A4 Quartet awarded Prestigious Accolade

The RNCM in Manchester has honoured the A4 Brass Quartet by making them Associate Members; the first brass ensemble to achieve this status. The award winning quartet will join a prestigious ensemble of leading international musicians in becoming Associate Members of the Royal Northern College of Music (ARNCM). 

The group will join cellists Abel Selaocoe and Mikhail Nemtsov, pianists Alexander Panfilov and Alexandra Dariescu, bassoonist Andres Yauri, composers Daniel Kidane and Tom Harrold, conductor and repetiteur James Hendry, vocalists Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano) and Soraya Mafi (soprano), and percussionist Le Yu in gaining the new accolade at the annual graduation ceremony in December.

RNCM Principal, Prof Linda Merrick stated: "It is an honour and privilege to present this prestigious award to such an incredible and inspirational group of young musicians. Their contribution to the College and their continued support to RNCM students past and present is invaluable. All 12 have achieved so much since graduating and I am looking forward to developing our relationship and to seeing their careers flourish even further in the years ahead.”

Since the group’s formation in 2003 they have won international acclaim through the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition, a Tunnell Trust Award, the Tillett Trust Young Artists' Platform series and the Musicians' Company Concert Series. In 2018 the quartet completed the prestigious International Artist Diploma in Chamber Music course at the RNCM as John Fewkes Scholars.

A spokesperson for the group, comprising Jamie Smith, Jonathan Bates, Mike Cavanagh and Chris Robertson, stated, “We are delighted to become the first recipients of the ARNCM - Associate Members of the Royal Northern College of Music. In addition to our role as Honorary Associate Artists, we are thrilled to maintain our close relationship with the College and are proud to be ambassadors for them!”


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