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RNCM Alumni

From top left: Peter Donohoe; Sachio Fujioka; Stephen Hough; Sally Beamish; Sian Edwards; Jane Eaglen; Steven Osborne; Brodsky Quartet; Sir Peter Maxwell Davies; Sir John Tomlinson

Contents Welcome to RNCM

Useful Information

Principal Study

Why Study at the RNCM


School of Composition


International Students


Principal’s Welcome


School of Keyboard Studies


Student Support Services


School of Strings


Fees and Financial Support



School of Vocal and Opera Studies


How to Apply


A Day in the Life of an RNCM student


School of Wind, Brass and Percussion


Useful Information


Manchester - Facts and Figures


Conducting Studies








Message from the President of the Students’ Union

Programmes of Study

Other Areas of Study Chamber Music




Undergraduate Programme


Period Performance


Foundation Degree


Academic Studies


Graduate School


Supporting Professional Studies


Welcome to RNCM

Why study at the RNCM? You will experience a special atmosphere when you visit the RNCM, whether it be at one of our Open Days, or at your audition, or on your first day as an RNCM student – the feeling of space as you walk through the doors, the friendliness and diversity of an international community of students and staff, and the buzz of creative energy in the café bar and performance venues.

Gemma and James rehearsing a duet in the RNCM Concert Hall

“I'm really impressed with what the RNCM is doing in terms of it's future. I take part in a focus group with the Principal and he's really thinking some avant-garde stuff - wanting to get into the business of music, to be entrepreneurial. I want to put a poster up on my door here saying it's a privilege to be here. I feel positive that when I leave the RNCM there's a job for me.”


Performance is at the heart of everything we do. From performing with the College’s own orchestras and ensembles, to listening to high-profile visiting artists in one of the many masterclasses, or taking advantage of the strong relationships the RNCM has with the region’s major orchestras and ensembles through our Professional Experience Schemes with the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata and Black Dyke Band, there are countless opportunities on offer to RNCM students. We pride ourselves on our long track record of success in preparing young talented musicians for a long and sustainable career. The programmes of study are delivered by a strong international team of tutors, and will offer you a flexibility of learning that will suit your particular needs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You will have valuable access to advice and guidance from a host of companies who have professional partnership links with the RNCM. These partners include Access to Music (, Artis (, Manchester Camerata, resident in the College’s Oxford Road Wing (, and The Children’s University (

Facilities at the RNCM are excellent. You will benefit from over 80 tutorial spaces and practice rooms, 4 large public performance spaces, 6 ensemble rehearsal spaces, an extensive collection of instruments including over 120 pianos, a Library containing over 14,000 books, 70,000 items of printed music and access to a large collection of audio and visual materials, and a fully-equipped designated IT Suite. Accommodation is also within easy reach of the main College building – our Hall of Residence is literally just two minutes walk away. Living in Manchester will give you easy access to a rich variety of student experiences. Everything you might want to do is right on your doorstep – shopping, eating out, live music, theatres, clubbing, sport – most of these are just a short bus or tram journey away. Or you could venture a bit further from busy city life to enjoy the tranquillity of the Peak and Lake Districts. You can find out more about the events on offer in Manchester and the region by visiting Explore this Prospectus, come to one of our Open Days and visit our website for more details about life and study at the RNCM.

Welcome to RNCM

Principal’s Welcome Principal Professor Jonty Stockdale BA, D.Phil, FLCM Jonty took up office as Principal of the RNCM in August 2008. Prior to this he was Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching and Head of the School of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia. He has also held the senior positions of Director of Studies at Leeds College of Music, and Head of the School of Popular Music and Recording at University College Salford. Jonty graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a first class Honours degree in Music specialising in Performance (Clarinet) and Composition, and then completed a DPhil in Composition at the University of York. His performance training and education involved a diverse range of activity including western classical and contemporary music, jazz and popular idioms, and experimental research-based electro-acoustic music. He has toured and performed in a wide variety of contexts mostly throughout the UK and Scandinavia. As a composer, his main output is in the area of electro-acoustic music including studio-produced tape works, work integrating live electronics, contemporary music theatre, and mixed media in collaboration with visual artists and dancers. Jonty has dedicated much of his time to music education and development over the past 20 years and has been responsible for numerous innovative course developments and initiatives.

Welcome to our Prospectus. I hope that the following pages, along with our DVD and website, will give you an informative and interesting introduction to life and study at the Royal Northern College of Music. The RNCM is one of the most progressive and vibrant places to study and work; it is an outward-facing institution that is well connected with the music profession, the broadcast and associated industries, and with the City of Manchester and its communities. Of critical importance are our links with the orchestras of the region, as well as with our professional partners, creating arguably more opportunities than any other UK conservatoire for our students to aspire to a rewarding and sustainable career. You will find that the College is a welcoming community where highly professional and supportive staff will encourage you to grow as an artist. Whether you join the RNCM as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, you will receive tuition from a body of outstanding teachers who bring a wealth of experience in specialist areas. Our courses are demanding and challenging and will develop your self-esteem and help unleash your full potential. The RNCM is also a thriving performance venue, providing an unparalleled programme of events that you, as an RNCM student,

will be able to experience. As an integral part of your studies you will have access to a wide range of performance opportunities, masterclasses and workshops, and an impressive range of facilities for rehearsal and tuition. Our spacious communal areas form the hub of the College and encourage interaction between staff, students, visiting artists and audiences. Our location is another reason for choosing to study at the RNCM; Manchester is a vibrant city with a transforming urban landscape. It is a major cultural centre; home to three professional orchestras, and world-class performance venues. The College and its Hall of Residence are located on one campus, right at the heart of the University community and less than a mile from the city centre and the Bridgewater Hall. I hope you will find our Prospectus informative and that it encourages you to consider studying at the RNCM.

Professor Jonty Stockdale Principal


Welcome to RNCM

Message from the President of the Students’ Union The guiding principle behind the RNCM Students’ Union is the fair and democratic representation of the entire student body. Run by students and for students, we are active in many ways; from improving the quality of the student experience on the numerous boards and committees that govern the College, to providing help and advice when needed, and not least organising a varied and exciting social calendar to keep you entertained during your time here. The year is opened with lots of lively social events which cater to every taste. College life can be a lot of fun; you will meet new people and make new friends from all sorts of different backgrounds. On the other hand, problems may arise and we’re here to help you overcome these or to point you in the right direction. We aim to act in every student’s interests and we welcome any concerns or queries you may have. I have a capable and enthusiastic team who are eager to meet you all and welcome you to the College. We hope to enhance your experience as a student at the RNCM. Heider Nasralla SU President 2008/09

Aigerim Bimurzayeva, 2nd year undergraduate oboist, and a friend relax with a coffee in the RNCM Café Bar


I have a piano lesson at 11.00am so I want to get in to College to do some last minute practice beforehand. Luckily, because the halls of residence are right next door to the College, it doesn’t mean getting up ridiculously early - I can even grab a coffee from the café bar to wake me up. I get on really well with my piano teacher and I’m particularly motivated by lessons on Debussy at the moment because he’s a bit of a specialist on the subject. Music can be very expensive to buy but fortunately the RNCM library has a fabulous collection and you can find most of what you need there. The library computers are also very handy because it is important to check College e-mails regularly…and Facebook of course. Gemma Salmon at St. Ann’s Church in Manchester city centre

“It’s also possible to play at external concerts organised by College: I’ve recently performed at St. Ann’s church in the centre of town where there was a lovely atmosphere and no pressure. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

After my lesson I grab lunch in the eatery with my housemate before we go to watch a friend play in a masterclass. Renowned international artists regularly give masterclasses in which students participate, or fascinating lecture recitals which are open to all students and help you learn and be inspired. In terms of Principal Study, each individual tutor holds a class for all their students, maybe a couple of times a term, and two keyboard recitals are allocated to every piano student each year. These aren’t assessed but they are formal and you receive written feedback. Another exciting studentrun performance opportunity, for which I’m on the organising committee, is the new Showcase Series of concerts. These are more informal and we encourage performers to bring an audience and play longer repertoire and even perform with a chamber group or instrumentalist/singer.

There’s a Big Band concert in the RNCM Theatre tonight and I know a lot of people playing in it. Big Band is always a great night that you can continue at the bar afterwards. There is such a great choice of music to experience in Manchester. As well as the array of classical, folk and world music that can be found in College concerts, I enjoy going to local Jazz and Jam Session nights that can be found in local bars like Matt and Phreds in the Northern Quarter and Sandbar off Oxford Road.

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A day in the life of an RNCM student

In your 3rd and 4th years you can choose from a wide range of Supporting Professional Studies and academic options and focus on things that really interest you. I’ve been able to get invaluable work experience in Music Marketing, play orchestral piano and learn more about my favourite composer and the theory behind Jazz, all of which have enriched my college experience. The great thing about being at a place like the RNCM is being surrounded by like-minded and interesting musicians and being able to enjoy improving your technique and all-round musicianship through so many varied activities. Gemma Salmon, 4th year undergraduate pianist


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Manchester facts and figures If you choose to study at the RNCM, you will be setting up home in a city where there is a unique and vibrant mix of the old and the new. Manchester has become a centre for the arts, media, higher education and commerce. Here are a few facts and figures to give you a brief insight into the past and present qualities that make Manchester such an exciting place to live and study.

Sinead Hayes, postgraduate conductor, outside The Bridgewater Hall. Sinead is also Associate Conductor of the Hallé Youth Orchestra

“I get inspired by the countryside that is near to here, like the Peak District. There’s also a lot of musical talent in Manchester.”

• Manchester has a population of 2.5 million people, and a community of over 85,000 students studying at its Colleges and Universities • Manchester can boast many ‘firsts’ – it was the world’s first industrial city, the first modern computer was built in the city, the atom was first split here, and the Midland Hotel in the city centre was where Mr Rolls first met Mr Royce • It’s home to the Hallé, Britain’s longest established professional symphony orchestra, resident in The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester’s stunning state-of-the-art international concert venue • There are at least 30 live music venues in the city centre ranging from local jazz clubs like Matt and Phred’s to the 21,000 capacity Manchester Evening News Arena • The futuristic designs of landmark buildings such as Urbis (six storeys of interactive exhibitions about city life), Daniel Libeskind’s dramatic Imperial War Museum North in Salford Quays, and the imposing glass Beetham Tower (the tallest building in the UK outside London and home to Cloud 23, the bar in the sky), sit alongside the neo-Gothic arch of the Town Hall, Chetham’s School and Library (the oldest complete structure dating back to the 1400s), and the Pantheon-inspired Central Library, the largest municipal library in the world • From high street fashion to haute couture, the city is renowned for its mix of shopping experiences: malls like the Trafford Centre, designer stores in the Millennium Quarter, and the quirky shops and bohemian chic of the Northern Quarter • The biennial Manchester International Festival is the world’s first international festival of original, new work and special events. RNCM students get involved in some of the performances • There’s a strong sporting tradition in Manchester. The RNCM is located between the grounds of two Premier League football clubs – Manchester United and Manchester City – as well as being within easy reach of Old Trafford cricket ground and the Aquatics Centre, built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games

Useful websites: To find out more visit these websites:


The Sir Charles Groves Hall of Residence

money to spend on food bought at the RNCM’s own stylish café bar and eatery. You can contact the Catering Operations Manager, on T +44 (0)161 907 5248, for full details of this scheme.

The College’s on-site Hall of Residence is one of the biggest bonuses about choosing the RNCM as your place of study. Situated right next door to the main College building, its location means massive savings for you in both time and money. You won’t need to budget for a daily outlay on long bus or tube journeys like music students elsewhere.

Practising your instrument in the Hall Special sound-proofing enables you to practise your instrument in your room between the hours of 0900 and 2100, and the Hall’s proximity to the College means you can easily nip back to your room and practise between lessons and rehearsals.

The facilities The facilities themselves are bang up-to-date. 316 out of the Hall’s 612 rooms are allocated to the RNCM. The rest are occupied by students from the nearby Manchester universities. • Each room has en-suite bathroom, internet access and telephone • Your room will be one of four in a flat where you will share a fully-equipped lounge/kitchen, complete with TV aerial point • You will have access to communal facilities which include a student common room with widescreen TV and a pool table, a laundrette exclusively for RNCM students, and a courtyard garden • The building is protected by 24-hour security, CCTV and swipe card access Self-catering – or not As a resident of the Sir Charles Groves Hall you can opt for a completely self-catering package, or add on a weekday catering package to purchase your meals at the food outlets in the main College building. The catering package is available on a MondayFriday basis during term time. With this scheme, you could benefit from a cashless system and peace of mind that you have set aside

Support The welfare of RNCM students resident in the Hall is overseen by the Head of Academic Administration with the assistance of two student residents. Management of the Hall of Residence The Hall is the direct responsibility of Liberty Living plc who specialise in the management and operation of halls of residence. The RNCM works in partnership with Liberty Living to monitor performance, service delivery, and ensure customer satisfaction through its Liaison Committee.

