Woodwind students playing oboe and flute in rehearsal


The Woodwind Faculty and the wider RCM community foster a culture of nurturing students in a supportive environment. You are encouraged to grow into a confident and imaginative performer, taking advantage of all the opportunities available to you. 

Our outstanding team of woodwind professors combine careers as eminent performers with a passion and dedication for teaching, and many hold principal positions in major orchestras. In addition to one-to-one lessons, our students enjoy regular performance and ensemble classes, unlimited chamber coaching, orchestral playing and masterclasses with distinguished international musicians.

One-to-one lessons

One-to-one lessons are at the very heart of every RCM student’s learning experience. Many of our world-class woodwind professors are principal players in major orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and English National Opera Orchestra, as well as soloists and members of well-known ensembles.

Additionally, we have fantastic visiting professors, who are some of today’s greatest artists, including Jacques Tys (Prince Consort Professor of Oboe), Nick Deutsch (Visiting Professor of Oboe) and Adam Walker (Visiting Professor of Flute).

Meet the professors

Performance opportunities

RCM students enjoy a wide variety of performance opportunities as part of the College’s diverse events calendar, which includes hundreds of events each year.

All woodwind students have the chance to play in our orchestras, which include the RCM Philharmonic, the RCM Symphony Orchestra and the RCM Opera Orchestra. Here, students often have the opportunity to work with some of the finest conductors in the world. Recent visitors have included Martyn Brabbins, Joana Carneiro, Jessica Cottis, Sir Andrew Davis, Sakari Oramo, Sir Antonio Pappano, Vasily Petrenko, Chloé van Soeterstède, Jac van Steen, John Wilson and Thomas Zehetmair. We also have our own Wind Ensemble, which often commissions new works.

Students have the chance to perform concertos with RCM orchestras. Previous performances have included Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, Ibert’s Flute Concerto, Ivan Fedele’s Clarinet Concerto, Mendelssohn’s Concert Piece for Clarinet and Basset Horn and Weber’s Concerto for Bassoon in F major.

Woodwind students are encouraged to form your own ensembles, and can benefit from unlimited chamber coaching and various opportunities to perform in small groups, as part of the RCM’s Chamber Music concert series and in venues across London.

Recent visiting artists

Our students enjoy regular masterclasses with distinguished international musicians, including:


  • The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Wind Quintet


  • Clara Andrada de la Calle
  • Juliette Bausor
  • Samuel Coles
  • Sir James Galway
  • Adam Walker


  • Nick Deutsch
  • Elaine Douvas
  • Kai Frombgen
  • Miriam Pastor Burgos
  • Ramón Ortega Quero
  • Philippe Tondre
  • Jacques Tys


  • Paolo De Gaspari
  • Romain Guyot
  • Maximiliano Martín
  • Anthony McGill
  • Pascal Moragues


  • Ole Kristian Dahl
  • Amy Harman
  • Giorgio Mandolesi
  • Gustavo Núñez
  • Matthew Wilkie


  • Arno Bornkamp
  • Trish Clowes
  • Amy Dickson
  • Melanie Henry
  • Gerard McChrystal
  • Naomi Sullivan
  • Marcus Weiss
  • Anna Marie Wytko
  • Nikita Zimin

Recent successes

Our students are regularly awarded prizes at major national and international competitions. Recent prizes have been awarded by:

  • Stockholm International Music Competition
  • Royal Over-Seas League Competition

Our graduates have been awarded positions with some of the UK’s leading ensembles, including principal woodwind positions with:

  • The Royal Opera House
  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
  • RTÉ Concert Orchestra
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • English National Opera Orchestra
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra

Career development

The RCM’s Creative Careers Centre, which is recognised internationally for its innovative approach to supporting young musicians, provides an unparalleled service to current students and recent alumni. The dedicated team partners with leading consultants, reputable arts organisations and local communities, delivering unique career-building opportunities and a direct route to the music industry. 

The work of the Creative Careers Centre allows students to discover their professional identity, gain hands-on experience and new skills, develop an entrepreneurial mind-set and build a fulfilling professional portfolio. 

Extensive performance and teaching opportunities are available, as well as valuable guidance on CV and biography writing, concert programming, communication skills, project management, marketing and publicity, online promotion, financial matters and how to develop a business idea.

Find out more about the Creative Careers Centre 


The Royal College of Music is proud to offer its students fantastic practice and performance facilities with resources to support teaching and learning. We continually improve our facilities to ensure RCM students have the best opportunities.

Explore our facilities with a video tour of the RCM

Key facilities at the RCM include:

  • The Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall - our primary performance venue for orchestras and large ensembles.
  • Our 400-seat Britten Theatre, home to the RCM’s thriving International Opera School.
  • A new Performance Hall, offering an alternative space for ensembles, with a retractable stage, Fazioli grand piano and variable acoustics.
  • Intimate spaces for solo and chamber performance in our Performance Studio and Parry Rooms.
  • Sound-proofed Amadeus Music Pods for private practice.
  • A purpose-built percussion suite – you can watch a video tour on YouTube.
  • Over 160 pianos, including 60 grand pianos and 20 early keyboards, as well as organ rooms.
  • A Blüthner Practice Suite which holds ten Blüthner Model A upright pianos.
  • Instrument surgeries including luthier services.
  • RCM Studios: a commercial-grade facility, enabling live broadcasts around the world.
  • Digital Innovation Lab: advanced recording and mixing suite.
  • RCM Library with more than 200,000 scores, books and recordings in its lending collection, as well as access to more than 400 music journals.
  • Recently refurbished RCM Museum, holding more than 14,000 instruments, portraits and images, as well as a climate-controlled performance space and the associated Wolfson Centre in Music & Material Culture | Royal College of Music (rcm.ac.uk)

Find out more about RCM facilities

Graduate destinations

RCM woodwind graduates enjoy unrivalled success in a range of professional settings. RCM musicians have been awarded principal woodwind positions with:

  • Royal Opera House
  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Great Falls Symphony Orchestra (Montana)
  • RTÉ Concert Orchestra
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Philharmonia Orchestra
  • English National Opera Orchestra
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Orchestra of Scottish Opera

Celebrated alumni


  • Sir James Galway


  • Evelyn Barbirolli
  • Léon Goossens 


  • Michael Collins
  • Dame Thea King
  • Gervase de Peyer
  • Frederick Thurston


  • Roger Birnstingl
  • Archie Camden


  • Amy Dickson
  • John Harle

Courses available


Bachelor of Music, BMus(Hons)


Master of Performance, MPerf

Master of Music in Performance, MMus(Perf)

Artist Diploma in Performance, ArtDip

Audition requirements

Fellowships available

Mills Williams Junior Fellowship

Constant & Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship

Please note that the audition and application process for Fellowships is not the same as it is for our courses. Please refer to the individual Fellowship pages for more details.

Contact the Woodwind Faculty

If you have any general queries about woodwind at the RCM please contact our Woodwind Faculty Administration team. If you have any queries about auditions or the admissions process, please contact our Admissions team.

Woodwind Faculty Administration

General enquiries about the operation of the faculty and consultation lessons



Admissions and general audition enquiries

+44 (0)20 7591 4362


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