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RNCM Autumn Season

Johnny James, Managing Editor

This year sees the RNCM celebrate its 50th anniversary. 50 years of incredible concerts, 50 years of world-leading research, 50 years of inspiring classical music’s leading lights. To kickstart the celebrations, the College has a huge Autumn Season in the works, packed with awe-inspiring talent and typically thrilling programming.

Our highlights kick off with Elizabeth Llewellyn, one of the leading sopranos of her generation. Along with pianist Simon Lepper, she’s performing a programme of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor songs alongside hidden gems and old favourites by Puccini, Brahms, Mahler and Charles Villiers-Stanford.

Next it’s one of the most sought-after pianists in Britain, Steven Osborne, who received an OBE in the 2022 Queen’s New Year’s Honours for services to music and contribution to UK cultural life. Expect a concert of glittering solo piano music by Beethoven, Schubert, Rachmaninov and Osborne himself.

Onto the RNCM Symphony Orchestra’s big moment as they perform Mahler’s 10th Symphony – the composer’s final gift to the world, which emerged from the height of his prowess and depth of his personal life.

Deeper into November, the internationally celebrated Elias String Quartet will return to the RNCM to perform works by Haydn, Beethoven and Sally Beamish, following the ensemble being announced as Artists in Residence at the College.

Finally, in December the College hosts opera’s biggest party: Strauss’ rip-roaring comedy Die Fledermaus (The Bat), filled with deceit, betrayal, and champagne. Lots of champagne.

Read more about each of these events below, in our top five picks from the season.

Things to do right now

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Baumka Conscious Clubbing at Victoria Warehouse

Music Until 16 February 2023, from £9.50

Donna Candy at SOUP

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Activity Until 17 February 2023, from £50

Supper Club at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School

Exhibitions Until 18 February 2023, FREE

The Confessional at HOME

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PUSH Festival 2023 at HOME

The Singing Mermaid at Waterside
Families Until 19 February 2023, from £14.00

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Activity Until 25 February 2023, from £13

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Tour

Fairy Tales at Z-Arts
Families Until 26 February 2023, from £3.00

Fairy Tales at Z-Arts

Activity Until 6 March 2023, from £6.00

Shake it off: Music Video Dance Class with Girl Gang

The Lion King at the Palace Theatre
Families Until 11 March 2023, from £20.00

The Lion King at the Palace Theatre

Childrens Until 18 March 2023, FREE

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth

Activity Until 22 March 2023, FREE

Guided Tours at People’s History Museum