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Welcome to the Autumn season at the RNCM We reach the grand old age of 40 this season and, amongst a series of special anniversary projects, our Ludwig van festival celebrates the music and legacy of Beethoven, with days devoted to the first and second symphonies this Autumn (22 November and 14 December), the festival continuing after Christmas through to June 2013 (see page 35). RNCM Opera presents for the first time one of Claudio Monteverdi’s operas, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (9, 11, 13 and 15 December). In total contrast, we present two operas virtually still wet on the page, as Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera collaborate to bring us a double-bill first seen at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival (7 November). One of jazz’s greatest drummers, Jack DeJohnette visits the UK this Autumn with a band that includes the equally legendary Don Byron (13 November). American pianists Fred Hersch (10 October) and Uri Caine (22 November) also feature, and the Nu Civilisation Orchestra celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jamaican Independence with a tribute to Joe Harriott (20 October), this as part of the UKwide Lively Up! Festival. The RNCM Big Band kicks off another year with two projects: with saxophonist Dave O’Higgins and band leader Pete Wraight (17 November) and a Christmas show featuring the remarkable vocals of Liane Carroll (12 December).

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Another fine jazz voice breathes new life into the poetry of W B Yeats, as Christine Tobin sails to Byzantium as part of this year’s Manchester Literature Festival (21 October). A second collaboration with MLF (16 October) explores the story of the première of Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ symphony, through readings from Sarah Quigley’s new novel and a live performance of the composer’s Eighth String Quartet. There are yet more stories, real and imagined, from Kathryn Tickell’s Northumberland (27 October) and Seth Lakeman’s Dartmoor (19 October). From over the ocean, we welcome the latest artist riding high on Portugal’s remarkable Fado revival, Carminho (12 November). And three shows together demonstrate the incredible depth of music created here and now: the latest project from Jóhann Jóhannsson, a new score for the 1929 silent film Pandora’s Box created in collaboration with Opera North Projects (2 November); the not-so-silent sonic experiments of Norwegian band Supersilent, working for the first time with ex-Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones (16 November); and a new project from new band Vulgar Display, which promises to explore the territory where the classical piano trio meets heavy metal (6 December). We feature Simon Bainbridge’s work in the festival Music Space Reflection, in partnership with the BBC Philharmonic (18 -19 October), as well as regular Autumn features, the RNCM Saxophone Day (28 October), the RNCM Wind Weekend (10 -11 November) and the third edition of the RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition (26 November -1 December). RNCM piano alumnus Christian Blackshaw brings an all-Mozart recital to RNCM, following glowing national reviews (23 October), whilst Paul Lewis and Imogen Cooper play piano duets together for the first time (10 December). Also in the run up to Christmas, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments bring the music of angels to life, using many of those eponymous strange and ancient instruments to do so (8 December).

Piano Trio (15 October), and violist Maxim Rysanov (19 November). Rysanov also gives a masterclass (20 November), as do mezzosoprano Ann Murray (17 October) and marimba star Keiko Abe (2 October). Finally, Manchester Camerata’s season features Mozart concertos and Haydn symphonies in the first concerts of a three-year exploration (13 October and 24 November). You’ll find over 20 free lunchtime concerts this Autumn, with regular performances on Mondays and Thursdays and occasionally on Fridays too. And look out for our free Spotlights, a chance to see a little of the music that we make here at the College every day of the year. We look forward to seeing you at the RNCM this Autumn, celebrating our anniversary year through the experience of live music-making.

Toby Smith

Director of Performance and Programming

The Heath (30 October) and Brodsky Quartets (4 December) give recitals, alongside a typically strong programme from the Manchester Chamber Concerts Society, featuring the Sacconi (24 September) and Goldner Quartets (17 December), the Cropper/Welsh/Roscoe

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Celebrating 40 years This season the RNCM celebrates its 40th birthday. Over four decades the College has nurtured over 5,500 students, many of whom are shaping the artistic world in the UK and far beyond as performers, composers, teachers, artistic administrators and much more besides. And from the very start the College has placed performance at its heart, presenting an artistic programme across four public performance venues that plays a major role in the cultural life of our city, Manchester.

The idea of bringing together the Northern School of Music and the Royal Manchester College of Music was mooted as early as 1955, but it wasn’t until 1973 that this vision became a reality, right here on Manchester’s Oxford Road. One of the founders of the new RNCM was Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw, and we celebrate her own 100th year at the Opening Concert of our celebrations on 15 November, a recreation of the first programme performed by an RNCM orchestra, 40 years to the day that the first notes were played (see page 22). A week later we open Ludwig van, a sixmonth Beethoven festival that explores how this composer transformed Western classical music forever. The festival features not one, but two Beethoven symphony cycles, plus weekends dedicated to his chamber, string and keyboard

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music, and a contemporary festival-within-afestival that re-invents his music for the 21st century (see pages 25, 33 and 35). In November, we launch the RNCM in the City series, a gift to Manchester of 40 free public concerts featuring music of all shapes and forms in 40 different venues across the city. The first concert will take place at the Town Hall (see page 26) and the line-up of all 40 concerts will be announced in the Autumn.

Person’s Guide to the Orchestra for the digital age, celebrating our partnership with Opera North with an Opera Gala on 22 January, and enjoying An Enchanted Evening with Sir Willard White (currently the RNCM’s President) at The Bridgewater Hall on 12 June. And to close our celebrations we will be creating the latest in a series of large-scale musical installations for major public spaces, this time working for the first time in an iconic site in London.

RNCM in the City runs through to June 2013, as does the Ludwig van festival, which closes with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at The Bridgewater Hall on 28 June, 40 years to the day that the RNCM was officially opened by HRH The Duchess of Kent in 1973. Before then we’ll be working in partnership with the Britten-Pears Foundation to reinvent Benjamin Britten’s Young

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Sacconi Quartet

Monday 24 September

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Sacconi Quartet

Manchester Chamber Concerts Society Joseph Haydn String Quartet in C major Op 20 No 2 Béla Bartók String Quartet No 3 in C sharp major Claude Debussy String Quartet Tickets £22 (platform seats £11) Concessions available www.chamberconcerts.org Promoted by MCCS

+ Tuesday 28 August - Saturday 1 September

6.45pm RNCM Lecture Theatre Pre-concert talk: Gerald Larner discusses the Debussy Quartet Free admission by ticket only

7.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

First Stage Theatre Company Broadway Nights to West End Days 3

Tickets £12 Concessions available www.firststagetheatrecompany.co.uk Promoted by First Stage Theatre Company

Sunday 9 September

3pm RNCM Studio Theatre

Soumik Datta with Shahbaz Hussain

Indian Classical Music Society Manchester Tickets £10 (from abuchicms@gmail.com) Concessions available www.cms-manchester.org.uk/wp/ Promoted by Indian Classical Music Society Manchester

Sunday 23 September

6pm Carole Nash Recital Room

Pro Corda Concert Tickets £15 Concessions available www.procorda.com Promoted by Pro Corda Trust

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Tuesday 25 September

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Andrew Wilde Piano Recital

Franz Schubert Allegretto in C minor D 915; Four Impromptus D 899 Frédéric Chopin Fantasy-Impromptu Op 66; Four Mazurkas Op 41; a selection of Waltzes; Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante in E flat major Op 22 Tickets £20 £15 (available from 0161 928 9025) No concessions Promoted by Manchester Recitals

Thursday 27 September

8pm RNCM Concert Hall

Andy McKee

with Preston Reed and Jon Gomm Tickets £17.50 (in advance) £20 (on door) Concessions available www.midnightmango.co.uk Promoted by Midnight Mango Ltd

Friday 28 September

Keiko Abe

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM String Orchestra Alfred Schnittke Moz-Art à la Haydn Joseph Haydn Symphony No 44 in E minor ‘Trauer’ Richard Strauss Metamorphosen Malcolm Layfield conductor Under the directorship of Malcolm Layfield, Head of School of Strings, the RNCM String Orchestra opens our season with a programme that pre-echoes our Ludwig van festival later this term, as the funeral march from Beethoven’s Eroica symphony emerges from the final bars of Strauss’ devastating Metamorphosen, a heart-felt elegy for 23 solo strings that the composer wrote in response to the Allied bombing of Germany in the Second World War. Tickets £17 £14 Concessions available Promoted by RNCM

Saturday 29 September 7.30pm RNCM Theatre

Barbara Sharples International Choreographic Award Tickets £10 No concessions www.bsica.co.uk Promoted by BSICA

Monday 1 October

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Monday Recital Series John Cage Aria

Tuesday 2 October

Rebecca Starling mezzo-soprano

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Franz Schubert Fantaisie in F minor D 940