How to apply Information about how to apply for accommodation in the Hall will be sent to you when you have accepted the offer of a place at the RNCM. You should confirm that you want to take up accommodation before 31 January, but if you are in receipt of a late offer you can still apply for a place in the Hall of Residence.

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Accommodation Private Accommodation You may prefer to rent a flat or share a house. Local rents can range from £60-£120 per week, but there are extras to consider, such as lighting, heating, water etc. The College is associated with Manchester Student Homes who can provide you with details of all types of accommodation in Manchester. You can visit their website for a list of properties and advice on renting.

Useful contacts: Student Welfare Administrator T +44 (0)161 907 5219

Cost Charges for self-catering during the 2009/10 academic year are £97.75 per week, inclusive of utility costs but exclusive of personal telephone calls and internet access. The period covered by the let is the full 42 weeks from the start of the academic year in September through to its end in early July, inclusive of the December and Spring vacations. There is a 2% discount for those paying in full at the start of the year. Alternatively, payment can be made over three instalments by post-dated cheques or credit/debit card. There is a 2% charge for all credit card transactions. The Sir Charles Groves Hall of Residence


Welcome to RNCM

Performance The RNCM performance programme is unique in both its range and quality of opportunities for students. If you come to study here you will be able to participate in an extensive programme of ensemble activities, from chamber music and smaller-scale performances to fully-staged opera. You will also have the chance to experience the artistry of a vast array of visiting musicians from across every musical genre. The RNCM has four leading performance spaces: the Concert Hall (446 seats), the Opera Theatre (672 seats), the Lord Rhodes Room (a 120 seat recital room), and the Studio Theatre (a 100-150 seat black-box theatre space), as well as the Café Bar which hosts late-night jazz often performed by students. Music is everywhere, and it is the energy between students, artists and audiences that powers this exciting programme. You can listen to excerpts from RNCM performances and find out up-to-date and detailed information about the performance opportunities mentioned on these pages by visiting the website

RNCM saxophonists during a performance in the RNCM Concert Hall

Opportunities to perform Ensembles RNCM Ensembles provide a range of performance opportunities right from the beginning of your first term. Projects range from short, sharp, intense experiences focusing on individual works, to week-long in-depth explorations of repertoire with guest conductors and directors. Seating in all orchestras is based on the results of twice-yearly orchestral auditions. 8

Here are just some of the opportunities that might be on offer to you: • Performing with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra in the RNCM Concert Hall and at the Bridgewater Hall in the city centre • Appearing with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra at the College or in venues and at festivals across the region

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Opera Whether you are a singer or an instrumentalist, there will be opportunities for you to take part in the wide-ranging programme of opera. The RNCM has a long-standing reputation and tradition of success in the field, attracting national reviews and delivering award-winning productions. Opera productions during the 2008/09 season included Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and Janácek’s Katya Kabanova, semi-staged productions of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Bernstein’s Candide, as well as a full programme of staged opera scenes. ˆ

• Playing with the RNCM Concert Orchestra, often to capacity crowds, in informal lunchtime concerts • Opening the concert season with the RNCM String Orchestra, which has also performed across the UK • Recording a CD or giving one of its many première performances with the RNCM Wind Orchestra • Working with high-profile visiting conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Vassily Sinaisky, André de Ridder, Baldur Brönnimann, Tecwyn Evans and Mark Shanahan • Working with high-profile visiting composers such as James MacMillan, Harrison Birtwistle and Magnus Lindberg among others, with the New Ensemble, which specialises in contemporary music • Performing in the RNCM Big Band, recognised as one of the UK’s outstanding jazz orchestras, alongside a Who’s Who of guest artists, including Jacqui Dankworth, Colin Towns and Chris Potter • Playing with the Brass Band, under the direction of Nicholas Childs and John Miller, at the annual Festival of Brass • Singing with the RNCM Chorus in the College’s opera programme or in choral projects focusing on works by composers from Byrd to Duke Ellington • Appearing at the College and venues throughout the UK with other RNCM ensembles such as the RNCM Backing Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble • Collaborating with external artists on unique and exciting projects in unusual venues. Over the last couple of years all the ensembles have come together for one-off special events: the first was Shattered Sounds, an evening of music, poetry, drama and images inspired by musical responses to war and conflict, set in Daniel Libeskind’s Imperial War Museum North building at Salford Quays. Summer 2008 saw a large-scale collaboration between local artists and RNCM musicians for Art of Sound: Sound of Art at Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery, to create a series of installations designed to explore the connections between art and music

Solo and small-scale performance opportunities These are built into the academic year and include chamber music opportunities, period instrument performances, in-house and public competitions, lunchtime and Spotlight concerts, external engagements and community projects. Festivals The RNCM has a well-established reputation for its festivals and special events, which range from celebrations of the work of a particular composer, to entire weekends devoted to a particular instrument. You and your fellow students can reap huge benefits from these events – be it as performers, audience members or by experiencing masterclasses from top musicians. The 2008/09 academic year included the Chamber Music Festival focusing on the music of Vienna, the Festival of Brass, a series of festivals focusing on the work of Haydn, composer festivals based on the works of Stockhausen and James MacMillan in his 50th birthday year, instrument focus days, and the inaugural RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition.

RNCM cellist, Philip Higham, performing David Wilde’s The Cellist of Sarajevo at Shattered Sounds at the Imperial War Museum North Professional Engagements The College has a dedicated Professional Engagements team who manage and facilitate in excess of 300 engagements every year for RNCM students, providing not only invaluable experience but also a welcome source of income. Events programme and tickets for RNCM students The RNCM is unique among UK conservatoires for the scale of its extensive programme of music, dance and theatre events featuring visiting artists. As an RNCM student, you will have access to tickets for these events – some are available at no charge, while others will be offered at heavily discounted rates. For more details and to listen to our regular podcasts about forthcoming events see the events section of the website

Masterclasses As an RNCM student, you will have the chance to observe, and maybe take part in, masterclasses given by visiting experts from all over the world. You can read more about these distinguished visitors in the relevant Principal Study pages.


Programmes of Study - Undergraduate Programme

Undergraduate Programme The Undergraduate Programme at the RNCM is designed to make you a rounded musician, with the ability to thrive in the competitive musical world. As a student, you will also be expected, as appropriate, to participate in the College’s programme of corporate performance activities, the majority of which will contribute towards your degree.

Bachelor of Music BMus(Hons) Duration: 4 years full-time CUKAS Code: 300F Application deadline: 1 October 2009 The principal aims of the programme are to develop you as a performer or composer to the standard you will need to enter the music profession, to equip you with a portfolio of skills that will enable you to sustain your career, and to give you a broad knowledge and understanding of music in theory and in practice. All these elements are delivered via 3 programme strands: Principal Study, Supporting Professional Studies and Academic Studies. Principal Study is the most heavily weighted part of the programme and the main one through which you build on your skills as a performer. It focuses on your technical, musical and creative development. You can read more details relevant to your specialism in the appropriate Principal Study pages: Composition: page 18 Keyboard: page 21 Strings: page 24 Vocal and Opera: page 27 Wind, Brass and Percussion: page 30


Supporting Professional Studies (SPS) comprises a wide variety of vocational activities which complement the Principal Study area and enhance your employability. You can find out more about the kinds of skills you can gain through SPS on page 40.

particular Principal Study can be viewed on the website, or visit the CUKAS website, or E with any questions about the application and audition process.

Academic Studies offers you courses of study directly relevant to your needs as an aspiring performer or composer. You will find that emphasis is placed on the practical application of theoretical knowledge, be that in musicianship workshops, history lectures, harmony seminars or performance studies tutorials. As the programme progresses, you will be able to exercise more choice in the areas you study to cover, for example, specific repertoire areas, performance practice, or social and psychological issues. All these are designed to inform and improve your work as a practitioner. You can find more information about the academic studies strand on page 38.

For details about how to apply, advice auditions, audition fees and English Language requirements see pages 48-49.

Entry Requirements Entry is by competitive audition and interview, but minimum educational requirements must usually be met: • A high level of performing/compositional ability • At least 18 years of age on 31 December in year of entry • Passes at GCE A level (A2) in 2 subjects, normally including music, and passes in 3 different subjects at GCSE level (Grades A*-C) or equivalent (further details available at

Audition Requirements All applicants, except composers, will be auditioned ‘live’ during November and December. Composers’ portfolios are assessed by a panel with selected candidates being called for an audition. At the audition you will be expected to demonstrate your practical skills followed by a brief interview. Full information about what you will need to prepare and what to expect at the audition for your

LRSM Opportunity The RNCM has negotiated a scheme with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music whereby Year 3 undergraduate students may enter for the award of Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) at a discounted rate. Special arrangements are made for the practical examination so that your end-of-year recital can be concurrently assessed by the RNCM (towards your degree) and also by an examiner of the ABRSM. This means you have the opportunity to acquire this valuable extra qualification with the minimum of fuss and with a substantial discount off the normal fee.

FRSM Opportunity The College has also negotiated with the Associated Board the possibility for College students, normally at postgraduate level, to take the FRSM Diploma in parallel with their Final Recital examination. Again, a substantial discount on the normal cost of this has been agreed.

Study Abroad

Duration: 4 years full-time CUKAS Code: 399F Application deadline: 1 October 2009

The RNCM has links with conservatoires around the world and is fully committed to student exchanges. During your time at the RNCM you can broaden your horizons still further by studying abroad for just a term, or for a full academic year. Exchanges usually take place in Year 3 of the undergraduate programme, but you will need to start the application process at the beginning of Year 2.

This course is designed for students with outstanding practical and academic ability, and is run in collaboration with the University of Manchester. Numbers on the course are strictly limited and entry is highly competitive. For three years students follow the University’s MusB Honours programme, concurrently with the College’s GRNCM Diploma, made up of the Principal Study and SPS strands of the College’s BMus(Hons) programme. Intending applicants should also consult the prospectus of the University of Manchester.

We currently have links with institutions all over Europe, and in Australia, China, Japan and the USA. We carry out exchanges with European colleagues through the Erasmus programme. Visit the websites of the British Council and the Association of European Conservatoires for details and useful advice regarding the Erasmus exchange programme. If you want to find out more about exchange opportunities at the RNCM and our full list of partner institutions, visit the International pages of our website or E

Applicants who are not shortlisted for the Joint Course will be automatically considered, and offered an audition, for the College’s BMus(Hons) programme.

Entry Requirements • A high level of performing ability • A high profile of grades (e.g. AAB) at GCE A level (A2) or equivalent (further details available at and

Programmes of Study - Undergraduate Programme

Joint Course

Shortlisting and Audition Requirements Applicants should submit an application form along with a short recording of at least two contrasting pieces (maximum 15 minutes) for the purposes of shortlisting. Shortlisted applicants will be auditioned ‘live’ at the RNCM during November and December. Composers’ portfolios are assessed by a panel with selected candidates being called for an audition. At the ‘live’ audition you will be expected to demonstrate your practical skills, followed by a brief interview.

RNCM students during an academic studies workshop in one of the Oxford Road Wing studios


Programmes of Study - Foundation Degree in Popular Music Practice

Foundation Degree in Popular Music Practice (Session Musician) Principal Study available in Electric guitar, Bass guitar, Drum kit, Piano/Keyboards, Voice Course Director: Andy Stott MA Duration: 2 years full-time CUKAS Code: 113F Application deadline: 1 October 2009 The RNCM and Access to Music have joined forces to offer the UK’s only Foundation Degree course for would-be professional session musicians, situated within a major conservatoire. This course offers vocational training for musicians with a high level of performing ability who intend to work as session/freelance musicians in all areas outside the classical music sector. The course is delivered at the RNCM and state-of-the-art rehearsal suites at Blueprint Studios in Manchester. If you pursue this course you will • Enhance your instrumental technique and application through 60 hours of individual tuition throughout your course • Receive 1.5 hour one-to-one instrumental sessions with a top professional • Develop and refine your musical skills to an advanced level • Gain valuable experience through relevant work-based learning • Understand the requirements of studio and live sessioning

• Understand how to contextualise yourself and your music in relation to today's music scene • Learn direct from professional players and visiting guest artists • Learn how to network and make contacts • Understand how to promote and market yourself • Gain a recognised and relevant qualification Once you have successfully completed the course you will have the opportunity to progress onto the Popular Music degree course at Leeds College of Music.

