School of Wind, Brass and Percussion

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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RNCM Wind Orchestra releases 10th Chandos CD

15 March 2018

The RNCM Wind Orchestra has recorded its 10th CD with Chandos, due for release next month. 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 […]

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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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RNCM partner shortlisted for Music Teacher Award

9 November 2017

Congratulations to our professional partner, the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain (NWOGB), shortlisted for a 2018 Music Teacher Award for Excellence. Nominated for the Best Classical Music Education Initiative Award, the NWOGB is the UK’s premier youth wind orchestra, bringing together some of the finest young woodwind, brass and percussion players aged 14 […]

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Jess signed for worldwide general management

19 October 2017

Congratulations to undergraduate saxophonist Jess Gillam, signed by HarrisonParrot and Polyarts for worldwide general management. The second year undergraduate, who made her Proms début this summer, is the first artist to be jointly represented by the two companies. Writing on Twitter, she said: ‘I could not be more excited about this. I am so pleased to […]

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McDonough is Eccles Borough Band’s Principal Euphonium

11 October 2017

Congratulations to third year undergraduate Peter McDonough on his appointment as Principal Euphonium with the Eccles Borough Band. Having started out in the Cardiff County youth bands, Peter began senior banding at the age of 14, joining the Tongwynlais Band in 2012. He is also Principal Euphonium of the National Youth Band and Wind Orchestra […]

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New appointments for September 2017

17 August 2017

The RNCM has announced a number of new International Chairs and Tutors, commencing in September. Director and alumnus Graham Vick CBE will join the School of Vocal Studies and Opera as its first International Chair of Opera, while the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion welcomes Alberto Menéndez as International Chair in Horn, Thomas Rüedi […]

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