The Students

Horn students at the Academy


Joshua Bartram

Joshua Bartram

Joshua Bartram is a second year undergraduate student at the Academy. Having initially been taught for four years by Anne Harrow, he since became been a horn player at Wells Cathedral School for seven years studying under Simon de Souza. He has also played in various national and local ensembles, including the National Children's Orchestra, National Youth Chamber Orchestra and South West Youth Orchestra.

In addition to this, since coming to London he has studied under both Michael Thompson and Richard Watkins, and played in orchestras such as the London Mahler Orchestra and the University of London Symphony Orchestra, and is a keen arranger.



Robyn Blair

Robyn Blair with hornBorn in Edinburgh, Robyn Blair is a first year undergraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music.  She studies under the tuition of Katy Woolley, Michael Thompson and Roger Montgomery, grateful for the aid of an entrance scholarship.

Prior to her life at the Academy, Robyn had been studying at St Mary’s Music School with Terry Johns. She started her time there as a first-study cellist, but switched to the horn when she saw the light. This was kindled by her role in the Carnyx Youth Brass ensemble, led by the internationally renowned trombonist John Kenny.

Robyn has been playing in the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland since the age of 13, playing both cello and horn in the performances of Strauss' Alpine Symphony in 2014. She made her concerto debut in April 2016, playing Mozart's 3rd with the Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra, and enjoys playing in various ensembles, in her hometown as well as London.

Oliver Davis

Oliver DaviesSince the age of eight, playing the horn and making music has been an integral part of Oliver Davis’ life. It was whilst studying at Wells Cathedral School (2009-2014) that Oliver realised he desired to play the horn as a profession. Under the tuition of Simon de Souza, Oliver had plenty of opportunities to play in chamber music ensembles, orchestras and as a soloist. Oliver’s greatest achievement at Wells however was winning the concerto competition, leading to a performance of Strauss' ’ 1st horn concerto in December 2013. In his last year at school, Oliver was accepted into the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
In September 2014 Oliver joined the Royal Academy of Music where he is currently studying as a 3rd year undergrad, learning with Michael Thompson, Martin Owen, Katy Woolley and Roger Montgomery. Since joining Oliver has performed in masterclasses with Radovan Vlatkovic, Tim Thorpe, and Richard Bissill. He has also played in various symphonic projects under the baton of conductors such as Ed Gardner, Christian Thielemann and John Adams.
Alongside his studies at the Academy, Oliver currently works as a London based freelance musician as an orchestral player, soloist and with Helios Brass, his Brass quintet. Notable performances include Schumann’s Konzertstuck as one of the 4 solo horns with Ensemble 111 (November 2015), and performing the Haydn's 2nd Horn concerto with the Winchester Camerata. He  has also participated in music festivals in both the UK and abroad. Oliver was a member of the orchestra for the Cornwall based Endellion Festival, performing in a production of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (July 2015), accompanying acclaimed singers such as Sir John Tomlinson and Roderick Williams. Oliver has also worked in France for the opera festival Opera de Baugé, situated in Anjou (July 2016).


Timothy Doyle

Timothy DoyleTimothy is a second year undergraduate horn player at the Academy having being awarded a scholarship in 2015.

He began studying piano at the age of six and began playing the horn a year later. He was taught privately by Jean Blake (piano), Anthony Evans and Rob Benson (horn) until 2012. Timothy then joined the Junior RNCM and studied with Tom Redmond and Ruth Webb until 2015. He has now been studying with Michael Thompson, Richard Watkins and Roger Montgomery at the Academy.

Timothy is a very keen orchestral player, being Principal Horn of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra from 2013-2015 and joining the Hallé Youth Orchestra on their 2013 tour of the North-East Of England. He has performed in venues such as Martin Harris Centre, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, The Sage Gateshead and Cadogan Hall. In October 2016, Timothy joined the United Nations Orchestra on a tour of Korea.

As well as orchestral playing, Timothy also enjoys performing in chamber music and as a soloist. He has taken part in many chamber groups including Brass quintet, Wind quintet, Horn Quartet and Brahms Horn Trio. In May 2015, Timothy performed Mozart's Horn Concerto No.2 at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Lily Frascina

Lily Frascina - Horn StudentLily is a first year undergraduate horn player who holds a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studies with Katy Woolley, Michael Thompson and Roger Montgomery.

