RNCM to Launch New Centre for Brass

The RNCM recently announced plans to establish a brand new centre for brass offering exceptional tuition and performance opportunities to students.

Named after the College’s first Head of the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion, the Philip Jones Centre for Brass will launch in December 2014 under the direction of the department’s current Head, Professor John Miller.

An exceptional musician and one of the leading tutors of his generation, Philip Jones aimed to elevate brass playing to new and sophisticated levels. As a result, the RNCM’s Centre will continue this vision, ensuring that new and current students receive the very best learning and performance opportunities available.

Talking of the development, John said: ‘The RNCM has long enjoyed a unique position in the world of brass, and has produced outstanding alumni in all spheres of activity. The Philip Jones Centre for Brass will bring everything and everybody together and fulfil a vision, providing the very best opportunities in performance, study and research.’

The RNCM already offers unrivalled opportunities for brass students to perform in the College’s various orchestras, bands, ensembles, and groups, and to benefit from the vast knowledge and talent of world-class tutors, visiting artists and International Chairs. With the launch of the Centre, the RNCM is pleased to welcome esteemed soloists and brass band directors Dr James Gourlay and Professor David King as two new International Chairs in the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion. Both James and David now join a roster of recent visiting brass staff including Håkan Hardenberger, Frøydis Ree Wekre and Kristian Steenstrup.

Through the Centre, there will also be opportunities to collaborate with the College’s professional partners, including the Black Dyke Band and Foden’s, and to work alongside students from the RNCM’s School of Composition.

To learn more about the Philip Jones Centre for Brass, including information about the professional training, academic training, and research it will offer, in addition to quotes from students, alumni and tutors, click here.

18 November 2013