Audition Requirements All applicants will be auditioned ‘live’. The audition will last about 45 minutes and will include a 10-12 minute recital followed by sight-reading, musicianship and improvisation tests, and an interview. For more information visit T (Freephone) 0800 28 18 42 E Further details can be found at and

Entry Requirements • A high level of performing/compositional ability equivalent to a pass at ABRSM/Rockschool grade 8 • At least 18 years of age on 1 September in year of entry • Pass in GCE A level (A2) in one subject, or a Rockschool Level 3 Music Practitioner qualification, or a National Diploma in a relevant subject area (Music, Performing Arts etc), or an acceptable equivalent, and 4 passes (Grades A-C) at GCSE including Maths and English Language, or acceptable equivalents (further details available at • Applicants with non-standard qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered if they can demonstrate appropriate ability through their audition and interview

Foundation Degree students performing a gig at Blueprint Studios in Manchester 12

The RNCM offers a superb environment for advanced musical studies in performance (including conducting) and composition. The Graduate School provides a rich variety of courses of study which train instrumentalists, singers, conductors and composers to a fully professional level. Flexibility is the key and you will be given the opportunity to follow a range of specialist pathways as a high-flying soloist, an orchestral musician or a chamber musician, or to create a bespoke programme of study. The Graduate School offers four distinct levels of study:

At Masters and Postgraduate Diploma level: Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Duration: 1 academic year full-time Credits: 120 Credits: 60 Credits Core Principal Study, selected from the four specialisms below; plus 60 credits worth of Options from List A Applications: via CUKAS, code 601F (PGDip Solo Performance); 611F (PGDip Chamber Music); 641F (PGDip Orchestral Studies); 620F (PGDip Composition) Postgraduate Diploma in Solo Performance (including Conducting) Postgraduate Diploma in Chamber Music Postgraduate Diploma in Orchestral Studies Postgraduate Diploma in Composition

Master of Music (MMus) Duration: 2 years full-time, or exceptionally 1 year intensive full-time

Credits: 180 Credits: 60 Credits Core Principal Study, selected from the four specialisms below; plus 120 credits worth of Options (a minimum of 60 credits to be selected from List B) Applicants for the 2 year MMus in Chamber Music or Orchestral Studies must apply in the first instance for the 2 year MMus in Solo Performance. For 1 year courses all pathways are available. Applications: via CUKAS, code 801F (2 year MMus Solo Performance); 820F (2 year MMus Composition); 805F (1 year MMus Solo Performance); 823F (1 year MMus Composition); 811F (1 year MMus Chamber Music); 841F (1 year MMus Orchestral Studies) Master of Music in Solo Performance (including Conducting) Master of Music in Chamber Music Master of Music in Orchestral Studies Master of Music in Composition As an MMus or PGDip student, the focus of your studies will be your Core Principal Study, where you will receive generous one-to-one provision, supplemented by a wide range of classes and workshops.

The Option lists include: List A (PGDip and MMus): • Minor Chamber Music • Orchestral/Large Ensemble Experience • Minor Composition Portfolio • Accompaniment • Jazz Studies • Professional Practice Portfolio • Professional Placement • Operatic Excerpts • Musical Theatre • Advanced Arranging • Dalcroze Eurhythmics: Rhythmics • Dalcroze Eurhythmics: Improvisation

Programmes of Study - Graduate School

Graduate School

List B: • Preparation for Research I: Materials, Musicology, Performance & Repertoire, Music Psychology • Preparation for Research II: Techniques, Musicology, Performance & Repertoire, Music Psychology • Lecture Recital • Minor Project (30 Credits) or Major Project (60 Credits): Musicology Project, Psychology Project, Pedagogy Project, Creative Project These options may be subject to change so check the Graduate School pages of the website for up-to-date information. 13

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A letter home from Helen Sherman.

MPhil/PhD programme:

This is just a little note to let you know firstly that

Master of Philosophy/Doctor of Philosophy (MPhil/PhD)*

I survived my long flight to Manchester and secondly to update you on my first two weeks of study at the Royal Northern College of Music. The RNCM has wonderful facilities, including a very large opera theatre for the four large scale opera productions the College undertakes each year. The College also has a large concert hall and smaller recital hall, seven large studio rehearsal spaces and an audio department specifically devoted to recording student performances and productions. Having been here only two weeks I have already had notice of auditions for about ten or so College competitions, an opera Helen Sherman, postgraduate singer and the first Opera Studio scholar, performs at the launch of the RNCM Opera Studio

production and a vocal/concerto series – it feels like a very good time to be at the RNCM. I was, needless to say, feeling quite overwhelmed when I arrived but I received a very, very warm welcome from the staff and students and I am feeling more at home every day. My settling in has also been helped by the fact that there are three other Australian singers in my year and the local shop sells vegemite! So as you can see I am settling in quite well and am already having a very productive time. Best wishes Helen


Duration: Normally 3 years full-time; flexible part-time modes of study are available Applications: via CUKAS, code 941F (full-time); 941P (part-time). Applicants should select one pathway (listed as instruments on CUKAS): Musicology; Music Psychology; Performance Studies; Composition Research Master of Philosophy / Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology Master of Philosophy / Doctor of Philosophy in Music Psychology Master of Philosophy / Doctor of Philosophy in Performance Master of Philosophy / Doctor of Philosophy in Composition The RNCM’s PhD programme provides you with an opportunity to pursue advanced level studies in performance, composition, musicology, and music psychology through an extended piece of original research. The research can take many forms, including theoretical, applied, and practice-based research. The PhD in Performance requires c.180 minutes of performed material while the PhD in Composition calls for c.120 minutes of music, and both are accompanied by a commentary of 20,000 words. Musicology and Music Psychology PhDs focus on an 80,000 word dissertation. Students on this intensive research programme receive an individually negotiated package of training and one-to-one sessions with an expert in the relevant field. Undertaking research in the environment of an international conservatoire offers opportunities to interact with performers and composers at the highest professional levels. *Validated by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)

RNCM International Artist Diploma (Solo Performance) RNCM International Artist Diploma (Chamber Music) RNCM International Artist Diploma (Opera Studies) Hallé/RNCM String Leadership Diploma (UK nationals only) These flagship courses offer the very highest level of professional training and are designed in each case for a handful of top level performers on the threshold of an international career. The training will be intense and focused, with first class opportunities for internal and external public performances, international exchanges and placements. You will receive specialist support in communication and presentation skills and individual career development throughout your studies. The Hallé/RNCM String Leadership Diploma (supported by the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund) will provide c. £11,000 of income from professional engagements and education work with the Hallé to be used to cover course fees and contribute to living costs.

RNCM International Artist Diploma (Solo Performance)

RNCM International Artist Diploma (Opera Studies)

Duration: 1 year full-time Applications: direct to the RNCM,

Duration: 20 weeks, September – March Applications: direct to the RNCM,

Indicative content:

Indicative content:

• 45 hours individual tuition with high-profile tutors • 20+ hours with an allocated staff pianist • 90 minute public recital • Internal concerto performance • External concerto or oratorio/recital performance • Participation in masterclasses • Optional 4-6 week international exchange with selected partner institutions

• 35 hours 1:1 coaching • 20 hours 1:1 vocal consultancy • Up to 70 hours acting, movement and recitative training • Opportunities to perform in opera excerpts • 10 hours 1:1 improvisation • 14 hours language coaching • One guaranteed major role in RNCM opera • External performance opportunities in association with professional partners such as the Hallé and Manchester Camerata

RNCM International Artist Diploma (Chamber Music) Duration: 1 year full-time Applications: direct to the RNCM, Indicative content: • 35 hours group coaching • 15 hours individual Principal Study tuition • Two 90-minute public recitals • Participation in masterclasses and the annual RNCM Chamber Music festival • External concert opportunities • International visits to partner institutions as an RNCM representative at European Chamber Music Academy events (subject to audition)

Programmes of Study - Graduate School

Flagship courses leading to the RNCM International Artist Diploma:

Hallé/RNCM String Leadership Diploma (UK nationals only) Duration: 1 year full-time Applications: direct to the RNCM, Enquiries: Indicative content: • 600 hours of orchestral training with the Hallé • 15 hours individual tuition • 40 hours of classes in leadership skills • 20 hours of education workshop training and experience • 4 hours of chamber music coaching • 5 hours of classes in communication and presentation skills


Programmes of Study - Graduate School

Innovative vocational training programmes:

Postgraduate Diploma in Performing Arts Leadership (ARTIS)

Postgraduate Certificate in Performing Arts Education Postgraduate Diploma in Performing Arts Leadership (ARTIS) Postgraduate Diploma in Instrumental Teaching PGCE with Specialist Instrumental Teaching

Duration: 2 years part-time Applications: direct to ARTIS,

Postgraduate Certificate in Performing Arts Education (PGCertPAE) Duration: normally 1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time Applications: direct to the RNCM, The PGCertPAE has been developed by the RNCM to meet the requirement that all staff new to Higher Education must possess an appropriate teaching qualification. Its purpose is to foster a deeper knowledge of instrumental teaching skills and academic practice in order to enhance the student experience. In terms of professional development, you would receive the nationally recognised award of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a Postgraduate Certificate from the RNCM, and 60 credits towards a Masters degree. The curriculum minimises contact hours and maximises the relevance of material to your professional needs. The course is structured in three units: Unit 1: Understanding Academic Practice in the Performing Arts Unit 2: Implementing Academic Practice in the Performing Arts Unit 3: Discipline-Specific Project

Artis is an organisation working with schools to provide integrated, high quality performing arts education, with the core aim of stimulating and encouraging children's imaginative thinking and creativity. This PGDip course is designed to train ‘Artis Specialists’, who are also professional performing artists, to deliver a weekly holistic performing arts curriculum that embraces music, drama and movement. The course is delivered by Artis and validated by the RNCM.

Postgraduate Diploma in Instrumental Teaching Duration: 2 years part-time Applications: direct to the RNCM, This course provides experienced performers with an opportunity to develop advanced skills in specialist instrumental teaching. It is available to students who wish to combine part-time postgraduate study with concurrent professional work as performers/teachers as part of personal career development. The course can be delivered partially at the RNCM and partially off-site at key partner institutions and training locations. To be eligible, students will need to be teaching privately or in a school/college environment (ideally at different levels of ability) for a minimum of 120 hours throughout the 2 years of the course.

PGCE in Music with Specialist Instrumental Teaching (Wind, Brass, Percussion and Strings) Duration: 1 year full-time Applications: Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, GL52 3LZ; +44 (0)871 468 0 469; The RNCM runs this unique Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). This course is designed for graduates of universities and conservatoires who wish to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) while specialising in wind, brass, percussion or strings teaching. It is delivered jointly by the RNCM and MMU and you will spend time in both institutions, as well as completing three teaching placements at secondary schools and Music Services in the North West. At the RNCM you will have opportunities to further develop your performance skills, and will be introduced to examples of integrated approaches to instrumental teaching, including the methodologies of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Kodály, teaching individual and group instrumental lessons, and creative musicianship. At MMU, you will receive full training in how to teach music within key stages 3-4 (ages 11-16) with extension to post-16 A1 and A2 work. You will study the National Curriculum and explore issues including how children acquire musical knowledge and understanding, classroom organisation, teaching mixed ability groups, equality of opportunity in schools and communication skills. Further details can be found at You must meet the new QTS Standards and pass the National Skills Tests, set by the Training and Development Agency (TDA), in numeracy, literacy and ICT during your training year to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Details of these can be found on the TDA website:




All members of RNCM staff contribute to the work of the Graduate School. The following have specific functions within the School:

Graduate School Programme Director: PGCE in Music with Specialist Instrumental Teaching: (Wind, Brass or Percussion enquiries) (Strings enquiries) PG Diploma in Instrumental Teaching:

Entry Requirements Entrants to the Graduate School must hold a first degree or equivalent (or be of equivalent professional standing). This qualification need not be in music, but candidates must be able to satisfy the College that they have already achieved an advanced standard in their main discipline area, and have the potential to develop further towards a professional level of attainment. Candidates for the degrees of Master of Music, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy must be able to satisfy the College that they have a sufficient level of academic experience and potential to fulfil the requirements of these awards. You can find full details on course information, entrance requirements, audition procedures, submissions and staff biographies on the Graduate School pages of the RNCM website

Programmes of Study - Graduate School

Useful contacts:

Acting Head of Postgraduate Studies and Research Nicholas Baragwanath GMus, MA, DPhil, FHEA Research Fellows Jane Ginsborg BA(Music), DipGSMD, BA(Psychology), PhD, C.Psychol., FHEA Antonia Ivaldi BSc, MSc, PhD, C.Psychol. Clemens WÜllner MA, PhD PGCE in Music with Specialist Instrumental Teaching: Project Director (Wind, Brass and Percussion) Geoffrey Reed ARCM, Cert Ed Project Director (Strings) Philippa Bunting BA, MA Tutors William Evans BA, PGCE Karin Greenhead GRSM, ARCM, LDS(UK), Dip.Sup et Prix, L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze (Geneva) Jane Petrie Cert Ed Jonathan Savage BA, PGCE, PhD Katie Wearing GRNCM, PGDipRNCM, PGCE Postgraduate Diploma in Instrumental Teaching Course Co-ordinator Philippa Bunting BA, MA

Graduate School courses are preparing students for professional careers as high-flying soloists, orchestral musicians or chamber musicians

Postgraduate Certificate in Performing Arts Education Course Co-ordinator Kate Buchanan BMus, FHEA


Principal Study - School of Composition

School of Composition In this School we help you realise your creative potential as a composer, and equip you with the technical means to develop a personal idiom. The biggest plus of studying composition at the RNCM is that every piece you write gets a performance. This means you can really learn your craft by hearing how your compositions work in practice. Another benefit is that, as a performance venue, the RNCM is a magnet for world-class composers. You will get the chance to work with people of the calibre of Magnus Lindberg, Harrison Birtwistle, Louis Andriessen and Peter Maxwell Davies, all of whom have visited the RNCM in recent years.

