- Royal Northern College of Music
name = The Royal Northern College of Music.
established = 1973 by the merger of the Northern School of Music (established 1920) and the Royal Manchester College of Music (established 1893)
type = Public, Conservatoire
staff = 265
president = HRH The Duchess of Kent
principal = Professor
students = 696
undergrad = 496
postgrad = 200
campus = Urban
University of Manchester, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Conservatoires UK
website = http://www.rncm.ac.uk/
address = 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD
telephone = 0161 907 5200
The Royal Northern College of Music or RNCM is a conservatoire in
Manchester, England. It is located on Oxford Road, in the Manchester City Centre and is at the western edge of the campus of the University of Manchester. In addition to being a centre of education, the RNCM also functions as an artscentre holding concerts of all kinds, operaand other musical events. Its current principal is the composer Professor Jonty Stockdale.The roots of the college begin in the late 19th century with Sir Charles Hallé's Royal Manchester College of Music. In 1973, the Royal Manchester College of Music and the Northern School of Music merged to create the modern-day RNCM.
Currently the college offers both
undergraduate(BMus and a joint MusB/GRNCM course with the University of Manchester) and postgraduateprogrammes (PGDip, MMus) in Performanceand Composition. According to RNCM figures, as of 2007 the studentpopulation is 696, with 496 undergraduates and 200 postgraduates; 49% male, 51% female. With 265 academic staff, there is a high staff-to-student ratio. Many of the staff also teach at the Junior RNCM, a Saturday music school for talented young musicians who are keen on pursuing a musical career.
In January 2005, the RNCM was awarded £4.5 million by the
Higher Education Funding Council for Englandto become a recognised Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), the only UK conservatoire to be selected. The CETL is housed in the new Oxford Road extension.
League table ranking and reputaton
The Guardian's University Guide ranked the Royal Northern College of Music 2nd in the UK for degrees in music, ahead of both the University of Oxfordand the University of Cambridge's courses in music, as well as above colleges of music in London, such as the Royal Academy of Musicand the Royal College of Music. [http://education.guardian.co.uk/universityguide2005/table/0,,-5163913,00.html]
It is recognised as having one of the best keyboard departments in the world and the country's best composition department, which makes it renowned amongst both British and international students.
Sir Harrison Birtwistle, composer
Jon Christos, singer
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, composer
Alexander Goehr, composer
Stephen Hough, pianist
Elgar Howarth, conductor
Grant Kirkhope, video game composer
John Ogdon, pianist
Annette Bryn Parry, pianist
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
* [http://www.rncm.ac.uk/ Royal Northern College of Music]
* [http://www.rncm.ac.uk/images/media/docs/RNCM_In_Brief.pdf RNCM in Brief]
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