RNCM Lunchtime and Spotlight Concerts

Part of our Classical Music in Manchester and the North guide

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

RNCM Lunchtime and Spotlight Concerts at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, 20 January–8 July 2022, from £0.00 - Book now

Along the Oxford Road Corridor you can find all manner of educational establishments but none quite as specialised and unique as the RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music). This hub of high quality performance, composition and research in music has a wealth of talent to share and does so with pride in both Lunchtime and Spotlight concerts. These short, sharp and surprisingly programmed events are an affordable way to access not only top quality music in Manchester but also a glimpse into the work of a new generation of musicians emerging from the College.

There is something in the series to pique everyone’s interest

The Monday Lunchtime series takes place in the surprisingly intimate-feeling concert hall. It is a chance for the best young performers in the College’s student body to share the repertoire they’ve been working on with the public. In a place with such a variety of musical talent, you can see performances from all the instrument schools, with upcoming concerts including pianists, singers and violin duets to name just a few. Whether you’re interested in seldom-played classical guitar sonatas, want to hear a fresh interpretation of Schumann Lieder or are looking for an accessible and high quality way to experience live music, there is something in the series to pique everyone’s interest.

Later in the week, RNCM hosts the Thursday Lunchtime series. This is where the best musicians join forces to bring exciting small ensemble music to the RNCM concert hall stage. Often these performances feature visiting artists and are a space for them to showcase the work they’ve been doing with groups of students from the College. It also provides an opportunity for tutors and staff to play alongside their students. Watching the tutors and students perform together is a particularly special experience as you can witness generations of performers who are dedicated to their craft sharing a moment on stage.

Imaginative ideas, concepts and programming

Held less frequently but with no shortage of concerts, the RNCM’s Spotlight Series is a more creative approach to concert programming. Held as a pre show event to certain evening concerts at RNCM or as double bills on their own, they are the passion projects of students. Taking imaginative ideas, concepts and programming, performers have the opportunity to share what they are fascinated by at a given time. You can be certain the quality of playing is always high given the level of performance seen throughout the College. Spotlights are a space for young musicians to share their work in their own creative way and are also free to attend, making these innovative concerts accessible for all.

Some highlights we’re looking forward to in the upcoming months include an evening of contemporary piano music with the School of Keyboard studies as well as a lunchtime of explosive brass band music from the infamous Brass department at the college.

Be sure to check the RNCM website for more details of specific Lunchtime and Spotlight concerts and future events beyond this spring. While you’re there, you can also explore their packed programme of evening performances, public masterclass and festivals.

RNCM Lunchtime and Spotlight Concerts at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester

20 January–8 July 2022
From £0.00

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