Daniel Kidane, 3rd year undergraduate composer

“I used to go to the Royal College of Music Junior Department in London. I chose to come to the RNCM because of a particular teacher and the course is very good for composition. I get pieces performed by a full orchestra every year. I came for audition on a grey, rainy day and thought 'how can I be here for 4 years?’ Now I've changed my view completely - it's really great, buzzing with stuff to do.”


Principal Study available in Composition, Composition plus Principal Study Instrument Head of School Adam Gorb

Principal Study - School of Composition

Undergraduate Programme Principal Study Years 1 and 2 You will receive one hour of individual tuition and a one hour technical class per week, alongside composition seminars, and regular composers’ ‘laboratories’ where you will work alongside RNCM contemporary music ensembles. In Year 1 you will receive subsidiary piano tuition. Years 3 and 4 You will receive the same tuition provision as Years 1 and 2, as well as opportunities to accept outside commissions and enter competitions. Composition plus Principal Study Instrument Over the four years of the Undergraduate Programme, you will also be offered the opportunity to study composition in tandem with a Principal Study instrument. Numbers admitted to this course are strictly limited and entry standards are very high.

Supporting Professional Studies (SPS) For an explanation of SPS and the wide range of options available to all students in Years 3 & 4 see page 40.

Academic Studies All undergraduates follow the same course structure for their Academic Studies, see pages 38-39 for details.

Postgraduate Programme There are several ways you can pursue your composition studies at postgraduate level. For details, go to the Graduate School section of the Prospectus, pages 13-17. Or visit the Graduate School pages of the website

Daniel working on his latest composition in one of the studios in the Oxford Road Wing

Performance Opportunities You will have regular opportunities to have your work performed in public concerts. You will work closely with the specialist New Ensemble and other groups dedicated to the performance of new music. Three times a year, the RNCM Symphony Orchestra is available over a whole day for rehearsal, performance and recording of student orchestral compositions.

Highlights During 2008/09 highlights included: • Composer festivals focusing on the works of Sir James MacMillan and Detlev Glanert, during which the composers themselves visited the RNCM and worked with students. The festivals also included premières by several RNCM student composers • Masterclasses and classes given by Rolf Hind, Oscar Edelstein and Jonty Harrison among others

• Michael Cutting, 4th year undergraduate, won the Christopher Brooks Memorial Prize, becoming Lancashire Young Composer of the Year • Two 3rd year undergraduate composers, Daniel Kidane and Emily Wright, had pieces premiered at the RNCM Chamber Music Festival • The College held three ‘Brand New Days’ with public performances of orchestral music composed exclusively by RNCM student composers • Maxim Bendall, 2nd year postgraduate, won the Intercollegiate Composition Prize: the Theodore Holland award


Principal Study - School of Composition

Adam Gorb, Head of School

Staff Head of School Adam Gorb MA, MMus, ARAM, FRNCM Director of Contemporary Music Clark Rundell BMusEd, FRNCM Tutors in Composition Mary Bellamy BMus, MMus, PhD Gary Carpenter LRAM, ARCM Adam Gorb MA, MMus, ARAM, FRNCM Larry Goves BMus, MPhil David Horne BMus, PhD Paul Patterson FRAM, FRSA, FRNCM Visiting Fellows in Composition Anthony Gilbert MA, DMus, FRNCM James MacMillan BMus, PhD, FRNCM Colin Matthews BA, MPhil, DPhil, HonDMus, FRNCM, FRCM Composing in the calm setting of the RNCM roof garden

“Every week we have a session where visiting composers, musicians and other students talk about their work. As a composer you need to do a lot of contactmaking and this is a good place to do that. If you don't get your work out there it won't get played. I had a performance here at the College a couple of weeks ago - violin, cello, shruti box (an Indian drone instrument) and electronics.”


Tutor in Electro-Acoustic Music Thomas Scott MusB, MusM, GRNCM

For sound clips, staff biographies and up-to-date information and news, visit the School of Composition pages of the RNCM website

Useful contacts: Admissions/audition enquiries: School of Composition course enquiries:

In the School of Keyboard Studies we will challenge, encourage and support you in reaching your full potential. Our high-profile, committed and experienced tutors create a nurturing environment in which to work and provide you with skills essential for becoming a versatile professional.

Principal Study - School of Keyboard Studies

School of Keyboard Studies

The standard and number of instruments available to you is exceptional too. The RNCM boasts one of the most impressive fleets of new pianos in Europe, ensuring that you have first-class instruments for practice and performance. Organists have access to instruments in the College’s venues and benefit from the College’s associations with cathedrals in Manchester, Salford and Blackburn. For period performance there is a fine array of harpsichords and fortepianos in our collection of historical Elizabeth Martland, first year undergraduate pianist, in her room in the Sir Charles Groves halls

musical instruments.

"At RNCM there are so many opportunities to perform with different kinds of people. The College is a really supportive place - you feel supported by your tutors and by the School you are in. I think if you feel supported and comfortable you can do your best work."

Principal Study available in Piano, Accompaniment*, Harpsichord, Organ *available at undergraduate level from Year 3, and at postgraduate level Head of School Graham Scott


Principal Study - School of Keyboard Studies

Undergraduate Programme Principal Study You will receive 90 minutes of tuition per week, all or most of which is delivered through individual lessons.

Supporting Professional Studies (SPS) For an explanation of SPS and the wide range of options available to all students in Years 3 & 4 see page 40.

Academic Studies All undergraduates follow the same course structure for their Academic Studies, see pages 38-39 for details.

Postgraduate Programme There are several ways you can pursue your Keyboard studies, including Accompaniment, at postgraduate level. For details, go to the Graduate School section of the Prospectus, pages 13-17. Or visit the Graduate School pages of the website

Accompaniment Opportunities Attachments are available for postgraduate accompanists within the School of Vocal and Opera Studies for Song Classes and opera productions, and externally with the Hallé Choir and the Hallé Youth Choir. A Junior Fellowship in Accompaniment and Postgraduate Scholarships in Accompaniment are available every year. These schemes combine studying on one of the postgraduate programmes with providing accompaniment services.

Performance Opportunities You will have many opportunities to perform within the College including recitals, masterclasses, festivals, concerto auditions, orchestral experience, chamber music and competitions. Once you are eligible for external professional engagements you will be encouraged to create your own performing opportunities.


Elizabeth is able to practise between lessons on a loan piano housed in her room in the halls of residence

Highlights During 2008/09 highlights included: • The inaugural RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition, which included classes given by Dimitri Alexeev, Michel Beroff, Peter Donohoe, Jerome Lowenthal, Piotr Paleczny, Matti Raekallio and Fou Tsong • Messiaen Portrait - a weekend of music focusing on the works of Olivier Messiaen • Masterclasses given by eminent visiting artists including Richard Goode, Louis Lortie, Michel Dalberto, Garrick Ohlsson and Steven Osborne

• RNCM pianists appearing as soloists with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, performing Prokofiev No. 3, Beethoven No. 3, and Ravel’s LH Concerto • Vyacheslav Sidorenko, postgraduate, winning the Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition in London • The Haydn Keyboard Weekend which included performances of the Complete Sonatas of Franz Joseph Haydn • A MacMillan Study Day held at the Wigmore Hall, which featured performances by RNCM pianists

Staff Head of School Graham Scott GMus, PPRNCM Deputy Head of School Helen Krizos LMusA International Chair in Piano Studies Stephen Hough International Chair in Performance and Musicology Charles Rosen Visiting Fellows in Piano Studies Phillipe Cassard Nelson Goerner Alexander Melnikov Visiting Fellow in Fortepiano Studies Stefano Fiuzzi Visiting Fellow in Organ Studies Thomas Trotter Visiting Tutor in Piano Chamber Music Ian Brown ARCM Visiting Tutor in Piano Repertoire Paul Roberts ARAM, FGSM

Visiting Tutor in Song Duos Julius Drake FRAM

Tutor in Harpsichord Sharon Gould MA, ARCM

Tutors in Pianoforte Norma Fisher Benjamin Frith BA, ARCM John Gough GMusRNCM, PPRNCM Paul Janes MusB, GRNCM, PPRNCM Helen Krizos LMusA Peter Lawson GRSM, ARMCM Sally Ann MacLeod PPRNCM Murray McLachlan MA, LRAM Dina Parakhina Postgraduate Diploma (Moscow Conservatoire), Master’s Diploma (Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire) Graham Scott GMus, PPRNCM Jeremy Young LRAM, ARAM

Tutors in Organ Darius Battiwalla BA, MusM, FRCO, PPRNCM Simon Lindley Jeffrey Makinson BMus, FRCO, PGDipRNCM, PPRNCM, PGCE, ARCM, LTCL

Tutor in Jazz Piano Eileen Guppy MA, GCLCM, ARCM, LRAM, LGSM Tutor in Contemporary Piano Peter Lawson GRSM, ARMCM Tutors in Accompaniment John Gough GMusRNCM, PPRNCM David Jones BMus, MusM(Perf), PGDipRNCM

Tutor in Pedagogy Helen Krizos LMusA Staff Pianist Co-ordinator David Jones BMus, MusM(Perf), PGDipRNCM Staff Pianists Roderick Barrand MusB, GRNCM, ARNCM Harvey Davies GRNCM Jonathan Fisher MMus, BMus Jonathan Gooing BMus, LRSM Ruth Hollick BMus, PPRNCM David Jones BMus, MusM(Perf), PGDipRNCM Helen Leek Advanced Cert(Keyboard Studies) Miyako Michada PGDipRNCM,PPRNCM Benjamin Powell BMus, MMus, PPRNCM, MPhil Stephen Reynolds GRSM, ARMCM Jonathan Scott BMus, PPRNCM Alexis White BMus, MMus

Tutors in Subsidiary Piano Helen Fairer BA, PGDipRNCM, PPRNCM Naomi Kayayan BMus, GradRNCM Stephen Reynolds GRSM, ARMCM

Principal Study - School of Keyboard Studies

Graham Scott, Head of School

For sound clips, staff biographies and up-to-date information and news, visit the School of Keyboard Studies pages of the RNCM website

Useful contacts: Admissions/audition enquiries: School of Keyboard Studies course enquiries:


Principal Study - School of Strings

School of Strings In the School of Strings we will prepare you for a professional career in music through a vast array of solo, orchestral, chamber music and other vital educational opportunities. Orchestral training and experiences are offered in Symphony, Chamber, String, Concert and Opera Orchestras, as well as with contemporary ensembles. Other opportunities include work with period instruments on a one-to-one basis and in the RNCM Baroque Ensemble, and the option to audition for one of the Professional Experience Schemes we have in place with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic orchestras and with Manchester Camerata. These placements give students first-hand experience of working, and being mentored, in a professional orchestra. Chamber Music plays a significant role in the training of strings Philip Higham, postgraduate cellist, practising in one of the rehearsal rooms overlooking Oxford Road and the Aquatics Centre

“I started on a joint undergrad course with the University then realised I wanted

students. Through this medium you will quickly develop and refine your interpretative skills under expert direction.

to concentrate on my cello playing so transferred here full time after one year. I'm originally from Edinburgh but I’ve had a connection with RNCM since I was 12. I came to see the International Cello Festival here so I already had a feel for the place. I also knew a particular teacher that I wanted to study with. That was the real reason for coming to Manchester. It's become my second home now after 6 years, two at postgraduate level. I've enjoyed being here and I will stay for the time being.” 24

Principal Study available in Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Harp Head of School Malcolm Layfield

Your tuition will be delivered via a one hour lesson plus a class each week from your tutor, though the arrangement is flexible. The School has an ‘open class’ policy and you will be encouraged to attend as many classes as possible given by tutors other than your own. You will also have regular Performance Classes. At least one formal recorded Performance Class appearance per year is scheduled for each student. Team teaching is also now an integral part of all Year 2, 3, 4 and Postgraduate Principal Study provision.

