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Welcome to the Summer season at the RNCM Two Pulitzer Prize-winning American composers visit the RNCM this Summer: Steve Reich, whose ground-breaking music has influenced so many artists and tops mp3 playlists the world over, visiting Manchester as part of the FutureEverything festival (12 May); and Christopher Rouse, one of the most prolific and heavily-commissioned composers working in the States today, whose music we feature over two days in collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic (14 and 15 June). DJ Rob da Bank rescores the 1933 film classic King Kong (13 May) and Sheffield band 65daysofstatic create a new soundtrack to the 70s sci-fi classic Silent Running (14 May), both also as part of our partnership with FutureEverything. The Manchester Jazz Festival follows in July, with two RNCM gigs based around the music of Stuart McCullum (27 July) and Norma Winstone (28 July). Our own Jazz Collective recreates the American jazz of Gershwin, Bernstein and Artie Shaw (17 and 18 May) while the pioneering virtuoso jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt is the inspiration behind the latest project from the pen of Guy Barker, brought to colourful life by the RNCM Big Band, the RNCM Chamber Orchestra and contemporary guitar virtuoso Martin Taylor (9 July). Two astounding voices sing out early in the season, the young Canadian Nikki Yanofsky (6 May) and the incomparable Mariza (11 May). The second RNCM Day of Song (8 May) profiles the songs of the Americas, from Charles Ives to Nico Muhly, whilst the RNCM Gospel Choir and guests celebrate the gospel tradition with a massed sing (25 June). James Bowman (11 May) and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (15 June) give masterclasses, and this season’s piano series and chamber series draw to a close with recitals by Lars Vogt (7 May) and the Endellion Quartet (18 May). Our América year draws to a close too, with a fiesta at The Bridgewater Hall (24 June), the RNCM Symphony Orchestra put through its paces by Yan Pascal Tortelier in an evening that features music from Argentina, Brazil and the United States. Earlier in the season the Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler 4, the first of three concerts over a weekend (20 - 22 May) featuring the College’s graduating conductors, other repertoire including three symphonies and a piano concerto by Beethoven. Be sure not to miss Noise of Many Waters (30 June, 1 and 2 July), a vast installation created for Victoria Baths, Manchester’s so-called ‘Water Palace’, featuring over 150 musicians and a repertoire of pieces linking music and water that span four centuries. Presented spatially throughout the building, we invite you to dive on in and discover the sounds and sights that lie in store at the end of every length… We look forward to seeing you at the RNCM this Summer!

Toby Smith Director of Performance and Programming 3


OCTOBER 2010 JUNE 2011

The story so far… América is a celebration of the music of the New World: from the incomparable tangos of Argentina to the life-enhancing joy of the dance music of the Latin Americas, from the extraordinary musical vision of pioneers such as Ives and Cage, to the American ‘sound’ of Copland and Barber, the jazz-infused writings of Gershwin, and the ground-breaking minimalism of an endless array of contemporary US composers.

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And America more than any other has drawn composers to its shores like a musical magnet, from early visits by Dvorˇák to the 20th century exile and emigration of composers like Bartók, Britten, Hindemith, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky. It is the music of these artists too that has illuminated many of the programmes that have been featured over the season. América launched in spectacular style with a performance of John Cage’s Songbooks across all of the RNCM’s venues. An ongoing series of orchestral concerts has so far featured the music of Ives, Copland, Barber, Adams, Bernstein, Ginastera, Marquez and John Williams, alongside key American scores by Dvorˇák and émigrés such as Stravinsky, Hindemith and Rachmaninov. To mark the 25th anniversary of the Geneva Summit, a meeting that marked the start of the end of the Cold War, the RNCM Chamber Music Festival explored the chamber music of both America and Russia; the RNCM Keyboard Festival

meanwhile focused on the continents’ piano repertoire. RNCM Opera unveiled a new production of Barber’s Vanessa, while Sondheim’s Into the Woods, the Little Shop of Horrors and Philip Glass’ In the Penal Colony represented America on the stage. The Venezuelan Brass Ensemble memorably headlined the Festival of Brass back in January, whilst Fretwork re-imagined the music that accompanied Drake’s voyage around the Americas. Artists as diverse as Terry Riley, Robert Glasper, Barbara Bonney, the Creole Choir of Cuba and Astillero Tango visited the RNCM, not forgetting Icebreaker’s live recreation of Brian Eno’s Apollo album, accompanying NASA footage of the moon landings. This Summer’s highlights are listed on the page opposite and, beyond these, every América event listed in this brochure is flagged with our logo above.


Summer Highlights

Closing Event

RNCM Day of Song

An Evening with Steve Reich

American Raptures

RNCM Symphony Orchestra

América Sings!

FutureEverything

The Music of Christopher Rouse

with Yan Pascal Tortelier

Our annual Day of Song focuses on the music of a small group of American composers who have made major contributions to the American song repertoire in the 20th century. The programme features well-known song cycles by Barber and Copland; selections from two of America’s most distinguished writers for voice, Dominick Argento and Ned Rorem; lighter repertoire from Bernstein and Gershwin; and performances by the RNCM Chamber Choir and Gospel Choir. See page 8 for full details.

Working with Manchester’s FutureEverything Festival, we are proud to welcome Steve Reich to the RNCM as part of our América year. Recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in 2009, Reich has been described by The New Yorker as ‘the most original musical thinker of our time’ and his music has influenced composers and mainstream musicians all over the world. For this one-off evening, Reich will be talking with David Horne and performing his Clapping Music, alongside performances of some of his most acclaimed works, including Electric Counterpoint, Eight Lines, Cello Counterpoint and Different Trains. See page 11 for full details.

Just a month later and we welcome another of America’s Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary composers, Christopher Rouse, for the third of this season’s composer festivals. Rouse is a big name in the US, having been commissioned by many of America’s top orchestras and awarded numerous honours. From orchestral scores to more intimate chamber music, this two-day portrait showcases the music of one of America’s finest contemporary composers, featuring students from the RNCM and the musicians of the BBC Philharmonic. See page 17 for full details.

To mark the end of our América season in style, Yan Pascal returns to work with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra for a Bridgewater Hall evening that features some of the best music America has to offer. Besides Bartók’s ultimate showpiece, the Concerto for Orchestra, the work that sealed his reputation beyond emigrating to the States, we explore the Catfish Row of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, a selection of Copland’s arrangements of American folksongs sung by RNCM International Opera Studio scholar Kathryn Rudge, and a couple of surprises personally selected by the conductor for this fiesta. See page 21 for full details.

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TUESDAY 3 MAY

THURSDAY 5 MAY

FRIDAY 6 MAY

Spotlight

RNCM Brand New Orchestra

Nikki Yanofsky

Zelkova String Quartet Mendelssohn’s string quartets are some of the most loved works in the quartet repertoire; in particular the D major quartet is known for its exuberance and uplifting quality. Free admission, no ticket required

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Gergely Madaras, Jon Malaxetxebarria, Alex Pringle conductors An opportunity to hear new works for symphony orchestra by RNCM composition students in this workshop performance. Free admission, no ticket required RNCM

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM Guitars Olivier Bensa Trois Mouvements Dynamiques for guitar ensemble Francis Poulenc Sarabande Manuel de Falla Homenaje Albert Roussel Segovia Dusan Bogdanovic Sonata Fantasia for guitar duet Alberto Ginastera Sonata Niccolò Paganini Terzetto Concertante for viola, cello and guitar Emilio Pujol Trois Morceaux Espagnols Roland Dyens Rhythmaginaires for guitar ensemble Rhoslyn Lawton viola Abigail Hyde-Smith cello The RNCM Guitar Ensemble presents an evening of brilliant repertoire for guitars, including Manuel de Falla’s tribute to Debussy, the Homenaje, Niccolò Paganini’s charming piece for viola, cello and guitar, and Alberto Ginastera’s only original composition for the instrument. Tickets £6.50 Concessions available

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THURSDAY 5 MAY

7.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room

Chimes in Time György Kurtág Splinters David Ellis For one who hears different colours (world première) Alexander Goehr Nonomiya Anthony Gilbert Chimes in Time (world première) Wolfgang Rihm Ländler Panayiotis Demopoulos Several Gardens (world première) Panayiotis Demopoulos piano This concert marks the inauguration of the Patricia Cunliffe Award, in association with the RNCM Schools of Keyboard Studies and Composition and generously funded by the Ida Carroll Trust. Tickets £10 Concessions available Promoted by David Ellis

7.30pm RNCM Theatre

Supported by Abram Wilson With a voice that belies her 17 years, Nikki Yanofsky is a fast-rising vocal sensation, following hot on the heels of countrywoman Diana Krall with her own energised and soulful Ella-inspired jazz-meets-pop vocal style. A perky, astonishingly talented Quebecois import with a voice like a velvet clarion, Yanofsky can belt, croon and scat flawlessly. The last 12 months have seen her cause a stir amongst audiences and hard-line jazz critics alike. Here performing from her new album Nikki, out now on Decca, she takes a brassy saunter through Ella-inspired classics such as Take the ‘A’ Train and I Got Rhythm. ‘Vivacious, totally comfortable on stage, and as energetically engaged with the music as if she were dancing at her own party, the likable Yanofsky has stardom written all over her.’ The Guardian Charismatic trumpeter and singer Abram Wilson merges passion, virtuosity, and an engaging stage presence, in a style that resonates with a deep understanding of the roots of jazz and blues, steeped in the music of his native New Orleans. Tickets £20 £15 Concessions available www.nikkionline.ca RNCM in association with

NIKKI YANOFSKY

6.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre


FRIDAY 6 MAY

SATURDAY 7 MAY

SATURDAY 7 MAY

Seed Studios and RNCM Music for Health

Spotlight

Accordes

Back to Baroque

Celestial Harmonies

Andrew Hodson director

RNCM students perform pieces for violin, cello and harpsichord by Bach, Telemann and Vivaldi on historical instruments.

