Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department

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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire LEAP Youth Ensemble present The Ash Tree in the Wild Garden.

This piece shows how music has the power to bring people together, even in challenging times. A beautiful folk melody written by Max Gittings and arrangement by Jeremy Clay. Performed by forty five young musicians from seven different music education partners across the country alongside RBC LEAP Ensemble.

CYM Cornwall Music Education Hub Sheffield Music Hub Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust - NMPAT Gloucestershire Music Oldham Council Music Service Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub - LMEH Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Department Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Strings Department Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department Birmingham City University

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LEAP Youth Ensemble

David Bowie’s modern classic Space Oddity

LEAP Youth Ensemble! Forty-five super talented young musicians, using music as a way of sharing a passion for how music brings people together. LEAP Youth is made up of young musicians from seven music education partners across the U.K. and mentored by students, staff & alumni of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

CYM Cornwall Music Education Hub Sheffield Music Hub Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust - NMPAT Gloucestershire Music Oldham Council Music Service Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub - LMEH
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Department Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Strings Department Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department Birmingham City UniversityRoyal Birmingham Conservatoire

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Students, staff and alumni of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire have been working with young musicians from Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub - LMEH for Leics Make Music on Tuesday 14th July at 3pm!

Here's Associate Head of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department Dougie Mitchell giving a Performance Class with young Clarinetists from Leicester and Leicestershire!

#LeicsMakeMusic #MusicForAll #MusicEd #Creativity #2020Vision
All the best excerpts of the nine Beethoven Symphonies, squeezed into under 2-mins. Beethoven over the ages, together with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department students over the ages: Emily Jenner (who also compiled our isolated performances together), Anton Clarke-Butler, Jacob Perry, and Katie Jenner.
In any case, it's lovely to reconnect with you all. Keep tooting!
Bank Holiday? Not for musicians! On my way (with a second cup of coffee 🙈☕️) to Birmingham for a day with flutes at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department - looking much forward to the day as always ☺️
Today Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Learning and Participation have been particularly busy!

We’ve been putting the finishing touches to Cornwall Youth Orchestra’s amazing concert programme before moving on to work with Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestra tomorrow.

We’ve also sent a team led by Amos Miller - Head of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Department and Dougie Mitchell - Associate Head of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department to work with Gloucestershire Music on their Film Music Course 🙂 Mega!

#musicforall #musiced
Yesterday Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Learning and Participation visited Gwent Music!

We took student students and alumni from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Percussion Department and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Department
We worked with young Wind, Brass and Percussion players between the ages of 12 and 18 🙂 Creative Music Making, sectionals and a massed performance of over 100 musicians - mega!

What a fantastic day!

#musicforall #musiced
Hi woodwind department! Those of you that don't know me, I'm a final year saxophone masters student at RBC who will be returning from an exchange at the Eastman School of Music in January.
My time is coming to an end, but it is all but over! As a student of RBC, I would like to share an event that will be live streamed on the 26th November. I will be a member of the renowned Eastman Saxophone Project and is very much a new exciting experience for me. Students in the studio, past and present, arrange works, performing them from memory and unconducted. If any of you are interested in listening, I'll leave the link here. I really reccommend it......if anyone is up at 12.30am!
Hi, Woodwind players. Hope it is ok to post this here so please remove if not appropriate. I am looking for singers/instrumentalists (strings and woodwinds only) to do interactive concerts in the week of 18-22 February 2019.

The concerts are part of Rhythm Circle holiday music classes which will be held at the Deanery School in Sutton Coldfield. They are short 30 min concerts held at 3.30-4.00pm and are aimed at young children of about 5-9 years old.

The musicians will be asked to perform 2 or 3 short pieces/songs (about 10 mins max) which illustrate the theme of the day (this could be dynamics/tempo/treble or bass clefs, etc). The interactive element will include an introduction to your instrument, yourself, and your chosen repertoire. An accompanist is available for instrumentalists who need one.
Happy to consider all genres, not just classical . Fee is £60.

I am looking for:

- a confident performer who is comfortable addressing and interacting with a young audience
- a musician who is reasonably comfortable with improvisation (you may be asked to demonstrate sections of music played in different ways)

Interested musicians should get in touch with Ms Wai Sum Chong on 07890973173 or send an email to [email protected]. Further information about our classes is available on at www.rhythmcircle.co.uk or on our FB page.
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YOUNG BASSOONS at RNCM
This Sunday, 21st January, 10-1
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
A free-admission event for school-age bassoonists!

We’re celebrating Year of the Bassoon with a special version of the BASSOON ANTHEM including the backing track! You can hear the complete Bassoon Anthem free on www.laurenceperkins.com - a 40-second sample of it is below (click). Players will also get the chance to experience the CONTRABASSOON in this session!

It’s going to be an action-packed session! Any interested young players can email [email protected] to book a FREE place on this event.

Information on Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department. Head of Woodwind: Jenni Phillips Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department has produced outstanding graduates over many years.

