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Tubist rehearses with the RCM Big Band in the Britten Theatre

Brass

The Royal College of Music’s Brass Faculty is an active and supportive community. Every student is provided with the means to recognise their full ability as a performing musician. You will receive a challenging and carefully structured bespoke programme of study and performance, with particular emphasis on identifying and unlocking your individual potential.

Orchestral performance at the RCM

Follow trumpeter Ryan Linham's journey as he rehearses for a performance of Messiaen's Turangalila Symphonie at the Royal Festival Hall

One-to-one lessons

One-to-one lessons are at the very heart of every RCM student’s learning experience. The RCM’s impressive list of professors includes renowned soloists and principal players in major London ensembles, including the LSO, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Royal Opera House Orchestra. Our world-class professors offer students not only first-rate teaching but also mentorship and networking opportunities.

Meet the professors

In addition to their one-to-one lessons, our students enjoy regular performance and ensemble classes, chamber coaching, orchestral playing and masterclasses with distinguished international musicians, who have included Stefan Dohr, Berlin Philharmonic Principal Horn, and German trumpet virtuoso Matthias Höfs.

Performance opportunities

RCM students enjoy a wide variety of performance opportunities as part of the College’s diverse events calendar, which includes more than 500 events per year.

All brass 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 Vladimir Ashkenazy, John Wilson, Sir Roger Norrington, and Bernard Haitink.

Sit-in schemes

RCM brass players have joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra for BBC Proms rehearsals, as part of the sit-in scheme for postgraduate students on the masters programme. Each participating student is assigned a mentor from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and sits alongside them in rehearsals throughout the year.

Other sit-in opportunities include schemes with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Orchestra of English National Opera.

Jazz at the RCM

Jazz trumpet and jazz trombone are available as second or related study options to promising students. Brass players also have the opportunity to join the RCM Swing and Big Bands, who perform regularly at the RCM and further afield.

Recent visiting artists

The Brass Faculty regularly hosts masterclasses with high-profile visitors. Recent visitors have included:

Horn

  • Alessio Allegrini
  • Laurence Davies
  • Stefan Dohr
  • Radovan Vlatković
  • Sarah Willis

Trumpet

  • Alison Balsom
  • Pacho Flores
  • Håkan Hardenberger
  • Matthias Höfs
  • Anthony Plog

Trombone

  • Håkan Björkman
  • Matthew Gee
  • Jörgen van Rijen
  • Denis Wick

Tuba

  • Øystein Baadsvik
  • Sérgio Carolino

Graduate destinations

Graduates of the Brass Faculty currently hold the following positions:

  • Principal Horn, Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Principal Horn, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
  • Principal Horn, English National Opera
  • Principal Horn, Northern Sinfonia
  • Principal Trumpet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
  • Principal Trumpet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Co-Principal Trumpet, BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Principal Trombone, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
  • Principal Trombone, BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Principal Trombone, Opera North
  • Tuba, Ulster 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.

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Facilities

We continually invest in our facilities to ensure RCM students have the very best opportunities. Our impressive performance spaces are matched by top-quality academic and technical provisions, such as our historic library and professional grade studios. The Royal College of Music is proud to offer some of the finest facilities anywhere in the world.

The RCM’s largest performance spaces are the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, which has an illustrious history, and the 400-seat Britten Theatre, which boasts excellent technical facilities for the RCM’s thriving International Opera School. In addition, more intimate spaces include The Parry Rooms, which have unparalleled views of the Royal Albert Hall, and our 100-seat Recital Hall.

As well as practice rooms and space for one-to-one and group teaching, the RCM contains dedicated opera rehearsal spaces, 11 Amadeus Music Pods and organ rooms. We have over 140 pianos, including 60 grand pianos and 20 early keyboards, instrument storage with special facilities for harps and double basses, plus in-house instrument workshops.

RCM Studios is a top commercial-grade facility, equipped with the latest audio, video and composition technologies, supporting the RCM’s recording needs and enabling live broadcast of performances around the world.

The RCM Library contains more than 400,000 items of printed music, 9,000 CD recordings, extensive music literature, more than 400 music journals, plus an internationally renowned collection of original manuscripts (including examples from Mozart and Elgar) and early printed editions.

The RCM Museum holds more than 1,000 instruments dating from the late 15th century to the present day, some of which are the earliest known examples of their kind. The collection is a unique resource and many of the instruments can be studied or played by RCM students.

The public museum is currently closed for refurbishment, but its vital resources are still available to our students. 

Contact the Brass Faculty

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

Brass Faculty administration

General enquiries about the operation of the faculty and consultation lessons

brass@rcm.ac.uk

Admissions team

Admissions and general audition enquiries

admissions@rcm.ac.uk