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.

Three trumpet players perform in the RNCM Wind Orchestra.

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.

Further Information

Wind, Brass and Percussion Key Staff

Head of School and Director of Woodwind
Kevin Gowland

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
Philippe Tondre

International Chair in French Horn
Alberto Menéndez

International Visiting Professor in Flute
Andrea Oliva

International Visiting Professor in Clarinet
Gabor Varga

International Visiting Professor in Bassoon
Andrea Zucco

International Visiting Professor in Saxophone
Tim McAllister

International Visiting Professor in Trumpet
Pacho Flores

International Visiting Professor in French Horn
José Vicente Castelló

International Visiting Professor in Trombone
Brandt Attema

International Visiting Professor in Euphonium
Thomas Rüedi

International Visiting Professor in Tuba
Ross Knight

International Professor in Percussion
Kai Strobel

Principal Study Options


Piccolo (postgraduate only)


Cor Anglais (postgraduate only)

E-flat Clarinet (postgraduate only)

Contrabassoon (postgraduate only)
French Horn
Tenor Horn
Baritone Horn

Contact Us

School of Wind, Brass and Percussion Administrator
E [email protected]
T 0161 907 5265

Admissions and Course Enquiries
E [email protected]
T 0161 907 5465