Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

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RNCM

Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD – Visit Now

Oxford Road’s Royal Northern College of Music has in recent years received a major overhaul, with its 40-year-old concert hall undergoing a £7.1m redevelopment that includes a new balcony, lighting and raised floor. Designed by architect Ian Palmer and brought about by Styles & Wood, the project has seen 515 tons of rubble leave the building and 55 tons of steel arrive, all through one entrance.

Constructed in 1972, RNCM was an amalgamation of Sir Charles Hallé’s 19th Century Royal Manchester College of Music and the Northern School of music, a mere stripling in comparison (it was set up in 1920). Now, it is home to a modern concert hall with top-tech facilities – but the redesign goes beyond mere technology. “We wanted the audience to be fully immersed in the performance, as if suspended in an Escher painting,” says architect Ian Palmer. “What we have created is a spatial Rubik’s cube that will allow the college to expand its repertoire, confident of a venue that is beautiful, technically outstanding and, most significantly, maintains its unique acoustic qualities.”

The Royal Northern College of Music also boasts a 607-capacity black box theatre, one of the largest in the city, and a 150-seater Forman Lecture Theatre.

  • 124 Oxford Road
  • Manchester
  • M13 9RD
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Admission Charges

Free

Services and Facilities

Music school, music venue, cafe

Accessibility

Full disabled access

Things to do at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

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Joan As Police Woman
Music 11 July 2019, from £22.50

Joan As Police Woman at RNCM

Music 6 July 2019, from £5

Protest Music at RNCM

Music 13 June–6 July 2019, from £12

RNCM Summer Season 2019

Things to do right now

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Activity 21–26 June 2019, FREE

Cine-club at Alliance Française

Incoming Festival 2019 at HOME
Festivals 23–29 June 2019, from £5.00

Incoming Festival 2019 at HOME

Exhibitions 17 May–30 June 2019, FREE

Grow at Venture Arts

Manchester Museum
Activity 10 January–1 July 2019, FREE

Multilingual Tours at Manchester Museum

Music 30 January–5 July 2019, from £3

The Stoller Hall Spring Season

Music 13 June–6 July 2019, from £12

RNCM Summer Season 2019

Hobson's Choice at the Royal Exchange
Theatre 31 May–6 July 2019, from £18.50

Hobson’s Choice at the Royal Exchange

Discover Manchester Daily Tour
Activity 6 December 2018–9 July 2019, from £10

Discover Manchester Daily Tour

Festival of Research at the University of Salford
Festivals 17 June–12 July 2019, FREE

Festival Of Research at the University of Salford

Theatre 17 January–18 July 2019, from £5

Royal Exchange Backstage Tour

He Xiangyu at CFCCA, Lemon Project, Sylvain
Exhibitions 17 May–21 July 2019, FREE

He Xiangyu at CFCCA

Activity 26 March–23 July 2019, from £9.50

Taste of The Monastery at Gorton Monastery