Northern Students Awards

The North of England has an astonishingly rich musical heritage.

From the founding of the Hallé Orchestra in 1858 to Manchester’s iconic pop music scene, from the brass bands of Lancashire, Yorkshire and the North East, to the internationally-renowned productions of Opera North.

Student playing violin.

As the only royal conservatoire in the North, the RNCM has been pivotal to this dynamic musical environment for 50 years: introducing young people to live music, training Northern musicians and giving them opportunity to perform.

But there an unfolding crisis threatening music in the North. Music education in schools is critically underfunded and marginalised.

The new RNCM’s Northern Student Awards provide targeted financial support to musicians in need in the North, so that factors beyond their control won’t push music beyond reach.

The annual costs of full-time study at the RNCM are nearly £10,000, even before historic rises in inflation. Northern musicians need support to flourish, realise their talent and nurture an exciting, diverse future music industry.

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