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 such as our annual Wind, Brass and Percussion Festival and Saxophone and Percussion Days, 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
Nicholas Thompson

Deputy Head of School and Director of Woodwind
Kevin Gowland

Deputy Head of School and Director of Percussion
Simone Rebello GMusRNCM, PPRNCM

Senior Tutor of Brass Band
Dr David Thornton BA, PPRNCM

Besson International Chair in Brass
Professor James Gourlay

International Chair in Brass Band
Professor David King

International Chair in Wind and Brass Pedagogy (from January 2019)
Kristian Steenstrup

International Chair in Saxophone
Vincent David

International Chair in Oboe
Professor Bart Schneemann

International Chair in French Horn
Professor Alberto Menéndez

International Chair in Trumpet and Intuitive Music
Professor Markus Stockhausen

William Waterhouse International Chair in Chamber Music and Bassoon
Stefano Canuti

International Tutor in Flute
Andrea Oliva

International Tutor in Clarinet
Gábor Varga

International Tutor in French Horn
Jasper de Waal

International Tutor in Trombone
Zoltan Kiss

International Tutor in Jazz Trombone
Jiggs Whigham

International Tutor in Percussion
Birger Sulsbrück

Principal Study Options

Flute
Oboe
Clarinet
Bassoon
Saxophone
Recorder
French Horn
Trumpet
Trombone
Tuba
Cornet
Tenor Horn
Baritone Horn
Euphonium
Percussion/Timpani

Available Courses

Contact Us

School of Wind, Brass and Percussion Administrator
E suzy.stonefield@rncm.ac.uk
T 0161 907 5265

Admissions and Course Enquiries
E admissions@rncm.ac.uk
T 0161 907 5465