Megan Collis, BMus Violin

When did you decide you wanted to pursue music as a career and come to RNCM?

I think I decided at a really young age that I wanted a career in music, maybe aged 11. It was around the time I was practising a bit more and getting more opportunities. A piano tuner came to our house one day, heard me playing and suggested I audition for a music school, which I did and shortly after I started at the Purcell School for Young Musicians. I really enjoyed my time there and the opportunities made available, as well as being encouraged to pursue our passions.

What’s your favourite aspect of being a student here?

Probably the community; RNCM has such a fantastic culture of encouraging one another to thrive and work hard, as well as creating a space for individuality in a creative atmosphere. The facilities and teaching are also great, so it’s hard to choose!

You’ve recently been accepted onto the PES with the Liverpool Philharmonic haven’t you? Can you tell us a bit more about that?

PES is the Professional Experience Scheme, now known as The Platform, and is a partnership between the RNCM and several professional orchestras. Every 1st term, any 3rd, 4th and postgraduate string player can apply and audition for a place with the Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata. As part of the scheme I’ll get the opportunity to participate in rehearsals and concerts with the orchestra and work alongside the teaching team at In Harmony Liverpool.

Can you tell us about the chamber music department here at RNCM and in what way you are involved in chamber music?

The chamber music department at RNCM is brilliant! I am currently in a string quartet which has had Susie Mészáros as our primary coach for the past year. There are visiting tutors almost every week and any group can sign up for coaching, even with tutors from other schools of study. We’ve had classes with Peter Cropper, Pavel Fischer and Steve Wilkie among others which is such a useful resource. There are also Chamber Music Tuesday classes, which are weekly two hour slots where any group at RNCM can sign up to perform.

What do you plan to do after your studies here?

I’m very passionate about ensembles and orchestral playing, so hopefully I’ll be able to get some more experience and work in that area, but there’s also the possibility of continuing my studies here and doing a Master’s. I’ve learnt and gained so much experience from the BMus course, I can’t help but be tempted by the benefits of continuing with tuition!

Find out more about the Bachelor of Music programme here.

Read more about the School of Strings here.