The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) held its Gold Medal Competition on Saturday 15 June featuring 10 of the College’s finest performers and four of its leading young composers.
Adjudicated by Manus Carey (RNCM Deputy Principal, Performance and Programmes), Derek Chandruang (Vice President Artist Management, IMG Artists), Professor Linda Merrick (RNCM Principal), Claudia Molitor (composer) and Hazel Province (RNCM Governor and Independent Culture Sector Leader), this year’s winners were postgraduates Darren Gallacher (percussionist) and Kanako Mizuno (piano) and fourth year undergraduate Luke Jones (piano).
Professor Merrick said: ‘The RNCM’s much-coveted Gold Medal celebrates exceptional performance and composition by students at the College. Each year the competition is extremely high and 2019 was no exception. The overall standard was absolutely outstanding and everyone who competed, especially the three winners, should be very proud of their achievement.’
The RNCM Gold Medal is the College’s most prestigious award. During a full day of performances, each competitor presents a 30-minute recital of music that they truly love. Additionally, the day also provides four composers with the opportunity to write a new work, performed this year by wind quintet Festivo Winds.
The other 2019 competitors were: composers Matthew Eden, Philippos Rousiamanis, Stephen Bradshaw and Athanasia Kontou, cellists Jack Bailey and Yukyung Na, clarinettist Michael Choi, pianists Efstathios Chomatsas and Filip Michalak, harpist Lucy Nolan and soprano Caroline Taylor.