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 College in an area of greatest need at the time it is received.

Recent generous bequests to the College 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 College 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.

‘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

Neil Balfour

How to leave a gift in your will

For more information about how to leave a gift in your will, please click here for a 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 Petra van den Houten on 0161 9075338 or at Petra.vandenHouten@rncm.ac.uk for a friendly, informal chat.

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