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Head of Woodwind Keith Bragg Hon RAM, AGSM Studied with Judith Pearce and William Bennett, then in Paris with Maxence Larrieu. Principal Piccolo of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 1982, and Chairman of the Philharmonia from 1990 to 2005, he has performed with all the major London orchestras. A founder member of the Elysian Wind Quintet, the leading British ensemble of its kind for over twenty years, which performed at major festivals all over Europe and developed a formidable reputation in contemporary music.

The Woodwind Faculty provides a thorough and broad-based training in all significant aspects of preparation for entry to the music profession. Teamwork is a key element in the department and students are free to work with more than one professor. Because the approach to instrumental teaching is broadly similar, there is little or no danger of contradiction and confusion.

Individual lessons for Principal Study and related instruments are complemented by intensive training in orchestral studies, art of teaching, reed-making and basic instrument maintenance. There are fifteen classes each year where students are led by one of a team of eminent soloists, which gives an opportunity to experiment and to explore communication skills in performance.

Chamber music for wind and for mixed ensemble is a major part of the department’s programme. Concerts are frequent; all ensemble work is coached and the standard of performance is very high.

Recent masterclasses have been given by Emanuel Abbuhl, Meyrick Alexander, Laurent Ben Slimane, William Bennett, Emily Beynon, Roger Birnstingl, Maurice Bourgue, Wissam Boustany, Samuel Coles, Gareth Davies, Paul Edmund-Davies, Andrea de Flammineis, Martin Frost, Simon Haram, Daniel Jemison, Jonathan Kelly, Maxence Larrieu, Marco Lugaresi, Andrew Marriner, Lorna McGhee, Patrick Messina, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Robin O’Neill, Antony Pay, Robert Plane, Julie Price, Graham Sheen, Helen Simons, Jacques Tys, Matthias Zielger and Jacques Zoon.

‘It’s a magnificent performance, but all four works here are superbly and spontaneously played by eager musicians from the Royal Academy of Music who provide wonderful blending and a superbly polished, professional ensemble under their fine conductor, Keith Bragg’ Gramophone, January 2008

The Teachers Flute

William Bennett OBE, Hon RAM (International Soloist; Principal, English Chamber Orchestra)

Keith Bragg Hon RAM, AGSM (piccolo) (Principal Piccolo, Philharmonia)

Samuel Coles (Principal, Philharmonia) Michael Cox (Principal, BBC Symphony Orchestra) Paul Edmund-Davies (Principal, Philharmonia)

Kate Hill Hon ARAM (Principal, Britten Sinfonia and Co-Principal, English Chamber Orchestra)

Karen Jones GSMD, Hon ARAM (Principal, City of London Sinfonia)

Patricia Morris (piccolo) (former Principal Piccolo, BBC Symphony Orchestra)

Clare Southworth GRNCM, PPRNCM, Hon ARAM (International Soloist and Tutor)

Visiting Professor of Flute Emily Beynon (Principal, Royal Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra)


Emanuel Abbuhl Hon RAM (Principal, London Symphony Orchestra)

Jill Crowther Hon ARAM (Principal Cor Anglais,Philharmonia Orchestra)

Tess Miller ARCM, Hon RAM (oboe and Alexander Technique) (Former Principal, London Bach Orchestra and Orchestra of St John’s, Smith’s Square)

Celia Nicklin FRAM (Principal, London Mozart Players)

Melanie Ragge MA, MPhil, Dip RCM, Hon ARAM, LRAM (New London Chamber Ensemble)

Visiting Professor of Oboe Alexei Ogrintchouk (Principal, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)

Clarinet Richard Addison FRAM (E flat and Bass)

Michael Collins (International Soloist; Director, London Winds)

Timothy Lines Hon ARAM Angela Malsbury Hon RAM (Principal, London Mozart Players)

Chi Yu Mo (E flat; Principal, London Symphony Orchestra)

Keith Puddy FRAM, FTCL (Principal, New Queen’s Hall Orchestra)

Nicholas Rodwell ARCM, Hon ARAM (Principal, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden)

Mark van de Wiel MA, ARCM, Hon ARAM, DUniv (Principal, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta)

> > Visiting Professors of Clarinet

Andrew Marriner (Principal, London Symphony Orchestra and Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields)

Patrick Messina (Principal Clarinet, Orchestre National de France)

Saxophone Richard Addison FRAM (Principal, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)


David Chatterton Hon ARAM, AGSM, Cert Ed (contra-bassoon) (Principal, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

Gareth Newman BMus, LRAM, Hon ARAM (Principal, London Mozart Players and New Queen’s Hall Orchestra)

John Orford Hon RAM, ARMCM (Principal, London Sinfonietta)

LRAM (Art of Teaching) Janet Way


2010–2011 Highlights Performances of significant chamber works given with Academy professors, both at the Academy and in venues outside Performances by Academy Symphonic Wind including major works by Strauss, Dvorák and Mozart Academy Symphonic Wind performances at Kings Place of Mozart’s Serenade no.12 in C minor and Mozart opera themes in late- eighteenth-century arrangments

Recent Student Successes Recent graduates play with Berlin Philharmonic, BBC orchestras, CBSO, English National Opera, Gothenburg Opera, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Swedish Opera, Suisse Romande and others. Adam Walker (graduated 2009) is Principal Flute, London Symphony Orchestra. Ensembles include Galliard and Mobius.

Department Administrator: Amy Gardner BMus Telephone 020 7873 7320 Email Open Day: check

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