Royal Northern College of Music Archives

The Royal Northern College of Music, by Thomas Pitfield

The RNCM was established in 1973 following the merger of the Royal Manchester College of Music (1893-1973) and the Northern School of Music (1920-1973). Today the Archive acquires materials relating to the RNCM and its predecessors, and the papers of individuals with significant RNCM connections.

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Opening hours

By Appointment for anyone with an interest in the collections. Please give at least 2 days notice. Appointments can be arranged within the following times:

Term Time: Mon-Fri 9.00-19.00, Sat 9.00-13.00
Vacation: Mon-Fri 9.00-17.00

Key collections include:

Organisational archives of the Northern School of Music and The Royal Manchester College of Music; the performing archive of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble; personal papers covering the entire careers of the violinists Adolph Brodsky and Philip Newman, the soprano Elizabeth Harwood, and Walter and Ida Carroll; the correspondence of Sir Charles Halle; the compositions of Arthur Butterworth, Arnold Cooke, John Golland, John Ogdon, Thomas Pitfield and Alan Rawsthorne.

Collection details

Social History, Personalities, Music, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Royal Manchester College of Music
  • Northern School of Music
  • Charles Halle
  • Adolph Brodsky
  • Walter Carroll
  • Ida Carroll
  • Alan Rawsthorne
  • Thomas Pitfield
  • Elizabeth Harwood
  • Philip Jones
  • Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  • Arthur Butterworth
  • John Golland
  • John Ogdon
  • Philip Newman
  • Arnold Cooke
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Thomas Pitfield cross-curricular educational resource pack

Thomas Pitfield was an extraordinarily talented individual: he was a composer, artist, poet and craftsman. This resource pack teaches pupils about his life, his work and his beliefs. Tom had very passionate views on art, music, vegetarianism and war; this resource pack contains lesson plans, looking at all these aspects of his life, for the following subjects: Art & Design, Citizenship and History, Drama, English and Music.


  • Mary Ann Davison (Archivist/Records Manager, RNCM)
  • Saira Knowles (Teaching consultant)
  • Julie Lamara (Bolton Archives and Local Studies)
  • Sheila O'Hare (Trafford Local Studies Library)

How to obtain

Schemes of work, additional texts and images, and some additional activities can all be downloaded from the website. A CD containing relevant recordings of Tom's music is available, free of charge, from Mary Ann Davison.
All material relevant to this resource pack is free of charge, with one exception: if the Music scheme of work is followed, it may be necessary to purchase the published set of 'A Sketchbook of Women' from the publishers, Bardic Edition.

Royal Northern College of Music Archives
124 Oxford Road
Greater Manchester
M13 9RD


Archives homepage on RNCM website

Link to catalogue



0161 907 5211

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