Royal Northern College of Music and other UK Conservatoires-your opinions please!

June 5, 2005 at 05:15 PM · Hello everyone,

I am in the process of looking round the UK conservatoires as i have to submit my applications by september (for auditions in october/november) and out of all of the ones I have seen so far I loved the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Has anyone got any feedback or opinions on the college? I got on well with the head of strings dept there and loved the busy and vibrant atmosphere there. Also I am going to visit corservatoires in Cardiff and Birmingham, does anyone have any experience of what it is like to study at either of those.

Would appreciate any thoughts and opinions from you all. Thanks in advance for your help.

Lauren

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June 7, 2005 at 09:38 AM · Dear Lauren, the Northern has a good reputation in the UK. Before deciding I would also have a look at conservatories on the continent. Amsterdam, Cologne and Salzburg have excellent string performance courses. as they are free of charge (independent of nationality) they are more competitive to get in and the level of playing can be higher therer than in the UK consevatories.

June 7, 2005 at 12:46 PM · I hadn't really thought about studying abroad. I have ok spoken french and german but i don't know if it would be good enough to study in Europe.

June 7, 2005 at 12:48 PM · Thank you for your response!!!

June 8, 2005 at 12:08 AM · My teacher is a graduate of the RNCM. Ill ask her what it was like. Its considered one of the top places over here in damp and dingy (except today) England!

June 8, 2005 at 12:18 AM · Oh yeah and ive been there a few times, its does seem to be a pretty vibrant place, watch those cellists though :-)

June 10, 2005 at 11:43 AM · That would be great John, a first hand account of what its really like to study there. When I went there I felt totally at ease,like i could be very happy there. I loved the face that their main focus is on chamber music (which I love). Yes England is always soooooo rainy etc,its the only country in the world were you can experience wind,rain,snow,hail and excessive heat and sunshine all in one day!!! But it is home!!

Take care,thanks for your input

Lauren

ps. I am always wary of cellists,their eyes are always suspiciously close together!!! Not quite as odd as the viola players though!!!

June 11, 2005 at 10:32 PM · Lauren, I live in the UK. There are four great music colleges. Royal College, Royal Academy, Guildhall School, and Royal Northern. I've never hear of the Cardiff one since I live in England. Birmingham isn't as good as the others. There are some great teachers at the Northern. Who do you want to study with?

June 11, 2005 at 10:32 PM · Lauren, I live in the UK. There are four great music colleges. Royal College, Royal Academy, Guildhall School, and Royal Northern. I've never hear of the Cardiff one since I live in England. Birmingham isn't as good as the others. There are some great teachers at the Northern. Who do you want to study with?

June 11, 2005 at 10:35 PM · PS Northern is amaing doe cellists. and Academy is great for pianists.

June 11, 2005 at 10:54 PM · Im a music student at birmingham university, which means that i have my violin lessons at birmingham conservatoire. I have no idea what the course is like there but have found the teaching pretty good, although i think places like royal college are generally considered to be better.

June 13, 2005 at 10:33 AM · Hi everyone,

I am off to look round the Birmingham Conservatoire next Friday so I shall find out myself and let you know what i think. I went to the Royal College open Day and really didn't like the library like feel of the place,it was dead (in my opinion). RNCM in Manchester just seemed to have the charisma that I am looking for!!! I hope I do well enough in my audition to get a place there (fingers crossed!!!)

Thanks for your opinions

Lauren

June 13, 2005 at 10:37 AM · Lorenzo (where) are you studying at the moment?

July 17, 2005 at 03:34 PM · Lauren, any update on the Manchester situation?

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