Percussion Masterclass with Keiko Abe

Carla Fernandez Boix, Patricia Garcia Gil piano Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

Tickets £9 Concessions available www.keiko-abe.com Promoted by RNCM

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Thursday 4 October

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM Concert Orchestra Maurice Ravel Alborado del Gracioso George Gershwin An American in Paris Clark Rundell, Alexandre Bloch conductors Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

Thursday 4 and Friday 5 October 8pm RNCM Concert Hall

The Legend of L’Inconnue (The Unknown Woman) An adventure in art, music, dance and film Tickets £12 Concessions available www.thelegendoflinconnue.com Promoted by Joyful Productions

Sunday 7 October

6.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Brass for Heroes Band with Les Neish Tickets £10 Concessions available Promoted by Youth Brass Events

Monday 8 October

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Monday Recital Series Manuel de Falla Siete Canciones Populares Españolas Sophie Dicks mezzo-soprano Jamie Parker guitar Andy Scott Sonata for saxophone and harp Gillian Blair saxophone Elinor Nicholson harp Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

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Tuesday 9 October

7.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room

John Ireland Prize Chamber groups, pianists and vocalists compete for this prestigious biennial prize which this year marks the 50th anniversary year of the composer’s death. This evening’s adjudicator will be pianist and broadcaster, David Owen Norris. Tickets £8 Concessions available Promoted by RNCM

+ 2pm Carole Nash Recital Room Masterclass: Raphael Wallfisch and David Owen Norris work with the participants of this evening’s competition Tickets £5 Concessions available

+ 6.30pm RNCM Lecture Theatre Pre-concert lecture: Fiona Richards presents an in-depth exposé of John Ireland’s works Free admission by ticket only Combined Prize and Masterclass ticket £10

Fred Hersch

Thursday 11 October

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra Felix Mendelssohn Ruy Blas Overture Op 95 Franz Krommer Double Clarinet Concerto Stephen Threlfall conductor Elliot Gresty, Stephanie Yim clarinet Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

Thursday 11 October

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM Brand New Orchestra An opportunity to hear new works for symphony orchestra by RNCM composition students in this workshop performance.

Wednesday 10 October

Carlos del Cueto, Yibin Seow, Aljoša Škorja conductors

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

Fred Hersch

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Fred Hersch is one of the most highly praised, prolific pianists of his generation. He has crafted a signature approach to the standard jazz repertoire, breathing fresh life into time-tested classics with keen insight and extraordinary technique, whilst his own lyrical compositions show a disarming combination of quirky ideas and dazzling beauty.

6.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room Spotlight: Introduction to the Tuba Quartet Free admission, no ticket required

From the early 70s onwards, the Grammynominated Hersch worked as a sideman with jazz legends such as Art Farmer, Joe Henderson and Stan Getz and has collaborated with Charlie Haden and Bill Frisell. The New York Times described him as being ‘a pianist, composer and conceptualist of rare, imaginative power’.

Thursday 11 and Friday 12 October 7.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

CTL Productions The Lady in the Van Tickets £10 No concessions www.ctlproductions.co.uk Promoted by CTL Productions

Tickets £17 £14 Concessions available Supported by Arts Council England www.fredhersch.com Promoted by RNCM

+ 6.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room Spotlight: Auden Quartet - Music for percussion and piano Free admission, no ticket required

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Francesco Piemontesi

Monday 15 October

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Monday Recital Series Claude Debussy Pour le piano Daria Bitsiuk piano Jacob Ter Veldhuis I was like WOW John Golland Peace Sean Peterson trombone Rory Dowse piano Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

Monday 15 October

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Saturday 13 October

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Manchester Camerata Gustav Holst St Paul’s Suite Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor K 466 Edward Elgar Sospiri Joseph Haydn Symphony No 92 in G major ‘Oxford’ Gábor Takács-Nagy conductor Francesco Piemontesi piano Tickets £26 £19 £10 Concessions available www.manchestercamerata.co.uk Promoted by Manchester Camerata

Cropper/Welsh/Roscoe Piano Trio

Manchester Chamber Concerts Society Joseph Haydn Piano Trio No 27 in C major Hob XV:27 Johannes Brahms Piano Trio No 3 in C minor Op 101 Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in B flat major Op 97 ‘Archduke’ Tickets £22 (platform seats £11) Concessions available www.chamberconcerts.org Promoted by MCCS

+ 6.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Pre-concert performance: As part of the REmix project,

young people perform their new fusion piece, based on Mozart Free admission, no ticket required

+ 9.45pm RNCM Concert Hall Encore: Francesco Piemontesi performs Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A minor D 537 Free admission to ticket holders

Sunday 14 October

8pm RNCM Concert Hall

Dean Friedman Tickets £30 No concessions www.deanfriedman.com Promoted by Delamere Charitable Trust

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Tuesday 16 - Saturday 20 October 7.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

Saturday 20 October

2.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

SMAOS

Lucky Stiff Tickets £10 (opening night) £12 (other performances) Concessions available (matinee performance only) www.smaos.org.uk Promoted by South Manchester Amateur Operatic Society

Ann Murray

Tuesday 16 October

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

The Conductor

Manchester Literature Festival Sarah Quigley, Clark Rundell, David Horne and Torelli String Quartet New Zealand author Sarah Quigley reads from her bestselling novel The Conductor. It retells the story of the performance of Shostakovich’s seventh symphony during the siege of Leningrad in 1942, following Shostakovich and the conductor of the infamous performance, Karl Eliasberg. Interweaving fact and fiction, Sarah beautifully explores themes of friendship, survival and the power of music to sustain people in the darkest of times. Sarah will be joined in conversation about her research and inspiration for the book by RNCM’s Head of Conducting Clark Rundell and composer David Horne. Musicians from the RNCM will bring the evening to a close with a moving performance of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No 8, a score dedicated to the victims of fascism and war.

Sarah Quigley

Tickets £10 Concessions available Promoted by RNCM and Manchester Literature Festival

Wednesday 17 October

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Vocal Masterclass with Ann Murray Tickets £11 Concessions available Promoted by RNCM

Thursday 18 October

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM Concert Orchestra Modest Mussorgsky Dawn on the Moscow River from Khovantchina Antonín Dvořák The Water Goblin Op 107 Matthew Wood conductor Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

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Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

MUSIC SPACE REFLECTION: THE MUSIC OF SIMON BAINBRIDGE

RNCM New Ensemble and RNCM Big Band

As part of his 60th birthday celebrations, award-winning British composer Simon Bainbridge brings his intricate and sensuous textures to the RNCM for a major exploration into his music featuring performances by a range of RNCM ensembles and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. At times expressive, at others minimalist and often America-infused, this promises to be a fascinating musical journey.

Music to include: Simon Bainbridge Clarinet Quintet Simon Bainbridge Four Primo Levi Settings Simon Bainbridge Ceremony and Fanfare Edward Ayre New work (world première) Simon Bainbridge Towards the Bridge Mike Hall, Alpesh Chauhan, Wilbur Lin conductors Free admission, by ticket only

Full details can be found at www.rncm.ac.uk/bainbridgefestival and highlights include:

Friday 19 October

Thursday 18 October

Simon Bainbridge Folksong Vitalija Glovackyte New work for soprano and bass clarinet (world première) Simon Bainbridge Piano Trio

5.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Open Forum and Performance Simon Bainbridge Dances for Moon Animals Tom Rose New work for solo guitar (world première) Simon Bainbridge Music for Mel and Nora A chance to hear Simon Bainbridge talking about his music, with performances of two of his most intimate pieces. Free admission, no ticket required

1.15pm Carole Nash Recital Room

Lunchtime Concert

Free admission, no ticket required

7.30pm BBC Philharmonic Studio, MediaCityUK

BBC Philharmonic with Craig Ogden and RNCM New Ensemble Simon Bainbridge Concerti Grossi Simon Bainbridge Guitar Concerto Simon Bainbridge Concertante in Moto Perpetuo Laurence Tompkins New work (world première) Simon Bainbridge For Miles Clark Rundell, Yoon-Jee Kim conductors Craig Ogden guitar Free admission, by ticket only, to reserve your tickets call RNCM Box Office (limited availability) www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/philharmonic Promoted by RNCM and BBC Philharmonic

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7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Chetham’s School of Music Edvard Grieg Music from Peer Gynt Frederick Delius Cello Concerto Frederick Delius Florida Suite

Nu Civilisation Orchestra

Friday 19 October

Stephen Threlfall conductor Raphael Wallfisch cello Tickets £18 £14 Concessions available www.chethams.com Sponsored by The Delius Trust, The Delius Society and Dewhurst Torevell Promoted by Chetham’s School of Music

