College Notices

RNCM John Golland Award 2019

Call for works: composers are invited to submit works for the RNCM John Golland Award 2019.

Composers aged 18 – 30 are invited to submit new, or previously unperformed, works for brass band for public performance on the morning of Sunday 27 January 2019, as part of the RNCM Brass Band Festival.

Selected works should be a maximum of eight minutes in duration, and up to four will be selected, depending on length and complexity. The works will be performed by a leading brass band. Following the performances, a jury chaired by the festival’s Artistic Director Paul Hindmarsh, will select one composer as the recipient of the fourth John Golland Award. This will take the form of a £500 sum.

The Award is funded from the estate of Manchester born composer John Golland, and was instituted by the John Golland Trust to encourage young composers to write for the brass band medium which meant so much to him. Past recipients have included composers Lucy Pankhurst and Daniel Hall.

For full details click here.

Principal's Notice - Sarah d'Ardenne


Sarah d’Ardenne

Following the recent announcement of Anna Wright’s retirement as College Librarian, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah d’Ardenne as the new Head of Library Services at the RNCM from 1 September 2018.

Sarah began her Library career as a Saturday Assistant at her local library. She was fortunate enough to have a fabulous public music Library which supported her through her studies at Cardiff University, gaining a BMus in 2007. She was awarded her Masters in Library and Information Studies from University College London before starting to work at the RNCM Library in 2008 as Assistant Librarian (Reader Services). She was promoted to Senior Assistant Librarian in 2016. In her time at the College Sarah has progressed professionally through gaining her chartership of CILIP (the library and information association), chairing the IAML (UK&Irl) C.B. Oldman Award and actively participating in professional networks, including NoWAL (North West Academic Libraries) and IAML (International Association of Music Libraries). Sarah sings regularly with Manchester Chamber Choir.

I am sure you will wish to join me in congratulating Sarah on her new role.

Professor Linda Merrick


P 1819 Sarah dArdenne 1 Aug 18.pdf

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

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.

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