Supporting Professional Studies (SPS) For an explanation of SPS and the wide range of options available to all students in Years 3 & 4 see page 40.

Academic Studies All undergraduates follow the same course structure for their Academic Studies, see pages 38-39 for details.

Postgraduate Programme There are several ways you can pursue your String studies at postgraduate level. For details, go to the Graduate School section of the Prospectus, pages 13-17. Or visit the Graduate School pages of the website

Performance Opportunities

Principal Study - School of Strings

Principal Study

Highlights During 2008/09 highlights included: • Philip Higham, postgraduate cellist, winning both the 16th International JS Bach competition in Leipzig, and the Lutoslawski International Cello Competition. These successes were among many achieved by Strings students in national and international competitions throughout the year • The RNCM Cello Ensemble, formed from talented undergraduate cellists, performing Barry Guy’s Look Up, and the world première of Into the Light - a cello octet written for them by Adam Gorb • An iconoclastic performance space in the Manchester City Art Gallery created by Zaha Hadid was the venue for lunchtime performances by RNCM string students of Bach Suites, Sonatas and Partitas • A programme of chamber music by James MacMillan being performed at the RNCM and repeated at the Wigmore Hall • Strings Day - a stimulating day of concerts given by both students and visiting artists. Masterclasses were given by visiting artist Raphael Wallfisch, and RNCM tutors Levon Chilingirian, Thomas Riebl, Asdis Valdimarsdottir, Ralph Kirshbaum and Jiri Hudec. The RNCM Cello, Harp and Guitar Ensembles performed a variety of repertoire, featuring Bach and Mendelssohn • An opportunity for RNCM string students to give unaccompanied Bach performances at Manchester International Festival ˆ

Undergraduate Programme

Philip studies with RNCM tutors Emma Ferrand and Ralph Kirshbaum. His ambitions are to have a varied performing career as a solo cellist and teach at conservatoires.

Masterclasses Ivry Gitlis, International Chair in Violin, visited the RNCM and gave a total of three masterclasses to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Heinrich Schiff gave a public masterclass with three RNCM cellists. The class was well attended by an audience which included students from all Schools as well as members of the public. Masterclasses throughout the year included visits by violinists Leonid Kavakos, James Ehnes and Gordan Nikolich.

You will experience many performance activities including chamber music, auditions for RNCM orchestras and ensembles, internal competitions, and participation in the RNCM’s festivals and masterclasses. Students may audition for the External List which offers performance opportunities outside the RNCM; and each student has at least one formal scheduled internal solo performance which will be recorded.


Staff Head of School Professor Malcolm Layfield DipRSAMD, FRNCM Deputy Head of School Jo Cole LRAM, FHEA International Chair in Violin Ivry Gitlis International Chair in Cello Ralph Kirshbaum BA, FRNCM Tutors in Violin Leland Chen Pavel Fischer Thelma Handy DipRCM Benedict Holland PPRNCM Richard Ireland PPRNCM Thomas Kemp MA, MMus, FRSA Eyal Kless BAMus, MAMus Yair Kless BAMus, MAMus Malcolm Layfield DipRSAMD, FRNCM Wen Zhou Li BMus, Dip (Beijing) Jonathan Morton MusB, GRNCM, PPRNCM Maciej Rakowski MA Jan Repko Diploma, Sweelinck Conservatory (Amsterdam) 26

Yuri Torchinsky Steven Wilkie GMusRNCM, PGDipRNCM Jia Zhang Diploma (Beijing Conservatoire), BMus, PPRNCM Tutor in Baroque Violin Pauline Nobes ARNCM, GRNCM, MusM(Perf), MusB, PGDipRNCM, PhD Tutors in Viola Mark Knight AGSM Louise Lansdown BMus, PGDipRNCM, MMus, MPhil, PhD Alex Robertson GMusRNCM, PPRNCM Simon Rowland-Jones ARCM Asdis Valdimarsdottir Tutor in Baroque Viola Annette Isserlis Visiting Tutor in Viola Thomas Riebl Tutors in Cello Jo Cole LRAM, FHEA Jennifer Curtis GRNCM, PPRNCM Kim Dinitzen Dip.RDA, Soloist's Diploma RDA Peter Dixon FRAM, ARAM Emma Ferrand DipRAM, ARAM, LRAM

Karine Georgian Grad.(Moscow) Gregor Horsch Nicholas Jones ARCM Hannah Roberts ARCM, PPRNCM Nicholas Trygstad Eduardo Vassallo Dip (Maastricht Conservatoire), Dip (International Menuhin Academy, Gstaad) Tutor in Baroque Cello Susan Sheppard ARAM Tutors in Double Bass Roberto Carillo Jiri Hudec ˆ

Principal Study - School of Strings

Professor Malcolm Layfield, Head of School

Visiting Tutor in Double Bass Bozo Paradžik Tutors in Guitar Gordon Crosskey BSc, ARCM, FRNCM Craig Ogden BA(Mus), PGDipRNCM, PPRNCM Tutor in Harp Eira-Lynn Jones GMusRNCM, MMus Visiting Tutor in Harp Kathleen Bride MSc

For sound clips, staff biographies and up-to-date information and news, visit the School of Strings pages of the RNCM website

Useful contacts: Admissions/audition enquiries: School of Strings course enquiries:

The RNCM is an inspiring place to study Vocal and Opera Studies; we give you unique access to the collective wisdom of our staff with our team teaching approach and there is a wide range of performance opportunities available from the moment you join us. For example, all singers in the School are eligible to audition for principal and cover roles in our fully-staged opera productions, of which there are at least

Principal Study - School of Vocal and Opera Studies

School of Vocal and Opera Studies

two each year. All courses are focused throughout on the development of your voice and on those musicianship, performance and communication skills which you will need as a professional singer in the wider world.

Terence Ayebare, postgraduate singer, on stage in the RNCM Opera Theatre

“I feel I have something to say. Classical singing touches me. In Uganda no-one really knew classical music. I can present emotion, thought and something about the human condition through these great texts. It's a good feeling to sing - it's

Principal Study available in Voice (Undergraduate), Vocal Performance (Postgraduate) Head of School Alexander Crowe

a physical experience. I like to practise silently in the library: first and foremost a singer works from the text - here I can get under the skin of a composer's text.�


Principal Study - School of Vocal and Opera Studies

Undergraduate Programme Principal Study You will receive one hour of individual tuition and one hour of class teaching each week. You will also receive tuition in other related areas such as performance, physical awareness, phonetics, acting and improvisation. In total you will receive over 3 hours a week of Principal Studyrelated provision, including Lieder, Italian Song, English Song and French melodies, increasing to over 5 hours a week in Years 3 and 4.

Supporting Professional Studies (SPS) For an explanation of SPS and the wide range of options available to all students in Years 3 & 4 see page 40.

Academic Studies All undergraduates follow the same course structure for their Academic Studies, see pages 38-39 for details.

Supplementary Studies You will study a range of subject areas including Alexander Technique, improvisation and drama. You will also complete two years progressive tuition in three languages – Italian, German and French.

There are several ways you can pursue your vocal studies at postgraduate level. For details, go to the Graduate School section of the Prospectus, pages 13-17. Or visit the Graduate School pages of the website

Performance Opportunities You will have many opportunities to perform within the College including at least two operas a year, opera excerpts, masterclasses and festivals, in addition to weekly performance classes. There are numerous competitions open to singers at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Once you are eligible for external professional engagements you will be encouraged to create your own performing opportunities, and to audition with one or more of the major opera companies that visit the RNCM each year. 28

Terence’s interest in classical singing began when he sang as a chorister in the local cathedral in Uganda. He is now in his second year of a Masters degree at the RNCM studying with Peter Alexander Wilson

Highlights During 2008/09 highlights included: • Fully-staged opera productions of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas with RNCM professional partner Manchester Camerata, Janácek’s Katya Kabanova, and Bernstein’s Candide • John Pierce, postgraduate, successfully gaining a place with Glyndebourne Festival Opera Chorus and winning the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize • The launch of the RNCM Opera Studio, which also marked Sir Willard White’s first visit to the RNCM as its new President ˆ

Postgraduate Programme

• Nadine Livingston, postgraduate, signing a two-year contract with Scottish Opera • Postgraduate singer Matthew Moss winning the Frederic Cox Prize • Helen Sherman appointed as the first RNCM Opera Studio scholar • Kathryn Rudge, postgraduate, winning the Clonter Opera Prize and The Joyce & Michael Kennedy Prize for the Singing of Strauss

Among the many high-profile guest artists to visit the College to work with RNCM singers were Kate Flowers, Sir John Tomlinson, Sir Thomas Allen, Deborah York, Louise Winter and Christine Rice. Sir Willard White also gave a well-received public masterclass with 4 students during his first visit as President of the RNCM.

Tutor in Communication and Performance Garth Bardsley MA Tutor in English Song Barbara Robotham ARMCM, FRMCM, FRNCM Tutor in French Song Henry Herford MA, ARNCM, GRNCM

Head of School Alexander Crowe MA, LRAM, FRNCM

Tutors in Italian Song Susan Roper BA, Magister Linguae (Florence), PGDipRNCM Peter Alexander Wilson Dip.RSAMD

Director of Vocal Studies Susan Roper BA, Magister Linguae (Florence), PGDipRNCM

Tutor in Russian Song Nataliya Kompaniyets-Jouri BE(Hons), BA, PGDipRNCM, PPRNCM

Director of Opera Studies Stefan Janski LRAM, LUD, Dip.NCSD, FRNCM, FHEA

Tutor in Lieder Studies Thomas Schulze


Principal Study Tutors Robert Alderson ARCM, LGSM, DipEdMus, HonDR Culture & Art (Russian State Federation) David Maxwell Anderson BA, DipRCM, PGDip Lynne Dawson MIL Sandra Dugdale AGSM Colin Iveson GLOC Jeffrey Lawton Stuart MacIntyre BA, FTLC, LLCM Deborah Rees Susan Roper BA , Magister Linguae (Florence), PGDipRNCM Barbara Robotham ARMCM, FRMCM, FRNCM Thomas Schulze Ann Taylor GRNCM, PPRNCM, ALCM Peter Alexander Wilson Dip.RSAMD

Tutor in Oratorio Mark Rowlinson MA, ARAM Tutor in Diction and Phonetics Phyllida Furse BA, PGCE, ALAM Tutors in Operatic Repertory Alexander Crowe MA, LRAM, FRNCM Patricia MacMahon DRSAM, LRAM, ARCM, FRSAMD Tutor in Opera and Dramatic Interpretation Stefan Janski LRAM, LUD, Dip.NCSD, FRNCM, FHEA Tutor in Recitative Alexander Crowe MA, LRAM, FRNCM

Tutors/Repetiteurs, Opera Music Staff Robin Humphreys BMus, PPRNCM Russell Medley GRNCM, ARNCM Kevin Thraves DipRCM, ARCM Tutor in Movement and Dance Bethan Rhys Wiliam ARAD, AISTD, Cert.Ed., TDLB D32 & 33 Tutors in Language Studies Frédérique Guéry Jarmila Hickman BA, MA Mirjam Jooss BA, MMus Antonio Tilli Dottore in Lettere Moderne(Chieti) Visiting Tutors Peter Birch (Freelance Fight Director) Nicholas Carthy (University of Colorado) Maria Cleva (Royal Opera House) Isobel Flinn (National Opera Studio) Paul Wynne Griffiths (Royal Opera House) Stephen Hess (Staatstheater Stuttgart) James Holmes (Aix-en-Provence) Mary King

Alexander Crowe, Head of School

Principal Study - School of Vocal and Opera Studies


For sound clips, staff biographies and up-to-date information and news, visit the School of Vocal and Opera Studies pages of the RNCM website

Useful contacts: Admissions/audition enquiries: School of Vocal and Opera Studies course enquiries:

Tutor in Vocal Style Philippa Hyde DipRAM


Principal Study - School of Wind, Brass and Percussion

School of Wind, Brass and Percussion Our aim is to give you the all-round preparation you will need in the rapidly changing music profession. We develop your solo, ensemble and chamber music skills through first-rate tuition and by giving you the widest possible range of performance opportunities. At the RNCM you can have opportunities to work alongside the world-class BBC Philharmonic and Hallé Orchestras and the Black Dyke Band through our Professional Experience Schemes. The range of repertoire you will experience is broad too. We place a strong emphasis on the performance of new music, whilst retaining the established traditions of European wind, brass and percussion playing, including period performance and jazz. James Cairns, 1st year undergraduate flautist, joined the RNCM as a mature student

“I got a scholarship to come to the RNCM and I only applied to conservatoires. I liked the RNCM because Peter Lloyd teaches here. He’s a world-class teacher and although he normally teaches postgrads, he offered to teach me. He has no airs or graces and when I see him in College he greets me like a friend.”


