Royal Northern College of Music

Royal Northern College of Music Biography

Royal Northern College of Music

With roots going back to 1893, the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is a leading music conservatoire based in Manchester. Notable alumni include Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Stephen Hough, Sir Harrison Birtwhistle and Elgar Howarth.

  • The RNCM was originally known as the Royal Manchester College of Music when it was formed in 1893 by Sir Charles Hallé.
  • The college accepted 80 students in its first year open, rising to 117 by the end of the year.
  • Hallé was the original principal of the college, and its royal status was conferred by Queen Victoria.
  • After years of discussion, the Royal Manchester College of Music eventually merged with the Northern School of Music to for the Royal Northern College of Music in 1973.
  • The current student population is around 700, with around 300 staff. 
  • December 2012 saw the RNCM host the James Mottram International Piano Competition in association with Classic FM.

Video: RNCM Flashmob in Manchester