ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Since its formation in 1973 the Royal Northern College of Music has established itself as one of the principal international conservatories in Europe. Today a truly cosmopolitan 500-plus students are prepared each year for professional careers in music by distinguished international staff. The standing which the RNCM has achieved is reflected in a number of ways: it has one of the finest and most consistent records of student success in major national and international music competitions; its graduates have a formidable reputation in the music profession and are to be found in opera houses and orchestras throughout Europe. Student ensembles also undertake a number of overseas tours each year. In 1994/95, for example, Music Theatre pieces were presented at the 1995 UK/LA Festival in Los Angeles, the Symphony Orchestra undertook a Scandinavian tour conducted by Ole Schmidt and took part in the Montepulciano Festival in Italy, the Chamber Orchestra made its annual visit to Aix en-Provence Musique Festival in France, and the Wind Orchestra made a highly successful tour of Japan.