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RNCM Gala Dinner 2016

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The Royal Northern College of Music Gala Dinner took place on 16th April 2016 and it was a great honour to be invited as a special guest and to have the opportunity to speak and perform with pianist Ben Powell at the event. It was a great evening of food, drink and entertainment with performances also from; Round 3, Mortimer Quartet, RNCM Trombone Choir, Vornicu Quartet and Big Phat Phunction Band.  Key 103’s Darren Proctor was the compère for the evening and the event was all in aid of the RNCM Student Awards Fund.

The RNCM Student Awards Fund provides vital support to young musicians who show exceptional potential but lack the financial resources to undertake their studies. The RNCM student fund currently allows  £1 million a year to be awarded to young musicians studying at RNCM but requests for help total closer to £3 million  – this means there are many students whose financial needs cannot be met.  Any donations, large or small make a really difference to  supporting young talent.

To find out more about supporting RNCM Students please visit:

Kathryn is an opera singer, concert and song recitalist from Liverpool. Described by What's on Stage as 'One of Britain's brightest young mezzos' and named as The Times 'Rising Star of Classical Music.' Kathryn regularly works with leading singers, instrumentalists, orchestras and ensembles in concerts and broadcasts nationally and internationally.

Kathryn has performed leading opera roles for companies including English National Opera, Glyndebourne and Opera North. She has made recordings for Hyperion, Chandos, Somm, Nyman Records and her debut CD 'Love's Old Sweet Song' was released by Champs Hill Records. Kathryn was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2015-17.

Kathryn trained at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, studying voice with Susan Roper and piano with Naomi Kayayan. Her many awards include the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Richard Strauss, Susan Chilcott Scholarship and The Joaninah Trust Award. Kathryn is an Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music and teaches singing at The University of Manchester.

Kathryn co-founded Mersey Wave Music Choir in 2012 in her home city of Liverpool and was recipient of the Merseyside Woman of the Year Arts Award in 2016. Kathryn has a passion for championing and supporting live music making within community and healthcare settings; especially to support staff, patients and relatives throughout healthcare. In loving memory of her parents who were both cancer patients.

Read More here: Music and Cancer


Copyright Kathryn Rudge 2019