Popular Music Summer School

Our Popular Music Summer School is for students aged 17+ who are interested in applying for our BMus (Hons) Popular Music degree programme.

This exciting event will give you the opportunity to work with some of the finest teachers, musicians and students from all over the world, as well as the chance to meet, perform and socialise with like-minded talented musicians who aspire to be RNCM Popular Music students.

RNCM Popular Music Summer School attendees receive:

  • Advice auditions with Andy Stott, RNCM Head of Popular Music
  • Performance classes with instrumental and vocal staff
  • Improvisation sessions with musicianship tutors
  • The opportunity to perform with current students
  • Rehearsals with musical directors in preparation for a live gig and a jam night/live gig at two of Manchester’s music venues.
  • Accommodation at Sir Charles Groves Hall of Residence next door to the RNCM
  • Meals at the RNCM café, Dimitri’s and The Deaf Institute

What are the Benefits?

Immersive Learning Opportunities

Each participant will benefit from an advice audition (individual feedback on your playing/singing), performance classes and improvisation sessions, as well as live performances.

Perform to Public Audiences

Experience the thrill of performing alongside your fellow Summer School participants both here and in venues across Manchester.

Learn From and Work With Highly Experienced Musicians

You will be taught by staff from the RNCM Popular Music programme:

  • Andy Stott – Head of RNCM Popular Music
  • Dave Hassell & Luke Flowers – Drums
  • Ollie Collins & Jasper Wilkinson – Bass
  • Johnny Heyes & Stuart McCallum – Guitar
  • Matt Steele & Jonni Musgrave – Keyboards
  • Hannah McGuigan & Soyeon Kim – Vocals
  • Alex Dee – Musical Director
  • Rodrigo Constanzo – Musicianship Tutor
  • Phil Gregory – Songwriting Tutor/Recording Engineer

2019 Programme

Day 1: 

  • Check-in to accommodation at Sir Charles Groves Halls of Residence
  • Welcome meeting with Andy Stott and current students
  • Lunch – RNCM café
  • Instrumental/Vocal Workshops
  • Live performance by current students
  • Dinner at Dimitri’s, Deansgate
  • Open Mic/Jam Night at Dimitri’s

Day 2: 

  • Breakfast – RNCM café
  • Advice auditions/band rehearsals
  • Lunch – RNCM café
  • Advice auditions/band rehearsals
  • Dinner – The Deaf Institute
  • Live event at The Deaf Institute

Day 3: 

  • Breakfast – RNCM café
  • Musicianship Workshop
  • Seminar with Andy Stott – final Q&A

Participants will depart early afternoon.

Please note that the programme may be subject to alteration, but participants will be notified should any changes occur.

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of the 3-day summer school is £300, which includes all tuition, accommodation and meals. Please wait to receive confirmation of your place before making any travel arrangements.

How Do I Apply?

Applications for our 2020 Summer School will open in March. If you’d like to receive an email notification of this, please contact our Popular Music Administrator via the email address below.

Further Information

If you have any questions about the Summer School, please email popularmusic@rncm.ac.uk.