Tenor Horn Day

Our Tenor Horn Day is for players who have achieved Grade 6 or above (or the equivalent) and are looking to audition for conservatoire study or improve their general instrumental skills.

This exciting event will give you the opportunity to work with some of the finest teachers, musicians and students from all over the world, as well as the chance to meet, perform and socialise with like-minded talented musicians.

RNCM Tenor Horn Day attendees receive:

  • Masterclasses and tuition with RNCM staff, including performance, technique and ensemble classes
  • Advice on preparing for auditions and performances
  • Q&A session with RNCM staff and students
  • A short informal concert featuring all delegates and course directors

What are the benefits?

Immersive Learning Opportunities

The RNCM Tenor Horn Day is distinctive in relation to the quality of coaching that will be provided by players and teachers who have reached the highest levels of performance and education in the music industry. The intensive day is designed to develop in each individual player 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:

Owen Farr RNCM Tutor in Tenor Horn

Owen began his musical career with the Pontypool Brass Band at the age of six. He soon joined Gwent County Youth Brass Band and the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, progressing to Principal Horn in both ensembles. Owen’s growing talent was recognised in 1995 when he became the British Open Junior Solo Champion and was appointed Solo Horn for the Tredegar Town Band at the age of 16. In 1998, after enrolling at the RNCM, Owen joined the Williams Fairey Band. Owen thrived in both these environments and was voted Player of the Year by his fellow players at the band. He enjoyed many successful solo performances with the band and was also a key member in their two National Finals victories.

Sandy Smith

In a playing career as principal horn with the Black Dyke, Fairey and Grimethorpe bands he has won 6 British Open, 4 National Championships, 8 European, 6 Brass in Concert, 2 All England Masters and 11 championship section Area titles. He also plays tenor horn and mellophonium in ‘La Banda Europa’, an orchestra of 35 diverse European instrumentalists and has also played with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in works requiring tenor horn.

Sandy is a prolific arranger for brass having had his work recorded and performed by all of the leading UK bands for many years. He has lectured on brass band scoring, arranging and the history and repertoire of the brass band at Huddersfield University. His brass teaching activities have encompassed every stage of musical education from primary school to university standard including the RNCM in Manchester. He obtained his PGCE in 1994.

Sandy is a regular panel member for RNCM assessments and auditions.

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of this one-day event is £30, which includes all tuition. Our Café will also be open throughout the day for cash transactions, offering a selection of snacks, sandwiches and drinks.


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

How do I Apply?

Applications for our 2019 instrument days have now closed. If you’d like to enquire about future events, please contact shortcourses@rncm.ac.uk.