College Notices

College Opening Times - 31 July - 11 August

Due to essential maintenance works being undertaken on site, the College will close at 5pm every day from Monday 31 July until Friday 11 August with the exception of Friday 4 August, where we will be open as normal to accommodate existing bookings for Manchester Jazz Festival. So to confirm, daily opening times throughout the period are as follows:

Monday 31 July - Thursday 3 August: 6.30am – 5pm
Friday 4 August: 6.30am - midmight
Saturday 5 August: 7.30am  - 5pm
Sunday 6 August: 8am - 5pm
Monday 7 - Friday 11 August: 6.30am – 5pm
Saturday 12 August: normal opening times

Cafe Opening

The café will close week commencing Monday 7th August for essential maintenance and will re-open on Monday 14th August at 9am.

Vote for OHMI Trust to win a National Lottery Award

The OHMI Trust has been shortlisted for a National Lottery Award for its project OHMI Music Makers. The winner will be decided by public vote so, as partners of the RNCM, they are asking for our support. 

You can cast your vote online by:

  • visiting their dedicated webpage
  • tweeting using the hashtag #NLAOHMI 
  • heading to the @LotteryGoodCauses Facebook page and posting a comment under the Arts Category along with the hashtag #NLAOHMI
  • ringing 0844 836 9673

Voting closes 27 July.

Principal's Notice - Jonathan Gibbs


Jonathan Gibbs

I am very sad to report the death of Jonathan Gibbs who brought his second-hand book and sheet music stall to many of our Festivals and Study Days. Jonathan had a long relationship with the College, his stall being a cornerstone of our trade fairs. He will be much missed by our audiences, staff and students alike.

We send condolences to Angela and family on behalf of all at the RNCM.

Professor Linda Merrick

Principal's Notice - New Professorships


New Professorships

I am pleased to announce that the title of Professor (Personal Chair) has been granted to Anders Ljungar-Chapelon, International Tutor in Flute and Ian Wright, Tutor in Timpani. Denis Herlin, assumes the title of ‘Professor’ following his appointment as International Chair in Musicology.

The decisions of the Professorial Appointment Panel, made on Monday 5 June, were ratified by the Academic Board on Wednesday 5 July.

I am sure you will join me in offering congratulations to our three colleagues.

Professor Linda Merrick

Annual Staff Conference

The College’s Annual Staff Conference will be held on Monday 11 September 2017 from 1.30pm to 6pm, in the Carole Nash Recital Room, and will be followed by a Drinks Reception.

The main theme this year is Wellbeing and Resilience, and the Conference will also feature a session on Professional Development, a financial update and the usual notice board items.

This is a very important event in the College’s calendar. It provides a unique opportunity for colleagues to be briefed about significant new initiatives for the coming Academic Year, to gain a broader understanding of the issues facing the College, to meet up and exchange ideas, and (most importantly) to receive training and guidance in areas directly related to their work.

Please respond by return to Clare Knight to indicate whether or not you are able to join me. Further information and a detailed schedule will be sent to those attending in due course. As in previous years, part-time colleagues will be reimbursed for their time.

Professor Linda Merrick

RNCM StudentFest: 6 - 8 July

Thursday 6 - Saturday 8 July
RNCM StudentFest

Join us to explore uncharted territory as RNCM students take over the College to present a jam-packed programme of events, aka StudentFest. Every single element of this unique event has been planned and managed by our students – from programming, to marketing to event management and everything else such a largescale event entails.

This will be an amazing snapshot into the future of the music scene as the ideas and experiments that begin in our practice rooms will be brought to life and presented for the first time. With innovation at its core, the festival will feature a diverse spectrum of musical concepts: from gospel to folk music, big band to string quartet. We’re confident that there’s something for every musical taste at StudentFest...

Tickets for RNCM staff and students: From Free to £5 (subject to availability)

Click here for more info about StudentFest*

How to book: Complimentary and reduced price tickets are only available over the counter at the Box Office and on the production of staff/student ID cards.

*NB Breadcrumbs Opera and the RNCM Festival Orchestra have been cancelled. 

Principal's Notice - Sir John Manduell Prize


Sir John Manduell Prize 2017

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, Sir John and I are delighted to announce that the winner of this prestigious prize is Hayley Parkes.

In her time as Students' Union President, Hayley has been an exemplar to her peers, maintaining her professional practice at the highest level, while working tirelessly to enhance the experience of students across the College. A passionate advocate for arts education, she has secured funding from Arts Council England and The Leverhulme Trust to design and deliver innovative outreach projects around the UK during this time, increasing accessibility and building connections between different art forms. 

In 2017, Hayley founded and launched the RNCM Film Orchestra, bringing together students from the RNCM, JRNCM and The University of Manchester; a large-scale and complex initiative that grew out of student interest in this repertory.  As a result of her high profile public presentations in support of music education and the arts and her entrepreneurial work, Hayley was named on the prestigious Futures List for Northern Power Women UK in 2017.

I am sure you will join me in congratulating Hayley, and wishing her every success in her future career.

Professor Linda Merrick