School of Wind, Brass and Percussion
Building on a foundation of creativity, dedication and determination, the RNCM School of Wind, Brass and Percussion provides an immersive and collaborative environment for young musicians.
Intensive individual training, masterclasses with international artists and specialist group tuition are complemented by a range of performance and audition activities, both at the College and through worldwide partnerships such as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Netherlands Wind Ensemble. Combined, these enable you to develop your musicianship and personal skills, and gain an understanding of the professional protocol in other countries and cultures. Students within the School can also undertake additional lessons on an appropriate doubling, associated or jazz instrument, further enhancing your progression as a versatile and industry-ready musician.
Repertoire covered includes the established traditions of European wind, brass and percussion playing, and we place a strong emphasis on new music, including that written by our student composers. You’ll also benefit from School-specific events and enjoy cross-School collaborations through our numerous orchestras and ensembles.
For more information on the audition process and requirements for the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion click here.
Wind, Brass and Percussion Key Staff
Head of School and Director of Woodwind
Head of School and Director of Percussion
Simone Rebello GMusRNCM, PPRNCM
Head of School and Director of Brass
Murray Greig GMusRNCM, PPRNCM, MMus, FRNCM.
Professor of Euphonium and Baritone, Director of Brass Band Studies
Dr David Thornton BA, PPRNCM
Besson International Chair in Brass
Professor James Gourlay
International Chair in Brass Band
Professor David King
Buffet Crampon International Chair in Oboe
International Chair in French Horn
International Visiting Professor in Flute
International Visiting Professor in Clarinet
International Visiting Professor in Bassoon
International Visiting Professor in Saxophone
International Visiting Professor in Trumpet
International Visiting Professor in French Horn
José Vicente Castelló
International Visiting Professor in Trombone
International Visiting Professor in Euphonium
International Visiting Professor in Tuba
International Professor in Percussion
Principal Study Options
Piccolo (postgraduate only)
Cor Anglais (postgraduate only)
E-flat Clarinet (postgraduate only)
Contrabassoon (postgraduate only)
Bachelor of Music with Honours
Master of Music
Master of Performance
Postgraduate Diploma: Advanced Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in Solo Performance/Vocal Studies and Opera (IAD)
PGCE in Music with Specialist Instrumental Teaching