RNCM appoints new head of school of strings
22 May 2013
The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has appointed Chris Hoyle as head of school of strings, with effect from 1 June.
An alumnus of the RNCM, Mr Hoyle is a cellist who has worked extensively as a chamber musician, orchestral player, soloist and teacher. During 23 years with the BBC Philharmonic he made more than 100 CD recordings and played in over 100 Proms concerts; he has performed as guest principal with many UK orchestras, given solo concerts nationwide and as a chamber musician is active with the McFarlane string quartet, Psappha and several small ensembles within the BBC.
Mr Hoyle joined the Junior RNCM as a cello tutor in 2002 before taking the position of deputy head of school of strings in 2010. His new appointment has been made in the wake of Malcolm Layfield being forced to resign as a result of the investigations into abuse at specialist music schools in Manchester. Martin Roscoe, whose principled stand against the appointment of Layfield some years ago cost him his own job as head of keyboard, welcomed the news of Chris Hoyle's promotion to a role which he had effectively been fulfilling for the past year, describing him as 'a thoroughly nice guy with no baggage and no guru-type image ... exactly what the college needs at this time'.
Mr Hoyle said of his appointment: 'It's a great honour to be leading the school of strings at the RNCM and to be working with such a team of fine string players. I've spent 25 years working as a performer in the heart of the music profession: I know its demands and the challenges which music students face. My approach is to maintain the very highest artistic ideals, yet to speak of their attainment n plain English, to demystify the arts and to educate the students with total focus. I'm as passionate about music-making as ever and my hope is that the RNCM's string students will themselves enjoy a fulfilling career within this profession.' www.rncm.ac.uk