RNCM Gold Medal – Concert 2 (4pm)

Aleksey Igudesman Passacaglia from Violamania
York Bowen Viola Sonata No 1 in C minor Op 18                                                                                                                                 

Xin He viola
Ben Powell piano


Philip Rousiamanis song for a sleepless wolf child (world premiere)

Samuel Staples violin
Nathan Jackson-Turner cello
Phil Leslie piano


This performance will end at approximately 5pm.


The Panel

Manus Carey – Deputy Principal (Performance and Programmes), RNCM
Philip Grange – Composer
Professor Linda Merrick – Principal, RNCM
Sandra Parr – Artistic Planning Director (Orchestras and Ensembles), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic



Xin He - viola

Xin He grew up in China and began playing the viola at age of 12 at the Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music with Donglei Hou. She is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student at the Royal Northern College of Music, receiving four years of full scholarships from ABRSM and learning with Lucy Nolan, Veit Hertenstein, and Martin Schaefer.

Since commencing her studies at the RNCM, Xin has participated in masterclasses with viola players such as Thomas Riebl, Henk Guittart, and Timothy Ridout. In April 2019, she travelled to the Lionel Tertis Viola Festival on the Isle of Man with her teacher Lucy and was fortunate to participate in concerts and receive masterclasses from Carol Rodland and Louise Lansdown. After two rounds of auditions, Xin was selected to perform Béla Bartók’s Viola Concerto with RNCM Chamber Orchestra in October 2021. In March 2022, she performed George Enescu’s Viola Concertstück at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

From September 2022, she will start her postgraduate study at the Royal Academic of Music.

Philip Rousiamanis - composer

Philip Rousiamanis is a composer of instrumental and electronic music, a songwriter and a violinist/performer. They usually compose around themes of folklore, queerness, nostalgia and magic and they’re interested in creating music that always has beauty no matter how dark, violent, or uncomfortable it might be.

They are currently in the final year of their Masters’s degree in composition at the Royal Northern College of Music for which they have been awarded scholarships by the Countess of Munster Trust, George Henry Peter, and the Ralph Vaughn Williams Trust.

Their instrumental works have been performed by performers and ensembles such as the Juliet Fraser, Greek National Radio Orchestra (ERT), Elias String Quartet, the Riot Ensemble and Psappha Ensemble.

They are also a songwriter, performer and artistic co-director of the art-rock band Sylvette. They have headlined and sold-out major venues across the UK and they have received Multiple BBC Radio 6 airplays. Currently, Sylvette are preparing for the release of their third album, which will be out in July 2022.