Cornet Day

Join us for an inspiring day of learning with two of the country’s leading cornet players: RNCM tutors Dr Roger Webster and Richard Marshall.

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 have the opportunity to perform with piano accompaniment 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 will be taught by staff from the RNCM’s School of Wind, Brass and Percussion:

Roger Webster, cornetProfessor Roger Webster
Senior Tutor in Cornet, trumpet and performance psychology
Roger has been playing at the highest level with brass bands for over three decades. As a principal cornet player, he has spent 10 years with Black Dyke, seven with CWS Glasgow, a brief period at Brighouse and Rastrick, and was longstanding principal cornet of Grimethorpe Colliery. Alongside his above commitments, Roger has also been active as a soloist throughout, visiting over 25 countries and performing in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls.

Richard Marshall, cornetRichard Marshall
RNCM Tutor in Cornet
One of the finest cornet players of his generation, Richard began playing at the age of nine. In 1996, aged 19, he became principal cornet of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, a position he held for 10 years. During this time he gained a BA (Hons) in Band Studies and an LRSM in Bandmastership. Richard is currently principal cornet of the world famous Black Dyke Band, a position that is known as the ‘hottest seat in banding’.

Example Programme:

Time Activity
10 – 10.30am Registration
10.30 – 11.45am Masterclasses and tuition including performance, technique and ensemble classes
11.45 – 12noon Break
12 – 1pm Advice on preparing for auditions and performances
1 – 2pm Break
2 – 4pm Tuition including Q&A session with staff and students. Delegate performances with piano accompaniment
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 this Cornet Instrument 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…