The Woodwind Faculty has trained some of the finest orchestral players in the UK. Through a programme of hugely varied opportunities – from one-to-one lessons with world renowned soloists to full symphony orchestra concerts – the department provides a thorough and rigorous experience to fully equip students with the essential skills to enter the music profession.

The Academy offers Principal Study on:

  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Saxophone

Woodwind: Your Experience

For study on recorder, please see Historical Performance

See also:
Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Regent Scholarship Scheme


Murray Richmond, Department Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7320 / email woodwind@ram.ac.uk

Keith Bragg

Head of Woodwind: Keith Bragg

Principal Piccolo of the Philharmonia Orchestra

Head of Woodwind at the Royal Academy of Music since 2002

Has played for all the leading orchestras in the UK

Latest News

Academy success at John Fussell Trust Award


Bassoonist Angharad Elin Thomas is winner; trumpeter also Jason Lewis also amongst finalists

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Auditions 2016


Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017

Upcoming Events

The Abingdon Quintet free

Tuesday, 24.01.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Abingdon Quintet performs Hindemith, Mozart, Ibert and Barber

Buffet Crampon Prize Winner’s Recital free

Tuesday, 31.01.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A clarinet recital given by the winner of the 2016 Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize.

Academy Manson Ensemble with London Sinfonietta

Wednesday, 01.02.2017 19:30, Royal Festival Hall

Sian Edwards conducts Thomas Adès' In Seven Days with the Academy Manson Ensemble and London Sinfonietta

Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize free

Friday, 03.02.2017 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Students compete for a clarinet prize generously given by Buffet Crampon

Academy at Colston Hall

Tuesday, 07.02.2017 13:05, Colston Hall

A concert of music for bassoon and piano at Colston Hall

Clarinet Masterclass with Andrew Marriner free

Tuesday, 07.02.2017 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Andrew Marriner, principal Clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra, gives a masterclass

Brahms Chamber Music with Maxim Vengerov

Friday, 10.02.2017 19:30, Duke’s Hall

World-renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov performs chamber works by Brahms with students from the Academy

Nash Ensemble Side-by-Side

Saturday, 11.02.2017 17:30, Wigmore Hall

Academy students play side-by-side with members of the Nash Ensemble

Chetham’s Chamber Orchestra

Friday, 17.02.2017 19:00, Duke’s Hall

Chetham's Chamber Orchestra perform Walton, Prokofiev and Korngold

Academy at Colston Hall

Tuesday, 21.02.2017 13:05, Colston Hall

A performance from the Grove Quintet at Colston Hall

Trevor Pinnock conducts Academy Chamber Orchestra

Friday, 24.02.2017 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Trevor Pinnock conducts Haydn and Mozart

Jonathan Myall Piccolo Prize free

Tuesday, 28.02.2017 15:30, Henry Wood Room

A prize for solo piccolo

Clarinet Masterclass with Patrick Messina free

Thursday, 02.03.2017 14:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

International soloist and Principal Clarinet of the Orchestre National de France, Patrick Messina, gives a masterclass

Russian Wind Music free

Thursday, 02.03.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A concert of Prokofiev and Sofia Gubaidulina

Flute Masterclass with Emily Beynon free

Wednesday, 08.03.2017 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Principal Flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, Emily Beynon, gives a masterclass

Leila Bull Oboe Prize free

Friday, 10.03.2017 10:30, Henry Wood Room

The Leila Bull Oboe Prize for solo oboe

Berio Folk Influences free

Friday, 17.03.2017 19:00, Duke’s Hall

A concert of music by Italian composer Luciano Berio

Guitar Recital: Music for Shakespeare free

Friday, 17.03.2017 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A concert to celebrate William Shakespeare's 400th anniversary given by Academy guitarists working with vocal and woodwind students

Flute Masterclass with William Bennett free

Monday, 20.03.2017 10:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

International soloist and Academy professor, William Bennett, gives a flute masterclass

Academy at Colston Hall

Tuesday, 21.03.2017 13:05, Colston Hall

Students perform Reinecke and Franck at Colston Hall

Harp Chamber Music free

Thursday, 23.03.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Harp Department collaborates with string and woodwind students

Manuel López-Gómez conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 24.03.2017 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Venezuelan conductor Manuel López-Gómez conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

Nicholas Blake Ensemble Prize free

Friday, 24.03.2017 14:30, Henry Wood Room

The Nicholas Blake Ensemble Prize for woodwind instrumental ensembles

Mahler's Symphony No.2 at Royal Festival Hall

Thursday, 22.06.2017 19:30, Royal Festival Hall

Semyon Bychkov conducts Academy Symphony Orchestra

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