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European Chamber Music Master (ECMAster)

Royal Northern College of Music

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  • Qualification

    European Master's

  • Location

    Royal Northern College of Music

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

The European Chamber Music Master (ECMAster) is a new highly prestigious two-year joint programme developed by the European Chamber Music Academy with assistance from Erasmus + The ECMAster provides established ensembles the opportunity for intensive study at the RNCM and up to six other leading European institutions.

About the RNCM

Located in the heart of Manchester, the RNCM is a leading international conservatoire and thriving live music venue, with a reputation for attracting talented students, teachers, conductors, composers and artists from all over the world.

Ensembles will spend the first and fourth semesters studying with the RNCM’s world class teachers and benefiting from outstanding state-of-the-art facilities. The programme focuses on the development of the students’ artistic and technical skills on their Principal Study instrument and their ability to convey musical expression in a chamber group.

How You Will Learn

You will experience training in chamber music performance to a professional level, develop your knowledge of the repertoire through research activity and refine your musical presentation, communication and technical skills as an ensemble musician.

All ECMAster students will:

Spend semester one and four at the RNCM receiving weekly chamber music coaching from our team of internationally acclaimed tutors

  • Learn how to contribute to innovation and advancement in the field of chamber music as well as understanding the demands of musical life and the music industry
  • Explore collaborative activities, develop multi-disciplinary ideas and work with the RNCM’s professional audio-visual department creating demonstration standard recording
  • Develop their knowledge of the stylistic and interpretative challenges of chamber music in a range of repertoires and traditions within classical music.

Routes Available

Established String Quartets, Piano Trios, String Trios, Piano Quartets, Wind Quintets, Brass Quintets, Saxophone Quartets and other ensembles of up to five members with an established original repertoire of sufficient scope.

Students on Exchange to the RNCM

Students exchanging in to the RNCM in Semester 2 will take two 15 (ECTS) credit modules. One module will focus on developing their Principal Study skills in Chamber Music, and the other from the optional modules listed above. The optional modules build on creative, practical and professional skills relevant to the profession.

ECMAster students will be fully integrated into the Graduate School, taking classes in their optional module alongside students on other programmes and participating in concerts, workshops and masterclasses with students in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Training will be provided by the RNCM’s internationally acclaimed roster of tutors, including international visitors. There will be opportunities to perform in festivals and other corporate events. You will also receive individual lessons from our excellent Principal Study tutors. ECMAster students will be encouraged to rehearse, perform and record throughout the semester, taking advantage of the excellent state-of-the-art recording facilities and performance venues.

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University information

Royal Northern College of Music

  • Campus address

    Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, Manchester, M13 9RD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    29th out of 87 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    127 63%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    85.0 85%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%



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