimitri’s on Deansgate
20:00 – Open Mic / Jam Night at Dimitri’s on Deansgate
22:30 – Return to halls

Day 2 – Thursday 13 July

09:00 – Breakfast RNCM café
10:00 – Advice auditions / band rehearsals
13:00 – Lunch RNCM café
14:00 – Advice auditions / band rehearsals
17:00 – Dinner RNCM café
18:00 – Return to halls
20:00 – Live event at 33 Oldham Street
22:30 – Return to halls

Day 3 – Friday 14 July

09:00 – Breakfast RNCM café
10:00 – Production workshop
11:15 – Composition workshop
12:15 – Artist Development workshop
13:15 – Final Q&A with Andy Stott
13:45 – Depart

Places available: 30, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Cost: £350 including all tuition, accommodation, and meals.