Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone
- All Woodwind students, both postgraduate and undergraduate, receive Individual Tuition in their principal study instruments. All Principal Study Professors also offer group tuition sessions, in which all their students study together in groups of no more than seven.
- Every undergraduate student is entitled to eight hours of Principal Study Enhancement (PSE) time throughout the year. You can choose:
- lessons on a doubling instrument
- lessons on a related period instrument
- lessons on an associated or complementary instrument
- lessons to keep up an instrument on which one has achieved a good standard previously, such as piano or voice
- Each week all those who play one instrument meet together and work with a leading exponent of their instrument on specific and wide-ranging topics. These might focus on anything from technique to sight reading or performance anxiety. Within these classes there are regular reed making classes for oboes and bassoons. There are also regular classes on specific doubling instruments: piccolo, cor anglais, bass clarinet, E flat clarinet, contra bassoon, SATB saxophones and doubling on flute and clarinet.
- You will have weekly chamber music sessions both in Woodwind and in mixed ensembles.
- The Saxophone Choir and Saxophone Quartet meet weekly.
“My favourite performance experience has to be one of the side-by-side projects, which is when we do an orchestral project in a day with professionals sitting next to us. The whole time the professional’s really pushing you to be the best that you can be...and I think the standard of all the performers is raised purely by having someone so experienced sat next to you.”
Jess Tomlinson, BMus (Hons) Clarinet
The Department holds a large collection of instruments that students may borrow, often on long term loan. These include:
- alto flutes
- bass flute
- cors anglais
- oboe d'amore
- E flat clarinets
- C clarinet
- A clarinet
- basset horns
- bass clarinets
- contra bass clarinets in E flat and B flat
- contra bassoons
- sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxophones
“My technique has improved tenfold, definitely. Having my instrumental lessons with these performers and professionals who are at the top of their game…you have no option, you do improve!”