RNCM MEMORIES 

 

 

I developed a thriving Harp Department at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester for nearly 30 years, directed the Young Harps Project and the RNCM Harp Ensemble. There were many highlights, including Concerts, Collaborations, Final Recitals, Graphic Scores, Class Counselling, Jing Time, Chicken Sandwiches and Pizza Express Nights.

 

A true ELJ student will understand the importance of all of these! 

There were tears too. A dear former student, Helen MacLeod, sadly died in a car accident in 2018. She had returned to us as a Guest Tutor and was an inspiration. Her memory lives on in the Harp Room with a collage of photos.

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In 2021 I decided to step away from the RNCM, to develop my own performance and teaching projects.

I want to thank all my students at the RNCM: both juniors and seniors. Many won competitions and awards; but for me that was never the main goal. My wish was to guide a student to be the best they could be; to steer them towards their own path and to encourage them to lead musical lives with joy, confidence and integrity.

It was an honour to be part of their harp journey, and my biggest achievement is that I now have them as dear friends and trusted colleagues. 

 

Here are my favourite RNCM memories. 

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How it all started ....

with

Rodney Slatford

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My First Harp Event

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Harp Summit

with

Rodney

&

Kathleen Bride

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The First RNCM Harp Ensemble ...

In Formal Dress

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RNCM Harp Ensemble 10 years later ...

Informal Dress

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I took my students

to the USA ...

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... and to the

Isle of Wight

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We performed on

the Wirral

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... and in

Edinburgh

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... and had

Away Days

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I taught many students ...

Catriona McKay

RNCM graduate, guest tutor and treasured friend

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Alice Roberts

Beginner lessons, JRNCM, Joint Course and first Harpist to win the Gold Medal!

Proud to have guided her all the way.

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Rebecca Mills

from student to

duo collaborator.

 

Thanks, Jing!

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Esther Swift

Thank you for writing

Time Spinner

in memory of

Helen MacLeod

You are a true Jing!

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Louise Thomson

I first taught her at Chetham's, and then she studied with me for 6 years at College.

So proud that she has been

appointed Harp Tutor at Chets, following in my footsteps

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Rosanna Moore

From private lessons through

Chetham's and RNCM, it's been a joy to be part of her success

I organised projects ...

20 Harps - John Cage Concert

Baltic Gallery, Gateshead

Paul Patterson Birthday Celebration Concert

RNCM Harpists perform at the

2017 World Harp Congress

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There were many events

for young harpists

Masterclass: Katerina Kitsou

RNCM International Tutor

Under 'Dippy' the Dinosaur Natural History Museum, London

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My Anniversary Concert

with

Mary Ann Kennedy

one of my first RNCM students

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Harps   Guitars   Double Bass

Concert

We made The Guardian!

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A concert for

Helen MacLeod

We wore her favourite colour.

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Friendships were made ... 

 

Helen Davies Mikkelborg

always a listening ear at the end of an RNCM day!

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Aaron Ma and Shimeng Sun

from China with love

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Georgia Xagara and Eleni Tsaousaki

Greek students

who gave me so much!

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Amy Liptrott and

Rachel Dent

Always supportive

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Junior Harpists

💚

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RNCM Young Harps

💚

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Salvi Showcase Concert

London 2019

"I could feel the friendship and love among them and you,

and that makes an amazing

harp department"

(audience member)

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Team ELJ

ready to cheer Final Recitals

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... and then they came to my

Wedding

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We survived a pandemic ...

with Zoom classes

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... Angharad self isolating in the family caravan

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... and I sent

Seeds of Hope

to help them through

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We always said our farewells in style

with food, wine, cards and gifts

And Steve always there to support

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Many hours teaching in this room,

but it was time to say my goodbye

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Feedback like this made it all worthwhile

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These special words mean so much!

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My Final Class

Good Luck!

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A Memory Book of Photos

with contributions from students

past and present

It's all been an incredible journey