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Royal Northern College of Music

The Royal Northern College of Music
Royal Northern College of Music, Booth Street West entrance
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
President Sir Willard White
Principal Professor Linda Merrick[1]
Admin. staff 320 teaching staff
Students 770
Location Manchester, England
Campus Urban
Affiliations University of Manchester, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Conservatoires UK

The Royal Northern College of Music is a conservatoire in Manchester, England. It is one of four conservatories associated with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In addition to being a centre of music education, it is a performance venue for concerts and other musical events.


The College traces its roots to the Royal Manchester College of Music on Ducie Street, established in 1893 by the conductor Sir Charles Hallé and Northern School of Music, a music teacher training school founded in 1920. During the 1950s, the possibility of a merger was proposed by RMCM principal Frederic Cox. In 1973, both colleges were merged to form the new institution. 2013 marked the 40th anniversary year of the RNCM.


The college building was built in 1968 to 1973 by architects Bickerdike, Allen, Rich and greatly extended 30 years later.


Currently the college offers both undergraduate (BMus and a joint MusB/GRNCM course with the University of Manchester in any of the five specialisations offered) postgraduate taught programmes (PGDip, MMus) in musical performance and composition. In association with the Manchester Metropolitan University the college offers research degrees (MPhil, PhD) in musical performance, composition, musicology and music psychology as part of its Graduate School.

In January 2005, the RNCM was awarded £4.5 million by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to become a recognised Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), the only UK conservatoire to be selected.

The RNCM currently has 770 students and 320 teaching staff, the majority of whom are part-time visiting tutors. 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.


The college is divided into 5 schools by area of specialisation.

  • School of Composition
  • School of Keyboard Studies
  • School of Strings
  • School of Vocal Studies
  • School of Wind, Brass & Percussion

There is also a School of Conducting within its Graduate School.

Student Life

Students' Union

The RNCM National Union of Students.[2][3]

Student housing

There is a large residential hall, Sir Charles Groves Hall, located next to the campus, which is managed by Liberty Living.[4] Alternatively, students may choose to rent a flat at the Manchester Student Homes, the sole provider of housing for university students in Manchester.[5]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Students' Union
  3. ^ National Union of Students: Royal Northern College of Music
  4. ^ Accommodation
  5. ^ Manchester Student Homes
  • Kennedy, Michael (1971) The History of the Royal Manchester College of Music. Manchester University Press
  • Royal Manchester College of Music Archive: National Archives
  • View of the college

External links

  • Royal Northern College of Music

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