Royal Northern College of Music
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- Created in 1973 from a merger of the Royal Manchester College of Music (founded in 1893 with Sir Charles Hallé as Principal and renowned for the New Manchester Group of composers including Maxwell Davies and Birtwistle which emerged in the fifties) and the Northern School of Music.
Location and transport
- Situated on Oxford Road, Manchester's cultural corridor, 1.6km (1 mile) south of Manchester city centre and on 'the busiest bus route in Europe'.
- Manchester is at the centre of the most comprehensive motor and rail network in the UK. It is a major motorway hub and recent improvements on the West Coast mainline plus a rebuilt Piccadilly station mean that rail travel to and from the city is now a pleasure.
- A high level of performing/compositional ability.
- Passes at GCE A level (A2) in a minimum of two subjects, normally including music, and passes in three different subjects at GCSE level (Grades A, B or C) or acceptable qualification equivalents.
- Find out more about entry requirements at the Royal Northern College of Music online.
- The RNCM has 521 undergraduate students, of which 278 are male and 243 are female.
- There are a further 245 postgraduate students.
- 202 of our students are international
- Possibilities for electives and tailor-made courses at undergraduate and, more particularly, at postgraduate level.
- Achieved its own taught degree-awarding powers in January 2007.
- Read about research at RNCM online.
- The college is renowned internationally for its chamber music tuition. Also much imitated for its preparation of its students for the real world, giving them wide variety of practical experience.
Student facilities, including library and computing
- Library with over 87,000 books and items of printed music, and more than 20,000 sound recordings, 20 listening stations and 24 IT workstations.
- Terminals situated around the main building, including an air-conditioned IT Studio which houses 11 PCs, all with the latest copy of Sibelius (composition) software installed.
- Over 120 pianos, more than half of them grand pianos.
- 80 tutorial spaces and individual practice rooms.
- 4 large public performance spaces including opera theatre and concert hall.
- Students with disabilities are supported in many ways at the RNCM. Further information can be found on our website.
- The RNCM has an active Students' Union. To find out more information about the Students' Union visit the website.
- Subsidised access to Manchester Aquatics centre, etc, plus team activities organised by SU.
Availability of part-time work
- The Professional Engagements team help students get performance gigs. Opportunities in College's own bar, front-of-house and the wider community.
- Peter Manning – distinguished violinist and conductor. Concert master of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
- Peter Donohoe – top prize winner of the Tchaikovsky competition in 1982 and made CBE last year.
- Steven Osborne – prize winning pianist with a notable concert and recording career.
- Eduard Kunz – BBC young generation artist.
- Emily Howard – Winner of Paul Hamlyn award for composers (2008) and much sought after since her graduation from the RNCM in 2004, including commissions for the London Olympic Games, the RLPO and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
- Benjamin Wallfisch – Graduated from the RNCM in 2001. Now a composer and conductor based in Hollywood, USA – Benjamin has had commissions from leading organisations including the Rambert Ballet company and the English Chamber Orchestra which he has conducted. He has written and orchestrated scores for many films including 'Atonement'.
- Amanda Roocroft – Soprano.
- Christine Rice – Mezzo-soprano.
- Barry Banks – Tenor.
- Simon Keenlyside – Baritone.
- Sir John Tomlinson – Bass.
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