Principal Study available in Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Cornet, Tenor Horn, Baritone Horn, Euphonium, Percussion, Timpani Head of School Paul Goodey

Principal Study - School of Wind, Brass and Percussion

Undergraduate Programme You will receive one hour of individual tuition per week, plus a comprehensive series of two hour classes in other related areas such as repertoire, techniques, period performance and extracts. You will also benefit from 30 minute fortnightly individual classes on doubling and/or associated instruments. Individual teaching on early and jazz instruments is available as part of this provision. Students electing to undertake such studies may offer performance on these instruments and/or improvisation as part of their programme of assessments.

Supporting Professional Studies (SPS) For an explanation of SPS and the wide range of options available to all students in Years 3 & 4 see page 40.

Academic Studies All undergraduates follow the same course structure for their Academic Studies, see pages 38-39 for details.

Postgraduate Programme There are several ways you can pursue your Wind, Brass or Percussion studies at postgraduate level. For details, go to the Graduate School section of the Prospectus, pages 13-17. Or visit the Graduate School pages of the website

During his time at the RNCM, James has performed in an Improvisation Spotlight concert, Young Artists Series Concerts at Lotherton Hall, a Northern Ballet Composition Project working with 3 composers at the RNCM and worked as part of a wind dectet

“I come from Brighton so London was quite familiar

Performance Opportunities

to me. Manchester was quite a different place – it’s a

You will have many opportunities to perform within the College including solo recitals, masterclasses, festivals, RNCM orchestras, wind, brass and percussion ensembles, Brass Band, New Ensemble and Big Band, chamber music and competitions. There are opportunities to audition for placements with the BBC Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras and the Black Dyke Band, and successful students rehearse or perform with the orchestra /band and receive mentoring support from a professional player. Once you are eligible for external professional engagements you will be encouraged to create your own performing opportunities.

wonderful place, cultured and very diverse. My room in Halls is right here in the city centre and I spend my time at the College, practising, being with friends and going to concerts. I like the feeling of this place. I believe the lifestyle that we experience here as musicians, is really what happens in the world we want to be part of.”


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Highlights During 2008/09 highlights included: • Recordings by the RNCM Wind Orchestra, one of the most widely-respected wind orchestras in the world. The orchestra has released over 30 commercial CDs, and may often be heard on Radio 3. Recent recordings include Grainger: Transcriptions for Wind Orchestra on the Chandos label; Image in Stone on the Campion label featuring works by Stephen McNeff with Linda Merrick as soloist in his Clarinet Concerto; and Wind Bourne on the Polyphonic label, a collection of new work for wind orchestra by some of the leading composers of music for this medium including former RNCM student composer Avner Hanani • Percussion duo Toby Kearney and Dan Jones, both 2nd year undergraduates, being awarded the 2009/10 Tunnell Trust Award. Dan is also on trial for the Principal Timpani position with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra • Rebecca Robertson, 3rd year undergraduate trumpet, winning the Kirklees Young Musician Competition in February 2009 • The Wind Orchestra giving the UK première of Stockhausen’s Lucifer’s Dance at the RNCM in November 2008, followed by a performance at the Royal Festival Hall which received a standing ovation • Matthew White, 1st year undergraduate euphonium, and David Moore, 2nd year undergraduate trumpet, reaching the finals of BBC Radio 2’s Young Brass Soloist 2009 • A range of specialist focus days involving RNCM students, including Festival of Brass, Brass Band Focus Day, Woodwind Day, Saxophone Day and Day of Percussion • 2nd year undergraduate percussionist Le Yu being awarded the top mark at the audition for Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale D’Arte di Montepulciano (International Youth Orchestra in Italy) • Attendance at the World Association of Symphonic Bands & Ensembles in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA by the Wind Orchestra • Flautist Katie Williams, 4th year undergraduate, being selected to take part in the final round of the Mediterranean Flute Competition • RNCM trombone quartet Bones 4 U reaching the finals of the International Trombone Association Trombone Quartet Competition

Paul Goodey, Head of School

James studies flute, piccolo and alto flute with RNCM tutors Peter Lloyd, Laura Jellicoe and Joanna Boddington

Masterclasses Recent high-profile visitors to work with students include: Wind: Jean-Louis Beaumadier, Emily Beynon, Michael Collins, Gerard Errante, Alan Hacker, Emma Johnson, Anna Noakes, Stefano Parrino, Stephane Rancourt, Mark van der Wiel, Jacques Zoon Brass: Roger Argente, Canadian Brass, Kristine Coreil, Rod Franks, German Brass, Katrina Marzella, Rex Richardson, Ben van Dyke, Froydis Ree Werke, Tristram Williams Percussion: Colin Currie, Evelyn Glennie, Eric Sammut, Allen Vizzutti

Head of School Paul Goodey BMus, MMus, DMus Deputy Head of School and Director of Brass Studies John Miller MA, FGSM, FRNCM International Chair in Brass Studies Håkan Hardenberger

Tutors in Oboe Paul Goodey BMus, MMus, DMus Melinda Maxwell BA, ARCM, LTCL, HonARAM Hugh McKenna LRAM, ARCM Jonathan Small ARCM Valerie Taylor ARAM, LRAM, ARCM

International Chair in Woodwind Studies Hansjörg Schellenberger

Tutors in Cor Anglais Thomas Davey BMus, MMus, ARAM Rachael Pankhurst BMus, GRNCM, PPRNCM, LRSM

Director of Percussion Studies Ian Wright FRNCM

Tutor in Baroque Oboe Anthony Robson LRAM, ARAM

Consultant in Woodwind Studies Melinda Maxwell BA, ARCM, LTCL, HonARAM

Tutors in Clarinet Nicholas Cox MA, Sol.Dip.(Musikhochschule Hannover) Linda Merrick GRSM, MMus, PhD, FRNCM, ARAM, FLCM, LRAM, FRSA, FHEA, HonVCM Antonio Salguero Montesinos Christopher Swann GRSM, LRAM

Consultant in Brass Band Studies Paul Hindmarsh BMus Musical Director of RNCM Brass Band Nicholas Childs DMA, MA, FLCM, ARCM Tutors in Flute Richard Davis Laura Jellicoe GMusRNCM, PPRNCM Anders Ljungar-Chapelon Peter Lloyd FRNCM, FGSM, ARCM Linda Verrier PPRNCM Tutor in Piccolo and Alto Flute Joanne Boddington BMus, ARCM Tutor in Baroque Flute and Ecosonics Stephen Preston Tutor in Jazz Flute Rowland Sutherland

Tutor in Bass Clarinet Colin Pownall ARCM Tutor in E Flat Clarinet Christopher Swann GRSM, LRAM Tutor in Early Clarinet Barnaby Robson AGSM Tutors in Saxophone Julian Argüelles Robert Buckland GRNCM, PPRNCM Carl Raven BMus, RNCM, PPRNCM Andy Scott GRNCM Tutor in Jazz Saxophone and Improvisation Mike Hall BSc, PGDipRNCM

Tutors in Bassoon and Contrabassoon Stefano Canuti David Chatwin, ARCM Simon Durnford ARCM Alan Pendlebury, LRAM Lawrence Perkins GRNCM Graham Salvage ARAM, LRAM, ARCM Peter Wesley, BA, ARCM, DipRCM(Perf) Tutors in Horn Lizzie Davis AGSM Rebecca Goldberg GRNCM, PPRNCM, PGDipRNCM Julian Plummer GRNCM, PPRNCM Lindsey Stoker GMusRNCM, PPRNCM Tutors in Trumpet John Dickinson Murray Greig GMusRNCM, MMus, PPRNCM John Miller MA, FGSM, FRNCM Rhys Owens DipRCM Tracey Redfern BMus, PPRNCM, PGRNCM Tutor in Jazz Trumpet Steve Waterman GTCL, HonARAM Tutor in Natural Trumpet David Staff Tutors in Cornet Richard Marshall BA, LRSM Roger Webster MMus, PhD Martin Winter Tutors in Trombone Simon Cowen BMus Roger Cutts AGSM Robert Holliday GRNCM, PPRNCM Christopher Houlding MMus, GGSM, LRAM Visiting Tutor in Trombone Mark Frost

Tutor in Bass Trombone Adrian Morris PPRNCM Tutor in Sackbutt and Classical Trombone Susan Addison Tutors in Tuba Mel Culbertson Ewan Easton Robin Haggart BMus, LRAM, ARAM Brian Kingsley ARCM Tutors in Euphonium and Baritone Steven Mead BA, ALCM David Thornton BA, PPRNCM Tutors in Tenor Horn Owen Farr Leslie Howie BMus Tutors in Percussion Elizabeth Gilliver GMusRNCM, PPRNCM David Hassell HonARAM Paul Patrick LRAM Ian Wright FRNCM

Principal Study - School of Wind, Brass and Percussion


Tutors in Pedagogy John Edward BA, LGSM, Cert.Ed - brass Geoffrey Reed ARCM, Cert.Ed - woodwind Andrea Vogler PGDipRNCM(Perf), BMus For sound clips, staff biographies and up-to-date information and news, visit the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion pages of the RNCM website

Useful contacts: Admissions/audition enquiries: School of Wind, Brass and Percussion course enquiries:


Principal Study - Conducting Studies

Conducting Studies Undergraduate Programme A conducting option is available as a course component within the Supporting Professional Studies part of your programme. See page 40 for more details. The College does not admit Principal Study conductors at undergraduate level.

Postgraduate Programme MPhil, MMus or PGDip(Perf) in Conducting If you take one of these courses you will benefit from individual tuition from Clark Rundell, Head of Conducting and Director of Contemporary Music, and classes from a wide range of visiting conductors and guest tutors. Podium opportunities for our conducting students are varied but will normally include opera excerpts, new music, and wind and brass ensembles. When orchestral opportunities arise, they are allocated on merit. For more information about postgraduate courses, go to the Graduate School section of the Prospectus, pages 13-17, or visit the Graduate School pages of the website Sinead Hayes, postgraduate conductor, came to study at the RNCM from Galway, Ireland

Junior Fellowship in Conducting

“If you are accepted on one of the RNCM's acclaimed conducting programmes,

Duration: 2 years full-time Application deadline: November 2009

you will work with conductors of the highest international level and find yourself immersed in the widest possible range of conducting experiences.”

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Each year, the College selects a Junior Fellow in Conducting. This much sought-after Fellowship provides an opportunity for a young conductor, about to enter the profession, to gain widespread experience with the full range of the College’s ensembles. Tuition will be delivered by conducting staff, and Junior Fellows will also have the opportunity to work with Sir Mark Elder, Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra, and International Chair in Conducting at the RNCM. As well as extensive podium time with the College’s ensembles, the Junior Fellow is also able to undertake a certain number of external professional engagements.

The Junior Fellowship scheme has a proven track record in launching the professional careers of its incumbents. Some of the conductors with established careers who were formerly Junior Fellows at the RNCM include: David Angus, Symphony Orchestra of Flanders; Philippe Bach, Teatro Real, Madrid and Theater Lübeck; Matthew Coorey, formerly Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; André de Ridder, formerly Hallé Orchestra; Sian Edwards, formerly English National Opera; Sachio Fujioka, Kansai Symphony Orchestra, Japan; Paul Mann, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Denmark; En Shao, Macao Orchestra; Garry Walker, Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Matthew Wood, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; and Ewa Strusinska, Hallé Orchestra.