Sasha Johnson Manning soprano Holly Marland mezzo-soprano Roger Child lute, theorbo, baroque guitar

Free admission, no ticket required

This concert of 16th and 17th century English and Italian songs includes music by Dowland, Monteverdi and Purcell.

7.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

Members of Seed Studios in Old Trafford have been working with RNCM Music for Health students to develop original pieces of music. This performance celebrates the outcome of this fruitful collaboration. Tickets £3 Sponsored by Performing Rights Society & blueSCI RNCM in association with Seed Studios

6.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Lars Vogt Piano Recital

7.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room

Tickets £10 Concessions available Promoted by Roger Child

Franz Schubert Sonata No 18 in G major D 894 Arnold Schoenberg Six Little Piano Pieces Op 19 Johannes Brahms Intermezzi Op 117 Johannes Brahms Variations on a theme of Paganini Op 35 No 1 (Book 1) Lars Vogt first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition and went on to become the Berlin Philharmonic’s first ever Pianist in Residence. He has since given major concerto and recital performances across the globe, regularly playing with the likes of the Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw. This evening opens with Schoenberg’s Six Little Piano Pieces, a composition that obeys no logic other than Schoenberg’s intuitive sense of what works. Schubert’s Sonata No 18, a work of shifting moods, and a Brahms double-bill complete the programme. Tickets £16 £13 RNCM

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LARS VOGT

Concessions available www.larsvogt.com

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SUNDAY 8 MAY

10.30am RNCM Concert Hall

11.45am Carole Nash Recital Room

RNCM DAY OF SONG

Curiosities and Mysteries

Recipes and Monasteries

Leonard Bernstein I Hate Music André Previn Three Dickinson Songs Samuel Barber Two Songs Op 2 Aaron Copland Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson

Leonard Bernstein La Bonne Cuisine Samuel Barber Four Songs Op 13 Charles Ives Serenity; In the Alley; Memories; The Circus Band Samuel Barber Hermit Songs

Eleanor Garside, Kirstin Graham, Saffron Jones, Elizabeth Karani, Sarah Parkin, Chloe Saywell, Aimee Toshney soprano Yunchao Zhang tenor

Joanne Holton, Charlotte North, Stephanie Pfeffer, Elizabeth Skinner, Alaw Tecwyn soprano Timothy Allan, Jonathan Alley, Adam Player baritone Timothy Brown, Louis Hurst bass

América Sings! Welcome to our annual RNCM Day of Song, this year devoted to the songs of American composers with performances given by students, staff and friends of the RNCM. I am delighted to have had the artistic insight of David Horne, who has been instrumental in constructing the programme, and also welcome very warmly the internationally recognised pianist and vocal coach Helen Yorke who will be giving a public masterclass. Today’s programme also sees the launch of the newly-formed RNCM Chamber Choir, under the direction of James Burton, who will perform for the very first time today. Today also features our International Artist Kathryn Rudge performing songs by Aaron Copland, our Gospel Choir under the direction of Audrey Mattis, and a host of wonderful music from classical to Tin Pan Alley. Lynne Dawson artistic director

Bernstein’s short, witty song-cycle, I Hate Music, examines childhood curiosities and mysteries, and sets the scene for a day of exploration into the full breadth of American song. At the heart of this opening recital is the poetry of Emily Dickinson, verse that has been set by many composers, including these two settings written over 50 years apart by American composers of very different generations. Tickets £5 Concessions available

Charles Ives was a prolific composer of songs and, even though he had to be coaxed into publishing them, they prepared the ground for the development of song in the US in the 20th century. Barber was equally prolific, and his Hermit Songs in particular are regularly performed, ten lyrical and unashamedly beautiful gems. Bernstein’s La Bonne Cuisine, a rapid-fire setting of four recipes, completes the programme. Tickets £5

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Day Ticket £25

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Concessions available


1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

2.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

5.15pm Carole Nash Recital Room

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Lunchtime Concert

Masterclass with Helen Yorke

Admiration and Reflection

Evening Gala Concert

Kaoru Shoji soprano Charlotte Pearson mezzo-soprano Richard Hansen, Timothy Hill tenor

Richard Hageman Do not go, my love; At the well; Into the silent land; Miranda Dominick Argento Six Elizabethan Songs William Bolcom He tipped the waiter; Fur (Murray the Furrier); Song of Black Max Ned Rorem That shadow, my likeness; Ferry me across the water; Are you the new person?; Jeanie with the light brown hair; A Birthday; Alleluia

Music to include: Kirk Franklin He Reigns / Awesome God Mervyn Warren Joyful, joyful Aaron Copland In the Beginning RNCM Gospel Choir Audrey Mattis director Mark McKenzie piano RNCM Chamber Choir James Burton conductor Sophie Goldrick soprano The RNCM Gospel Choir draws its members from the full breadth of the College’s disciplines, as well as alumni and members of the wider public. This lunchtime programme offers a whistlestop tour through an exuberant and uplifting mix of American gospel songs, including Joyful, joyful, in the arrangement written for the film Sister Act 2. To close, the RNCM Chamber Choir, in its first ever public appearance, performs Copland’s In the Beginning, by way of an appetizer for its second appearance of the day in tonight’s evening concert. Tickets £5 Concessions available

The vocal coach and pianist, Helen Yorke, who performed with the soprano Renée Fleming for over a decade, works with four RNCM singers on a range of American song. Free admission, no ticket required

4pm RNCM Concert Hall

Love and the Rain Ned Rorem Poems of Love and the Rain Samuel Barber Dover Beach Samuel Barber Despite and Still Andrea Tweedale, Jie Wang soprano Rebecca Anderson, Helen Gregory, Heather Ireson, Ivy Mak, Alice Nelson, Sarah Richmond mezzo-soprano Thomas Asher, Nicholas Beever, Dmitry Yumashev baritone Dover Beach is a beautiful setting for baritone and string quartet of a melancholic poem by Victorian poet Matthew Arnold. Barber, an accomplished baritone himself, gave the first performance in 1932. For Despite and Still, the composer turned to the poetry of Robert Graves, James Joyce and Theodore Roethke. Alongside the work of a number of poets, a Roethke poem plays a pivotal role in Pulitzer prize-winning Ned Rorem’s cycle Poems of Love and the Rain: a quasi-palindromic sequence that sets each poem twice, on either side of Roethke’s Interlude, this the text that sits at the cycle’s heart. Tickets £5 Concessions available

Victoria Barton, Catriona Bell, Rachel Blair, Rebecca Lea, Maria Miró, Jennifer Rust, Laura Sheerin soprano Thomas Morss tenor Jonathan Ainscough bass-baritone This programme opens with four beautiful songs by Richard Hageman, a Dutch-born conductor and composer who travelled to the USA early in the 20th century and stayed, becoming one of its most important conductors of opera. Dominick Argento and Ned Rorem are two of the most prolific composers of song working in the US today, and the selections here present some of their finest settings. In between, we delve into William Bolcom’s Cabaret Songs, settings that are both pithy and theatrical. Tickets £5 Concessions available

6.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room

Pre-concert talk with David Horne America’s New World of Song David Horne introduces and explores the rich repertoire of American art song with particular focus on the extent to which European influences have been absorbed or rejected. Free admission, no ticket required

Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms Cabaret, Jazz and Broadway songs Nico Muhly A Good Understanding Alberto Ginastera Lamentations of Jeremiah Leonard Bernstein Chichester Psalms Aaron Copland Selection from Old American Songs and a selection of songs by Bernstein, Bolcom, Gershwin, Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter and Sondheim. RNCM Chamber Choir James Burton conductor Jason Hawkins organ Trevor Bartlett percussion Angelina Warburton harp Claire Day, Emma Häll, Louisa Mould, Sarah Ogden, Emma Pettemerides soprano Carly Hopkinson, Hanna-Liisa Kirchin, Kathryn Rudge mezzo-soprano Joshua Friend, Bo Wang tenor Mark Burns baritone Bradley Travis bass-baritone The RNCM Chamber Choir opens the day’s closing recital with a work by Nico Muhly, a composer who has collaborated with the likes of Björk and Philip Glass, and whose first opera is due to be premièred by English National Opera this July. Alberto Ginastera’s setting of the Lamentations is heartfelt and devotional and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, performed tonight in the reduced version for organ, harp and percussion, is renowned for its drama, energy and the beauty of the middle movement for treble soloist and chorus. After the interval, we let down our hair and end this year’s Day of Song with a selection of American folk melodies and songs from the worlds of jazz and Broadway, including Gershwin’s Someone to watch over me and Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns. Tickets £10 Concessions available

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RNCM Chamber and Gospel Choirs

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WEDNESDAY 11 MAY

WEDNESDAY 11 MAY

Spotlight

Mariza

6.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room

Iolar Trio In collaboration with four composers the Iolar Trio present a variety of new works exploring the sonorities of this less conventional trio comprising saxophone, cello and piano. Free admission, no ticket required

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Masterclass with James Bowman James Bowman has been one of the world’s leading countertenors for over 40 years with a career spanning opera, oratorio, solo recitals and contemporary music. Tonight he works with a selection of students from the School of Vocal Studies in this masterclass. Tickets £8.50 Concessions available

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7.30pm RNCM Theatre

More than just the leading Portuguese fado singer of her generation, Mariza is a global icon who has seduced audiences worldwide with her spellbinding singing, charismatic stage presence and powerful blend of traditional and contemporary song forms. Live, Mariza gets better and better. Here she premieres material from her new album Fado Tradicional (out now on EMI) within an intimate stage setting, specially designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. ‘She gets better and better. The voice is even more majestic, the gestures even more dramatic.’ The Times Tickets £25 Concessions available www.mariza.com RNCM in association with

