School of Wind, Brass and Percussion

Jess to perform at Last Night of the Proms

25 April 2018

Saxophonist Jess Gillam will perform at the Last Night of the Proms. The 19-year-old, who made her Proms début last year, will join Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 8 September. ‘I found out about being asked to perform at the Last Night a few months ago […]

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RNCM musicians chosen for Jazz North’s touring scheme

18 April 2018

Artephis, Manchester Jazz Collective and Täpp have all been selected as ambassador artists for Jazz North’s northern line touring scheme 2018 – 2019. Launched in 2013, northern line is an innovative model for touring which gives promoters the opportunity to programme high quality artists with low financial risk. To date, 59 ambassador artists have taken […]

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Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Awards

13 April 2018

Congratulations to postgraduate clarinettist Antonio Perez-Barrera, winner of a Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Award. The annual competition, which focuses on a different instrument discipline each year, provides performance opportunities, valuable international profile and financial assistance to talented music students throughout Europe. This year’s competition took place at the RNCM earlier this month and […]

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RNCM Wind Orchestra releases 10th Chandos CD

6 April 2018

The RNCM Wind Orchestra has released its 10th CD with Chandos. Conducted by Clark Rundell and Mark Heron, Latin Winds celebrates the strong Latin tradition of wind bands in an exhilarating programme. The album prominently features works by one of the most iconic composers for winds, the Brazilian Villa-Lobos. Their liveliness, freely changing modalities, ease […]

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Jess Gillam nominated for Classic BRIT Award

4 April 2018

Congratulations to Jess Gillam, who’s been nominated in The Sound of Classical poll at the 2018 Classic BRIT Awards. Aimed to promote the best emerging artists and ones-to-watch in classical music, the Sound of Classical poll is a new initiative for the Classic BRIT Awards, which returns after a five year break. The winner, aged […]

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A4 Brass wins ROSL ARTS Ensemble Award

21 March 2018

Congratulations to A4 Brass, winners of the ROSL ARTS Mixed Ensemble Award. Their achievement follows Kabantu’s success in the same category last year, and marks the fifth time an RNCM Ensemble has been awarded the prize since the Aurora Percussion Duo in 2012. Now in its 66th year, the ROSL ARTS, the arts division of […]

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Wind, Brass & Percussion Festival: A Dance with the Devil

20 March 2018

Students and staff from our School of Wind, Brass and Percussion will present a day-long festival next month, with a feast of free events and performances by special guests. Taking place on Sunday 22 April, the RNCM Wind, Brass and Percussion Festival: A Dance with the Devil, includes everything from a lunchtime concert that gives […]

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Kevin Gowland appointed Director of Woodwind (Deputy Head of School of WBP)

10 January 2018

The RNCM has appointed Kevin Gowland as Director of Woodwind (Deputy Head of School of Wind, Brass and Percussion), commencing in April. Kevin studied flute at the Royal College of Music with Susan Milan, before being appointed by Sir Simon Rattle as Flute Section Leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a position he held […]

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Gavin Reid appointed Chair of ABO

14 December 2017

Congratulations to alumnus Gavin Reid, elected Chair of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO). Born and raised in Edinburgh, Gavin was appointed Principal Trumpet with Manchester Camerata in 1989, becoming its General Manager in 2001. He became Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 2006 and Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in […]

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Keiko Abe awarded Fellowship of the RNCM

24 November 2017

We were proud to award Yamaha artist Keiko Abe with Fellowship of the RNCM during a recent visit to the College. The marimba virtuoso, who turned 80 earlier this year, was presented with the accolade by Principal Professor Linda Merrick on Thursday 23 November following a lunchtime concert with RNCM percussion students. Fellowship of the […]

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