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Saturday 20 October

6.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

7.30pm RNCM Theatre

Admission free to all ticket holders

Nu Civilisation Orchestra

Pre-concert performance: Chamber works by Delius

Friday 19 October

7.30pm RNCM Theatre

Seth Lakeman

Seth Lakeman

Tickets £20 No concessions www.sethlakeman.co.uk Promoted by ARC/The Gig Cartel

Parallel: A multi-media concert celebrating the music of Joe Harriott A be-bop player at heart, Jamaican free-form jazz genius Joe Harriott fused the influences of Charlie Parker with his own Jamaican musical sensibilities. He also sought inspiration from visual artists such as Picasso. Brainchild of double bassist Gary Crosby OBE, and conducted by Peter Edwards, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra is one of the UK’s most exciting and most diverse jazz orchestras. In Parallel, this outstanding ensemble explores the interaction between musical and visual improvisation as Harriott conceived it, creating an engaging, multi-dimensional and highly accessible tribute, enriched with art created by rising star visual artist, Emma Godebska. Parallel is part of the Lively Up! Festival produced by Dune Music/Tomorrow’s Warriors in association with Band on the Wall. Tickets £15 Concessions available www.bandonthewall.org Promoted by RNCM and Band on the Wall

Sunday 21 October

from 12.30pm Brodsky

Mikron Theatre Company Can You Keep a Secret?

Tickets £22 (includes two course meal available from 1pm) No concessions www.mikron.org.uk Promoted by Mikron Theatre Company

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Sunday 21 October

Sunday 21 October

Christine Tobin: Sailing to Byzantium

The Old Dance School

3pm RNCM Concert Hall

7.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

Manchester Literature Festival Sailing to Byzantium is an evocative collection of 12 poems by W B Yeats set to music by the Irish singer-songwriter and BBC award-winning jazz vocalist Christine Tobin. The poems range from Yeats’ early work through to his final collection, from love poems such as When you are old, to works that chart his desire to find a deeper spiritual truth, as in the epic Sailing to Byzantium. Joined by a stellar quartet featuring Phil Robson on guitar, cellist Kate Shortt, pianist Liam Noble and Dave Whitford on double bass, Christine and her ‘24 carat voice’ (as described by The Guardian) bring great warmth and luminosity to Yeats’ poetry through these inspired settings. Tickets £17 £14 Concessions available Promoted by RNCM and Manchester Literature Festival

Tickets £10 Concessions available www.theolddanceschool.com Promoted by Transition Records

Monday 22 October

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Monday Recital Series Johannes Brahms Gestillte Sehnsucht; Geistliches Wiegenlied; Von ewiger Liebe Emma Stannard mezzo-soprano Laurie Dempsey viola James Vaughan piano Lowell Liebermann Flute Sonata Op 23 Maria Chybowska flute Daria Bitsiuk piano Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

Tuesday 23 October

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Christian Blackshaw Piano Recital

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata in D major K 284; Sonata in F major K 332; Sonata in C major K 545; Fantasie in C minor K 475; Sonata in C minor K 457

Christine Tobin

We’re delighted to welcome RNCM alumnus Christian Blackshaw back to the College for the latest in his series of Mozart Sonata recitals, which have been receiving rave reviews across the country. The Financial Times described his January Wigmore Hall performance as ‘exceptional - both for the quality and integrity of his playing’ and pinpointed ‘a kaleidoscope of feeling’ that Blackshaw unleashed in Mozart’s often underestimated music for solo piano.

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Tickets £17 £14 Concessions available www.christianblackshaw.com Promoted by RNCM

+ 6.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room Spotlight: RNCM Trombone Ensemble with guest soloist Jiggs Whigham Free admission, no ticket required

Thursday 25 October

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM Brass Ensemble Alexander Tcherepnin Fanfare for brass John Stevens The Liberation of Sisyphus Richard Strauss Feierlicher Einzug John Miller, Aljoša Škorja conductor Michael Dawson tuba Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

Saturday 27 October

4pm and 8pm RNCM Concert Hall

Alt-J plus special guests Tickets £10 No concessions Promoted by Now Wave

Saturday 27 October

7.30pm RNCM Theatre

Kathryn Tickell

Northumbrian Voices Kathryn Tickell Northumbrian pipes, fiddle, voice Mike Tickell voice Amy Thatcher accordion, clog dance, voice Patsy Reid fiddle, voice Kit Haigh guitar, voice Hannah Rickard fiddle, voice Directed by Kathryn Tickell and Annie Rigby (Unfolding Theatre)

Tickets £17 £14 Concessions available www.kathryntickell.com Promoted by RNCM

Kathryn Tickell Northumbrian Voices

Kathryn Tickell is the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of the area. This magical show is based on interviews and recordings Kathryn has done over the years with family members and the shepherd musicians from whom she learnt, including mouth organ player Will Atkinson and fiddler Willie Taylor. Three generations of musicians take part in this reflection of immensely strong communities, their music and their collective stories.

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Sunday 28 October

7.30pm RNCM Theatre

RNCM SAXOPHONE DAY

Marius Neset Quartet + Karen Sharp Quartet

A ‘must’ for saxophonists of all ages and abilities, this year’s event promises to be one of the most exciting ever. Alongside a series of masterclasses and workshops given by our world-class teachers, we also welcome the Apollo Saxophone Orchestra and two quartets led by players at the forefront of the international jazz scene: Karen Sharp and Marius Neset. Full details can be found at www.rncm.ac.uk/saxday and highlights include:

9.30am RNCM Concert Hall

Massed Saxophone Orchestra All participants join together in this now traditional start to Saxophone Day – truly a sound that has to be heard to be believed!

2pm RNCM Concert Hall

Apollo Saxophone Orchestra The ASO performs a set of music by the British saxophonist and composer Barbara Thompson. Tickets £7 Concessions available

6.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Huw Wiggin RNCM graduate and Park Lane Group Artist, Huw Wiggin returns to the College for a showcase recital with pianist Tim Abel. Tickets £7 Concessions available

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26-year-old Norwegian saxophone sensation Marius Neset already has two critically acclaimed albums under his belt, including his latest release Golden Xplosion. Recently described as ‘the most talented Norwegian saxophonist since Jan Garbarek in the 1960s’, Marius is joined by Django Bates on keyboards, Jasper Høiby on bass and Anton Eger on drums. Kicking off tonight’s double bill, Karen Sharp, tenor sax specialist and winner of two British Jazz Awards, performs tracks from her album Spirit, with a stellar line-up featuring Nikki Iles, Dave Green and Steve Brown. Tickets £15 Concessions available Day Ticket £34 Supported by Yanagisawa www.yanagisawasaxophones.co.uk Promoted by RNCM

Heath Quartet

Monday 29 October

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Monday Recital Series Claude Debussy Études Nos 8 and 10 Rory Dowse piano Claude Debussy L’âme évaporée; Les cloches Franz Schubert Liebesbotschaft and Das Fischermädchen from Schwanengesang Gabriel Fauré Dans les ruines d’une abbaye; Au bord de l’eau Rachel Maby mezzo-soprano Ryan Drucker piano Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

Tuesday 30 October

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Heath Quartet Monday 29 October

7.30pm Manchester Cathedral

RNCM Chamber Choir Jeffrey Lewis Recordatio Jeffrey Lewis Sacred Chants David Jones conductor Jeffrey Makinson organ Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM in association with Manchester Cathedral

Monday 29 October 8pm RNCM Theatre

Michael Nesmith Tickets £28 (in advance) £30 (on door) www.videoranch.com Promoted by DHP Concerts

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet in E flat major K 428 Béla Bartók String Quartet No 5 Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky String Quartet No 3 in E flat minor Op 30 The Heath Quartet launches a series of three concerts in partnership with the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT), which will also feature the Rhodes Piano Trio and flautist Adam Walker later in our 2012/13 season. The Heath formed in 2002 at the RNCM under the guidance of the late Head of Chamber Music, Dr Christopher Rowland, and has since played outstanding recitals as part of our 2009 and 2011 Chamber Music Festivals. The quartet’s recent concert diary has included dates at the Barbican, Wigmore Hall and The Bridgewater Hall. Tickets £17 £14 Concessions available www.heathquartet.com Promoted by RNCM and YCAT

+ Tuesday 30 October

7.30pm RNCM Theatre

Co-Opera Co

Hansel and Gretel Tickets £25 Concessions available www.co-opera-co.org Promoted by Co-Opera

6.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room Spotlight: A Handful of Strings - Music for harp and string quartet Free admission, no ticket required

Wednesday 31 October 7.30pm RNCM Theatre

Co-Opera Co The Magic Flute Tickets £25 Concessions available www.co-opera-co.org Promoted by Co-Opera

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Thursday 1 November

Friday 2 - Sunday 4 November

RNCM Concert Orchestra

City of Manchester Opera

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No 9 in E flat major Op 70 Paul Mann conductor Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

7.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

The Bartered Bride

Tickets £15 Concessions available cityofmanchesteropera.org.uk Promoted by City of Manchester Opera

Pandora’s Box

Saturday 3 November

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Salford Choral Society Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Requiem Mass in D minor Arvo Pärt Berliner Messe Tickets £15 Concessions available www.salfordchoral.org.uk Promoted by Salford Choral Society

Sunday 4 November Friday 2 November

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Pandora’s Box

Pabst’s 1929 classic with a new score by Jóhann Jóhannsson and Hildur Guðnadóttir G W Pabst’s 1929 silent film follows the rise and fall of the captivating, amoral young prostitute Lulu and her various ill-fated relationships, a character brought to life by the inimitable and incandescent Louise Brooks. This special screening sees award-winning Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (Fordlandia), cellist and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir (Múm/ Animal Collective) and turntablist Philip Jeck combine forces to create a brand new live soundtrack that plays with the film’s volatile energy, Weimar-era recordings and the iconic presence of Louise Brooks. Tickets £16 Concessions available Promoted by RNCM in association with Opera North Projects

+ 6.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room Spotlight: BeatRoute Percussion Duo - New music for vibraphone and marimba Free admission, no ticket required

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7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Oldham Choral Society Music for Royal Occasions

George Frideric Handel Coronation Anthems; Music for Royal Fireworks Hubert Parry I was glad; Blest Pair of Sirens; Jerusalem Marc-Antoine Charpentier Te Deum (Prelude) Jeremiah Clarke Prince of Denmark’s March Tickets £14 Concessions available www.oldhamchoral.org.uk Promoted by Oldham Choral Society

Monday 5 November

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Monday Recital Series Jeffrey Peyton The Final Precipice Casey Cangelosi Prelude in F minor Hongliang Gong percussion Julián Orbón Preludio y Danza Agustín Barrios Julia Florida Andrew York Evening Dance Rebecca Parnell, Emma Smith guitar Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

Monday 5 November

Thursday 8 November

Sir John Barbirolli Cello Prize

RNCM String Ensemble

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Cello students from the RNCM compete for this prestigious prize which this evening is adjudicated by Jo Cole, Head of School of Strings at the Royal Academy of Music.

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Leoš Janáček Suite for String Orchestra Hugo Wolf Italian Serenade Levon Chilingirian director Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

In the Locked Room

Tickets £10 Concessions available Promoted by RNCM

Wednesday 7 November 7.30pm RNCM Theatre

Music Theatre Wales double-bill

in collaboration with Scottish Opera In the Locked Room Music by Huw Watkins Words by David Harsent, based on a short story by Thomas Hardy Ghost Patrol Music by Stuart MacRae Words by Louise Welsh Michael Rafferty conductor Michael McCarthy, Matthew Richardson directors Samal Blak designer Ace McCarron lighting designer A closed door that sparks an obsession so strong the boundaries between reality and fantasy begin to blur. A modern day bar where three people trying to escape their past collide uncovering a terrible secret and unleashing inevitable tragedy. Premièring at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, both of these short operas, penned by two of the UK’s finest young composers, explore the capacity of the mind to shape our lives, whether through the potency of imagination or the overwhelming power of memories.

Friday 9 November

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Friday Chamber Series

RNCM Chamber Ensemble with Jeremy Young Antonín Dvořák Piano Quintet Op 81 Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

Tickets £18 Concessions available Promoted by RNCM in association with Music Theatre Wales

+ 6.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room Pre-show talk: Michael McCarthy introduces this evening’s double-bill Free admission, no ticket required

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Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November

RNCM WIND WEEKEND We are delighted to bring this major industry event to the RNCM. With a focus on double reed instruments, there will be masterclasses and performances from some of Europe’s most prominent exponents of the oboe, bassoon and lupophon, alongside concerts featuring a range of RNCM wind ensembles, and an extensive trade exhibition by Europe’s top instrument makers and publishers. Featured artists include Meyrick Alexander, Stefano Canuti, Frank Forst, Gareth Hulse, Melinda Maxwell, Tom Owen, Christopher Redgate, Fabien Thouand, James Turnbull, Jaques Tys, Gregor Witt and Andrea Zucco Full programme details can be found at www.rncm.ac.uk/windweekend and highlights include:

Saturday 10 November

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM Wind Orchestra Dmitri Shostakovich (arr Smirnov) Quartet No 8 for wind octet and contrabass Melinda Maxwell Crane Dance Adam Gorb Metropolis Mark Heron, Alpesh Chauhan conductors

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Evening Concert Music to include: Graham Waterhouse Gestural Variations Op 43 for oboe, bassoon and piano Richard Bissill Timeslip

Sunday 11 November

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM Wind Collective Edwin Roxburgh Aeolian Carillons Joseph Haydn (arr D Smith) Serenade No 2 in F major Leo Geyer New work for bassoon and wind ensemble (world première) Mark Heron, Wilbur Lin, Yoon-Jee Kim conductors Linda Begbie bassoon

5.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Closing Concert Music to include: Kurt Weill Kleine Dreigroschenmusik Free admission, by registration only. To register for day or weekend tickets, please contact Andrew Macauley on 0161 907 5339 or andrew.macauley@rncm.ac.uk by Monday 5 November. Tickets to individual concerts are available through the box office. Promoted by RNCM

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Carminho

Monday 12 November

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Monday Recital Series Claude Debussy Estampes Ryan Drucker piano Maurice Ravel Tzigane Christoph Gluck (arr Kreisler) Melodie Rebecca Else violin James Hendry piano Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

Wednesday 14 November Jack DeJohnette

7.30pm RNCM Theatre

Tuesday 13 November

7.30pm RNCM Theatre

Jack DeJohnette One of the finest jazz drummers of all time, Jack DeJohnette celebrates his 70th birthday in style with a quintet that includes the brilliant reedsman Don Byron plus Martin Sewell, George Colligan and Jerome Harris. In a career that spans over half a century, he’s been the percussionist of choice for a veritable who’s who of jazz giants - Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock - and he himself received a coveted Jazz Masters Award earlier this year. He’s also a hugely respected composer and leader of a series of bands that reflect the acoustic/electric language of contemporary jazz, always sounding as fresh as tomorrow. Tickets £22.50 £17.50 Concessions available www.jackdejohnette.com Promoted by RNCM in association with Serious

+ 6.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre Spotlight: The Horizon Project - An eclectic mix of jazz, folk and electronic music Free admission, no ticket required

Carminho Carminho is Portugal’s brightest new star. Her first album, Fado, was a burning statement of intent from a 25-year-old who realised after attending university and travelling the globe that singing the music of her homeland was her calling in life. It went on to be named the best album of 2011 by Songlines. Her new album, Alma (Portuguese for ‘soul’), was released in March of this year and portrays a woman growing in spirit as well as talent; combining traditional fado songs resurrected from the dusty tavernas of old with her own music and new arrangements of the work of Brazilian greats like Fernanda Maria and Vinicius de Moraes, Carminho’s voice glistens with potent, raw tenderness as it soars over quintessential Portuguese and acoustic Spanish guitars. Tickets £15 Concessions available www.carminho.net Promoted by RNCM in association with Serious

+ 6.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room Spotlight: Canadian Celtic Folk Connections Free admission, no ticket required

Thursday 15 November

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM Brass Band Wilfred Heaton March, ‘Praise’ Paul Patterson Cataclysm Bruce Broughton Masters of Time and Space Garry Cutt conductor Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

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Over the next seven months we will be celebrating the RNCM’s 40th anniversary with a programme of special events that will toast the many achievements of the RNCM over four decades and set the scene for the years ahead. You can read more about what’s planned on pages 4-5. We launch our celebrations with a concert in honour of Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw, the driving force behind the creation of the College, to celebrate her 100th birthday this year.

Thursday 15 November

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM 40th Anniversary Opening Concert Richard Wagner Overture to Die Meistersinger Arthur Bliss Music for Strings Ralph Vaughan Williams London Symphony RNCM Symphony Orchestra Carlos del Cueto, Malcolm Layfield, Clark Rundell conductors Despite all the planning, 40 years ago the RNCM Concert Hall wasn’t quite ready… and so the first concert given by the new College’s First Orchestra was hastily relocated to Manchester Town Hall. Tonight’s programme recreates this opening concert in the space for which it was originally intended - all good things are worth a four decade wait!

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RNCM 1973

Tickets £30 (limited availability) Concessions available Promoted by RNCM

Supersilent + John Paul Jones

Friday 16 November

Saturday 17 November

Supersilent featuring John Paul Jones

Altrincham Choral Society

7.30pm RNCM Theatre

+ Aki Onda

Helge Sten electronics Ståle Storløkken keyboards Arve Henriksen trumpet, electronics, drums, vocals John Paul Jones bass The combined force of one of the world’s most questing musical units and Led Zeppelin’s legendary multi-instrumentalist resonates deep over a select set of UK dates. The art of instant composition will be taken to beautifully realised places by this peerless group of musicians. The Norwegian ‘deathjazzambientavantrock’ ensemble Supersilent have just one rule: no rehearsals. Every recording and concert is entirely improvised, approaching each show with a conceptual rigour that makes each one a distinct and coherent soundworld. Following his unparalleled career as founder member of Led Zeppelin, John Paul Jones has worked with artists including Diamanda Galas, REM, Brian Eno, Seasick Steve and Nickel Creek. He released his début solo album Zooma in 1999 and ten years later co-founded the band Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and Josh Homme, releasing a universally acclaimed album and touring the world to sold-out venues.

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

John Rutter Gloria Edward Gregson Make a Joyful Noise Paul Patterson Magnificat Anton Bruckner Three Motets Tickets £12.50 Concessions available www.altrincham-choral.co.uk Promoted by Altrincham Choral Society

Saturday 17 November 7.30pm RNCM Theatre

RNCM Big Band with Dave O’Higgins and Peter Wraight Peter Wraight guest director Dave O’Higgins saxophone The first Autumn RNCM Big Band show reunites Peter Wraight and Dave O’Higgins, who were both members of the Matthew Herbert Big Band and recently collaborated in The Two Minds Big Band project. Tonight, Pete directs proceedings and the set-list includes many of Pete’s own arrangements. Dave, who you may know through his work with Ray Charles, Kyle Eastwood and the BBC Big Band (to name just a few) is the featured soloist.

Tickets £15 Concessions available www.supersilence.net www.johnpauljones.com A Sound and Music tour produced by Qu Junktions Promoted by RNCM

Tickets £18 £16 £14 Concessions available www.daveohiggins.com www.myspace.com/peterwraight Promoted by RNCM

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6.30pm RNCM Concert Hall Spotlight: Music for the Night Sky – Dance and music combine in this new collaboration between the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the RNCM. Free admission, no ticket required Supported by The Royal Philharmonic Society

6.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre Spotlight: The Calum Macleod Quartet Free admission, no ticket required

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Christopher Maltman

Sunday 18 November

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

The Tatton Singers Johannes Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem; Alto Rhapsody Anton Bruckner Ave Maria Tickets £15 Concessions available www.thetattonsingers.co.uk Promoted by The Tatton Singers

Monday 19 November

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Monday Recital Series Nikolai Medtner Sonata in G minor Op 22 Yulia Vershinina piano Sergei Rachmaninov Andante from Sonata in G minor Op 19 Bohuslav Martinů Variations on a Slovakian Theme Joshua Salter cello Tom Hicks piano Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

Monday 19 November

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Maxim Rysanov and Ashley Wass

Manchester Chamber Concerts Society Music to include: J S Bach Suite No 3 in C major BWV 1009 Bohuslav Martinů Sonata for viola and piano Richard Dubugnon Incantio Tickets £22 (platform seats £11) Concessions available www.chamberconcerts.org Promoted by MCCS

Tuesday 20 November

7.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room

Viola Masterclass with Maxim Rysanov Tickets £9 Concessions available www.maximrysanov.com Promoted by RNCM

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Wednesday 21 November

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Christopher Maltman and Joseph Middleton Joseph Haydn Sailor’s song; She never told her love; Fidelity Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Das Veilchen K 476; An Chloe K 524; Sehnsucht nach dem Frühlinge K 596; Abendempfindung an Laura K 523 Carl Loewe Herr Oluf; Erlkönig; Lied Lynceus der Thurmer; Edward Traditional (arr Britten) The Ploughboy; The Salley Gardens; Sweet Polly Oliver; The Foggy Foggy Dew Ralph Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel Christopher Maltman baritone Joseph Middleton piano Winner of the Lieder Prize at the 1997 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Christopher Maltman’s CV includes performances at Aldeburgh plus the Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals. He has also performed with many of the major opera companies across the globe, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera. Tonight’s recital features Vaughan Williams’ song cycle, set to words by R L Stevenson, which RVW scholar Michael Kennedy has described as ‘a kind of English Winterreise.’ Tickets £17 £14 Concessions available Promoted by RNCM

+ 6.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room Spotlight: Bach Orchestral Suite No 2 in B minor Free admission, no ticket required

Thursday 22 November

2.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room

LUDWIG VAN

The First Symphony: Beethoven’s Symphonic Ambition

BEETHOVEN 1

One of our 40th anniversary highlights, our Ludwig van festival celebrates the music and legacy of Beethoven. Each of his nine symphonies is presented in the context of a day of study sessions, talks and a second cycle of symphony transcriptions, together looking at these symphonies with fresh eyes from all sides. We start with Beethoven’s first symphony, a work that clearly established its composer as the inheritor of Haydn’s symphonic legacy. For further information, see pages 4-5 and page 35; Ludwig van continues with a Beethoven 2 day on Friday 14 December (see page 33).

Study Session with Kris Worsley

Kris Worsley discusses Beethoven’s first symphony, examining the composer’s ambition to join the symphonic tradition of his predecessors whilst becoming a great symphonist in his own right. Tickets £5 Concessions available

5pm Carole Nash Recital Room

Beethoven 1 Transcribed 1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM Concert Orchestra Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No 1 in C major Op 21 André de Ridder conductor

RNCM students perform movements from selected transcriptions of Beethoven 1, including arrangements for wind ensemble, string quintet, and solo piano. Yibin Seow, Aljoša Škorja conductors Free admission, by ticket only

Free admission, no ticket required

6.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room

Pre-concert talk Uri Caine discusses his approach to improvisation with the conductor of today’s lunchtime concert, André de Ridder. Free admission, no ticket required

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Uri Caine Beethoven 1 Improvised Uri Caine is a NYC-based composer, pianist and improvisor famed for his ingenious weaving together of the classical and jazz traditions. We round off our first Ludwig van day with an evening of inspired jazz musings on Beethoven’s first symphony. Tickets £17 £14 Concessions available www.uricaine.com Promoted by RNCM

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Ingrid Fliter

Friday 23 November

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Friday Chamber Series RNCM Chamber Ensemble with Peter Cropper

Antonín Dvořák String Quintet Op 97 Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

Saturday 24 November

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Manchester Camerata Ralph Vaughan Williams Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No 23 in A major K 488 Edward Elgar Chanson de Matin et de Nuit Joseph Haydn Symphony No 101 in D major ‘The Clock’ Gábor Takács-Nagy conductor Ingrid Fliter piano Tickets £26 £19 £10 Concessions available www.manchestercamerata.co.uk Promoted by Manchester Camerata

+ 6.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Pre-concert performance: As part of the REmix project,

young people perform their new fusion piece, based on Mozart Free admission, no ticket required

Thursday 29 and Friday 30 November

7pm RNCM Studio Theatre

Friday 30 November

3pm RNCM Studio Theatre

RNCM Outreach

Around the World in Forty Minutes Kate Pearson composer Alma Park, Highfield, Ribble Drive, St Christopher’s Primary Schools Titania and Oberon live in a very strange place. They were once best friends but are now in competition to invent a way of travelling so fast that they can go around the world in just 40 minutes. To make sure they win, they each summon a top team of inventors, all famous for designing magical products such as love potions and money trees. The only trouble is both teams are led by chief mischief-maker, Puck... with chaotic and comical results. Free admission, by ticket only Promoted by RNCM

Thursday 29 November

7.30pm Great Hall, Manchester Town Hall

RNCM in the City Opening Concert

This concert launches RNCM in the City, a series of 40 free public performances in 40 different venues across the city to celebrate 40 years of music-making in Manchester. Supported by Manchester City Council, this opening concert will feature soloists from the RNCM’s prestigious International Artist Diploma course. The remaining 39 concerts in the series will be announced in the Autumn. Free admission, by ticket only (limited availability) Supported by Manchester City Council Promoted by RNCM

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Monday 26 November - Saturday 1 December

Monday 26 November

RNCM JAMES MOTTRAM INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

Round 1

Media Partner

from 10am RNCM Concert Hall

This major biennial event offers an all-round learning experience for young pianists from all over the world, mixing opportunities to perform on the concert platform with a series of masterclasses given by a distinguished international jury. Attend the early rounds and masterclasses for free throughout the week, before hearing the three finalists in each category perform a concerto accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Hannu Lintu. Full details can be found at www.rncm.ac.uk/jmipc and highlights include:

from 10am RNCM Concert Hall

Junior Category Tuesday 27 November

Round 1

Senior Category Wednesday 28 November

from 10am RNCM Concert Hall

Round 2

Junior and Senior Categories Friday 30 November

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Concerto Final of the Junior Category

with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra The three Junior finalists perform their chosen work from a shortlist of concertos by Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg, Liszt, Mozart and Schumann. Tickets £17 £14 Concessions available

Saturday 1 December

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Concerto Final of the Senior Category

with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra The three Senior finalists perform their chosen work from a shortlist of concertos by Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg, Liszt, Mozart and Schumann. Tickets £17 £14 Concessions available Admission to all events is free, no ticket required unless otherwise stated Supported by James Mottram Bequest Promoted by RNCM

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Brodsky Quartet

Sunday 2 December

3pm RNCM Concert Hall

Manchester Camerata Arcangelo Corelli Christmas Concerto Op 6 No 8 Georg Philipp Telemann Excerpts from Tafelmusik; Concerto for flute and recorder in E minor; Quadro Henry Purcell Pavan and Fantasia on a Ground for three violins and continuo Jean-Philippe Rameau Dardanus Suite Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for four violins in E minor Op 3 No 4 Nicholas Kraemer conductor Kevin Gowland flute Pamela Thorby recorder Tickets £26 £19 £10 Concessions available www.manchestercamerata.co.uk Promoted by Manchester Camerata

+ 2pm RNCM Lecture Theatre Talking Point: A look at 40 years of Manchester Camerata with musicians both past and present Free admission by ticket only

Tuesday 4 December

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Brodsky Quartet Wheel of 4Tunes

In celebration of their own 40th year, RNCM alumni the Brodsky Quartet have put together a fantastic evening which promises a diverse programme of music with an element of audience interaction, including a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ comprising 40 of their favourite quartets and short pieces. Throughout the evening, either the quartet or an audience member will spin the wheel, and the quartet will then play the pieces chosen by it. With all 40 scores and parts to hand, the quartet will also discuss the music and invite questions from the audience. Whilst there is no set programme, audiences will be treated to a rare opportunity of actually getting to know the musicians and their history as an ensemble. Tickets £17 £14 Concessions available www.brodskyquartet.com Promoted by RNCM

+ 6.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room Spotlight: An Evening with Darius Milhaud Free admission, no ticket required

Monday 3 December

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Monday Recital Series

Thursday 6 December

Philip Wilby Part 1 of Euphonium Concerto Antonio Bazzini Dance of the Goblins

RNCM Symphony Chorus

Hsin Fang euphonium Bruce Jefferies piano

Franz Schubert Gott im Ungewitter D 985 Franz Schubert Gott ist mein Hirt D 706 Franz Schubert Moments Musicaux: No 5 in F major and No 3 in F minor Benjamin Britten Rejoice in the Lamb Op 30 Traditional (arranged Holst) Personent Hodie

Richard Strauss Das Rosenband; Cäcilie; Befreit; Zueignung; Aber der Richtige from Arabella Lianne Birkett, Charlotte Hewett soprano Christian Dawson piano Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

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1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Brian Hughes conductor Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

Thursday 6 December

Friday 7 December

Vulgar Display

ROOF St Petersburg Charity Concert

Launched in February this year, Vulgar Display is a new music ensemble that seeks to render an irreconcilable antagonism between extreme metal and contemporary classical music. As such, the instrumentation embraces both the brutality and aggression of the former and the (perceived) delicacy and subtlety of the latter: heavily distorted and detuned electric guitar, a percussion battery and a traditional piano trio. A number of eminent composers, including Gary Carpenter, David Horne, Emily Howard and Larry Goves, have written music especially for the project and their work is showcased tonight.

Kalinka Balalaika Orchestra

7.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

Tournament Roadkill

Tickets £10 Concessions available Promoted by RNCM

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Tickets £5 Promoted by ROOF St Petersburg Charity

Friday 7 December

7.30pm RNCM Theatre

Steve Harley Tickets £22.50 No concessions www.steveharley.com Promoted by ARC/The Gig Cartel

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December

from 10am Carole Nash Recital Room

Thursday 6 December

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Andrew Wilde and Maureen Braithwaite with Xaverian College Gettalife Project

Tickets £10 Concessions available www.gettalife.org.uk Promoted by The Gettalife Project

Friday 7 December

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

National Digital Piano Show Free admission, no ticket required www.nationaldigitalpianoshow.co.uk Promoted by National Digital Piano Show

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December 7.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

CTL Productions

Tea Leaves: Two for Tea Tickets £10 No concessions www.ctlproductions.co.uk Promoted by CTL Productions

Friday Chamber Series RNCM Chamber Ensemble with Petr Prause

Antonín Dvořák Wind Serenade Op 44 Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

Saturday 8 December

12.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Junior RNCM Formal Concert A varied and exciting programme featuring students of the Junior RNCM. Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

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The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

Sunday 9 December 3pm RNCM Theatre

Tuesday 11, Thursday 13 and Saturday 15 December 7pm RNCM Theatre

Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (The Return of Ulysses) Claudio Monteverdi

Saturday 8 December

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments The Ministry of Angels

Clara Sanabras voice, renaissance guitar, oud Clare Salaman hurdy gurdy, nyckelharpa, hardanger violin Joy Smith harps, percussion Peter McCarthy basses Angels have played a part in human consciousness for as long as we can remember. Their roles in the life of mankind are various; they appear as guardians, guides, judges and interpreters and cross barriers of culture, language, religion and geography. Many are a force for good, but there are also fallen angels, angels of death and others who are spirits of wrath, destruction, confusion and vengeance. In this programme, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments explores music associated with angels: the maverick and fallen, as well as the divine. Playing some of the instruments that appear in depictions of angels through the ages, this talented early music ensemble presents traditional tunes, dances, songs and carols in a celebration of these heavenly and occasionally diabolical beings. Tickets £17 £14 Concessions available www.strangeandancientinstruments.com Promoted by RNCM

+ 6.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room Spotlight: Folk Music for fiddle and piano Free admission, no ticket required

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Roger Hamilton conductor Carlos del Cueto assistant conductor Stefan Janski director Lara Booth stage and costume designer John Bishop lighting designer RNCM Opera Ensemble Daniel Shelvey Ulisse Heather Lowe Penelope Michael Jones Telemaco Rebecca Starling Ericlea Timothy Langston Eumete Elizabeth Humphires Melanto Adam Smith Eurimaco Thomas Morss Pisandro, 1st Feaci Stuart Overington Anfinomo James Fisher Antinoo Adam Player Iro Catrin Woodruff Minerva Jessica Gillingwater Giunone Sean Boyes Giove Thomas Hopkinson Nettuno, Tempo Kieron-Connor Valentine L’humana fragilità Meinir Wyn Roberts Fortuna Alexandra Downie Amore Gordon Hodges 2nd Feaci Matthew Thistleton 3rd Feaci Alexandra Downie, Meinir Wyn Roberts, Rosie Middleton, Adam Smith Coro in Cielo Emma Stannard, Gordon Hodges, Stuart Overington, Matthew Thistleton Coro Marittimo Written in 1640 and setting a text after Homer, The Return of Ulysses is typical of Monteverdi’s finest operas, with a moralising prologue, an almost super-human hero, a large cast that includes the gods, the mortals and a number of comic characters, and a score packed with virtuosic writing. Watched by the gods, Penelope waits on Ithaca for the return of her husband Ulysses from the Trojan Wars. Wooed on all sides by the men of the court, what she doesn’t know is that he’s already home, deposited in the dead of night on a beach by some friendly Phaeacians. Reunited by the gods with his son,

Telemachus, the disguised pair makes their way to the Royal Palace. There, Penelope’s loyalty is tested by a trial that features a huge bow and arrow, with husband and wife eventually reunited in complete, loving bliss.