THURSDAY 12 MAY 1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM Percussion Ensemble

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Today’s lunchtime concert demonstrates the combined might of the RNCM Percussion Department. Influenced by Japanese taiko drumming, Damien Harron’s world première, which features a line-up of 16 musicians, opens the proceedings with a bang. This contrasts with pieces for trio, quartet and quintet, and we close with Tim Garland’s brilliant piece of jazz/pop fusion, played by an ensemble of 13 students. Free admission, no ticket required RNCM

MARIZA

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Damien Harron Alarum (world première) Rudiger Pawassar Sculpture 3 Carl Vine Defying Gravity Blake Tyson Cloud Forest Tim Garland The Fullness of Time


THURSDAY 12 MAY 7.30pm RNCM Theatre

An Evening with Steve Reich FutureEverything Steve Reich Clapping Music Steve Reich Electric Counterpoint Steve Reich Eight Lines Steve Reich Cello Counterpoint Steve Reich Different Trains plus Steve Reich in conversation with David Horne RNCM Chamber Ensemble Marco Bellasi conductor Caecilius Quartet Steve Reich, Simone Rebello clappers Steven Hickey guitar David McCann cello Recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in 2009, Steve Reich has been called ‘America’s greatest living composer’ (The Village VOICE), ‘...the most original musical thinker of our time’ (The New Yorker) and ‘...among the great composers of the century’ (The New York Times).

In this unique event, An Evening with Steve Reich, the composer performs Clapping Music, speaks in conversation with the RNCM’s David Horne, and introduces a programme of his most acclaimed works.

THURSDAY 12 MAY

Tickets £30

Anniversary Concert

No concessions www.stevereich.com

Heather Brown director

in association with RNCM

9.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

Spotlight Vanitas, ‘Still Life in One Act’ Salvatore Sciarrino’s astonishing masterpiece reflects on mortality through a journey of utter tranquility, beauty, ecstasy, poignancy and ultimately breathtaking disintegration.

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Trinity Church of England High School

The annual celebration of a year of musicmaking at Trinity Church of England High School includes a diverse range of performances from the school orchestra, ensembles, choirs, steel band, big band and soloists. Tickets £6 Concessions available Promoted by Trinity Church of England High School

Free admission, no ticket required

Different Trains and Music for 18 Musicians have each earned him Grammy awards, and his ‘documentary video opera’ works - The Cave and Three Tales, created in collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot - have pushed the boundaries of the operatic medium.

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STEVE REICH

His music has influenced composers and mainstream musicians all over the world. He is a leading pioneer of Minimalism, having in his youth broken away from the ‘establishment’ that was Serialism. His music is known for steady pulse, repetition and a fascination with canons; it combines rigorous structures with propulsive rhythms and seductive instrumental colour. It also embraces harmonies of nonWestern and American vernacular music, especially jazz. His studies have included the Gamelan, African drumming (at the University of Ghana), and traditional forms of chanting the Hebrew scriptures.

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FRIDAY 13 MAY

SATURDAY 14 MAY

SATURDAY 14 MAY

TUESDAY 17 MAY

Rob da Bank re-scores King Kong

Junior RNCM

65daysofstatic and Silent Running

The Piano Recital Prize

FutureEverything

Music to include: Dave Heath Out of the cool John Ireland Legend

A concept first aired on BBC Four in December 2010, following his request to the BBC to provide an alternative score to the 1933 version of King Kong, Rob is once again searching through his record library to compile a personal list of tracks to go alongside the film. Join Rob for a collection of weird and wonderful gems encompassing everything from dubstep to rock, and lots of electronica. No concessions in association with RNCM

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Formal concert

JRNCM Chamber Orchestra Michael Adamson saxophone Jâms Coleman piano A varied and exciting programme featuring students from Junior RNCM. Free admission, no ticket required RNCM

Tickets £9

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1pm RNCM Concert Hall

8pm RNCM Concert Hall

FutureEverything Successfully premièring at the Glasgow Film Festival earlier this year, 65daysofstatic have created an original 90 minute score to Douglas Trumbull’s 1972 science fiction classic, Silent Running. A band known for depth and scale of sound, 65daysofstatic fuse keyboards, drum samples, angry post-rock guitars and gritty synth noise to create an immense cinematic soundscape.

7pm RNCM Concert Hall

Talented students from the RNCM School of Keyboard Studies play a variety of piano repertoire to compete for this prize, adjudicated by internationally renowned Irish pianist, John O’Conor. Tickets £8.50 Concessions available

RNCM

Tickets £11 No concessions in association with RNCM

65DAYSOFSTATIC: SILENT RUNNING

Doors 7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall


TUESDAY 17 AND WEDNESDAY 18 MAY 7.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

RNCM Jazz Collective

WEDNESDAY 18 MAY

THURSDAY 19 MAY

Endellion Quartet

Musical Castaway with Alec Crowe

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Programme to include: Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto Leonard Bernstein Prelude, Fugue and Riffs George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (jazz band version)

Franz Joseph Haydn String Quartet in D major Op 33 No 6 Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet in E flat major Op 44 No 3 Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in C sharp minor Op 131

Mike Hall director Maria Molund conductor Emily Farron, Rhodri Taylor clarinet James Vaughan piano

Following a wonderful performance with poet Wendy Cope last April, the Endellion Quartet returns to the RNCM with a programme of classic repertoire.

Tonight the RNCM Jazz Collective pays tribute to the big hitters of 20th century American jazz. The programme includes Artie Shaw’s Clarinet Concerto, a piece that shows the astounding range of Shaw’s own clarinet playing, as well as Bernstein’s piece of jazz for the concert hall and Gershwin’s own version for jazz band of his timeless Rhapsody in Blue.

The six quartets of Haydn’s Op 33 were dedicated to the future Tsar Paul II (which is why they’re sometimes known as the ‘Russian’ Quartets) and they reveal Haydn at his most playful and light-hearted. Mendelssohn’s Op 44 quartets are regarded as his most classical works - poised, balanced, wellcrafted and reflecting the composer’s sense of professional and personal well-being at that point in his life: enjoying a successful career, a new wife and a first child. As with all of Beethoven’s final quartets, Op 131 communicates a sense of the composer thinking out loud, with the listener as a kind of privileged eavesdropper. This is music which, unlike some, calls for active and concentrated listening but more than rewards the effort.

Tickets £6.50 Concessions available

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7.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room

RNCM Friends Alec Crowe, retired RNCM Head of School of Vocal and Opera Studies, talks with current RNCM Director of Opera Studies, Stefan Janski, sharing the music that would keep him company as a Musical Castaway. For further information or to join the Friends, contact the Friends Administrator on 0161 907 5338. Tickets £12.50, including light refreshments RNCM

Tickets £16 £13 Concessions available www.endellionquartet.com

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FRIDAY 20 MAY

SATURDAY 21 MAY

SUNDAY 22 MAY

Spotlight

Spotlight

Spotlight

Little Red Riding Hood

Strauss Suite for Winds

Richard Jones Trio

A new project that explores links between music and film with an original composition by Jessica Hall, performed in costume by the Talisma Ensemble and conducted by Jonathan Lo.

This majestic piece for 13 wind instruments is one of Richard Strauss’ earliest commissioned works. Composed when he was just 20, it demonstrates great maturity in his understanding of timbre and texture.

This newly formed jazz ensemble play a set of their own compositions influenced by the work of the Esbjörn Svensson and Brad Mehldau trios.

Free admission, no ticket required

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Manchester Camerata

Free admission, no ticket required

6.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM Symphony Orchestra with Dane Lam Luigi Boccherini (superimposed and transcribed Berio) Four Original Versions of Ritirata notturna di Madrid Osvaldo Golijov Night of the Flying Horses Tristan Keuris Concerto for Saxophone Quartet Gustav Mahler Symphony No 4 in G major Dane Lam conductor Absolution Saxophone Quartet Laura Sheerin soprano Mahler’s Fourth Symphony presents in microcosm all of the characteristics of the composer’s distinctive vision – his love of nature, a grotesque humour, some scintillating orchestration, the integration of song and abstract instrumentals, and a constant search for meaning amid the great questions of life. Warm and lyrical, it was Mahler’s glance back to the simplicity of the past before he plunged ahead to the brooding works with which he would conclude his career.

MAY

Tonight’s concert also features the Absolution Quartet’s interpretation of Tristan Keuris’ Concerto, a piece that hasn’t been performed in Britain as a concerto in almost 20 years.

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Tickets £16 £13

Manchester Camerata with Gergely Madaras, Maria Molund and Olga Jegunova Béla Bartók Rumanian Folk Dances Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor Op 37 Edvard Grieg Two Elegiac Melodies Op 34 Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No 2 in D major Op 36 Gergely Madaras, Maria Molund conductors Olga Jegunova piano The music of Beethoven links this weekend’s concerts, both of which feature students from the RNCM’s conducting courses working with Manchester Camerata. Tonight, Latvian pianist Olga Jegunova performs Beethoven’s third piano concerto, a stormy, dynamic work rich in turbulent emotions. Currently studying on the RNCM International Artist Diploma course, Jegunova is already a multiple prize-winner and seasoned performer. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s Second Symphony, a piece that grew out of a period of intense despair as the composer struggled to come to terms with his increasing deafness. However, it is a work that bears little sign of this torment – rather, it is full life and optimism.

