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Sunday 4 February 2.30pm
Grace Macdonald Lily Wilson-Caines
Freya Chambers Simeon Evans

The Carnelian Saxophone Quartet is a dynamic ensemble based in the North of England. They play a diverse repertoire ranging from classical music to folk and pop music. The quartet was formed in September 2015 when they all met at the RNCM, and since this time they have performed at an extensive and diverse range of concerts and events. They have collaborated with other musicians and have developed their own unique sound.

The quartet has performed at many venues in Manchester and further afield. They reached the finals of the Trevor Wye Prize for Woodwind Chamber Music in June 2016 and have recorded Glint by Melissa Douglas which was written for the quartet

Royal Northern College of Music
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Saturday 17 February 7.30pm

Formed in 2008, these harp and banjo driven electro-folk experimentalists have been building up a loyal following via the old fashioned practice of relentless gigging and modern practice of social network sites. The quality of their music and the vast range of influences, from lone English Oak trees in Gallipoli to Care In The Community, make them entertaining and memorable.

Regulars on the northern folk circuit, in recent years they have expanded their live outreach across the country, helped massively by appearances on BBC Radio and rave reviews in the national and mainstream press.

Laughing Dog Music
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Sunday 4 March 2.30pm
Cressida McKay Frith - Flute Pippa Austin - Oboe Ellen Tiso - Clarinet
Nadia Plummer - Bassoon Ben Percival - French horn  

Chamber music is one of the major aspects of student life at the Royal Northern College of Music and Prima Wind Quintet was formed in 2014 to take advantage of the exciting opportunities the college offers. All five members are passionate about performing as a group, whether in recitals and masterclasses or as part of educational outreach projects.

In 2017 they were chosen by RNCM to perform in one of its prestigious Spotlight concerts, working with a pianist for the first time to play the well-known Poulenc Piano Sextet. Prima have won The 2016 Art of Chamber Competition, were highly commended in the 2017 RNCM Trevor Wye Woodwind Chamber Prize and took part in a masterclass with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.

Royal Northern College of Music
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Saturday 17 March 7.30pm

An exciting new collaboration of two wonderfully charismatic guitarists and singer-songwriters. Sally has had a fantastic career spanning over 30 years, collaborating with many bands and musicians

Brooks Williams is a fantastically talented guitarist and beautifully charismatic performer, who is universally loved across the globe and is ranked in the “Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists.”

Brooks writes songs that are a collision of roots and evolution. Rocking. Economical. Ironic. The arrangements are tight, and yet the performances are rich in blues pathos. Walking the line between blues and Americana, he has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, with 23 CDs to his name

Laughing Dog Music
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Saturday 21 April 7.30pm

A unique talent performing thought-provoking, evocative original songs in a wonderfully intimate manner. His beautifully crafted, folk-tinged material showcases his incredible, distinctive and intricate fingerstyle guitar work, an exciting blend of the folk-baroque, blues and classical styles, and his gently nuanced, compelling tenor vocals.

An inspiring poetic lyricist, Simon's live performances are intense and impassioned, the subject matter chiefly Scottish, yet with universal appeal. This concert is not to be missed.

'One of Scotland's very best singer-songwriters' (Sunday Herald).

'Stunning talent' (STV).

'Beautiful tunes, infinitely talented' (BBC Radio 3).

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Sunday 29 April 2.30pm
Lily Whitehurst - Violin Abi Hammett - Violin
Daire Roberts - Viola Gunda Baranauskaite - Cello

The Gaskell String Quartet is an ensemble which has quickly made its mark on the Manchester music scene. As winners of the RNCM Schubert Prize and Hirsch Prize for the performance of Beethoven, they have been awarded a place in the final of the Chris Rowland Chamber Ensemble of the Year competition for high quality chamber music at the RNCM.

They recently made their Radio 3 debut with a performance of Errollyn Wallen's All the Blues I See and will be recording Nicholas Simpson's complete works for string quartet later this year.

Royal Northern College of Music

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