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.
Here are our picks
RNCM Young Company combines with The Circus House to present Letters – a new work featuring music, dance and acrobatics, which examines the shared experiences of Mancunians and Parisians over the past century.
F W Murnau’s 1927 romantic drama Sunrise marked both the pinnacle and end of silent film, as it was one of the first films to feature a synchronised musical score and sound effects soundtrack. For this screening, however, award-winning French organist and composer Thierry Escaich will provide the audio accompaniment.
An ensemble of soloists, choir, two pianos and harmonium will perform Petite messe solennelle, one of Rossini’s final pieces, under the baton of Andrew Greenwood. The RNCM ensemble will be joined by Jonathan and Tom Scott for a programme that also features Gottschalk’s version of The William Tell Overture.
The RNCM celebrates Anthony Gilbert and Adam Gorb, the college’s only two Heads of Composition during its 50-year history, with this two-day event of talks and concerts – including world premieres from both composers.
One of the country’s leading poets, Benjamin Zephaniah visits the RNCM as part of his first tour in eight years, to mark the publication of his autobiography. Expect insightful stories from throughout his remarkable life, as well as a selection of his favourite poetry.
The RNCM’s Big Band collaborates and performs with legendary jazz improviser Bart van Lier, principal trombonist with the Metropole Orkest, for its major summer concert. As well as work by van Lier, the programme features pieces by Bill Holman, Jerome Kern and Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz.
The RNCM Symphony Orchestra returns to The Bridgewater Hall for a programme that features Ravel’s timeless drama Daphnis et Chloé, plus Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto and Ambroise Thomas’ 1866-penned Mignon Overture – all under the baton of French conductor and violinist Yan Pascal Tortelier.
Jazz vocalist Norma Winstone visits the RNCM as part of Manchester Jazz Festival this July. To mark the recent release of Descansado – Songs For Films, she will perform personal interpretations of soundtrack music by the likes of Michel Legrand and Ennio Morricone, backed by her trio’s pianist and reed player.