Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music has revealed its Summer 2018 season featuring classical music, big band, vocal and a collaboration with Manchester Jazz Festival.

Running through the season, the RNCM will continue their year-long French Connections journey, exploring the music and musicians of france, with highlights including Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé at The Bridgewater Hall with conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier (29 June), the baritone Roderick Williams singing a Franco-British programme (24 April), the French organist-composer-improviser Thierry Escaich providing the soundtrack to the 1927 American silent film Sunrise (08 June), and two stunning choral works – Fauré’s Requiem (05 June) and the Paris-based Italian composer Rossini’s dramatic Petite messe solennelle (15 June)

The Royal Northern College of Music will also celebrate the music of Anthony Gilbert and Adam Gorb two Heads of Composition at the RNCM, with a two-day festival including concerts and talks and the premiere of Adam Gorb’s new opera The Path to Heaven.

Other festivals including the annual Wind, Brass and Percussion Festival on 22 April, Piano Day on 16 June and the RNCM Gold Medal Competition (23 June).

Meanwhile the RNCM Young Company, a musical theatre group for young people aged 13 – 18, returns to the stage alongside performers from The Circus House for a spellbinding new work of music, dance and acrobatics (25 – 26 May). And the RNCM Young Explorers series continues with a sea-inspired programme as the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra brings to life John Williams’ Suite from Jaws and Hans Zimmer’s music from Pirates of the Caribbean in a relaxed, family-friendly concert for ages 4 and above (24 June). The ever-popular RNCM Session Orchestra also makes a welcome return this Summer (09 June), as does the RNCM Big Band, which takes to the stage alongside trombonist Bart van Lier (28 June).

Finally, the RNCM’s collaboration with Manchester Jazz Festival continues with a concert by Norma Winstone (vocals), Klaus Gesing (bass clarinet, saxophones) and Glauco Venier (piano), with special guest (and RNCM alum) Abel Selaocoe (cello) (27 July).