The Woodwind department at The Purcell School is staffed by an outstanding team of Britain’s finest woodwind players, all of whom share a clear focus to help prepare students for a career in and around music performance.

With chamber music at the heart of the Woodwind department, students play a vital role in the School’s orchestras and baroque ensembles, as well as regularly performing in family groupings. They are also able to perform in more contemporary collectives such as the School’s Big Band, and often collaborate with players from other departments on new projects. This diverse range of performance opportunities allows students to gain experience as soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral players.

Frequent visits and recitals from leading musicians further enhance the department’s dedication to encouraging students to challenge their own playing and explore new performance styles.

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.