Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

RNCM receives funding for new digital project

1:53, 14th November 2017

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has received £1.05m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) Catalyst Fund towards a new digital project linking the College with university music departments and professional partners across England.

RNCM Ensemble+ will see the conservatoire establish links with music departments at the Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and York to share teaching (including research and student and professional artistic products such as performance and composition) via a number of digital initiatives.

The £2m project aims to enhance student employability, widen participation in the Higher Education sector, and develop new teaching approaches. All partners will benefit from a host of digital initiatives, such as live streamed classes and workshops with visiting tutors, collaborative seminars providing scope for interactive contributions, ‘distance’ music-making for staff and students at all partner institutions, and professional recording sessions with support from the BBC (based at MediaCityUK) and School of Sound Recording. It will also widen participation across the north of England, offering ‘distance’ teaching opportunities to schools, colleges and music education hubs.

Dr Larry Goves, academic lead for RNCM Ensemble+, said: ‘Over the next 12 months we’ll be transforming a traditional teaching space into a high spec studio that will offer fantastic opportunities for live interaction between staff and students at the RNCM and our partners institutions.

‘The possibilities for RNCM Ensemble+, once fully established, are endless. Offering shared access to classes, performance, research and networks via state-of-the-art digital technology is a significant step forward for the RNCM and ensures that we remain at the forefront of music education in the UK.’

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