+ Sunday 9 December 11am – 1pm RNCM Lecture Theatre

Singers of tales - Homer, Monteverdi, and the enchantment of musical storytelling: In this

informal pre-performance talk, Roger Hamilton explores the intriguing and surprising connections between the sophisticated musical style of the mature Monteverdi and the rich pre-Homeric tradition Tickets £5 Concessions available

This new RNCM opera production marks the first time the College has staged one of Monteverdi’s operas, using a new edition prepared and conducted by Roger Hamilton, fresh from his success with Xerxes earlier this year, and sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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Tickets £33 £27 £20 (weekdays) £35 £29 £22 (weekends) Concessions available Promoted by RNCM

Tuesday 11, Thursday 13 and Saturday 15 December 6pm Carole Nash Recital Room Spotlight: Amor, Madrigals and Murder! Free admission, no ticket required

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1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Monday Recital Series

Paul Lewis

Monday 10 December

Jean Barrière Sonata à deux Bill Frisell (arr Garrievich duo) Throughout Michael Newman cello Paul Wheatley double bass Casey Cangelosi Plato’s Cave Stephen Whibley Blue Motion Delia Stevens, Le Yu percussion Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

Monday 10 December

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Paul Lewis and Imogen Cooper Franz Schubert Allegro in A minor D 947 ‘Lebensstürme’ Johannes Brahms Three Hungarian Dances Franz Schubert Andantino Varié from Divertissement à la Française D 823 Antonín Dvořák Two Slavonic Dances Franz Schubert Sonata for piano duet in C major D 812 ‘Grand Duo’ Two of the most talented pianists on the world stage join forces for this spectacular programme of piano duets. Tonight’s programme sees Paul Lewis and Imogen Cooper interpret beautiful works by Brahms, Schubert and Dvořák, as well as a Schubert double-bill culminating in the composer’s imposing ‘Grand Duo’, his longest piano duo written in a period of serious illness and personal despair. Tickets £17 £14 Concessions available www.paullewispiano.co.uk www.imogen-cooper.com Promoted by RNCM

+ 6.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre Spotlight: Borealis Saxophone Quartet performs Graham Fitkin’s Plan B Free admission, no ticket required

Wednesday 12 December 7.30pm RNCM Theatre

RNCM Big Band with Liane Carroll Mike Hall director Liane Carroll vocals, piano The Times has described Liane Carroll as ‘deeply soulful, and wonderfully honest’. She has worked with an incredible array of artists from Sir Paul McCartney to Gerry Rafferty to Ladysmith Black Mambazo - and has even provided vocals and played Wurlitzer keyboards for the drum’n’bass outfit London Elektricity. Liane is also a regular at Ronnie Scott’s and Chelsea’s 606 Club and we’re thrilled that she’s joining us for our festive Big Band show. Tickets £18 £16 £14 Concessions available www.lianecarroll.co.uk Promoted by RNCM

Thursday 13 December

1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM First Year String and Wind Orchestras John Ireland Concertino Pastorale Marcel Wengler Marsch oder ‘die Versuchung’ Hans Werner Henze (trans Marcel Wengler) Ragtimes and Habaneras Chris Hoyle, Mark Heron conductors Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

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Friday 14 December

1.15pm Carole Nash Recital Room

LUDWIG VAN

Beethoven 2 Transcribed

BEETHOVEN 2

Continuing our Ludwig van festival, Beethoven’s second symphony sits at the heart of today’s programme. Despite being written at the time when the composer was facing up to his encroaching deafness, the symphony bounds with energy and often-vulgar musical jokes that shocked many contemporary critics. For further information see pages 4-5 and page 35.

RNCM students perform Beethoven’s own piano trio arrangement of his second symphony. Free admission, by ticket only

2.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

Beethoven Symphonies on Record

Study Session with Robert Philip Robert Philip explores changing tastes in the performance of Beethoven’s symphonies, as revealed in old and new recordings. Tickets £5 Concessions available

5pm Carole Nash Recital Room

B2 209 years after the première of Beethoven 2, RNCM composers Tom Rose and Laurence Tompkins channel its murmuring resonance into a new set through old records, manuscripts and hand-made electronic instruments. Free admission, by ticket only

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM Chamber Orchestra Joseph Haydn Symphony No 103 in E flat major Hob I/103 ‘Drumroll’ Leonard Bernstein Halil Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No 2 in D major Op 36 Ivor Bolton conductor Carlos del Cueto assistant conductor Hannah Black flute Chief Conductor of the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, with whom he appears annually at the Salzburg Festival, and a regular director with many of Europe’s finest orchestras and opera companies, Ivor Bolton works with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra for the first time, bringing his considerable reputation for early repertoire to the second of Beethoven’s symphonies. Tickets £17 £14 Concessions available Promoted by RNCM

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Saturday 15 December

Friday 21 December

Junior RNCM Performance Day

Asia

from 10.15am Various venues

Performance Day profiles the work of the full range of Junior RNCM ensembles, from the Chamber Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble to the Foundation Section. For full details contact the Junior RNCM on 0161 907 5264. Free admission, no ticket required Promoted by RNCM

7.30pm RNCM Theatre

Tickets £25 No Concessions www.originalasia.com Promoted by ARC/The Gig Cartel

Saturday 22 December

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Salford Choral Society Christmas Concert

Saturday 15 December

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Goldner Quartet

Tickets £15 Concessions available www.salfordchoral.org.uk Promoted by Salford Choral Society

Frank Bridge Three Idylls Benjamin Britten String Quartet No 1 in D major Op 25 Franz Schubert String Quartet No 14 in D minor ‘Death and the Maiden’ Tickets £22 (platform seats £11) Concessions available www.chamberconcerts.org Promoted by MCCS

+ 6.45pm RNCM Lecture Theatre Pre-concert talk: David Horne discusses tonight’s programme Free admission by ticket only

Sunday 16 December

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Vox Aurum and Laudamus and Glyndwr University Choir Mary’s Rose, a Christmas Choral Concert Tickets £19 Concessions available www.laudamus.co.uk Promoted by Laudamus Chamber Choir Wigan

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Sir Willard White

Manchester Chamber Concerts Society

Coming Soon Tuesday 22 January 2013

January - June 2013

RNCM Opera Gala

Ludwig van continues

with the Orchestra of Opera North Join RNCM singers for a Gala evening of favourite opera extracts by composers including Puccini, Verdi and Mozart, with the Orchestra of Opera North. Tickets £25 £20 £15 (performance only) Concessions available Exclusive Gala packages available, for further information call 0161 907 5394 or email development@rncm.ac.uk

Friday 11 - Sunday 13 January 2013

RNCM Chamber Music Festival Beethoven string quartets, piano trios and other chamber music

Friday 1 February 2013

Beethoven 3

RNCM Symphony Orchestra with Jac van Steen

Thursday 7 March 2013 Thursday 21, Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 March 2013 7.30pm RNCM Theatre

Beethoven 4

RNCM Concert Orchestra with Nicholas Kraemer

Sunday 24 March 2013

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March 2013

3pm RNCM Theatre

RNCM Strings Weekend

Paradise Moscow

Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March 2013

Dmitri Shostakovich

RNCM Opera presents a new production of Shostakovich’s toe-tapping tale of romance, dancing and dreams in 50s Moscow. Tickets £33 £27 £20 (weekdays) £35 £29 £22 (weekends) Concessions available

Beethoven 5 and 6

RNCM Chamber Orchestra with Douglas Boyd RNCM Concert Orchestra and Chamber Choir with Lancelot Fuhry University of Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir with Mark Heron

Friday 17 May 2013

Beethoven 7 Wednesday 12 June 2013

RNCM Symphony Orchestra with Carlos del Cueto

An Enchanted Evening of Song with Sir Willard White

Friday 21 June 2013

7.30pm The Bridgewater Hall

Our current President, Sir Willard White presents a concert of his favourite songs to celebrate the College’s 40th anniversary. The programme includes Gershwin’s ‘I got plenty of nothin’ from Porgy and Bess, ‘If I loved you’ from Carousel, ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ from South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein and the show-stopping ‘Ol’ Man River’ by Jerome Kern. For this Gala occasion in aid of the RNCM, Sir Willard White is joined by some special guests associated with the College. Tickets £27.50 £22.50 £17.50 Concessions available

Beethoven 8

RNCM Chamber Orchestra

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June 2013

RNCM Keyboard Weekend

Tuesday 25 – Friday 28 June 2013

21st Century Beethoven Friday 28 June 2013

The Bridgewater Hall

Beethoven 9

RNCM Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorus with Mark Shanahan Further information available from September 2012

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Support the RNCM Become a Friend ‘It is always an inspiration to visit the RNCM and have the privilege of enjoying the results of the very hard work of the students and staff.’ RNCM Friend Whether or not you are a regular visitor, why not support the music stars of the future by joining the RNCM Friends? You will be joining an exclusive network of music lovers who are given special access to exceptional behind-thescenes events where we show you more of this unique place. Meet the students and staff, and know that your subscriptions and donations are helping to nurture the music stars of the future in everything we do. Membership starts from as little as £2.50 per month and you can take an individual, joint or corporate membership. Membership makes an ideal gift for friends or family who will be kept updated with regular newsletters and receive special offers and discounts at the Box Office and in Brodsky Restaurant. There is no better time to give a gift membership as we commence our 40th anniversary year in 2013. For more information call 0161 907 5338 or visit www.rncm.ac.uk/ friends.

