College Notices

RNCM GDPR Privacy Statements for Staff and Students

As you will be aware, the new GDPR regulation comes into force today (25th May 2018). The College has issued privacy statements to staff and students which may be accessed here.

TEDxRNCM – Looking for Student Volunteers

Last year we had a stellar team of RNCM student volunteers who helped make TEDxRNCM a fantastic event - would you like to join us this year? We would love to welcome some RNCM students onto our current team of volunteers, some of whom are joining us from Lancaster and Manchester University, to help out with our wonderful line up of speakers and performers!

If you have a love of TEDx, an interest in events organisation or just enjoy hearing something new, we’d like to hear from you.

In order to be a volunteer you need to be available 3pm - 7pm on Wednesday 6th June and from 8am on Thursday 7th June. Of course, as a volunteer your entry into the conference is free!

If you are interested please send an e-mail to with the following information:

* Name and Course of Study

* Why would you like to be a volunteer at TEDxRNCM?

* Do you have a favourite TED/TEDx talk you’d like to share?

Principal's Notice - Anna Wright


Anna Wright 

I am writing to announce that Anna Wright, College Librarian, will retire on 30 September 2018, after 38 years’ service to the RNCM.

Anna’s exemplary commitment, leadership, management skills, and the ability to adapt to changing practice, have ensured that our Library remains at the forefront of conservatoire music libraries nationally and internationally.  The uniquely supportive service provided for students during her time in post has produced unanimously positive responses, time and time again, to our annual library survey.  More recently, Anna has guided the College through preparations for the new General Data Protection Regulations with her usual consummate professionalism.  The recruitment process for Anna’s replacement will begin in June.

It is difficult to imagine the RNCM without Anna at the helm, but nobody could be leaving the College in a stronger position.  When the time comes, we wish her a very happy and fulfilling retirement.

Professor Linda Merrick

Principal's Notice - Ashley Wass


Ashley Wass 

I am delighted to announce that Ashley Wass has been appointed to the post of Deputy Head of School of Keyboard Studies at the RNCM, commencing September 2018.  

Following competitive successes in the London International Piano Competition and Leeds International Piano Competition, Ashley embarked on a successful international career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.  As a former BBC New Generation Artist, he has performed with all of the BBC orchestras and also in many prestigious venues, including the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus.  

Ashley taught at the Royal College of Music for over 10 years and is currently a part-time tutor at the RNCM.  He has a passion for chamber music and performed at the last RNCM Chamber Music Festival with his ensemble Trio Apaches. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ashley on his new role at the College.

Professor Linda Merrick

Principal's Notice - Jeffrey Lawton's funeral details


Jeffrey Lawton's Funeral

Jeffrey Lawton’s funeral will take place on Thursday 17th May at 11 am at Blackley Crematorium,Victoria Avenue, Blackley, Manchester, M9 8JP.

Professor Linda Merrick

Principal's Notice - Jeffrey Lawton


Jeffrey Lawton FRNCM

It is with sadness that I report the death, on 4 May, of Jeffrey Lawton, tenor and former vocal tutor and Head of School of Vocal Studies and Opera at the RNCM. 

Jeff studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and privately with Elsie Thurston, and from 1982 to 1987 was principal tenor with Welsh National Opera.  He also sang with Opera North and Scottish Opera, and in 1990 was substituted for the indisposed Placido Domingo in the role of Otello at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. During his career he performed some of the most demanding and heroic tenor roles in operas such as Otello, Siegfried, Tristan und Isolde, Wozzeck, Tannhäuser, Peter Grimes, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Elektra.

Jeff joined the staff in the School of Vocal Studies and Opera and was still teaching in the Junior RNCM until recently.  He was devoted to his Junior RNCM students, inspiring them with many stories from his own career. Several went on to study at the ‘senior’ College and now have international careers, including Sean Boyes and Daniel Shelvey.

Jeff was awarded Fellowship of the RNCM in 2009, and other positions he held include president of the Manchester Wagner Society and the Rotary Club of Middleton, and patron of the Oldham Choral Society.  A larger than life character and a great ambassador for the College, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him, and I know you will join me in sending our condolences to his family.

Professor Linda Merrick

Take Music Further: Online survey

Take Music Further: Online survey

Can you help?

The ABRSM is asking staff and students to complete the Take Music Further survey as part of The Music Commission research project its undertaking with support from Arts Council England.   

The survey is open to all and aimed at individuals, with some questions about the opportunities and barriers people have experienced in making progress. It also gathers some demographic information that is helpful for the Commission.  

Complete the survey here

The survey closes on 1 June. 

RNCM Staff: Online Payslips

From April 2018 the College is moving to the use of online payslips and payroll will no longer be printing and distributing paper payslips.

MyView is a feature of the College’s new HR and payroll system through which you will be able to access your online payslip and view your personal details. We are developing MyView so that in the future you will be able to amend and update your personal details, and we will notify you when this facility is available.

Details of how to sign in and access your payslip in future through MyView are shown below.

Please click here and follow the instructions below.

To sign in you will need your employee ID number. Your employee ID number can be found on previous payslips on the top row under ‘number’ and is a 4 or 5 digit number. If you don’t have access to a previous payslip or you’re not sure of your employee ID number please get in touch.

  1. Click on ‘Forgotten your password?’
  2. Enter your employee ID number in the Employee ID number’ field.
  3. Click on ‘Reset my account’
  4. Click on ‘Continue’
  5. A temporary password will be sent to your College E-Mail address, please use this along with your employee ID number to sign in. Once signed in you will be required to create your own unique password.

Please note that payslips will be available on your normal pay day each month.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch via the below details.
Bebee Wood, Human Resources Assistant - 0161 907 5439
Carla Cameron, Human Resources Officer - 0161 907 5213