The Woodwind Department is small but hugely rich in diversity, with a range of amazing teachers. Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Classical Sax and Recorder grace the school with a range of wonderful repertoire. All our teachers are performers at a top professional level, and many also work at Junior and Senior Conservatoires. They therefore understand the next level of learning that students may be looking to explore.
We have regular and exciting Masterclasses from top players, most recently saxophonist Amy Dickson, and Juliana Koch, Principal Oboe in the London Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensembles with our amazing string and keyboard students enable exploration through coaching, rehearsals and concerts, of some of the best chamber repertoire for their instrument. Regular instrument classes create further chamber playing opportunities and time to focus on the peculiarities and wonders of each instrument. All our work aims to prepare our Woodwind students to enjoy music making in any performing situation.
The department holds bi-annual Woodwind Days, which are open to young woodwind players of Grade 6 standard and above. Coached by members of the faculty, the workshops, ensemble playing and performance classes provide a valuable insight for prospective students into this enthusiastic, supportive and vibrant department.