Concessions available

Tickets £16 £13

RNCM

Concessions available RNCM in association with

6.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

Free admission, no ticket required

with Jonathan Lo and Tom Newall Edward Elgar Introduction and Allegro Op 47 Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No 1 in C major Op 21 Edward Elgar Serenade in E minor Op 20 Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No 4 in B flat major Op 60 Jonathan Lo, Tom Newall conductors The second of this weekend’s concerts spotlights two more of Beethoven’s early symphonies. By the time he came to write his first symphony, Beethoven was already 30 and had a considerable body of music to his name. The work clearly reflects Haydn’s towering presence in late 18th century Vienna, but Beethoven brought his own, rough-edged manner to the old master’s style. Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony is often dismissed, along with the other even-numbered symphonies, as one of his ‘lighter’ unclouded pieces. However, this neglected score is a witty yet often disturbing creation, with an opening movement that recalls the titanic strength of the first movement of the Eroica and an Adagio not far removed from that symphony’s famous funeral march. Tickets £16 £13 Concessions available RNCM in association with

DANE LAM

6.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre


SATURDAY 29 MAY

Elemental Opera

Indian Classical Music Society

7.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

Susannah by Carlisle Floyd Cast to include: Janet A N Fischer Susannah Rafael Vazquez Sam Brian Smith Walters Little Bat Adam Johnson conductor, piano Jeremy Sachs director With its romanticism combined with American folk melodies, glorious music and a passionate storyline, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah has become a favourite with American opera audiences. Performed here with piano accompaniment and featuring a strong RNCM-trained cast, this powerful opera, written at the height of the McCarthy era, portrays the hostility shown to a beautiful young girl by a narrow church community. Tickets £15 Concessions available Promoted by Elemental Opera

3pm RNCM Studio Theatre

WEDNESDAY 8, FRIDAY 10, TUESDAY 14 AND THURSDAY 16 JUNE 6pm RNCM Theatre

Indian Classical Sitar Recital

RNCM Opera Scenes

Partha Bose sitar Shib Sankar Ray tabla

RNCM students from the School of Vocal Studies perform selected staged excerpts drawn from operas by Britten, Beethoven, Donizetti, Gluck, Handel, Humperdinck, Massenet, Menotti, Mozart, Monteverdi, Purcell, Rossini, Tchaikovsky and Vaughan Williams.

Established in 1976, the Indian Classical Music Society brings some of India’s leading instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers to entertain audiences throughout the North West. Tonight’s concert features virtuoso sitar player Partha Bose, a musician who seamlessly integrates technical virtuosity with artistic expression, and who has performed, lectured and given teaching demonstrations throughout the world. Tickets £10 from 0161 789 2856 or abuchicms@gmail.com Concessions available Promoted by The Indian Classical Music Society

Free admission, no ticket required RNCM

WEDNESDAY 8 – SATURDAY 11 JUNE

7.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

The Shilo Theatre Company Assassins Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by John Weidman Based on an idea by Charles Gilbert Jr Winner of five Tony Awards, Assassins has established itself as a contemporary musical theatre classic. Set against a macabre fairground stall, this black comedy examines the stories and justifications of people who have, successfully or otherwise, tried to assassinate Presidents of the United States. Premièred in 1990, Assassins features some of Sondheim’s most beautiful music and is an incisive reflection on the American Dream. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger. Tickets Wednesday – Friday £11, Saturday £12 Promoted by The Shilo Theatre Company

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THURSDAY 26 MAY

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SUNDAY 12 JUNE

MONDAY 13 JUNE

WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE

Elena Nemtsova

The Viola Prize

Spotlight

RNCM International Artist Diploma Chamber Music Recital

The RNCM’s leading young viola players compete for the annual Viola Prize.

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Dmitri Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D minor Op 40 Sergei Rachmaninov Trio élégiaque No 1 in G minor Arvo Pärt Mozart-Adagio for piano trio Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Trio No 2 in E minor Op 67 Sophie Rosa violin Mikhail Nemtsov cello Elena Nemtsova piano Russian pianist Elena Nemstova is currently on the RNCM’s International Artist Diploma course, specialising in chamber music. She has performed in many chamber music events at the College, as well as performing at the Wigmore Hall and The Bridgewater Hall. Two classic scores by Shostakovich frame this recital. The first, the Cello Sonata, is an early work written in 1934 just prior to the censure of the composer’s music by the Soviet authorities, who deemed it too bourgeois for the Soviet people. Written a decade later, the Piano Trio is a lamentation for victims of the Holocaust, this musical tribute using the scales and rhythms of Jewish folk music as the composer knew it.

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Tickets £6.50 Concessions available

RNCM

6.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room

Evening Thoughts This Spotlight explores the importance of the collaboration between musician and poet. Although the world of harmony was developing rapidly in the 19th century, the passion to write music to great poetry prevailed. Free admission, no ticket required

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Masterclass with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Recently described by The Independent as ‘everything a great French pianist should be’, the pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet combines a rare elegance and clarity in his playing with deep and thoughtful musicality. Tonight he works with a selection of RNCM pianists in this masterclass. Tickets £8.50 Concessions available

RNCM

Tickets £8.50 Concessions available

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JEAN-EFFLAM BAVOUZET

JUNE

RNCM


TUESDAY 14 JUNE

AMERICAN RAPTURES: THE MUSIC OF CHRISTOPHER ROUSE

Lunchtime Concert

One of the giants of American music, with a vast repertoire, the visit of Christopher Rouse to Manchester brings a tremendous focus to the final fortnight of the RNCM’s year-long celebration of American music. Rouse’s style embraces both the transparency and directness of Stravinsky and Copland as well as an impressionistic, almost romantic lushness. This is music for the mind as well as the senses. Clark Rundell artistic director RNCM in association with

1.15pm Carole Nash Recital Room

Christopher Rouse Mime for solo snare drum Zakiya Leeming New work for trumpet (world première) Christopher Rouse Valentine for solo flute Yunhee Lee New work for guitar (world première) Christopher Rouse Ricordanza for solo cello Cho-Yen Lee New work for flute (world première) Christopher Rouse Artemis for brass quintet A lover of miniatures, this charming concert features four short works by Rouse interspersed with short offerings from three of the RNCM’s outstanding composition students. Free admission, no ticket required

6.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room

Open Forum Christopher Rouse in conversation with Clark Rundell. Free admission, no ticket required

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM New Ensemble Christopher Rouse Bonham for percussion octet George Crumb Eleven echoes of Autumn Christopher Rouse Rapturedux for cello octet Jacob Thompson-Bell New work (world première) Christopher Rouse Rotae Passionis Mark Heron, Jonathan Lo, Tom Newall, Alex Pringle conductors A concert featuring music by Christopher Rouse and his iconic teacher, George Crumb. Commissioned a decade ago by the RNCM International Cello Festival, don’t miss the chance to hear Rouse’s luxurious cello octet Rapturedux. Free admission, by ticket only

WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE 1.15pm RNCM Concert Hall

Lunchtime Concert Kreutzer Quartet with Linda Merrick John McCabe Clarinet Quintet (world première) Christopher Rouse String Quartet No 2 The Kreutzer Quartet has forged an enviable reputation as one of Europe’s most dynamic and innovative string quartets. The concert features works by giants from both sides of the pond: Rouse’s powerful second quartet and a major world première from the great British composer John McCabe, for which the quartet will be joined by the clarinettist and RNCM Vice-Principal Linda Merrick. Don’t miss the opportunity to find out more about John McCabe’s new Clarinet Quintet in a special research forum at 4.30pm in the RNCM Lecture Theatre in the presence of the composer. Free admission, no ticket required

7.30pm BBC Philharmonic Studio, MediaCityUK Salford

BBC Philharmonic and RNCM New Ensemble Mary Bellamy New work (world première) Christopher Rouse Compline Christopher Rouse Symphony No 2 Clark Rundell, Mark Heron conductors As part of the opening festivities for their new home in Salford, the BBC Philharmonic are joined by the RNCM New Ensemble in a concert featuring Rouse’s almost neo-classical Symphony No 2 and a major new work from the leading British composer Mary Bellamy. Free admission, by ticket only, to reserve your ticket call RNCM Box Office (limited availability) www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/philharmonic

JUNE

TUESDAY 14 – WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE

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FRIDAY 17 – SUNDAY 19 JUNE

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

SATURDAY 18 JUNE

RNCM GOLD MEDAL WEEKEND

Sarah Richmond mezzo-soprano

Rosanna Moore harp

This year’s RNCM Gold Medal Weekend features recitals by 12 of the RNCM’s finest young performers, each competing for the much-coveted Gold Medal award. Also featured are four RNCM composers who have been specially commissioned to write a new work for the weekend, and you’ll be able to hear these premières performed by four of the selected soloists. There’s also a chance to hear last year’s Gold Medal winners, and the weekend ends with the announcement of the 2011 winners. Come along and experience performances by some of the stars of tomorrow. Toby Smith Director of Performance and Programming

FRIDAY 17 JUNE

5pm RNCM Concert Hall

Gintaute Gataveckaite piano

JUNE

Maurice Ravel Oiseaux tristes and Une barque sur l’océan from Miroirs Adam Gorb Epiphany to Venice from Prelude, Interlude and Postlude Sergei Rachmaninov Études-Tableaux Op 39

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Roderick Barrand piano Peggy Nolan cello Jeffrey Makinson chamber organ J S Bach Es ist vollbracht from St John Passion Gustav Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Richard Strauss Für fünfzehn Pfennige; Das Rosenband; Hat gesagt - bleibt’s nicht dabei Aaron Copland Going to Heaven, Heart, we will forget him; Why do they shut me out of Heaven? from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson Samuel Barber Despite and Still Howard Ferguson The Apron of Flowers and I’m from over the Mountain from Irish Folksongs 9.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Jack Adler-McKean tuba Simon Parkin, Robin Stevens piano Luigi Nono Post-prae-ludium No 1 ‘per Donau’ Robin Stevens Supplication William Kraft Encounters II Simon Parkin More So Tom Coult La Belle Captive Karlheinz Stockhausen In Freundschaft