Become a Benefactor

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Friends Events booking now Thursday 4 October 2.30pm

Up close with the RNCM Collection of Historic Musical Instruments.

Tickets £4

Thursday 8 November 2.30pm Delve into the archives to discover treasured memoirs and letters from Adolph Brodsky and friends including Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Nina Grieg. Tickets £4

Benefactors directly support individual students with their fees and living expenses. For more information, contact 0161 907 5392, development@rncm.ac.uk, or visit www.rncm.ac.uk/benefactors

Tuesday 27 November 1.30pm

‘Supporting a student is one of the most rewarding decisions you will take in your lifetime; go for it – you won’t be disappointed.’ Diana Kealey Edwards, Benefactor

Thursday 6 December 7pm See the opera first at the preview evening, exclusive to Friends and Benefactors of the RNCM.

Backstage with Theatre Designer Lara Booth before our production of Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses.

Tickets £10

Tickets £12.50

RNCM Outreach

Looking for musicians?

The Outreach team designs and manages a large number of bespoke projects and events for a wide range of participants, involving work with under-5s, schools and community groups. These include our Youth Perform Musical Theatre Group, a weekly, non-audition group for all young people aged 13-18. For further details about Youth Perform or the other projects available please contact Fiona Stuart or Jennie McCusker on 0161 907 5281 or communityoutreach@rncm.ac.uk or visit www.rncm.ac.uk/communityoutreach. RNCM Outreach is grateful for the support of the Ernest Cook Trust and Servicemaster.

The RNCM’s Professional Engagements team co-ordinates a large number of engagements on behalf of music societies, clubs, companies and individuals throughout the year. Performances range from formal recitals, soloists for choral societies and for concertos, through to background music for weddings and events, and incorporate a wide range of styles from classical to jazz. Contact Abi Collins on 0161 907 5352 or abigail.collins@rncm.ac.uk for further details.

RNCM Music for Health This is an innovative programme of training and professional support for musicians and health care professionals wanting to engage musically with people in health and social care settings. Delivered in collaboration with the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lime and a wide range of partners, the programme trains musicians and health care professionals to co-create and play music with patients, visitors and staff in hospitals and community care centres, and also incorporates a regular concert series at the hospitals. Contact Lilli Brodner-Francis on 0161 907 5414 or lilli.brodner-francis@rncm. ac.uk for further details. RNCM Music for Health is grateful for the support of the EC Lifelong Learning Programme, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Youth Music.

External Performances RNCM ensembles and soloists regularly perform at venues and in high-profile concert series throughout the UK and for a wide range of promoters from music societies and clubs to orchestras, opera companies and individuals. Look out for regular concert series in St Ann’s Church in the city centre, Emmanuel Church in Didsbury and the Whitworth Art Gallery on Oxford Road, as well as RNCM in the City, a series of 40 free public performances in 40 different venues across the city running from December 2012 to June 2013 as part of the RNCM’s 40th anniversary celebrations (see pages 4-5 for details).

Looking for a venue? The RNCM offers excellent purpose-built spaces to hire for all aspects of performances and conferencing. The RNCM Theatre seats 650 and boasts one of the largest stages in Manchester. The RNCM Concert Hall seats 460 and offers a unique octagonal performance space and Hradetsky Four Manual Concert Organ. The RNCM Studio Theatre seats 120 and flexible seating offers a variety of set ups including theatre-style and in the round. The Carole Nash Recital Room seats 100 and is suitable for small-scale performances, conferences and catering receptions. The Lecture Theatre seats 112 and is ideal for pre-concert talks, discussions and presentations. Contact Clare Preston-Pollitt on 0161 907 5289 or clare.preston-pollitt@rncm.ac.uk for further details. RNCM can also provide catering for social functions, events, dinners or conferences in these venues and a range of smaller spaces. Contact Heather Wade on 0161 907 5353 or heather.wade@rncm.ac.uk or for further details.

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Booking Information Booking online

www.rncm.ac.uk/whatson

Booking by phone 0161 907 5555

Booking in person or by post Box Office, RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

Booking Fees A booking fee of £1 per ticket applies to most transactions. No booking fee applies to tickets bought in person at the Box Office using cash or a debit card.

Payment Payment can be made by cash, Mastercard, Visa or Maestro.

Box Office opening hours September - June

11am -6pm Monday to Saturday (8.30pm on performance nights) Sunday 1 hour before performances (closed on non-performance Sundays)

August

11am -3pm Monday to Friday 1 hour before performances For full terms and conditions visit www.rncm.ac.uk/whatson/terms or contact the Box Office.

Concessions Concessions are available for most events, please check with the Box Office or visit www.rncm.ac.uk/whatson/concessions for full details. Please note proof of concession may be required.

Ticket Exchange & Refunds Exchanges may only be made under current guidelines. Contact the Box Office or visit www.rncm. ac.uk/whatson/exchanges for full details. Refunds are only made in the case of a cancelled performance.

Group Discounts

box.office@rncm.ac.uk

Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more for all events promoted by the RNCM. For more information contact the Box Office or visit www.rncm.ac.uk/groups

Seating Plans

Flexible Series

Enquiries by email

Rncm Theatre

Save 15% or more on your tickets by creating your own flexible series. Simply choose at least 3 concerts you’d like to attend (marked with ).

Sonic Card Student Discounts Buy tickets for events marked for just £3. Sign up at the Sonic Card desk from 1 hour before any featured concert or at www.soniccard.co.uk

Email & Mailing List Keep in touch with events at the RNCM by joining our free mailing list for regular updates. Sign up at www. rncm.ac.uk/mailinglist or contact the Box Office for details.

Rncm Concert Hall

RNCM Historic Instrument Collection Open 12 -1pm before every lunchtime concert and 6 -7.15pm where the symbol appears. Artists and programmes are correct at the time of going to press and we reserve the right to change artists and/or programmes without notice if necessary. We aim to deliver a quality events programme with efficient and courteous service. If you have any comments please contact Head of Marketing & Communications, RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD.

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The RNCM is located on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street West. Oxford Road connects the RNCM by bus to the City Centre, Piccadilly and Victoria train stations. Oxford Road station is a 10 minute walk away. Go to www.tfgm.com for details of public transport in the Greater Manchester area.

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(1) The RNCM car park is located next to the College in the basement of the Sir Charles Groves Hall of Residence, off Rosamund Street West. Open from 5pm weekday evenings and anytime over weekends and bank holidays, costing £3 (payable on entry). Closes at 11.30pm. (2) The University of Manchester Booth Street car park is situated off Booth Street West. Open 6am -midnight. (3) The Aquatics Centre car park is situated off Booth Street East. Open 6am -11pm.

Access

All public spaces and facilities are accessible to wheelchair users (via lifts).

Large print and audio versions of this brochure are available from 0161 907 5555 or box.office@rncm.ac.uk

The RNCM’s restaurant, bar and grill serves morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, all-day snacks, pre-concert dining and much more. Table reservations are strongly recommended.

Afternoon Tea Traditional afternoon tea is served from 2pm -4pm Monday -Friday, and is the ideal accompaniment to a lunchtime concert. Priced from £9.95 per head, tables for afternoon tea must be reserved in advance. Please call 0161 907 5353 or 0161 907 5252 to book.

Pre-Concert Dining Pre-concert dining is available from 5pm and offers a full-service experience with waiting staff taking orders at your table. Bookings can be made from Monday -Saturday. Please call 0161 907 5353 or 0161 907 5252 to reserve your table.

Café Open from 8am until the interval during evening performances, our Café serves refreshments and light snacks all day, and hot dishes from 12 -2pm and 5pm -7pm.

Concert Bar The Concert Bar is open from Monday - Saturday from 6pm, and during and after concerts. Interval drinks may be pre-ordered. Wherever possible the RNCM uses Fairtrade products. All food items and menus are subject to availability.

Guide dogs are welcome, please inform the Box Office when booking your ticket. The RNCM Concert Hall and RNCM Theatre are fitted with hearing assistance systems and receivers (available from the Front of House team on request). Receivers can be used in conjunction with a standard hearing aid in the ‘T’ position or an earpiece provided. The RNCM Studio Theatre, Carole Nash Recital Room and RNCM Lecture Theatre are fitted with induction loops (hearing aids should be switched to the ‘T’ position). Free parking is available for disabled patrons, reserve your space with reception on 0161 907 5300. Please contact the Box Office or visit www.rncm.ac.uk/whatson/access for detailed access information.

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