Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

The RNCM is a leading international conservatoire located in the heart of Manchester, with a reputation for attracting talented students, teachers, conductors and composers from all over the world.

Now in its fifth decade, the RNCM is relatively young, but its rich history spans back to 1893 when Sir Charles Hallé founded the Royal Manchester College of Music. In 1973, this institution merged with the Northern School of Music, and the RNCM was born. Today, the College is a thriving conservatoire with around 320 teaching staff and over 800 students from 60 different countries.

The primary focus of the RNCM’s KEC activities are the creative industries, the music education community and the health sector. These targets are defined by the specialist character and expertise of the RNCM’s teachers and researchers, the ambitions of its students and graduates, and the socio-economic challenges faced by its partners. Focus in the creative industries: includes arts HEIs, performing arts organisations, venues, broadcasters, the recording industry, and community arts organisations. In music education: local authorities, music education hubs, and pre-tertiary teachers. Health sector activities: in the meeting of the RNCM with public sector, i.e. NHS, and commercial arts organisations.