10am RNCM Concert Hall

Nicholas Beever baritone Catherine Kontz Tea Ceremony Ernesto Lecuona (arr Grandjany) Malaguena Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in F minor K 466 Paul Patterson Bugs Michael Stimpson Movements from Dylan for baritone and harp Henriette Renié Legende

2pm RNCM Concert Hall

Ivan Hovorun piano Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in C sharp minor K 427 Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in C sharp minor Op 27 No 2 Sergei Rachmaninov Corelli Variations Op 42 Alexander Scriabin Sonata No 9 Op 68 Sergei Rachmaninov (arr Volodos) Italian Polka 3.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

11.30am RNCM Concert Hall

Lewis Musson euphonium Ben Powell piano Roland Sventpali Pearls Suite Camille Saint-Saëns Bassoon Sonata in G major Op 196 David Curington New work (world première of a RNCM commission) Marco Putz Concertino for euphonium Antonio Bazzini (arr Pierce) The Dance of the Goblins Op 25 Andy Scott My Mountain Top

Matthew Wilkinson guitar J S Bach (arr Wilkinson) Violin Sonata No 2 in A minor BWV 1003 Alberto Ginastera Sonata Op 47 Nigel Westlake The Hinchinbrook Riffs Leo Brouwer ‘Hika’ In Memorium Toru Takemitsu Seymour Simons (arr Dyens) All of Me Billy Strayhorn (arr Dyens) Take The ‘A’ Train


5pm RNCM Concert Hall

9.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

2pm RNCM Concert Hall

4pm (Continued)

Stephanie Pfeffer soprano

Amy Roberts saxophones, clarinet

Camille Barry violin

Maya Irgalina piano

Franz Schubert Suleika I; Marie; Heidenröslein; Delphine Claude Debussy Green and Chevaux de bois from Ariettes oubliées Richard Strauss Drei Lieder der Ophelia Op 67 Eoin Roe New work (world première of an RNCM commission) Igor Stravinsky Two Poems by Konstantin Balmont Olivier Messiaen Trois Mélodies Benjamin Britten On this Island

Ben Powell piano Ian Wilson I Sleep at Waking Robert Muczynski Sonata for alto saxophone and piano Op 29 Pedro Itturade Pequena Czarda Rudy Weidoeft Rubenola Peter de Rose (trans Weidoeft) Deep Purple Duke Ellington Sultry Sunset Rudy Weidoeft Sax-o-doodle Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto

SUNDAY 19 JUNE

Miyako Machida piano Michael Cutting New work (world première of an RNCM commission) Leoš Janácˇek Sonata Larry Sitsky Tetragrammaton Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in A major Op 47 ‘Kreutzer’ 4pm RNCM Concert Hall

2010 RNCM Gold Medal Winners’ Concert

Franz Liszt Two Transcendental Etudes: Ricordanza and Wilde Jagd We welcome back three of last year’s four winners to perform in this celebratory concert, which will conclude with the announcement of the 2011 RNCM Gold Medal winners. 6.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Presentation of 2011 RNCM Gold Medal Awards and Winners’ Concert

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

11.30am RNCM Concert Hall

and announcement of 2011 Gold Medal Winners

Mikhail Nemstov cello

Julian Clef piano

Elena Nemtsova piano

Joris van den Berg cello

Nikolai Kapustin Sonata No 6 Op 62 Claude Debussy Images Book 1 Leo Geyer New work (world première of an RNCM commission) Frédéric Chopin 12 Etudes Op 25

Martijn Willers piano

The newly awarded 2011 Gold Medal winners conclude the festivities with a showcase performance of works from their winning programmes.

Ludwig van Beethoven Variations in E flat major on Mozart’s ‘Bei Männern’ Piotr Tchaikovsky Pezzo capriccioso Op 62

Free admission to all recitals, exit by donation in aid of Charlotte’s Shining Star (www.charlottesshiningstar.org.uk)

Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in G minor Op 5 No 2 Witold Lutosławski Sacher Variation for solo cello Dmitri Shostakovich Sonata in D minor Op 40 Astor Piazzolla Le Grand Tango

Holly Melia flute Ben Powell piano Cristobal Halffter Debla for flute solo Carl Reinecke Undine: Sonata for flute and piano

JUNE

Maya Irgalina piano

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SATURDAY 18 JUNE 7.30pm SUNDAY 19 JUNE 1pm and 5pm RNCM Theatre

The Nicholson Academy Suitable for the whole family, The Nicholson Academy presents a dance, drama and singing extravaganza which features its pupils of all age groups from 2 years to adult. Tickets £10 Promoted by The Nicholson Academy

MONDAY 20 JUNE

WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE

The Schubert Prize

Spotlight

7.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room

Senior students from the RNCM School of Keyboard Studies compete for this annual prize, celebrating the music of Schubert. Tickets £6.50 Concessions available

RNCM

6pm RNCM Studio Theatre

Sound Ideas RNCM instrumentalists perform compositions by local GCSE students to mark the end of this RNCM Outreach project. Free admission, no ticket required

7.30pm Carole Nash Recital Room

RNCM Composers’ Concert Adam Gorb, RNCM Head of Composition, introduces this concert of new and recently premièred works written by RNCM composers, performed by their fellow students. Tickets £6.50 Concessions available

JUNE

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FRIDAY 24 JUNE

7.30pm The Bridgewater Hall

RNCM Symphony Orchestra with Yan Pascal Tortelier Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra Aaron Copland The Boatman’s Dance, Simple Gifts and By the River from Old American Songs George Gershwin Catfish Row (Symphonic Suite from Porgy and Bess) Yan Pascal Tortelier conductor Kathryn Rudge mezzo-soprano To mark the end of our América season in style, we travel down the road to The Bridgewater Hall for an evening of some of the best music America has to offer. Bartók might not seem an obvious place to start, but the composer spent his last incredibly productive years in the US, where his Concerto for Orchestra was commissioned, written and premièred. The genre of ‘concerto for orchestra’ was largely an American 20th century invention, and the finest is undoubtedly Bartók’s, an intricately constructed showpiece which brilliantly displays the virtuoso talents of each of the orchestral sections. Catfish Row is George Gershwin’s own purely instrumental adaptation of selected scenes from his 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. Several instantly recognisable tunes jump out Summertime, I Got Plenty of Nuttin’ and Bess You is My Woman all make an appearance.

Tickets £16 £13 Concessions available

RNCM

JUNE

Flavours from the South American continent will whet the appetite at 7pm in The Bridgewater Hall foyer with a performance of Ástor Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango for cello and piano.

Fresh from her success on stage in Carmen and Vanessa, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge joins the orchestra for a hand-picked selection of American folk-song arrangements by Aaron Copland, and there will be a few other surprises along the way - not least a fiesta-like ending that will ensure that our American adventure really does go out with a bang!

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SATURDAY 25 JUNE

SATURDAY 25 JUNE

Oh Happy Day! A Gospel Mass Choir celebration of

Indian Classical Music Society

The life of Walter Hawkins

Indian Classical Vocal Recital

Audrey Mattis director

Malyaban Chatterjee vocalist Prabir Mitra tabla Rani Pal harmonium

Gospel Choirs from across the UK join forces in this celebration of the life of Walter Hawkins who died in July 2010. An American who impacted on gospel music world-wide, Hawkins’ career spanned more than 30 years. With his brother Edwin he founded The Edwin Hawkins Singers and produced the hit song Oh Happy Day! which became one of the first gospel songs to cross over into the mainstream music charts. Hawkins is now regarded as one of the godfathers of contemporary gospel choir music and in this concert a 100-strong mass choir will be joined by some of the UK’s leading gospel musicians and singers to perform his songs, alongside other gospel classics. A donation from the proceeds of this concert will be made to the Kampala Children’s Centre. Tickets £12 Concessions available

RNCM

SATURDAY 25 JUNE 7pm SUNDAY 26 JUNE 2pm RNCM Theatre

Heatherlea Dance Ltd Pupils from Heatherlea Dance Ltd present a celebration of dance, song and music with something for everyone.

JUNE

Tickets £10

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Concessions available Promoted by Heatherlea Dance Ltd

7.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

In the second of this series of concerts, the Indian Classical Music Society presents Malyaban Chatterjee. A talented musician, Chatterjee has trained extensively since the age of five in classical and religious music from North India. Tickets £10 from 0161 789 2856 or abuchicms@gmail.com Concessions available Promoted by The Indian Classical Music Society

MONDAY 27 JUNE

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM Chamber Ensemble of the Year Competition Tonight’s competition brings together the winners of each of the RNCM’s chamber music prizes, held over the course of the academic year, to compete for this prestigious annual award. The proceeds from tonight’s competition will go towards the Christopher Rowland International Masterclass Fund. Tickets £8.50 Concessions available

RNCM

AUDREY MATTIS

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall


SUNDAY 26 JUNE

10.30am Various venues

2pm Various venues

RNCM BRASS BAND FOCUS DAY

Morning workshops

Afternoon workshops

A choice of three morning workshops, including a group coaching session for all players of Grade 8+ standard led by RNCM Director of Brass Studies, John Miller; a coaching session for players Grade 5-7 standard led by Maria Molund; or a trombone ensemble class led by Bob Hughes and Brett Baker.

A choice of four afternoon workshop sessions, including a class for cornet players with Roger Webster; a class for euphonium, tenor horn and tuba players with Les Neish; a session for trombonists focusing on solo or duo repertoire with Bob Hughes; and a trombone ensemble class with the Black Dyke Quartet.