Jenni Phillips - Head of Woodwind
Dougie Mitchell - Associate Head of Woodwind

Operating as usual

16/03/2022

Congratulations to the Yugen Saxophone Quartet for winning the Andrew Downes Prize on Monday, and to William Hammond for coming second! 🏆

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department's post 13/03/2022

Exciting news from our department in the last month! James Mackinder (BMus 4) and Nathan Isaac (APD) both made their professional orchestral debut with the CBSO - we are all incredibly proud 🥳

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department's post 15/02/2022

Delighted to welcome back RBC graduate Iona Walker for an oboe reed making class. We are also so lucky here at RBC to have excellent machines to help our double reed players really get to grips with this essential skill. Thank you Iona for your inspiring class!

https://www.ionareed.co.uk/

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department's post 02/02/2022

Fantastic to welcome back graduates Anton Clarke and Jude Rees (https://www.judereesmusic.co.uk/) to tell us all about their careers since leaving RBC. Lots of interactive fun - you’re both an inspiration! Thank you!

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department's post 15/01/2022

Wonderful to welcome back Jonathan Kelly (Solo Oboe, Berlin Philharmonic) for a whole day of masterclasses just before Christmas. Previously Principal Oboe here in the CBSO we are so lucky that he comes to teach every year. Also, do watch our short and snappy department video where he features too!

https://youtu.be/Wqqm72D5jj8

17/12/2021

What a fantastic way to finish such a busy term!
Well done to Leila, Emily and Jaff who competed in this year’s Woodwind Prize. And a special congratulations to Emily who won! 🥳
A huge thank you to Amos Miller (Head of Brass) for adjudicating, and of course Jo Sealey for accompanying!
We are all so proud of you and your achievements! 👏🏻

Photos from Nucleo's post 17/12/2021

Photos from Nucleo's post

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department's post 26/11/2021

Huge thanks to our bassoon consultant Sarah Burnett for inspiring so many double reed players including oboists and bassoonists from RBC and Junior RBC. We had a brilliant day and it was fabulous to hear everyone playing together!

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department's post 10/11/2021

We are so proud of our very own APD clarinettist, Nathan Isaac, who has been awarded the Musician’s Company Silver Medal this evening!

The Silver Medal recognises outstanding young musicians representing a wide range of disciplines.

Well done Nath, and well deserved!! 🥳

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department's post 16/10/2021

Fantastic to welcome back Jude Rees - graduate oboist who specialises in a multitude of early woodwind instruments! You’re an inspiration Jude!
https://www.judereesmusic.co.uk/

26/09/2021

RBC students Will, Archie and George having a great time playing with the Hannover Junges Orchestra Kammerchor Acûstico - Brahms Requiem and Mahler Rückert-Lieder.

10/08/2021

Congratulations! 🥳 We are so proud of Leila for this huge achievement!

Congratulations to 2021 BMus graduate, flautist Leila Hooton on winning first prize in the international online music competition, Nouvelles Etoiles.

The competition, which was open to musicians of all disciplines under 26, is organised by the ArtimA Association, a Franco-Russian arts centre based in Paris.

Leila is returning to RBC to continue her postgraduate studies in September.

https://www.necompetition.com/

29/07/2021

Delighted to be working in CBSO with Jaff and Archie! We’re playing in a Birmingham Opera Company production of Wagner: Rheingold.

17/06/2021

Thank you to all who tuned in to our Woodwind Department talk, as part of RBC’s Virtual Open Day! We hope to see you soon ☺️ (Do get in touch with any questions or advice - [email protected])

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department's post 24/05/2021

A huge thank you to Ian Scott (Principal Clarinet of Birmingham Royal Ballet) for his masterclass with our clarinettists last week.

We all had a fantastic time, and can’t wait to have you back (hopefully in person next time!)

A big thank you to the tech team at RBC for setting us all up for the class as well! What would we do without you!? ☺️

23/05/2021

End of term fun after a fabulous day with Sarah Burnett, RBC bassoon consultant!

22/05/2021

Very exciting to see Japheth Law, 3rd year RBC BMus student playing in the CBSO concert on Wednesday. Wonderful programme including Debussy: La Mer.

Even more exciting, Jaff will be returning to the CBSO playing Shostakovich 5 next week!

We are extremely proud of you! 🥳

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department's post 21/05/2021

Well that’s a wrap for our bubble days this year! We are so proud of our department for their continuous hard work through this challenging year.

Reflecting upon the last few weeks, congratulations to Leila, Will and Archie for their incredible concerto performances with Projects Orchestra. They all played fantastically well and we are so privileged to have such wonderful musicians in our department!

All the best for everyone’s recitals this June!

10/05/2021

Thank you to Ralph Van Daal for his inspiring and confidence building oboe masterclass. We loved your lessons and hope to meet you in person in the very near future!

26/04/2021

Lucky oboe department to have a wonderful masterclass with Celia Craig in Adelaide! The wonders of Zoom. Look forward to seeing you in person Celia!

28/03/2021

Huge thanks to Jonathan Kelly (Solo Oboe, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) for a really special Q&A session. It’s a year since Jonathan played the Strauss Oboe Concerto with our Symphony Orchestra and we feel so fortunate that this wonderful and memorable performance was possible not long before the first lockdown. Can’t wait to see you in person next year!

