RNCM Chopin Prize at Royal Northern College of Music

The RNCM Chopin Prize sees finalists from the School of Keyboard Studies showcase their skills in honour of the virtuoso pianist and composer.

Chopin famously played just one concert in Manchester at the prestigious Manchester Gentleman’s Concert Hall in August 1848 to one of his largest audiences. Reviewed by the Manchester Guardian, he was warmly received and made a strong impression on the Manchester music scene. A statue of Chopin by artist Ludwika Nitschowa can be found on the RNCM concourse. It was erected in 1973 in honour of the 125th anniversary of Chopin’s appearance in Manchester.

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