I'm Heather, the archivist at the Royal Northern College of Music. It's great to have you here and I hope you find it interesting.

This site contains the catalogues of the archives held at the Royal Northern College of Music. The archives contain lots of different collections, such as original music manuscripts from previous students, and records of our two predecessors the Northern School of Music (founded in 1920 by Hilda Collens) and the Royal Manchester College of Music (founded in 1893 by Sir Charles Hallé).

The current archive of the Royal Northern College of Music is constantly expanding and tells the story of the current conservatoire.

There is also material like the correspondence of Adolph Brodsky (Principal of the RMCM and friend of Tchaikovsky, Elgar and the Griegs), papers of Elizabeth Harwood (soprano) and the Carroll family (music educators), and lots more!

If you find yourself listed as an index in the archive and would like to correct/add to your entry please do let me know.

If you would like to visit the archives to see anything in person then please note that I can only accommodate pre-booked visitors (with at least a week's notice, please) and that the archive is only available to the public on the following days:
Monday (1000-1600)
Tuesday (1000-1600)
Wednesday (1030-1600)

Anyone is welcome to see these collections whether you be a musician, teacher, alumn, artist, circus performer, whoever!

Any questions, drop me a line on heather.roberts@rncm.ac.uk

For digitised images, head over to our friends at the Manchester Digital Music Archive. https://www.mdmarchive.co.uk/user/4561/rncmarchives

Quick note: where you see the abbreviation "fl." in the dates of people included in an index for an entry, this basically means "we don't know their exact dates of existence but we know they were around during these years".