by Emily Revill, Community Officer


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Tell us about your job! What is your role at the RNCM? 

The Library team is made up of Librarians, Library Assistants and our fabulous Archivist! Collectively we all work together to ensure that all students have access to all the resources you need for your studies at College, as well as continuing to develop the Library collection. This involves a wide variety of tasks (aside from the obvious stamping books and shushing), including ordering, cataloguing, managing online resources, shelving, providing information literacy training, copyright guidance, writing reports, assisting with enquiries etc. etc.! The Library also manages the College’s Collection of Historical Musical Instruments, which is usually open before lunchtime concerts.

What do many students not know about your job, but you wish they did?

Every member of Library staff is a musician. Between us we could make up a very odd looking chamber orchestra covering almost every instrument! This really helps us understand the demands on students and how best we can help them. Oh, and also, you can get a degree in Librarianship, it’s a thing!

If you had one piece of advice you could give to students, what would it be? 

Be nice to your Librarian, you never know when you might need them! No?! Ok, well then, it would be to make the most of your time as a student at the RNCM. It is a wonderful place to be so take every opportunity you’re given, make the most of the student discounts and generally enjoy student life!

Throughout your time working at the RNCM, are there any funny stories that stand out? 

It’s the requests for “the red book that I borrowed two years ago” that amuse me. Yes of course, I know the one…!

What's your favourite thing about working at the RNCM? 

The fabulous environment. Everyone is a musician, supportive or each other and there is creativity in the air! 

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? 

This is a really mean question to ask a Librarian, we love books!! There are several that are up there, but I think I would have to choose Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials (yes, I know that’s three books!). I love books which totally immerse you in their world and Pullman does this really well.


Library free year of borrowing for graduating students

All new graduate students can sign up to borrow from the RNCM Library free for a year (saving a £30 subscription, however a £50 refundable deposit is still payable). You can borrow up to 5 items at once, including music, books CDs and DVDs. For more information please ask a member of Library staff or email sarah.dardenne@rncm.ac.uk.  

With thanks to the Library team for their time!  



Two performance opportunities have arisen for later on in 2019 here at St. Laurence’s Chorley due to changed plans of some of our performers. The two dates available are Sunday 14th July and Sunday 24th November, both at 3pm.


Would you be able to make this known to students who may be interested in filling these vacancies, please? Please do ask them to be in touch with me on music@stlaurencechorley.co.uk or on 07980 872203.



Verse-Chorus will be returning on the 10th June at Night & Day Cafe. V-C is a folk music and spoken word collective, made up by musical acts from the RNCM and independent spoken word artists from around Manchester! Doors will open at 8pm. Would be lovely to see lots of faces there supporting, as it will be a fun and chilled evening, with a awesome line up taking the stage at 8.30pm.

Get your tickets here -> https://versechorus.tessera.events/tickets/versechorus-

And for more info go follow us on Instagram @verse_chorus_

Kinetic and Vonnegut Collective present SPACE / SENSE - a two-part concert series exploring physical space, spatial perceptions and sensory phenomena, within two very contrasting venues.


The first concert (09/06) at TAKK (a converted shipping container at HATCH, Oxford Road), will explore physical restrictions and limitations, but also attempt to create a perception of the opposite - vastness. The programme features two pieces - David Pocknee’s thoroughly entertaining political statement Economics (2010; 2017 version) whereby the landing of thrown objects influences musical decisions, and overcast, a brand new multimedia Kinetic premiere from composer/singer Nina Whiteman - Nina’s recent work involves mazes, labyrinths, navigation, physical limitations, and more, as both composer and performer (with Trio Atem and more). The 30-minute programme will be performed three times.


The second concert (03/07) is at VICTORIA BATHS - a disused swimming baths. The programme consists entirely of Kinetic commissions - a performance installation created by Kinetic and Vonnegut Collective, exploring sensory deprivation; a new audio-visual installation by Jordan T. Caylor which manipulates the material of the former, and a brand new work by RNCM PhD composer Bofan Ma - all exploring an extraordinary location.


Tickets available online IN ADVANCE ONLY (due to programming reasons) at:www.ticketsource.co.uk/kinetic-manchester

https://www.facebook.com/events/590413771462480/    https://www.kineticmanchester.co.uk/


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