School of Wind, Brass and Percussion

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 […]

Read More



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 […]

Read More



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 […]

Read More



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 […]

Read More



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 […]

Read More



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 […]

Read More



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 […]

Read More



Great results for Popular Music and WBP in 2017 NSS

9 August 2017

The RNCM has achieved an exceptional 89% in this year’s National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction, which showed outstanding results for Popular Music and the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion. Conducted annually since 2005, the NSS is a national initiative running across all publicly funded Higher Education Institutions in England, Wales, Northern Ireland […]

Read More



Alumnus joins Manchester Camerata

31 July 2017

Congratulations to alumnus James Thomas on his appointment as Manchester Camerata’s Head of Artistic Development and Planning. James, who studied bassoon at the RNCM and graduated in 2009, joins the orchestra from his position as General Manager of the award-winning Sinfonia Cymru. In his new role, James will work closely with both Manchester Camerata and […]

Read More



Staff and Students Gather to Wish John a Happy Retirement

26 June 2017

RNCM staff and students got together today to wish Professor John Miller all the best as he retires from his role as Head of the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion. John joined the RNCM in 1998 as Director of Brass, before taking up the position of Deputy Head and then Head of the School […]

Read More