The international operatic bass Sir John Tomlinson will become president of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester from January.
One of the friendliest professionals on the opera circuit and a unique artist, John Tom (as he’s widely known) was born in Oswaldtwistle and regards the northwest of England as his home turf.
He said today: ‘I have been associated with the College since 1966 when, as a young engineering undergraduate, I pinned on the noticeboard a card with the words ‘singing lessons required’. The next day Patrick McGuigan (later in the 90s to be Head of Vocal Studies) replied and I began singing lessons with him which led to me becoming a full-time student. Since then it’s been my pleasure to return at regular intervals for recitals and masterclasses and more recently to come and work with the students for a couple of days each term. Now I am privileged to become President of the RNCM for a five-year term and as such it is an honour for me to continue my association with this great institution.’