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department's post 19/03/2021

A huge congratulations to James Mackinder (Clarinet) and William Hammond (Clarinet) on winning this year’s Woodwind Prize! 🥳

Well done to everyone else who performed in the final too - you all played fantastically! And a massive thank you to Jo Sealey for accompanying everyone as well - we appreciate your hard work! 👏🏻

Many thanks to both Chris Marshall (our BMus 1/2/3 bubble adjudicator) and Melinda Maxwell (our BMus 4/PG bubble adjudicator) for joining us and sharing their wonderful adjudications! ☺️

Double success at British Flute Society Festival 18/03/2021

Double success at British Flute Society Festival

Double success at British Flute Society Festival!

We are so proud of both Emily and Japheth on their recent achievements - well done! 🥳

Both Emily and Japheth will be performing in this week’s Woodwind Prize - we wish you both, and everyone else performing this week, all the best!

https://www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/about-us/news/double-success-at-british-flute-society-festival?utm_campaign=2021-03-12_RBC%20This%20Week%20-%20staff%20and%20students&utm_medium=email&utm_source=CMA_COMMUNICATIONS%20OFFICE&utm_content=

Double success at British Flute Society Festival Double success at British Flute Society Festival

Propellor // Flight 13/03/2021

Propellor // Flight

We’re so proud clarinet graduate Jack McNeill is a part of such a fabulous project!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/propellor/propellor-flight

Propellor // Flight A podcast series with Propellor (Loom) and Mark Cocker (Birds and People) connecting the worlds of birds, soundscape ecology and music

02/03/2021

Rossini - The Barber of Seville: Largo al factotum / Oliver Janes and Nikolaj Henriques

An absolutely fantastic and inspiring performance from two of our wonderful VTs!!

A Round of 3 Country Dances in 1 (with added crumhorn, curtal and hurdy gurdy), Thomas Ravenscroft 02/03/2021

A Round of 3 Country Dances in 1 (with added crumhorn, curtal and hurdy gurdy), Thomas Ravenscroft

Just an insight to the wonderful Jude Rees’ YouTube page - Jude is an oboe graduate of RBC - and we are absolutely loving your page!

https://youtu.be/j27oVcaixoM

A Round of 3 Country Dances in 1 (with added crumhorn, curtal and hurdy gurdy), Thomas Ravenscroft The Lonely Lockdown Consort presents A Round of Three Country Dances in One, by Thomas Ravenscroft(published in Pammelia, 1609).A canon for four voices (and ...

Inspiring the next generation: Arjun Jethwa 22/01/2021

Inspiring the next generation: Arjun Jethwa

A lovely article about Arjun Jethwa (RBC Woodwind alumni) in ‘Inspiring the Next Generation’. Definitely worth a read!

https://www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/about-us/news/blog/inspiring-the-next-generation-arjun-jethwa?utm_campaign=2021-01-22_RBC%20This%20Week%20-%20staff%20and%20students&utm_medium=email&utm_source=CMA_COMMUNICATIONS%20OFFICE&utm_content=

Inspiring the next generation: Arjun Jethwa Inspiring the Next Generation: Arjun Jethwa

21/01/2021

Thank you so much to Paul Saunders (multi-instrument specialist and cl/fl/sax in West End’s Wicked) for his ‘Muso’s Guide to Music’ talk for our students today! Extremely insightful and useful in times like these - we are truly grateful for your support!

13/01/2021

Orchestra of the Swan ‘Wind, Sand & Stars

Featuring two of our wonderful teachers, Sally Harrop (Clarinet) and Diane Clark (Flute)!

12/12/2020

We are so excited to have this wonderful opportunity, and so grateful that Annelien Van Wauwe is with us for the next two weeks giving our clarinet students a fabulous masterclass. We all had an amazing first session yesterday, and looking forward to the next two!

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department's post 27/10/2020

What a special week it was for our Woodwind Department being able to play quintet music once again! 🥳 Many thanks to Chris Beagles for coming and taking performance class and Woodwind Workshop ☺️

22/10/2020

Huge congratulations to RBC Bmus and Mmus graduate Anton Clarke-Butler, who has been appointed Deputy Programme Director of the Nucleo Project 🎶⭐️

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department's post 15/10/2020

A huge thank you to Margaret Cookhorn for taking our Woodwind Workshops last week; exploring melodies and improvisation, and working as an extra player. We all had a fab time - thank you!

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department's post 05/10/2020

A huge thank you to Simon Hall, our Head of Music Technology, for a really helpful session on getting the best from our home recordings!

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Department's post 05/10/2020

Welcome back!!

It’s been wonderful having everyone back together again and meeting our new students as well!

Many thanks to Philip Haworth for coaching our fabulous chamber groups, leading performance class and taking his breathing class in our Woodwind Workshop. It was lovely to have you back!

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RBC Woodwind Department (ft. Members of Atea Quintet) - Die Zauberflöte Overture
Welcome to the Woodwind Department!

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