RNCM Summer Season 2024

Johnny James, Managing Editor
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RNCM Summer Season 2024 at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester Until 6 July 2024 Tickets from £8.50 — Book now

Now into its fifth decade, the RNCM is an enduringly vital player on the Manchester music scene, filling the city’s cultural calendar with diverse, explorative and bold public events each and every season.

The College’s summer season boasts internationally acclaimed guest artists, shows that redefine the concert hall’s place in climate activism, and whimsical family adventures. Here we round-up our highlights, featuring a little something for everyone.

RNCM Summer Season 2024 at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester Until 6 July 2024 Tickets from £8.50 Book now

Our top picks

manchester jazz festival at the RNCM

manchester jazz festival at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, Until 25 May 2024, from £24 - Book now

The RNCM presents two of mjf2024’s standout events, featuring extraordinary voices in British jazz: pianist Nikki Iles and saxophonist John Surman.

quartet playing with bass clarinet, marimba, electric guitar, and drumkit
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RNCM Session Orchestra: Original Artists Edition at RNCM

RNCM Session Orchestra: Original Artists Edition at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, 15 June 2024, from £11.00 - Book now

Hear the next generation of popular artists from the College perform their original music accompanied by the RNCM Session Orchestra.

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The RNCM Session Orchestra.

RNCM Young Explorers: Music from ‘Trolls’ at RNCM

RNCM Young Explorers: Music from 'Trolls' at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, 16 June 2024, from £9.00 - Book now

Join the Untold Orchestra for a whimsical family adventure as they bring to life music from the film series Trolls.

Female and male singing into microphone
Robin Clewley.

RNCM Big Band with Sara Dowling (vocals) at RNCM

RNCM Big Band with Sara Dowling (vocals) at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, 27 June 2024, from £8.50 - Book now

Fast gaining fame as one of the most talented jazz singers in the UK, Sara Dowling gives a one-off performance with the RNCM Big Band.

Photo of Sara Dowling singing into microphone
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RNCM Symphony Orchestra at RNCM

RNCM Symphony Orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 28 June 2024, from £12.00 - Book now

With June comes one of the RNCM’s annual highlights, as the College’s Symphony Orchestra takes to The Bridgewater Hall stage to perform two masterworks by Beethoven and Mahler, alongside a new piece by a fast-rising student composer.

Students playing in an orchestra
Robin Clewley.

The Silent Planet at RNCM

The Silent Planet at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, 3 July 2024, from £10.00 - Book now

Promoting conversation around climate change while exploring what activism can look like, the RNCM hosts a huge collaborative concert featuring Delia Stevens, Will Pound, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and global climate NPO, Force of Nature.

Photo of Delia Stevens and Will Pound outside on cobblestone path
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Photo of Delia Stevens and Will Pound outside on cobblestone path
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The Silent Planet at RNCM

Award-winning BBC Radio 3 Presenter, Delia Stevens and three-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year nominee, Will Pound, present an unprecedented collaboration with the youth-led global climate non-profit organisation, Force of Nature.

from £10.00
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Explore@RNCM

Explore@RNCM returns this June, they can’t wait for you to dive into the heart of Manchester’s leading conservatoire for a day of family fun and entertainment.

free entry

Where to go near RNCM Summer Season 2024

Manchester
Restaurant
San Carlo Fumo

San Carlo Fumo may be part of a chain, but it doesn’t feel like it. Right at the top of Oxford Road, it’s lavishly decorated and specialises in cicchetti, or Italian small plates.

Utility Gift Shop
Manchester
Shop
Utility Gift Shop

Utility Gift Shop on Oxford Road is all about products that are new, unique, quirky and cool. High street shopping at its best.

exterior of Contact Theatre building
Manchester
Theatre
Contact Theatre

Following a major redevelopment, the iconic venue on Oxford Road will be reopening its doors to welcome the public back into the building this autumn. 

The Salutation pub in Manchester
Manchester
Bar or Pub
The Salutation

This traditional boozer, surrounded by imposing flats and university buildings, was taken over by Trof (of the Deaf Institute fame). The Sally, as the regulars call it, hosts an energetic, arty crowd – and its recently expanded outside area is another good reason to visit.

Manchester
University
MMU Student Union

Manchester Metropolitan University Students’ Union building houses a bar and various other facilities for students and staff.

Manchester
Music venue
The Deaf Institute

The Deaf Institute is a vibrant gig venue and nightclub for which it is well worth taking a jaunt out of the Northern Quarter.

What's on: Music

Until
ActivityManchester
DJ Gym at Hatch

Learn some DJ and production skills with DJ Gym Manchester, based in the culturally infused surrounds of Hatch.

from £269
Until
MusicManchester
Open Deck at Band on the Wall

Bring your records for a spin at our Open Deck session this Saturday! If you’ve bought some new vinyl from a local record shop this week, just show your receipt at the bar to get yourself a free 9” pizza!

Rina Srabonian.
Until
MusicCity Centre
manchester jazz festival 2024

manchester jazz festival is back this May with 10 days of live music from some of the best northern, national and international musicians operating in the world of contemporary jazz.

0-£30

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