A Manchester Songbook
with the RNCM
The Royal Northern College of Music is one of the world’s leading conservatoires. Located in Manchester, it is one of four conservatoires associated with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Squad3 grad Laura Attridge and Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence Lewis Murphy led a process in which six Squad writers and six RNCM composers explored the collaboration process by writing for solo voice and piano.
Following our introductory workshop in March 2018, their pieces were workshopped in April then showcased at the RNCM in May. All the writers and composers received one-to-one mentoring from Laura and Lewis between the workshop days.
The Squad writers taking part were Andrew Owen Cook, Elizabeth Lomas, Gregory Kearns, Hannah Sowerby, James Varney and Katie Byford – The RNCM composers were Athanasia Kontou, Charlotte Marlow, Jingyu Chen, Lucy Hale, Robert Smith and William Hearne. They were supported by sopranos Helen Te and Dasha Papysheva, baritone Patrick Relph and pianist Brian Low.