Leave a Gift in Your Will

Each year we are kindly remembered by music lovers who leave a gift for the RNCM in their will. These ensure that a lasting, often transformative, legacy is left by every donor who generously supports us in this way.

Many donors choose to leave a gift offering unrestricted support, so it may be used by the RNCM in an area of greatest need at the time it is received.

Recent generous bequests to the RNCM have made a huge impact in many ways;

  • Supporting emergency hardship funding for a student in financial crisis
  • Enabling access to our Pathfinder programme of musical tuition for young people facing financial disadvantage
  • Creating a series of Masterclasses with world class musicians
  • Establishing a permanent named scholarship
  • Transforming areas of the RNCM estate

Legacy stories

Helen Rachael Mackaness was a graduate of the Royal Manchester College of Music, studying piano and cello. After leaving she enjoyed a successful career as a music teacher.  Following her death, her generous legacy has helped new generations of young musicians to fulfil their own artistic ambitions.  Over the years, more than 40 talented students at the RNCM have received Helen Mackaness Awards, many of whom have since established leading international careers, such as Alexander Panfilov, multiple award-winning concert pianist and RNCM Honorary Associate Artist.

Helen’s legacy is currently supporting 4 postgraduate international pianists and 6 outstanding young musicians at the Junior RNCM. Without support from her legacy they would, quite simply, be unable to study at the RNCM. Helen’s legacy has made a huge difference to the lives of so many talented young musicians and ensures that life-changing opportunities are made possible every single day.

Neil Balfour.

‘I had spent all of my savings and would not have been able to have another year at the RNCM without financial help from a legacy. Without a doubt, knowing there are people supporting and rooting for me has made all the difference, last year I received a first with very high distinction. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.’ – Neil Balfour, Bass-Baritone


How to leave a gift in your will

For more information about how to leave a gift in your Will, please see our simple guide.

We would be delighted to hear from you to discuss the area that would mean the most to you and your family. Please contact Bethan Ward on 0161 907 5388 or at [email protected] for a friendly, informal chat.

Write your Will for free

In partnership with FarewillWe are pleased to partner with Farewill, an award-winning will writing service – to offer a limited number of free wills to our supporters. (Farewill usually charges £100, or £160 per couple.)

With Farewill, it only takes 30 minutes to write a Will and is easy to do from the comfort of your own home. If you would prefer to write your Will over the phone with a Farewill specialist, we are happy to be able to offer this as an option, too – visit the Farewill website to book an appointment.

Claim your free will now

If you already intend to leave a gift in your Will

We are hugely grateful to everyone who has chosen to remember the RNCM in their Will. Whilst we recognise this is a personal decision which you might not wish to share, we would love to have the opportunity to thank you properly, to showcase the impact support has on the RNCM during your lifetime, and to ensure we can accommodate the wishes of your gift.

The RNCM Legacy Club recognises the support of those that have pledged a gift in their Will to the RNCM. It celebrates the significant impact that legacies have on the RNCM, and enables us to bring you closer to the work happening across College during your lifetime. You will receive updates on College activity throughout the year and invitations to events, including an annual event exclusively for the RNCM Legacy Club. Our most recent event was an afternoon of tea and cake, a special recital from students supported by legacies from across our schools of study, and a chance to hear directly from our Principal and students.

If you would like to make us aware of your plans to leave the RNCM in your Will, please do contact Bethan Ward on 0161 907 5388 or at [email protected]. Thank you.


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