Clark Rundell, Head of Conducting

Principal Study - Conducting Studies

Full details of the Junior Fellowship application and audition process, and entry requirements can be found on the website from September 2009.

Staff Head of Conducting Clark Rundell International Chair in Conducting Sir Mark Elder (Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra) Visiting Tutors in Conducting Baldur Brönnimann DipConducting (Basel Musikhochschule) Matthew Coorey André de Ridder Lancelot Fuhry Mark Heron Mark Shanahan FRNCM

Useful contacts: Conducting course administrator:

Sinead practising technique in front of the mirrored wall in one of the large rehearsal studios


Other Areas of Study

Other Areas of Study - Chamber Music, Jazz, Period Performance Chamber Music (RNCM International Chamber Music Studio) Director of Chamber Music: Alasdair Tait GMusRNCM, PPRNCM Deputy Director of Chamber Music: Jeremy Young LRAM, ARAM Chamber Music is a central pillar of life at the RNCM. Whatever direction your career finally takes, it is through participation in this activity that you will develop and enhance the vital listening skills that you will need as a professional musician. During your time at the RNCM you will benefit from a thriving and energetic programme of chamber music coaching delivered by a dedicated team of internationally renowned chamber musicians, close links with some of the most important international chamber music organisations, stimulating competitions, festival appearances and masterclass opportunities. For undergraduates, Chamber Music is a compulsory part of Years 1 and 2 Ensemble Activities. At all other levels you can choose to build on your skills by pursuing some of the many exciting and varied options on offer. In particular, you can take Chamber Music as a specialist pathway at MMus and Postgraduate Diploma level, see the Graduate School section, pages 13-17, for more information.

Over 100 chamber groups are active at the RNCM at any one time


Other Areas of Study RNCM Big Band perform each season with an array of high-profile guest artists

Period Performance

Co-ordinator of Jazz Studies: Mike Hall BSc, PGDipRNCM

As a professional musician you will almost certainly need a knowledge of earlier performing styles and techniques. At the RNCM you will have the chance to expand your skills on both modern and period instruments. Areas covered include the study of repertoire and techniques from the Renaissance to the early Romantic Period.

Playing and getting to understand jazz is a great way to free yourself up musically while enhancing your basic musicianship. The skills you gain are the kind that will equip you to tackle a wider range of work when you graduate. The RNCM provides many opportunities for you to expand your skills and knowledge in jazz styles. These include: • Specialist Jazz-based instrumental tuition • Jazz electives in your Supporting Professional Studies and Academic Studies programmes • Frequent opportunities to learn from guest clinicians • Numerous performance opportunities with the RNCM Big Band and Jazz Collective

Opportunities at the RNCM include: • Tuition from specialist RNCM tutors. Visit for an up-to-date staff list and biographies • Opportunities to perform in a programme of small-scale early music performances, and with the Baroque Ensemble • Opportunities to hear outstanding period performances in concert • A collection of instruments available for student loan including a complete baroque string orchestra, lutes and a theorbo, keyboard instruments, and baroque and classical woodwind and brass instruments



The RNCM production of Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, staged in the Studio Theatre 37

Other Areas of Study

Academic Studies It is through your academic studies that you will gain the solid grounding in such areas as musicianship, theory and musical history that you need as a performing musician. You will pursue these alongside the Principal Study and Supporting Professional Studies strands of your Undergraduate Programme.

The RNCM Library provides ample working space for the College’s students

“Eileen Guppy, Tutor in Musicianship Skills, without a doubt has to be the most engaging teacher ever! When you hear Eileen talk and demonstrate in Musicianship, you instantly feel inspired, engaged and ready to learn something new.”


Head of School Martin Harlow


At undergraduate level you will follow core course units in Year 1, after which you will gradually get more opportunities to pursue your own musical specialisms.

Head of School Martin Harlow BA, MPhil, Dip.NCOS, PhD, ARCM, FRNCM

Years 1 and 2: Your classes will cover History of Music (selected from Baroque, Classical, 19th Century, 20th Century), Performance Studies, Language of Music, and Musicianship (including aural, sightsinging, improvisation). Years 3 and 4: You will receive tuition in Performance Studies, as well as 2 academic electives per year chosen from a wide range of options, many of which are designed to complement the performance projects being staged at College. Options have included Analysis of 20th Century Music, Arranging for Brass Band, Bach Cantatas, Beethoven Symphonies, Film Music, Introduction to Jazz History, Mozart Chamber Music for Winds, Music Psychology, 19th Century String Performance Practice, Romanticism and the Piano, and Verdi Operas.

Postgraduate Programme The Academic Studies team teach and supervise the academic aspects of the Postgraduate Programme. For details of the rich variety of courses available at postgraduate level, go to the Graduate School section of the Prospectus, pages 13-17. Or visit the Graduate School pages of the website

Acting Head of Postgraduate Studies and Research Nicholas Baragwanath GMus, MA, D.Phil, FHEA Deputy Head of Undergraduate Studies Lois Fitch BA, PhD

For staff biographies and up-to-date information and news, visit the Academic Studies pages of the RNCM website

Useful contacts: Admissions/audition enquiries: Academic Studies course enquiries:

Other Areas of Study

Undergraduate Programme

International Chair in Performance and Musicology Charles Rosen Tutors in Historical and Theoretical Studies, Aural and Musicianship Skills Jean Ammar Cert.Ed, Dip(TESOL), MEd(TESOL), PhD Colin Beeson BA, PhD, FRNCM Steve Berry Simon Clarke BMus, MMus, MPhil Cheryll Duncan BMus, MA, PGCE Jane Ginsborg BA (Music), DipGSMD, BA (Psychology), PhD, C.Psychol. Geth Griffith BMus, PGDipRNCM Eileen Guppy MA, GCLCM, ARCM, LRAM, LGSM Mike Hall BSc, PGDipRNCM Paul Hindmarsh BMus David Horne BMus, PhD Antonia Ivaldi BSc, MSc, PhD, C.Psychol. Sarah Murphy BA, MusM Simon Parkin MusB, GRNCM, ARCM Peter Syrus BA, BPhil, ATCL Clemens Wรถllner MA, PhD Kris Worsley BMus, MusM, PhD


Other Areas of Study

Supporting Professional Studies Director of Supporting Professional Studies Kate Buchanan BMus, FHEA Supporting Professional Studies (SPS) provides you with various career-relevant activities which complement your Principal Study and Academic Studies. It is fundamental to the way the RNCM equips you for the kind of portfolio career you can expect as a musician, in which you may find yourself combining several different activities such as teaching, performing and community outreach, for example. Within the SPS strand there are a number of Professional Experience Schemes with organisations such as the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, Manchester Camerata and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, and the Black Dyke Band, which provide successful students with opportunities to rehearse and/or perform with the ensemble and to receive mentoring support from a professional player.

Undergraduate SPS Programme The information below gives you an idea of the range of opportunities available under the SPS scheme. Years 1 & 2: In addition to school-specific activities, options include: • Ensembles • Promotional Materials • Chamber Music Years 3 & 4: In addition to core activities, there are two major routes you can choose from: Route A: If you are interested in taking a specialist route you can choose one of three pathways: Chamber Music, Music in Education and the Community, or Performer-Teacher leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Route B: This is a ‘pick and mix’ route which provides you with a wide range of optional activities along with some core activities. There are five categories to choose from: Composition/Improvisation, Education/Community, Performance, Work-Based Learning, Other. Optional Activities: • Advanced Jazz Improvisation • Additional Education/Community options such as Creative Leadership Skills and Performance Project • Chamber Music • Conducting (Year 4 only) • Work-based learning options including Education Event Management, Engagement Management, Event Management, Theatre Management, Music for Health, Music Marketing, Music Programming, Independent Project, Orchestra Management, Professional Attachment and Recording Processes.

Postgraduate SPS Programme At postgraduate level, SPS activities are completely integrated into the programme of study. You can find details of these in the Graduate School section on pages 13-17.

Useful contacts: Supporting Professional Studies administrator:


With more than 90,000 students studying in Manchester, the city is very cosmopolitan, and offers many exciting opportunities to its student population. The RNCM has a long tradition of welcoming international students and currently has students from well over 40 different countries.

Student support The RNCM supports international students in a number of ways: • There are scholarships and bursaries available for overseas students, see page 47 for more details • An orientation programme is run in September, at the start of the academic year • If you need help with your English you can participate in our intensive English Language summer course • There is a dedicated International Officer and English Language Tutor to help you through your studies at the College

How to find out more before you apply There is a wealth of information about life and study at the RNCM which you can access via our DVD (to request a copy of our DVD contact and our website Together, these will give you an insight to the building and its facilities, the range of performance opportunities on offer, and in-depth information about our international staff, courses and events programme. You can also listen to excerpts from RNCM student performances.

Entry Requirements • A high level of performing/compositional ability • At least 18 years of age on 1 September in year of entry • The ability to demonstrate that you have the capacity to complete the RNCM course successfully • A high enough standard of English to be able to benefit from attending an RNCM course (see pages 48-49 for English Language requirements) • A certainty that you have enough funding to cover course fees and living expenses

How to Apply

Useful Information

International Students We accept applications from overseas students throughout the year. However, we would recommend that you submit your application by 1 October for admission in the September following. You will need to apply via the Conservatoires UK Admission Services (CUKAS) website If you have any problems with applying via CUKAS, contact the International Admissions Administrator via email at If you are unable to audition in person you will need to send an authenticated good quality DVD and/or audio recording [VHS(UK)PAL format] of your audition pieces. You can find out more about the audition process and guidelines on the RNCM website If you are offered a place at the College on the basis of a DVD or audio recording alone, confirmation of the offer of a place will normally depend on a successful live audition and interview at the College prior to registration in September.

There are over 100 international students from over 40 different countries studying at the RNCM 41

Useful Information

RNCM English Summer Course If your first language is not English, we provide further support through our English Language Summer Course. The course is specifically aimed at students who have an offer of a place to study at the RNCM but whose level of language falls below the entry requirement for their programme. The RNCM course starts in late July and lasts for 6 weeks. It will improve your ability in using English language skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course also provides an introduction to the UK and to British culture before the start of your programme. The entry requirements to this pre-sessional course are:

BMus(Hons) PG Diploma


Students who have an IELTS score which is lower than this can still apply.

The International Society The RNCM has strong links with the International Society of Manchester which offers a full and varied programme of social and cultural activities, including visits to other parts of the UK, for Manchester’s international student community. You can visit for more information.


Overseas students receive a warm welcome at the RNCM, and support is available to help students settle in to College life


Useful contacts:

The RNCM also welcomes students from other countries through exchanges. The College runs an Erasmus programme, and offers opportunities to students from outside the EU to come and experience student life at the RNCM. Application deadline is 15 March. To find out more about how to apply for an exchange visit contact

Admissions/audition enquiries: International Officer: Life in Manchester: Visa advice and information:

Useful Information “I applied to come here from Khazakstan - I came here because I wanted to be taught by my Head of School. I'd applied for places in London too, my sister already lives there. But here I felt I could be myself. There are no other students from Khazakstan here at the moment although one girl, a pianist who graduated last year was Khazakstani. I have so many friends here in Manchester now. The College is a great place to be and to meet people.�

Aigerim Bimurzayeva, 2nd year undergraduate oboist, chose to study at the RNCM because of its friendly, welcoming atmosphere, and its many performance opportunities


Useful Information

Student Support Services As a student at the RNCM you will find that there is a full and integrated system of support provided both by the College and by your fellow students.

Welfare & Financial Guidance The College has a dedicated team who are your first point of contact if you need any guidance or help before you join us or during your time at College. You may need welfare assistance or advice regarding your course fees; our Student Services staff are available to help.

IT Support In addition to PCs in the library and a number of terminals situated around the main building, there is an IT Studio where all the PCs have the latest copy of Sibelius software installed, and wi-fi hotspots inside the College. The IT team will support your learning with tools such as an online portfolio management system, video conferencing facilities and the College Intranet system.

Counselling Service All students have access to the College’s counselling service. This service is free and confidential. It provides support through single or regular sessions on any problem that may be concerning you.

The RNCM CafĂŠ Bar is at the hub of College life where students, staff and visiting artists can interact and relax



The RNCM Library has a wide range of materials to support learning, research and performance. The Library staff have musical expertise and detailed knowledge of the collections and will help you to make the best use of the resources. Facilities include online access to e-books and selected journals, listening stations, a viewing room and access to other academic libraries in the north west area for reference purposes.

