Royal Northern College of Music
Royal Northern College of Music, Booth Street West entrance
|Established||1973 by the merger of the Northern School of Music (established 1920) and the Royal Manchester College of Music (established 1893)|
|President||Sir Willard White|
|Principal||Professor Linda Merrick|
|320 teaching staff|
|Affiliations||University of Manchester, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Conservatoires UK|
The Royal Northern College of Music is a conservatoire in Manchester, England. It is one of four conservatories associated with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In addition to being a centre of music education, it is a performance venue for concerts and other musical events.
The College traces its roots to the Royal Manchester College of Music on Ducie Street, established in 1893 by the conductor Sir Charles Hallé and the Northern School of Music, a music teacher training school founded in 1920. During the 1950s, the possibility of a merger was proposed by RMCM principal Frederic Cox. In 1973, both colleges were merged to form the new institution. 2013 marked the 40th anniversary year of the RNCM.
The college building was built in 1968 to 1973 by architects Bickerdike, Allen, Rich and greatly extended 30 years later.
Currently the college offers both undergraduate (BMus and a joint MusB/GRNCM course with the University of Manchester in any of the five specialisations offered) postgraduate taught programmes (PGDip, MMus) in musical performance and composition. In association with the Manchester Metropolitan University the college offers research degrees (MPhil, PhD) in musical performance, composition, musicology and music psychology as part of its Graduate School.
In January 2005, the RNCM was awarded £4.5 million by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to become a recognised Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), the only UK conservatoire to be selected.
The RNCM currently has 770 students and 320 teaching staff, the majority of whom are part-time visiting tutors. Many of the staff also teach at the Junior RNCM, a Saturday music school for talented young musicians who are keen on pursuing a musical career.
The college is divided into 6 schools by area of specialisation.
- School of Composition
- School of Keyboard Studies
- School of Strings
- School of Vocal Studies
- School of Wind, Brass & Percussion
- School of Popular Music Performance
There is also a School of Conducting within its Graduate School.
The RNCM Students' Union (RNCMSU) is the main student-run organisation. Besides representing the study body, the RNCMSU also plans and organises social programmes and provides peer support for students. The RNCMSU is member of the National Union of Students.
There is a large residential hall, Sir Charles Groves Hall, located next to the campus, which is managed by Liberty Living. Alternatively, students may choose to rent a flat at the Manchester Student Homes, the sole provider of housing for university students in Manchester.
- Christopher Ball, composer
- Barry Banks, tenor
- Tim Benjamin, composer
- Sir Harrison Birtwistle CH, composer
- Peter Butterfield, conductor and tenor
- Arthur Butterworth MBE, composer
- Jon Christos, singer
- Chris Craker, clarinetist
- Rita Cullis, soprano
- Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CH CBE, composer and former Master of the Queen's Music
- Peter Donohoe CBE, pianist
- Jane Eaglen, soprano
- Alexander Goehr, composer
- Jean Hindmarsh, soprano
- Simon Holt, composer
- Stephen Hough, pianist
- Elgar Howarth, conductor
- Gary Hughes, singer/songwriter
- Darren Jeffery, bass-baritone
- Sir Peter Jonas CBE, History of music
- Howard Jones, singer/songwriter
- Simon Keenlyside CBE, baritone
- Mary Ann Kennedy, Scottish singer
- Grant Kirkhope, composer
- Eduard Kunz, pianist
- Alison Lambert, clarinetist.
- Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham
- John Ogdon, pianist
- Annette Bryn Parry, pianist
- Rosalind Plowright OBE, soprano/mezzo soprano
- Julie Price, bassoonist
- Christine Rice, mezzo soprano
- Martin Roscoe, pianist
- Andy Scott, Saxophonist, SaxAssault
- Ronald Stevenson, composer and pianist
- Gordon Stewart, organist
- Benedict Taylor violist & composer
- Ben Thapa, tenor
- Sir John Tomlinson CBE, singer
- D'Arcy Trinkwon, organist
- Ian Vine, composer
- Kristofer Wahlander, conductor
- Simon Willescroft, Saxophonist, Duran Duran SaxAssault
- Alumni of the Royal Northern College of Music
- Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
- Conservatoires UK
- Hallé Orchestra
- Students' Union
- National Union of Students: Royal Northern College of Music
- Manchester Student Homes
- Kennedy, Michael (1971) The History of the Royal Manchester College of Music. Manchester University Press
- Royal Manchester College of Music Archive: National Archives
- View of the college