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.
Wind, Brass and Percussion Key Staff
Head of School
Deputy Head of School and Director of Woodwind
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
International Chair in Saxophone
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
International Visiting Tutor in Flute
International Tutor in French Horn
Jasper de Waal
International Tutor in Percussion
Principal Study Options
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 Insturmental Teaching