Four RCM bassoonists on the steps of the Royal College of Music

Royal College of Music launch RCM Young Bassoon Programme

Monday 4 September 2023

Open to bassoonists aged 11-18, the programme is free and will take place on five Sundays throughout the academic year.

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is excited to launch the RCM Young Bassoon Programme, a free initiative giving young players the opportunity to join with like-minded musicians to explore the instrument. 

Aimed at bassoonists from grade 4 to post-diploma, the young musicians will spend time with world-leading teachers exploring new repertoire in ensembles, masterclasses and creative collaborations, as well as learning about breathing techniques and reed making. They will also gain valuable advice about how to prepare for auditions, develop performance skills and receive peer-to-peer support from other young bassoonists in a supportive and friendly environment. 

Each of the sessions will be divided by ability and led by RCM bassoon professors including Sarah Burnett, Martin Gatt, Joost Bosdijk, Emily Hultmark and Roberto Giaccaglia who all hold positions in leading orchestras and chamber ensembles, and they will be supported by postgraduate students. 

RCM Head of Woodwind Marie Lloyd comments: ‘The RCM Young Bassoon Programme is a wonderful new opportunity for young bassoonists. From instrumental classes to masterclasses and ensemble playing with RCM professors and postgraduate students, each day offers a unique variety of exciting musical experiences. By joining our programme at the Royal College of Music, you will be welcomed into a community of bassoon enthusiasts who love to make music together.’


The inaugural 2023/24 programme takes place on 19 November 2023, 21 January, 4 February, 3 March and 28 April 2024. 

Applications for this year have now closed but you can still register to join our waiting list.

Find out more about other woodwind events at the Royal College of Music.

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