Mayor of Greater Manchester pledges support to RNCM popular music programme4:03, 13th December 2017
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, has applauded the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) for establishing a ‘unique and pioneering’ popular music degree programme.
Speaking at the conservatoire on 12 December, Burnham emphasised the need to inspire and support future talent, and praised the RNCM for highlighting the importance of popular music education.
He said: ‘As a Mayor with a passion for music and in a city that lives and breathes it, it seems to me it’s my job to support what comes next, to bring on the next generation of Manchester music, which is why I wanted to be here tonight, to support the College in its work in putting on this unique and pioneering course.
‘I am in no doubt the talent is still there in Greater Manchester and across the North of England in the same way as it ever was there, but it probably needs more help now in finding its way through, finding its voice, and getting the recognition that it deserves.
‘It’s great to be here to support everything the College is doing in this regard. As Mayor I will promote it in any way that I can, but let’s all make a New Year’s resolution that we’ll carry on building this UK capital of music into everything we want it to be.’
The RNCM launched the UK’s first four-year BMus (Hons) degree in popular music in September 2015. The course provides intensive training for instrumentalists and singers who intend to work as freelance musicians, bands and artists in the popular music industry, or as a preparation for postgraduate study.