12pm RNCM Concert Hall

4pm RNCM Concert Hall

Chetham’s School of Music and Junior RNCM Brass Bands

RNCM Brass Band

This year’s Brass Band Focus Day features performances, workshops and masterclasses for the brass band player focusing on practical performance. The day is aimed at Grade 5 standard upwards with morning classes split by ability and the afternoon workshops split by instrument. Tutors this year include John Miller, Roger Webster and Les Neish, and we are delighted to have joined forces with the British Trombone Society to offer a range of specialist trombone classes led by Bob Hughes and Brett Baker, as well as contributions from the Midland and Black Dyke trombone quartets. We are particularly indebted to the Society for inviting the trombonist Stephen Sykes to perform with the RNCM Brass Band in the day’s closing concert. Nicholas Childs, John Miller artistic directors RNCM Supported by

Lionel Ritchie (arr Baker) All Night Long Joseph Turrin Hymn for Diana Peter Graham Windows of the World Richard Strauss (arr Banks) Festmusik der Stadt Wien William Walton The First Shoot (Ballet Suite) Modest Mussorgsky (arr Howarth) Baba Yaga and The Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition David Thornton, David Chatterton, Les Neish, Maria Molund conductors The Chetham’s and Junior RNCM Brass Bands give the day’s lunchtime concert, coming together at the end of the programme for a massed performance of The Great Gate of Kiev. After the concert, don’t miss music from the Midland trombone quartet which will resound from the RNCM’s foyer areas. Tickets £6.50 Concessions available

Wilfred Heaton Praise Philip Sparke Concerto Grosso Gordon Langford Trombone Rhapsody Peter Graham Shine the Light Piotr Tchaikovsky (arr R Childs) 1812 Overture Nicholas Childs conductor Stephen Sykes trombone Nicholas Childs conducts the RNCM Brass Band in the closing concert of the day, featuring the trombonist Stephen Sykes, the 2009 winner of BBC Radio 2’s Young Brass Soloist. Tickets £6.50 Concessions available

Admission is free to registered RNCM Brass Band Focus Day participants, including tickets to the 12pm and 4pm concerts. To book a place, call 0161 907 5339 or email brassbandfocusday@rncm.ac.uk. For those not taking part in the day’s workshops, individual tickets for the concerts can be purchased for £6.50.

JUNE

in association with the British Trombone Society

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THURSDAY 30 JUNE, FRIDAY 1 JULY, SATURDAY 2 JULY

7pm Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester M13 0FE

NOISE OF MANY WATERS: MUSIC FOR THE VICTORIA BATHS Noise of Many Waters is the latest spectacular in a series of sell-out events created for Manchester landmarks, such as Shattered Sounds at the Imperial War Museum North, Art of Sound: Sound of Art at the Whitworth Art Gallery and The End of the Line (A Brief Encounter) at Manchester Piccadilly station. The Victoria Baths will be familiar to many as the winner of the BBC’s first Restoration series. Manchester’s ‘Water Palace’ opened to the public in 1906 and for 87 years operated as a public baths, a social hub for its community. In recent years this architectural gem has begun slowly but surely to be returned to its former glory. This, along with its colourful history, is the perfect stimulus for music and art - and, over three summer evenings, where there was once water, now there will be music, bringing alive the building’s stories and watery tales, ancient and modern.

JUNE | JULY

Over 150 RNCM students will come together for this unique evening of poolside tales, featuring music by Handel, Debussy, Ravel, Palestrina, Lizst, Chopin, Schumann, Schubert, Britten, Barber, Gavin Bryars and George Crumb among many others, plus installations created for and new pieces commissioned and written in response to this unique building.

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With a chamber orchestra, a number of other ensembles, chamber music, choral and piano music, song, and solos and duos for many different instruments, plus theatre, dance, electronics and even some ice thrown into the watery mix for good measure, music will fill every corner of the building, and we invite you to immerse yourself in sound and create your own unique journey. Tickets £10 Concessions available www.victoriabaths.org.uk RNCM in association with Victoria Baths

Guided tours of the Baths will be available from 5pm on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July, £5 per person (no concessions). Call 0161 224 2020 to book.


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FRIDAY 1 JULY

SATURDAY 2 JULY

SATURDAY 2 JULY

TUESDAY 5 JULY

CALL Summer Gala

Junior RNCM

Altrincham Choral Society

Spotlight

Performance Day

Music in Religion and Reel

Tempest

Performance Day features a host of Junior RNCM ensembles including the Foundation Section, Brass Band, Sinfonia, Chamber Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Ensemble.

Steven Roberts, David Lloyd-Mostyn conductors Lydia Bryan accompanist

Tempest is an innovative ensemble and recent winners of the Trevor Wye Prize. This Spotlight will include a virtuosic new piece written for the group by Gary Carpenter.

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Elizabeth Karani, Stephanie Pfeffer soprano Alice Nelson mezzo-soprano Adam Smith tenor Nick Beever baritone Louis Hurst bass-baritone Ewan Gilford piano Local charity CALL hosts an evening of inspiring arias, duets and quartets performed by senior students of the RNCM School of Vocal Studies. Tickets £12.50 Concessions available Sponsored by Hague Lambert Solicitors Promoted by CALL

from 10.30am Various RNCM venues

Free admission, no ticket required RNCM

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

This evening’s concert features a rich mixture of some of the most glorious contemporary choral music. Music from Schindler’s List, Les Choristes, Lorenzo’s Oil, The Peacemaker, Sense and Sensibility and the theme from The Vicar of Dibley all feature as the music winds its way between religion and reel. Tickets £12.50 Concessions available Promoted by Altrincham Choral Society

SUNDAY 3 JULY

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Friends of Bury Music Centre Bury Music Centre Orchestral Concert Bury Youth Orchestra Holcombe Brook Primary School Choir Bury Grammar School for Girls Choir Lawrence Yates conductor Bury Youth Orchestra are joined by two guest choirs in this ever popular and entertaining annual concert of classical music which profiles talented young musicians from Bury. Tickets £6 available from 0161 764 8442 Concessions available Promoted by Friends of Bury Music Centre

6.30pm RNCM Studio Theatre

Free admission, no ticket required

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

RNCM Wind Orchestra Richard Rodney Bennett Morning Music Gavin Higgins Coogee Funk Ingolf Dahl Concerto for Alto Saxophone Peter McGarr Magic Autumn Songs Percy Grainger Lincolnshire Posy Mark Heron, Clark Rundell, Maria Molund conductors Sally MacTaggart saxophone Tonight’s RNCM Wind Orchestra performance opens with Richard Rodney Bennett’s first work for wind, a piece drawn from the sixth line of Wordsworth’s sonnet Composed upon Westminster Bridge. The name Ingolf Dahl might not be a familiar one to the average classical listener, but he was a giant in the 20th century American West Coast school and his composition is viewed as a key concerto in concert saxophone circles. The programme also includes a work by Manchester-born composer Peter McGarr, plus Gavin Higgins’ wild, fastpaced ode to Sydney, and Percy Grainger’s bunch of ‘musical wildflowers’ (hence the title), a piece based on folksongs collected in Lincolnshire. Tickets £8.50

JULY

Concessions available

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SATURDAY 9 JULY

SATURDAY 9 JULY

RNCM Big Band and RNCM Chamber Orchestra

Spotlight

with Guy Barker and Martin Taylor’s Spirit of Django

Come and hear some tunes from the likes of Michael Brecker, John Scofield and Steve Coleman. Expect hip grooves, awesome polyrhythms and maybe even some swing...

7.30pm RNCM Theatre

Guy Barker The Spirit of Django Suite Guy Barker director Martin Taylor guitar Chris Garrick violin John Goldie rhythm guitar Karen Street accordion Jon Ormston drums

9.30pm RNCM Café Bar

Calum Macleod Quartet Jazz Jam

Free admission, no ticket required

We’re delighted to present an epic Summer project, in which the RNCM Big Band and Chamber Orchestra join forces with guitarist Martin Taylor and jazz supremo Guy Barker to present Guy’s tribute to legendary guitarist, Django Reinhardt.

This music is a myriad of fascinating connections. Barker and Taylor have played together since they were teenagers, appreciating the value of each other’s playing and moving this into the 21st century. Martin’s relationship with the music of Django Reinhardt stretches back to his work with the legendary Stephane Grappelli, the musical partner of Django for so many years. Tickets £17 £15 £12.50 Concessions available www.martintaylor.com

RNCM

JULY

GUY BARKER

Originally commissioned for the 2010 International Guitar Festival on the Wirral, The Spirit of Django Suite fuses elements of Reinhardt’s work with original themes by Martin Taylor to create a through-composed original composition by Guy Barker. The music evokes the spirit of Reinhardt, featuring newly orchestrated standards, an explosion of strings, horns and the improvisational prowess of Taylor’s guitar as you’ve never heard it before…

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MONDAY 11 – FRIDAY 15 JULY 7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Manchester Music Service Showcase 2011 This series of concerts showcases the broad range of talents of young people from Manchester Music Service’s Activities Programme and from Manchester schools. Tickets £4 Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £10

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Promoted by Manchester Music Service, Manchester City Council

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TUESDAY 12 – SATURDAY 16 JULY 7.15pm SATURDAY 16 JULY 2pm RNCM Theatre

June Rendell Dance Revue The June Rendell Dance Revue is an entertaining mix of all forms of dance from ballet, tap, street dance and latin to freestyle disco and drama and singing, performed by all age groups from 3 years upwards to 60! Tickets £15 Concessions available Promoted by J Woodward and S Bosworth

MONDAY 18 JULY

MONDAY 18 – FRIDAY 22 JULY

Centre Pointe Summer Showcase

Stockport Music Service

This entertaining showcase profiles the dance and vocal talents of Centre Pointe’s students, and includes pieces from Alice in Wonderland and The Lion King in a show that offers something for all.

Young instrumentalists from Stockport come together to perform a varied programme of music for all tastes, with a mixture of groups and genres on show each night.

