College Notices

Principal's Notice - New Professorship


New Professorship

I am pleased to announce that the title of Professor (Personal Chair) has been granted to Emily Howard, Senior Lecturer in Composition at the RNCM and Director of PRiSM, the RNCM Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music.

The decision of the Professorial Appointment Panel, made on Monday 11 June, was ratified by the Academic Board on Wednesday 4 July.

I am sure you will join me in offering congratulations to Emily.

Professor Linda Merrick

Principal's Notice - Prizes List 201718


The Academic Board of the RNCM has approved the Prizes List for the Academic Session 2017/18 - see attached.

Professor Linda Merrick

P1817 Prizes List 2017-18.pdf

Principal's Notice - Sir John Manduell Prize 2018


Sir John Manduell Prize 2018 

The Sir John Manduell Prize is awarded in the name of the Founding Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music in the interests of promoting and rewarding entrepreneurship.  This year we are delighted to announce that the winner of this prestigious prize is Abel Selaocoe.

Abel is an extraordinary young musician who epitomises entrepreneurship in his own work and that of Kabantu, the unique world-fusion ensemble he founded with his fellow students/alumni. An incredibly versatile cellist, improviser, composer and arranger, Abel is successfully forging a style of his own, characterised by hugely charismatic performances and a blending of African and European musical culture.

Raised in a small township outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Abel’s first music lessons were through an outreach programme in Soweto, where he learned the physicality of cello-playing by using a broom as an imaginary bow, only able to access an instrument at the weekends. He came to the RNCM as an undergraduate to study with Hannah Roberts and since his arrival in the UK he has gone on to win many major national and international awards, performed at major venues worldwide and is fast developing an international career.

Abel has shown incredible determination to reach this stage and I have no doubt is destined for great things. I am sure you will join me in congratulating him, and wishing him every success in his future career.

I am sure you will join me in congratulating Abel, and wishing him every success in his future career.

Professor Linda Merrick

Café opening times during vacation (week commencing 16th July)

The café will open until Friday 3rd August and will re-open on Monday 3rd September.  Please check Moodle each week for opening times as they will vary.


Week commencing 16th July the café will be open as follows;

Monday           9-8pm

Tuesday          9-2.30pm

Wednesday     9-2.30pm

Thursday         9-8pm

Friday              9-2.30pm

Saturday         5-8.30pm          

Sunday            12-8.30pm

Principal's Notice - Gold Medal Competition results


Gold Medal Competition 

I am delighted to announce the results of the 2018 RNCM Gold Medal Competition.

The Gold Medal winners are: 

Michael Brailey (composer)

Anna Denisova (piano)

Maksim Kinasov (piano)

Waynne Kwon (cello)

 Congratulations to our winners, and also to our other ten finalists:

 Elspeth Brooke (composer)

Hannah Corcoran (saxophone)

Yuan Gong (violin)

Daniel Hayes (bass-baritone)

Irene Jiménez Lizcano (flute)

Luke Jones (piano)

Amir Sadeghi Konjani (composer)

Thomas Mathias (violin)

Kimberley Raw (soprano)

Carmel Smickersgill (composer)

I would like to thank the many excellent musicians who contributed to this event, including accompanists Ben Powell, David Jones and Jonathan Fisher, and our two string quartets who put in many hours of rehearsals to deliver committed and persuasive performances of the new works written by our student composers.

Thanks are also due to the academic colleagues who played such an important role supporting the competitors, and the professional staff who worked so hard behind the scenes to ensure the event was delivered to such a high standard.

Finally, thanks are due to my fellow Panel Members this year: Emma Bloxham (Editor, BBC Radio 3), Manus Carey, Joe Cutler (composer) and Ben Rayfield (Managing Director, Rayfield Allied).

Professor Linda Merrick

Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition

The inaugural Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition will take place at the RNCM between 15 and 20 July 2019.

Presented in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society and building on the legacy of Philip Jones CBE (1928 – 2000), the competition is open to brass quintets (two trumpets, one horn, trombone and tuba) with players aged between 16 and 30.

It aims to showcase excellence and enterprise in chamber music performance and offers three prizes: The Philip Jones Prize (£10,000), The Marah Mahlowe Prize (7,500) and The Founder’s Prize (£5,000). Members of the international jury include Reinhold Friedrich (trumpet), Barbara Butler (trumpet), Frøydis Ree Wekre (horn), Ian Bousfield (trombone) and Oren Marshall (tuba).

Applications are open from 1 July until 31 October 2018. Selection will be from submitted video-recordings, based on the criteria of musical qualities, enterprise and presentation. These will be judged by former members of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.

This will be the first major competition of its kind held in the UK, with plans to hold future ones (with different ensemble formations) every three years. Full details are available here.

Library summer maintenance works - update

We can now confirm that the Library will be closed between Monday 30 July – Tuesday 14 August for maintenance work and will reopen at 2pm on Wednesday 15 August.

For full details of the Library summer opening hours please visit”


Principal's Notice - Dr Dawn Edwards


Dr Dawn Edwards

This notice is to announce that Dr Dawn Edwards will assume the new job title of Clerk to the Board and Head of Academic Quality (CBHAQ) with effect from 1 September 2018.

Please amend any documentation accordingly.

Professor Linda Merrick