RNCM

RNCM Summer Season 2018

Chris Horkan

Spanning classical, sacred and jazz music, as well as other artforms including poetry, theatre and dance, the RNCM’s Summer Season looks set to dazzle visitors once again.

Highlights early in the season include a day-long, 10-event Wind, Brass and Percussion Festival, where most concerts are free, and the RNCM Symphony Orchestra‘s equally wallet-friendly first outing, with all tickets priced at £5.

The college is not averse to unusual collaborations – which explains Letters, a new work that sees its students work with The Circus House on a performance that incorporates music, dance and acrobatics.

The latest in the RNCM’s popular series of live soundtracks to silent films features F W Murnau’s landmark 1927 film Sunrise, with award-winning French organist and composer Thierry Escaich providing the accompaniment this time. Another pearl from the past – Gioachino Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle – is the subject of a sacred music concert later in June.

The college then celebrates Anthony Gilbert and Adam Gorb, the only two Heads of Composition during its 50-year history, with two days of (mostly free) talks and performances. Later the same month, meanwhile, leading poet Benjamin Zephaniah stops by the RNCM on his first tour in eight years, to mark the publication of his autobiography.

As mid-summer approaches, two of the college’s concert highlights return: the RNCM Big Band collaborates with legendary jazz improviser Bart van Lier this year, while the RNCM Symphony Orchestra scales things up for its annual end-of-year visit to The Bridgewater Hall.

Finally, our tips for the Summer Season are rounded off with jazz vocalist Norma Winstone‘s performance of re-interpretations of songs for films, as part of Manchester Jazz Festival.

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