The College chaplains are available for confidential consultation on personal matters. There is also a chaplain specifically for international students and Mandarin speakers. For more details you can visit

Archives & Special Collections Students are encouraged to make use of the Library’s archives and special collections as part of their study. These comprise the RNCM Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, a collection of over 300 instruments, some in playing condition, and the RNCM Archives including papers of individuals with significant connections to the RNCM and its predecessors.

Students’ Union

Useful Information


The Students’ Union exists to promote students’ interests. It represents your opinions on many College committees, gives you the opportunity to be involved as a student representative within the SU team, and strives to ensure your overall satisfaction during your time at College. The SU also provides an extensive welfare and advice service plus facilities for recreation and relaxation, including a well-equipped Junior Common Room and student bar. The Union is affiliated to the National Union of Students, subject to annual confirmation by the membership.

The Edge – Continuing Professional Development The Edge team supports you during your time at College, and afterwards too, by running Sound Advice, the College’s programme for the continuing professional development of students and graduates. Their aim is to help you become an employable musician. From filling out a tax form to conquering performance nerves, The Edge is there to help you. The team also help you get gigs by matching performers to paid engagements.

Help for students with disabilities If you have a disability you will find support at the RNCM from the audition stage onwards. A copy of the College's Disability Statement is available online at If you would like to discuss any of your needs contact our Student Welfare Administrator on T +44 (0) 161 907 5219

Alexander Technique One-off or regular weekly Alexander Technique lessons are available for a small charge. The Alexander Technique is a tried and tested approach for improving personal performance and avoiding undue effort or stress. With over 70,000 items of printed music and a large collection of audio and visual materials, students have access to first-class resources in the RNCM Library 45

Useful Information

Fees and Financial Support The RNCM charges tuition fees to all students for each academic year. Fees for all UK and EU undergraduate students are regulated by the UK government. Financial support may be available through Scholarships and Bursaries. Please note that the figures given below are for the academic year 2009/10 and that the fees are reviewed annually.

Overseas Students and Isle of Man / Channel Island Students Postgraduate Diploma (except Vocal and Conducting) Postgraduate Diploma (Vocal and Conducting) Postgraduate Masters 2 years (except Vocal and Conducting) Postgraduate Masters 2 years (Vocal and Conducting) Postgraduate Masters 1 year (except Vocal and Conducting) Postgraduate Masters 1 year (Vocal and Conducting)

£13,895 £14,495 £13,895p.a £14,495p.a £16,950 £17,695

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2009/10 Tuition Fee Status

UK and EU Students Undergraduate Undergraduate (students starting 2005 and before)

£3,225p.a £1,285p.a

Overseas Students and Isle of Man / Channel Island Students Undergraduate (except Vocal) Undergraduate (Vocal)

£13,895p.a £14,495p.a

Postgraduate Tuition Fees 2009/10 Home and EU Students Postgraduate Diploma (except Vocal and Conducting) Postgraduate Diploma (Vocal and Conducting) Postgraduate Masters 2 years (except Vocal and Conducting) Postgraduate Masters 2 years (Vocal and Conducting) Postgraduate Masters 1 year (except Vocal and Conducting) Postgraduate Masters 1 year (Vocal and Conducting)


£6,600 £7,150 £6,600p.a £7,150p.a £7,995 £8,495

To determine the status of students for fee purposes, the College will apply regulations issued by the UK government. Broadly (although there are some exceptions), in order to qualify for ‘UK and EU’ status a student must have lived continuously in the UK or other EU member state for purposes other than full time education for at least three years prior to the September in the year in which the course starts. In this context, nationality and citizenship are irrelevant. Those students who do not qualify for ‘UK and EU’ status will be classified as ‘Overseas’.

Equivalent and Lower Qualifications Under a policy introduced by the UK government from 2008/09, UK and EU students who are undertaking a qualification which is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification which they have already gained are ineligible for funding from the Higher Education Funding Council. Such students will therefore be charged at the full ‘overseas’ rate for their particular course of study. Please note that this regulation does not apply to students enrolling on the Foundation Degree, for whom the normal ‘regulated’ undergraduate fee is applicable whatever prior qualification is held.

Further information

Associated Board Home Scholarships

UK students may be eligible for the following in connection with the course: • Student loan for tuition fees, to cover your fees in full • Student loan or maintenance loan to help with your accommodation and living costs • Possibility of a Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant of up to £2,906, which is assessed on a sliding scale dependent upon household income, which will also reduce the entitlement to the repayable Maintenance Loan. There is also a Special Support Grant, which is available to students in receipt of means-tested benefits and operates in the same way as the Maintenance Grant, except that it does not reduce the entitlement to the Maintenance Loan • Possibility of hardship loans (up to £319 in 2009/10) for those with very limited means

• Full details of the training bursary and Golden Hello payments will be available in due course from the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) at • All students should consult the Directgov website for the latest information about fees and financial support:

Each year the College nominates one outstanding undergraduate and one outstanding postgraduate applicant for an Associated Board Scholarship. The award, for UK students, is for the duration of the course for the undergraduate, and for one or two years for the postgraduate.

Payment of Tuition Fees

Associated Board Overseas Scholarships

Your tuition fees are payable when you register at the start of the academic year in September. It may be possible to pay your fees by instalments.

Each year the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music offers one Undergraduate and one Postgraduate Scholarship to international students in connection with, and on the recommendation of, each of the Royal Schools of Music. The scholarships cover full fees and part maintenance for the duration of undergraduate courses or for one (or possibly two) years in the case of postgraduate courses. Only candidates who have attained, at the time of their application to one or more of the Royal Schools, a standard equivalent to a good pass at the Advanced Certificate or the DipABRSM of the Associated Board are likely to have a chance of success. Further information and eligibility forms for these scholarships may be obtained from:

Full details of the conditions and application forms for all UK student financial support can be accessed at

The fees are normally payable in UK pounds, but the College is also happy to accept payment from students from outside the UK in Euros or US dollars. The actual amount payable in those currencies will be determined by the Director of Finance in the light of exchange rates at the time when the money is due.

Scholarships and Bursaries Scholarship Awards

Financial Support for PGCE Students PGCE students are eligible for the following: • PGCE training bursary (£9,000 in 2009/10 for students preparing to teach Science, Maths, Modern Languages or RE at secondary level; £6,000 for other subjects at secondary level; or £4,000 for primary level) • Possibility of a Golden Hello payment at the beginning of your second year of teaching (£2,500 in 2009/10, only payable for students studying the subjects which generate the £9,000 bursary above) All fees are payable to Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). Other EU/EAA students are eligible for the PGCE training bursary and the Golden Hello, and have access to separate support arrangements.

A number of Scholarship Awards are offered to applicants who demonstrate outstanding ability and potential at audition.

Useful Information

Financial Support

International Department, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, 24 Portland Place, London W1B 1LU. T +44 (0) 20 7631 3019 E

Bursaries (UK and EU Undergraduate students) In line with Government policy, the College has an agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) to provide bursaries of up to £1,075 according to individual students’ financial circumstances. Full details of the agreed arrangements can be accessed on the website

Bursaries (Postgraduate and all overseas students) Postgraduate and overseas (i.e. non-EU) applicants to the College may apply for bursaries towards the cost of fees and maintenance. However, these awards are limited in number and are made on the basis of need. In return, students are expected to undertake directed activities for the benefit of the College.

Other sources of financial support for international students There may be other organisations to which international students can apply for financial support. A good place to start is on the ‘Funding your studies’ pages of the British Council website:

Useful contacts: Student Finance Manager T +44 (0)161 907 5223


Useful Information

How to Apply How to find out more before you apply DVD Make sure you explore the RNCM via the DVD, which you’ll find on the inside cover of this Prospectus. You can view a number of films, taken over a whole year, which together give you an idea of what it’s really like to be part of the RNCM.

Website Visit to gather in-depth and up-to-date information about studying at the RNCM.

Open Day Come along to one of our Open Days for an informal visit during which you can: • tour facilities, including the Hall of Residence • meet students and members of the teaching staff • attend a concert and/or see work in progress • talk to our support services staff You can find out the date of the next Open Day and download a booking form at or contact the Academic Services Administrator on T+ 44 (0)161 907 5297 E


Advice Audition If you want to get a better idea of whether the RNCM is the right place for you to study, or to receive advice about any other aspect of your musical aptitude, you could come along for an advice audition. You can apply to attend one of these between January and June. The fee for this service is £50. Enquiries should be directed to E

Entrance Requirements You can find details of the minimum requirements in the Programmes of Study pages: First Degree programmes – pages 10-11 Foundation Degree – page 12 Graduate School - pages 13-17 Full details can also be found on the website and at

English Language Requirements If English is not your first language, you will need to have a high enough standard of English to be able to benefit from pursuing an RNCM course. This must be demonstrated via certification through an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment (or equivalent) of proficiency in English as follows:


Once you have been accepted on a course, you will need to provide proof of your IELTS score before 1 May 2010. If an applicant’s IELTS score is below that indicated, entry may still be possible with extra language support offered through the College’s Summer School, see page 42 for details, and in-session English Language provision.

Your Application Standard applications are made via the Conservatoires UK Admission Services (CUKAS) website You will need to quote the RNCM’s institution code R57. You will also need the course codes – these can be found on the Undergraduate Programme pages 10-11 and Graduate School pages 13-17, and at For Graduate School programmes, additional submissions may be required, or you might need to apply directly to the RNCM. Visit the Graduate School pages of the website for full details or contact E

Assessment of Academic Ability

Auditions Audition Fees For most courses you will need to send an audition fee with your application. Fees are as follows: Undergraduate Programme Foundation Degree Graduate School Programmes Junior Fellow in Conducting (final stages only)

£50 £35 £50 £100

• If you have taken an advice audition during the 12 months preceding the closing date, the fee will be reduced to £25 • If you are applying to be auditioned for the Composition plus Principal Study Instrument Joint programme (see page 19) the fee is £70 • Late applicants will be charged an additional fee of £10

You will be assessed on your ability to successfully complete the academic requirements of the course primarily on the basis of your educational record and academic references. Some applicants may be asked to provide recent authenticated examples of their own work in history of music and theory, or attend for a short written test, or both. At least two weeks’ notice will be given in such cases.

Useful Information

BMus(Hons) PGDip PhD, MMus, MPhil

Confirming acceptance of a place If you are offered an undergraduate place at the RNCM you will need to confirm acceptance by 31 January 2010.

Useful contacts: Admissions/audition enquiries: Open Day enquiries:

When they happen Auditions usually take place in November and December, though some postgraduate and overseas candidates’ auditions may be held later on in the academic year.

Audition Requirements Closing date The closing date for applications is 1 October for admission in the following September, unless otherwise specified.

For detailed and up-to-date information about audition requirements for each Principal Study School and Graduate School programmes visit or

Late applications Late applications may be considered subject to the availability of places.

Applications from students with disabilities The RNCM welcomes applications from students with disabilities, and a copy of the College’s Disability Statement may be downloaded from the website


Useful Information

Useful Information RNCM CUKAS Code: R57

Patron Her Majesty the Queen

Conservatoires UK Admission Services (CUKAS):

President Sir Willard White

Application deadline for Home and EU students: 1 October 2009


Open Days:

Deputy Principal

September 2009 May 2010 Check the website for the exact dates and details of how to apply for places.

Term Dates 2010/11: Induction Week Autumn Term Spring Term Mid-Year Recess Summer Term


20 September – 26 September 2010 27 September – 19 December 2010 10 January – 10 April 2011 21 February – 27 February 2011 3 May – 10 July 2011

Professor Jonty Stockdale BA, DPhil, FLCM

Colin Beeson BA, PhD, FRNCM

Vice-Principal Professor Linda Merrick GRSM, MMus, PhD, FRNCM, ARAM, FLCM, LRAM, FRSA, FHEA, HonVCM


Phone number

Email address

Academic Studies

+44 (0) 161 907 5277

Applications and Auditions

+44 (0) 161 907 5260

Composition Studies

+44 (0) 161 907 5305

Conducting Studies

+44 (0) 161 907 5334

Graduate School

+44 (0) 161 907 5277

International Student Issues

+44 (0) 161 907 5432

Keyboard Studies

+44 (0) 161 907 5305

Open Days

+44 (0) 161 907 5297

String Studies

+44 (0) 161 907 5254

Student Welfare

+44 (0) 161 907 5219

Supporting Professional Studies

+44 (0) 161 907 5415

Vocal and Opera Studies

+44 (0) 161 907 5221

Wind, Brass and Percussion Studies

+44 (0) 161 907 5265

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A-Z of useful contacts

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