Tickets £12

Concessions available Promoted by Stockport Music Service

2pm and 7pm RNCM Theatre

Concessions available Promoted by Centre Pointe

6.45pm RNCM Concert Hall

Showcase

Tickets £9


WEDNESDAY 27JULY

THURSDAY 28 JULY

Manchester Jazz Festival

Manchester Jazz Festival

Stuart McCallum: Distilled album launch in collaboration with Linder

Winstone/Gesing/Venier

Stuart McCallum guitar, laptop Linder Sterling images, stage and lighting design Dave Walsh drums Chris Manis percussion Rachael Gladwin harp Iain Dixon, Andy Scott, Rob Buckland woodwind Laura Senior, Sophie Cameron, Dewi Tudor Jones, Rosy Williams violin Laura Feeney, Laurie Dempsey viola Tom Wilkes cello Gemma Ashcroft double bass Richard Iles conductor Yvonne Ellis sound Tonight, in this world première, Stuart McCallum celebrates the launch of his new album Distilled in a unique collaboration with internationally acclaimed British artist Linder.

STUART McCALLUM

From jazz beginnings to DJ culture, Stuart’s music is a distillation of influences, creating a sound that is concentrated and distinctive. Moving away from the complex harmonies and rhythms of jazz, Stuart’s music is a new hybrid of composition, production and performance. It embraces simple, memorable melodies, bass lines and drum beats, with electronica and improvisation enriched by elegant orchestral writing. Linder will be creating moving and still images depicting the passing of time within the landscape of the north, along with stage set and lighting to complement Stuart’s spacious, layered music. Tickets £16 £13 Concessions available www.manchesterjazz.com RNCM in association with

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Norma Winstone voice Glauco Venier piano Klaus Gesing bass clarinet, soprano saxophone The Grammy-nominated trio of singer Norma Winstone MBE, Italian pianist Venier and German reeds player Gesing, presents music from their highly-acclaimed ECM album Stories Yet to Tell, described by critics as ‘sublime’ and ‘exceptional’. At times spine-tingling and moving, at times joyous and free, Norma Winstone’s voice occupies a special place among European jazz: ethereal yet rich, she suffuses folk and classical sensibilities into her rarefied, glacially beautiful music. Gesing and Venier, both strong composers, are also players who serve the song and the text. Gesing has developed a unique role for the bass clarinet, alternating between a real bass function and lyrical, virtuosic flights. Venier establishes the harmonic frameworks on piano which he organically intertwines with Winstone’s haunting vocalese. The trio’s ECM album Distances received four and a half stars in Downbeat, winning an Academie Du Jazz prize as Best Jazz Vocal CD and a Grammy nomination. Hear them tonight on the trio’s first visit to Manchester. ‘Music of this serene beauty and tonal purity is normally reserved for the classical racks…’ London Evening Standard ‘Winstone’s remarkable voice, which manages to be both sumptuous and airily ethereal at once…’ The Guardian Tickets £16 £13 Concessions available www.manchesterjazz.com RNCM in association with

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TUESDAY 2 AUGUST

FRIDAY 12 AUGUST

Hallé Youth Orchestra and Youth Choir

National Youth Orchestra of Wales

Michael Tippett Negro Spirituals Ernst Toch Geographical Fugue Gabriel Fauré Madrigal Arnold Bax Tintagel Samuel Barber Violin Concerto George Gershwin Cuban Overture

Hilary Tann From the Feather to the Mountain Franz Liszt Tasso (lament e trionfo) Sergei Prokofiev Symphony No 5

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Ciaran McCabe violin Gregory Batsleer youth choir director Andrew Gourlay youth orchestra music director Following a concert tour of Cornwall, the Hallé Youth Orchestra and Youth Choir, conducted by their young Music Directors, return to Manchester to perform a selection of the works performed on tour. Tickets £9 Concessions available Hallé Youth Orchestra supported by the Oglesby Charitable Trust Hallé Youth Choir sponsored by Piggott & Whitfield Ltd Promoted by Hallé Concerts Society

7.30pm RNCM Concert Hall

Takuo Yuasa conductor World-renowned Japanese conductor, Takuo Yuasa joins the NYOW as it celebrates its 65th anniversary. Tonight’s concert features the UK première of From the Feather to the Mountain by Welsh composer Hilary Tann, alongside Liszt’s evocative symphonic poem, inspired by the laments and triumphs of 16th century poet Torquato Tasso. The programme concludes with Prokofiev’s fifth symphony, intended by the composer as ‘a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.’ Tickets £12 Concessions available Promoted by National Youth Orchestra of Wales

TUESDAY 23 AUGUST 7pm RNCM Concert Hall

Chetham’s School of Music Finals of the Third Manchester International Concerto Competition for Young Pianists

AUGUST

Manchester Camerata Stephen Threlfall conductor

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This biennial international competition offers the opportunity for finalists to perform a concerto of their own choice with Manchester Camerata. The jury of international concert pianists is chaired by competition founder and director, Murray McLachlan. Tickets £15 Concessions available Promoted by Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists


Now on sale SUNDAY 11*, TUESDAY 13**, THURSDAY 15 AND SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER 7.30pm RNCM Theatre 3pm* RNCM Theatre

Albert Herring Benjamin Britten Clark Rundell conductor Gergely Madaras** assistant conductor Stefan Janski director RNCM Opera Orchestra The town of Loxford is looking for a May Queen, yet something appears to unite its girls: Disrepute… And so all eyes focus on Albert, known to all as the town greengrocer, pure and innocent as they come, and a seemedly perfect candidate to be Loxford’s very first May King. Yet crowned with a hat of orange blossom, and rewarded with twenty-five pounds for his trouble, Albert is slipped a rum-spiked glass of lemonade, and everything starts to go awry. This comedy is one of Britten’s most perfect gems, witty, knowing, and not afraid to poke fun at all-things-rural – village fête, vicar, policeman, schoolmarm and a preposterous Lady of the Manor. The music sparkles, as effervescent as the lemonade that intoxicates Albert, powering this most English of comedies - one with a rich, dark side just as delicious as the fresh, juicy peaches that Albert sells in his shop… Cast and full production details will be announced in the RNCM Autumn Events Guide in August 2011. Tickets £32 £26 £19 (weekdays) £34 £28 £21 (weekends) Concessions available

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RNCM Connecting with the Community RNCM in the City

RNCM Outreach

Didsbury Coffee Concerts

The Outreach team engages with the wider community through a programme of exciting projects and events. Most of our work in schools and colleges is funded by Aimhigher Greater Manchester, but we also design bespoke projects for a range of other community groups and are always happy to discuss new ideas.

Emmanuel Church in Didsbury is the setting for a series of Saturday morning recitals, which regularly features RNCM performers. Starting at 11am, Summer dates are:

Saturday 7 May Saturday 21May Saturday 28 May Saturday 4 June Saturday 18 June Saturday 2 July Saturday 16 July St Ann’s Recitals Take a break from the office or the shops by enjoying first class music from senior RNCM students in the peaceful surroundings of St Ann’s Church in Manchester city centre. Choose from chamber concerts on Wednesday lunchtimes at 1pm or piano recitals on Saturday afternoons at 3pm:

Wednesday 18 May Saturday 21 May Saturday 28 May Wednesday 8 June Wednesday 22 June Saturday 25 June

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Our RNCM Youth Perform musical theatre group runs on Wednesday evening from 6 - 9pm and is a free, non-audition group for all young people of secondary school age. Please contact the team to find out about getting involved in this and other projects. Some of the events planned for the Summer term include a public Spotlight performance (22 June, see page 20) featuring compositions created through Sound Ideas, our annual composition project; two Careers Days, the first focusing on the Performing Arts (23 June) and the second on Music Technology (24 June); and the finale of our annual Aimhigher Summer School (14 July). If you are interested and want to find out more, contact Fiona Stuart or Victoria Hunt at communityoutreach@rncm.ac.uk or 0161 907 5281, or visit www.rncm.ac.uk/ communityoutreach for more information.


Hire our Musicians and Venues Looking for a venue?

Looking for musicians?

The RNCM is home to one of the largest theatres in Manchester, a stylish concert hall, a versatile studio theatre, recital room, lecture theatre, plus a variety of smaller spaces – and all are available for hire.

Are you seeking live musicians for a forthcoming event or concert?

As one of the North West’s leading performance venues, the RNCM is the perfect place to host your event. Anything’s possible, so whether you are organising a multi-day convention, a live broadcast, a one night concert or a small meeting, or even if you’d just like to have a look around, get in touch with Clare Preston-Pollitt on clare.preston-pollitt@rncm.ac.uk or 0161 907 5289 to find out more.

Introducing the Carole Nash Recital Room Following an extensive refurbishment of the former Lord Rhodes Room, our exciting new recital room is now open, with a world-class recording space to follow in 2011.

RNCM musicians who have reached an exceptional level of performance regularly undertake professional engagements throughout the UK. The Professional Engagements team co-ordinates a large number of engagements for music clubs and societies as well as for individuals, companies and event organisers, matching performers to engagements and negotiating fees in line with current industry rates. We offer a wide range of ensembles and soloists, from string quartets for weddings to concert pianists for concertos, as well as a number of groups covering jazz repertoire. To find out more, contact Kate Pattison on kate.pattison@rncm.ac.uk or 0161 907 5358.

The Carole Nash Recital Room is a flexible, modern recital and function space, with the highest quality acoustics. To arrange a viewing, or to discuss hiring the new venue, please contact Clare Preston-Pollitt, contact details above.

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Supporting the RNCM Supporting the RNCM

Sponsor an event

It is enormously rewarding to feel part of the RNCM and there are a number of ways you can do this.

