College Notices

Principal's Notice - Dr Nicholas Reyland


Head of Undergraduate Programmes

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Nicholas Reyland as Head of Undergraduate Programmes.

Dr Reyland studied Music at the University of Surrey before undertaking research at Cardiff University, where was awarded his doctorate in 2005. While completing his research degree part-time between 1998 and 2005, he worked full-time for the London Sinfonietta, primarily as the ensemble’s Marketing Manager. He was appointed to Keele University in 2005, where he is currently Senior Lecturer in Music and Film Studies. He is an elected member of Senate for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and in 2013 was awarded ‘Academic of the Year’ for his work with Keelelink, Keele University’s widening participation and outreach programme.

His research interests include Polish music and film (principally the music of Witold Lutosławski and films of Krzysztof Kieslowski), narratology, screen music and sound, affect and embodiment, and, more broadly, the theory, analysis and criticism of music since 1900. He has published books and articles in prestigious journals including Music Analysis, Music & Letters and Music, Sound and the Moving Image and Twentieth-Century Music. His first major article, ‘Lutoslawski, “Akcja” and the Poetics of Musical Plot’, was joint-winner of the 2007 Westrup Prize for articles published in Music & Letters; in 2015 he was awarded an AHRC Early Career Fellowship to lead an international team of Lutosławski researchers investigating the relationship between the composer’s life and music. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Music Analysis and Twentieth-Century Music. He has given invited research seminars at prestigious venues including Cornell University, the Fryderyk Chopin Institute and the Institute for Musical Research. His current research projects include a series of essays on Lutosławski plus work towards a new collection entitled Lutosławski’s Worlds.

Dr Reyland will take up his role early in 2018.

Professor Linda Merrick

Music Competitions - Student Survey

Music competitions can be an emotional roller coaster – fear, pride and heartfelt relief. But how can you make the most out of them to kickstart your career?

As part of their Music Competition Month Bachtrack wants to hear from you! What makes a competition unique? What would you like to see competitions offering their participants and laureates? What is important to you as a student and young soloist at the beginning of your career?

This November, Bachtrack has interviewed artistic directors and jury members of some of the most important competitions worldwide to find out what they offer students and young soloists at the beginning of their career.

Whether you have already taken part in a competition or are still thinking about it, please take a moment to fill out their questionnaire and tell them what matters to you!

New Music North West: 13 - 18 November

Hold onto your hats, open up your ears, clear your minds and get ready to immerse yourself in the fifth New Music North West Festival! Running next week from Monday 13 – Saturday 18 November, this extraordinary collaboration between the North West’s creative minds and performing organisations celebrates the astonishing wealth and breadth of creative talent living in our midst.

With almost 30 events taking place here at RNCM and across Manchester and Salford, virtually every hour from 1.15pm on Monday until 10pm on Saturday has a highlight.  

Come along and experience a wealth of new music; the majority of events are free!

You can view and download the full Festival schedule here:

We look forward to seeing you there.

Clark Rundell artistic director

Valette Piano Trio wins Hirsch Prize

Congratulations to The Valette Piano Trio, winners of the 2017 RNCM Hirsch Prize. 

Tianyang Han (piano), Lu Liu (violin) and Yuuki Bouterey-Ishido (cello) performed Beethoven's Piano Trio in D major Op 70 No 1 'Ghost' to win yesterday's competition. 


Aurora Percussion Duo - Free Student Tickets

Aurora Percussion Duo - made up of RNCM alumni Le Yu and Delia Stevens - are offering free tickets to all RNCM students for their upcoming performance at The Stoller Hall on Wednesday 15 November

Students can buy via the website (with £2 booking fees) or on the door - and should be ready to show a student ID at the venue. 

Further details here

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The Glyndebourne Opera Cup - deadline for applications

Glyndebourne is looking for the best young singers from around the world to take part in The Glyndebourne Opera Cup. 

This new biennial competition offers a top prize of £15,000 and a platform for launching an international opera career. It is open to singers of any nationality aged between 21 and 28 who are in the early stages of their professional career and ready to perform on the opera stage.

The winner will receive £15,000 and the guarantee of a professional role within five years at one of the top international opera houses represented on the competition jury.

Apply by 8am GMT 25 November (midnight PST 24 November 2017)

Click here for more details


Principal's Notice: Sir John Manduell - funeral details


Sir John Manduell – funeral details

Sir John Manduell’s funeral will be held at 12 noon on Monday 6th November at St John the Baptist Church, Wennington Road, Low Bentham, North Yorkshire LA2 7DD, followed, by a ceremony at the Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium, Powder House Lane, Lancaster LA2 6AD at 2pm.

There will be a Reception from 3pm at the Bentham Golf Club, Robin Lane, High Bentham, LA2 7AG.

No flowers please but donations if wished to Help Musicians UK.

St John the Baptist Church is on the B6480 on the western outskirts of Low Bentham, just over the bridge from the Punch Bowl Inn.

Professor Linda Merrick

Sir John Manduell CBE

Sir John Manduell CBE

It is with great sadness that I report the death of Sir John Manduell, Founding Principal of the RNCM, on Wednesday 25 October at the age of 89.

Born in Johannesburg in 1928, Sir John studied at the University of Strasbourg, Jesus College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music with Lennox Berkeley. He joined the BBC in 1956 as a producer, becoming Head of Music for the Midlands and East Anglia in 1961. During this period he became the BBC representative on the Cheltenham Festival Management Committee.  In 1964 he returned to London to plan and implement the new BBC Music Programme, leaving the company in 1968 to become the first Director of Music at Lancaster University. In 1967 he was approached to become Cheltenham Festival’s first Programme Director; a post which he held from 1969 to 1994.

In June 1969 an advertisement was published for the role of Principal of a major new conservatoire to be established in Manchester: the Royal Northern College of Music, an amalgamation of the Royal Manchester College of Music (established by Sir Charles Hallé in 1898) and the Northern School of Music (which opened in 1920). Sir John applied and in 1973, when the RNCM officially opened its doors, he was at the helm.

The late Michael Kennedy CBE recalled of the appointment: ‘The drive and energy which he brought to his work inspired staff and students from the start as did his determination that only the best would do for the College.’

A prolific composer and educator, John Manduell was involved in setting up El Sistema in Venezuela, and served on the Boards of the British Council, Arts Council, Association of European Conservatoires, European Music Year, Northern Ballet, European Opera Centre and Covent Garden. He received a CBE in 1982, a Knighthood in 1989 and the Chevalier de L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1990. He has received Honorary Doctorates from Lancaster University, Manchester University and all of the UK’s Royal Schools of Music.

Sir John was in post until his retirement in 1996 and remains to this day our longest serving Principal.   He was a man of extraordinary vision and talent and worked tirelessly to raise the profile of music and music education for so many people and organisations.

The staff, students and alumni of the College owe him a great deal, and our thoughts are with his wife Renna and family at this difficult time.

Professor Linda Merrick