BA, Certificate of Advanced Orchestral Studies, GSM
After finishing his studies with Peter Lloyd in 1982, Simon Channing worked regularly as a freelance flautist with the English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra, before joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra as sub-principal flute in 1988. He was a member of the orchestra for eight years, including three as chairman, and his wide orchestral experience has included playing for many of the worlds great conductors, including Solti, Tennstedt, Mehta, Haitink and Rattle. In 1997 he was granted a year’s sabbatical by the London Philharmonic Orchestra to become Head of Woodwind Brass and Percussion at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, before returning to London as Head of Performance Planning at the RCM. He became Head of Woodwind at the RCM in 2010.