Join our portfolio of corporate sponsors, ranging from multinationals to private companies, and benefit from a range of sponsorship opportunities or corporate hospitality options. Various RNCM events need your support and, whether you prefer Big Band evenings, opera productions or symphony concerts, we can create a package to suit your needs. For further information, please contact Elizabeth Blanckenberg on sponsorship@rncm.ac.uk or 0161 907 5394.

Support a Student Quite simply many students would not be able to take up their places without support from those individuals, trusts and businesses who generously help ease the financial burden and hence allow our students to concentrate on their music and let their talents be nurtured. You could be one of those benefactors and enjoy a unique relationship with one of the music stars of the future. If you would like to help a student with their fees or living costs, please contact Kate Seeckts on kate.seeckts@rncm.ac.uk or 0161 907 5393.

Join the Club If you enjoy coming to concerts and recitals at the RNCM, why not get more involved by joining the Performance Club or becoming a Friend? At the same time, you will know that your contribution is helping towards supporting the wider work of the College. Membership starts at ÂŁ20 per year rising to ÂŁ600 per year for those who want to get more involved. For more information, contact Lindsey Hampton on development@rncm.ac.uk or 0161 907 5338.

Name a seat Are you a regular visitor to the RNCM? Do you have a favourite place in the Opera Theatre or Concert Hall? Stuck for a gift for the music-lover who has everything? You can name a seat, in perpetuity, for yourself, for a friend or perhaps in memory of a loved one. For further details please contact Christine Henstock on development@rncm.ac.uk or 0161 907 5392.

Leave a legacy If you would like to make a lasting difference, then please consider leaving a legacy. Your solicitor will be able to advise you on how to leave a bequest to the RNCM and, because we are a charity, this is a very easy and tax-effective way of giving something back to the music which has given you so much pleasure. To discuss how to set up a named legacy-endowed scholarship or bursary, please contact Christine Henstock on development@rncm.ac.uk or 0161 907 5392, or see our website www.rncm.ac.uk

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RNCM Gala Dinner Following the sell-out success of the RNCM Gala Dinner last December, please make a note in your diary that this year’s black tie event on the stage of the Opera Theatre will take place on Thursday 8 December 2011. Join us for an exclusive opportunity to dine on the set of Britten’s opera Albert Herring and be entertained by some of our brightest young stars. All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting the RNCM’s most talented students in financial need. To book your place or to find out more, please visit www.rncm.ac.uk/galadinner Alternatively, contact the Development Team on development@rncm.ac.uk or 0161 907 5393

‘What a wonderful event last night was. My guests all had a fantastic time. It was the best fundraising dinner I have ever been to - food and entertainment were brilliant.’ Finnair Host

RNCM Gala Dinner on the set of Carmen

‘It was truly magnificent. The stage setting was awe inspiring. The food and wine were excellent and the performers were absolutely brilliant. Everything was just breathtaking.’ Coutts Client


Booking Information How to Book Post/In Person Box Office, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD Telephone 0161 907 5555 Fax 0161 907 5330 Email box.office@rncm.ac.uk Online www.rncm.ac.uk (except for Group Bookings and Flexible Series)

RNCM Gift Vouchers are available from the Box Office.

Ticket Exchange & Refunds

Advance bookings can be made in person, online, by phone or fax including the day of performance up until 6pm. Tickets must be paid for within 4 working days of the booking. Reservations made within 4 days of the performance must be paid for at least 30 minutes before the start of the concert.

The RNCM does not operate a refund policy. Please check your tickets as soon as you receive them, as refunds are only made in the case of a cancelled performance. We can credit your account with the cost of the tickets if you are unable to attend. Tickets must be returned to the Box Office 24 hours in advance of the concert. Your credit minus a £1 administration fee per ticket can be used to purchase tickets for any other RNCM promoted events within the next 12 months. This facility is not available for non-RNCM promoted events.

Box Office Opening Times

Concessions

Monday - Saturday 11am - 6pm or until 8.30pm on performance nights, and Sunday one hour before performances, between September and June. Online booking is available 24 hours a day. During July and August only, opening hours are Monday - Friday 11am - 3pm and one hour before performance.

Payment

We accept VISA, MasterCard and Maestro credit/debit cards. If you are paying by credit/ debit card, don’t forget to include the expiry date or issue number where applicable and a daytime telephone number so we can contact you with any queries. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Royal Northern College of Music’. A 50p per ticket administration charge will be added to bookings made by telephone and online bookings are subject to a 85p ticket booking fee which is charged to the RNCM by the supplier of this service. 36

Gift Vouchers

For events marked with the RNCM logo, under 18s in full-time education, students and senior citizens can obtain 10% off each ticket on production of the appropriate identification. Claimants (in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance) can purchase single tickets for just £5 on production of the appropriate identification. Disabled patrons are entitled to 50% off full price tickets for themselves and where disabled patrons are also eligible for other concessions, the greater concession will apply. We also offer 50% off full price tickets for an essential companion accompanying a disabled patron. For all other events please contact the Box Office for precise details of concessions as they do vary according to the event promoter. Please note all concessions are subject to availability and it is advisable to book well in advance to ensure the seats you require are available.

Sonic Card is a free scheme for students run by the BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, The Bridgewater Hall and the RNCM. It gives students the opportunity to buy tickets to a diverse range of concerts for just £3. Students can sign up at the Sonic Card desk before any featured concert or at www.soniccard.co.uk

Groups

flexible series Discounts

Group organisers are also entitled to one free ticket per event. Please note group discounts may be limited or unavailable for certain events.

Put together your own Flexible Series and save at least 15% on the cost of your tickets. Simply choose the concerts you’d like to attend (marked with the next to each event) and create your own tailor-made package. See p2 for details.

Email & Mailing List

Keep in touch with events at the RNCM by joining our free mailing list or join our email list for regular monthly updates. Contact the Box Office or visit www.rncm.ac.uk. Artists and programmes are correct at the time of going to press and we reserve the right to change artists and/ or programmes without notice if necessary. We aim to deliver a quality events programme with efficient and courteous service at all times. If you have any comments please contact Liz Grindrod, Head of Marketing & Communications, RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD.

For events promoted by the RNCM we have generous discounts available depending on the size of your group: Groups of 10 - 29 Groups of 30 – 49 Groups of 50+

15% off 20% off 25% off

To book tickets please call Jeni Hawkswell on 0161 907 5441 between 11am – 3pm Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays or email group.bookings@rncm.ac.uk Groups Benefits • Priority booking • Generous discounts • No booking fees • Groups’ Newsletter three times a year • Tailor-made tours (on request) • Dedicated group bookings line To sign up for the groups’ newsletter or for up to date information on group discounts and offers please visit www.rncm.ac.uk/groups School group discounts are also available; please contact Jeni for more information.


Seating Plans Access The RNCM offers a range of facilities to disabled patrons:

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Guide dogs are admitted. Please advise the Box Office when booking your ticket if you are bringing a guide dog.

The RNCM Concert Hall and RNCM Theatre are fitted with Sennheiser infra-red hearing assistance systems and receivers. These are available from Front of House staff on request. Receivers can be used in conjunction with a normal hearing aid (which should be switched to the ‘T’ position) or an earpiece available at the venue. The RNCM Studio Theatre, Carole Nash Recital Room and RNCM Lecture Theatre are fitted with induction loops (hearing aids should be switched to the ‘T’ position).

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The RNCM is located 1 mile south of Manchester City Centre, in the heart of the Education Quarter, on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street West. Oxford Road connects the RNCM by bus to the City Centre, and all of Oxford Road, Piccadilly and Victoria train stations. Oxford Road Station is an easy 8 minute walk away.

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There are several car parks offering secure parking close to the RNCM (see map for locations): 1 RNCM secure underground car park, located right next to the College in the basement of the Sir Charles Groves Hall of Residence, off Rosamund Street West. Open from 5pm weekday evenings, and anytime over weekends and bank holidays at a cost £3 per car, payable on entry to the car park. Please note this car park closes at midnight. 2 The University of Manchester Booth Street car park situated off Booth Street West within three minutes’ walk of the RNCM. Please note this car park closes at midnight. 3 Aquatics Centre car park situated off Booth Street East. Please note this car park closes at 11pm. Car Parks 2 & 3 are not run by the RNCM. Please ensure you check the closing times of these car parks.

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Eating and Drinking at the RNCM BRODSKY Brodsky is the restaurant, bar and grill at the RNCM serving morning coffee, afternoon tea, lunches, dinners, all-day snacks, pre-theatre dining and much more.

PRE-CONCERT DINING Due to the continued popularity of our pre-concert dining, we are delighted to offer this service on all concert nights, Monday – Saturday inclusive. Priced at £21, this 3-course meal will be served in Brodsky from 5.30pm onwards. Booking in advance is essential to avoid disappointment. To book please call 0161 907 5353.

AFTERNOON TEA Priced at £9.95 per person this is the perfect way to relax following a lunchtime concert. Booking is required so please call 0161 907 5353 to reserve your table. Look out for the symbol throughout the Events Guide.

CONCERT BAR

At a glance opening hours

BRODSKY

11am - 11pm Monday - Saturday Sundays during festivals and major events Food served 12pm - 7.30pm

PRE-CONCERT DINING

From 5.30pm Monday - Saturday, last sitting 6.30pm for a 7.30pm show

AFTERNOON TEA

Post-lunchtime concerts, weekdays

CONCERT BAR

From 6.30pm on concert nights

CAFÉ

Daily (Monday – Saturday) until the interval on concert nights Sundays during festivals and major events

Wherever possible, the RNCM uses Fairtrade products

All food items and menus are subject to availability

Open before, during and after concerts. Interval drinks can be pre-ordered from this bar.

CAFÉ Serving refreshments and light snacks, the Café is open throughout the day and until the interval on concert nights.

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