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 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!”
Joe Harper, Postgraduate Diploma, Oboe
We encourage you to take every opportunity to refine your skills as a soloist, ensemble and chamber performer, from playing in large ensembles,to exploring chamber repertoire and improvisation-based work. Our ensembles include: symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, opera orchestra, contemporary music group, musical theatre band, wind orchestra, saxophone choir, symphonic winds, and wind ensemble.
You will study chamber music throughout the programme, with regular coaching in your groups, which include wind quintets and trios as well as other less conventional formations. We also encourage you to work with students from other genres, including cross-discipline groups, mixed media and improvisation.
Find out more about Music Performance Opportunities.
The Woodwind Department holds a large collection of instruments that students may borrow, often on long term loan.
Woodwind students have exclusive access to Trinity Laban’s newly refurbished reed making facility. In this video Cor Anglais tutor Maxwell Spiers introduces you to The Reed Room.
Trinity Laban’s Reed Room from Trinity Laban on Youtube.
I wanted to study my masters to refine my technique and be able to make my own reeds, to develop my sound. The reed classes and equipment are outstanding and I would not be able to do this without Trinity Laban’s facilities and expert advice from top professionals including reed classes with Max Spiers.
Catherine Underhill, MMus Year 1 – Oboe / Cor Anglais
We regularly invite renowned professionals to come in and work with you through our extensive series of masterclasses and class visits.
Recent visitors include Arno Bornkamp, Mary-Karen Clardy, Adam Walker, Emily Beynon, Celia Craig, Rainer Gibbons, Barnaby Robson, Harri Mäki, Emily Hultmark, Jérôme Laran, Tong Yang, Jean-Denis Michat, and soloists from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.
Our woodwind graduates are working across the world, from international orchestras to musical theatre bands:
Yasmin Ogilvie tours internationally with Astraeus Saxophone Quartet and dance bands Hedkandi, Ministry of Sound and High on Heels. Has recorded at prestigious locations including Maida Vale, Abbey Road and Pinewood Studios.
Kevin Banks is principal clarinet of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, following eight years as principal clarinet with Opera North.
Claire McInerney has played in the house band on The X-Factor, Parkinson and Strictly Come Dancing, as well as in West-End shows such as Dreamgirls, Phantom of the Opera and many more.
Danielle Hartley has played in numerous West End productions, including Merrily We Roll Along and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Fiona Kelly is principal flute with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, after being 2nd flute deputy with the New York Philharmonic.
Rebecca Allen is President of Decca Records. She was also named number 7 on the Woman’s Hour Power List 2018 of the Top 40 Women in Music.
Trinity Laban May Alumni Round-UpOur monthly round-up of some of the successes for Trinity Laban alumni.Tue 4 June 2019
Lifetime Achievement Award for the ‘Queen of the Flute’The National Flute Association honours Trinity Laban professor of flute Susan Milan for her commitment to musicTue 30 July 2019
Woodwind at Trinity Laban
- 1 - A Day in the Life
- 2 - Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra performing at Blackheath Halls, London
- 3 - Saxophone Group
- 4 - Wind Orchestra
- 5 - Side by Side project with members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra