Euphonium Day

Join us for an inspiring day of learning with two of the country’s leading euphonium players: RNCM tutors Professor Steve Mead and David Thornton.

Designed for enthusiastic players of ABRSM Grade 6 or equivalent, participants will benefit from masterclasses and tuition, covering areas such as performance, technique and ensemble work. You’ll also receive advice on preparing for auditions and performances before taking part in an informal concert for family and friends.

Exceptional Learning Opportunities

This day is distinctive in relation to the quality of coaching provided by players and teachers who’ve reached the highest levels of performance and education in the music industry. It aims to develop in each musician the importance of a whole mind and body approach to communicating music through their instrument.

Students who would benefit from this course may be:

  • A student preparing for conservatoire entrance auditions
  • A music education student planning a career in a performance setting or postgraduate study
  • A music enthusiast wishing to enhance their musical experience by working with the RNCM as part of a professional development experience

Learn From and Work with Highly Experienced Musicians

You’ll be taught by staff from the RNCM School of Wind, Brass and Percussion:

Steven MeadSteve Mead
Senior Tutor in Euphonium and Baritone
Steve is well known as one of the foremost euphonium soloists and brass teachers in the world today. He is Professor of Euphonium at the RNCM and received Fellowship of the College in 2008. He has played solo concerti with symphony orchestras worldwide and has performed as a soloist with leading military bands. He has also given concert tours with professional chamber ensembles in Europe, including Sound-Inn-Brass (Austria), Spanish Brass Quintet, Classic Quintet (Bolzano, Italy),Trombonisti Italiani (Italy) and London Brass.

Dr. David Thornton
Tutor in Euphonium and Baritone and Senior Tutor in Brass Band
David’s work within the brass band world has seen him at the top flight for over a decade. He has held solo euphonium positions with the Fairey Band (1997-2000) and the Black Dyke Band (2000-2010) having won European, National and British Open Titles during this time. David is currently solo euphonium with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band. David has been a tutor for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, National Youth Brass Band of Wales, National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain, the International Brass Band Summer School (Swansea) and the Wessex Band Summer School, and many of his current and former students hold principal positions with the UK’s leading bands.

Example Programme:

Time Activity
10 – 10.30am Registration
10.30 – 11.45am Masterclasses and tuition including performance, technique and ensemble classes
11.45 – 12pm Break
12 – 1pm Advice on preparing for auditions and performances
1 – 2pm Break
2 – 4pm Tuition including Q&A session with staff and students
4 – 5pm Informal concert for parents/friends to attend
5 – 5.45pm Optional: tour of the College

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of the Euphonium Day is £30.


Attendees should have achieved ABRSM Grade 6+ (or equivalent). Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

How do I Apply?

Covid-19 stopped our 2020 Instrument Days from taking place but we hope to be back soon. Please revisit this page for information about future events.


COVID-19 Update: Our venues have reopened to the public and we’re looking forward to welcoming you back this Autumn. Before attending an event at the RNCM, please read our Audience Protocol…