Lily began playing the French horn at the age of 14, and two years later joined Junior Royal Northern College of Music to study with Tom Redmond. Whilst at the Junior RNCM, Lily performed with the Symphony Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, Horn Quartet and in a number of wind and chamber ensembles. Lily has also been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain with whom she recently performed Holst’s The Planets at the BBC Proms conducted by Edward Gardner.

Lily is currently involved in symphony orchestra, chamber ensemble, pit orchestra and mentoring projects.


Elliott Howley

Elliot Howley
Elliott is currently a second year student at the academy, having started playing at the age of twelve. Elliott is currently being taught by Richard Watkins having previously being taught by Michael Thompson and Stuart Bower. During Elliott's time as a horn player he has played with a variety of youth orchestras and ensembles, one of the highlights having played Mahler's Ninth Symphony in the BBC Proms, under the baton of Sir Mark Elder as part of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. More recently Elliott has been involved with projects with the Britten Pears Orchestra -working with semyon Bychkov, at the Snape proms- and the Orion Orchestra. Elliott is also interested in chamber music being a member of many different groups and performing with them regularly, one of particular interest being a horn quartet formed at the Academy.  


Ben Hulme

Ben Hulme — horn studentBen began playing the horn aged 7, before gaining a place at Chetham’s School of Music to study with Lizzie Davis and Julian Plummer, aged 10. At Chetham's, Ben had a wide range of solo opportunities, such as a performance on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme in January 2014, as well as Strauss’ first horn concerto and Mozart’s second horn concerto with the Buxton Musical Society and Chetham’s Sinfonia. He was given various opportunities to perform chamber music in the UK, as well as in Italy, Norway and Poland. Some particular chamber music highlights have been performing at the Wigmore Hall with his wind quintet, and winning the Fiona Ord String Competition with a performance of the Mozart horn quintet.

In his first year at the Academy, Ben studied with Michael Thompson and Richard Watkins. Throughout the first year, he enjoyed various opportunities within the Academy and outside. In July 2016, he was a student of the London Symphony Orchestra Brass Academy; a week long intensive course of orchestral section workshops, masterclasses and ensembles coached by the LSO brass principals.

In his spare time, Ben enjoys playing and watching football (an avid Manchester United fan), volunteering for St John Ambulance and playing the Organ.

He is now in his second year at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Michael Thomspon and Martin Owen, and is the recipient of a Sir Elton John Scholarship.

Alfred Lee

Alfred Lee - Horn Student Alfred was born in 1998, studying in Diocesan Boys' School. Started to learn French horn at the age of 7 , he was admitted to the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts junior course student in 2006 with Mr. Homer Lee.  In ten years time, he gained  a  professional qualification in LTCL with distinction.

He became various music competitions winner, including: 2011 Music Festival French horn solo junior champion; 2013 Music Festival French horn solo Senior Champion; 2014 Tom Lee Music Prize for Brass Concerto 2015  Parsons Music Scholarship for Wind, Brass and Percussion Instruments. In 2014 he was elected as the representative  of Hong Kong, to participate in the Wales Llangollen International Music Festival 18 years solo open group ,  he came up second in the competition.

Alfred Lee was  also keen on trying different kinds of music, he has participated in the Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Woodwind Quintet and Brass Quintet , and he often follow the school orchestra to Singapore, Netherlands, the United States and other  different places to perform and compete.

Peter Moutoussis


Peter Moutoussis

Peter Moutoussis holds a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music which he joined in 2014 and studies with Richard Watkins and Roger Montgomery.

Previously, his involvement with chamber groups, bands and orchestras based in Hertfordshire, at Dame Alice Owen’s School and at Hatfield Centre for Music & Arts widened his experience and has lead to performances in venues such as the Barbarian, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Cadoggan and at Royal Albert Hall. They have also formed his experience in concerto accompanying, which includes instrumental concertos from Bruch to Berg and Mahler and Strauss songs, as well as providing a platform for solo and chamber recitals.

Alongside horn playing Peter has a passion for composition having written for youth ensembles and orchestras for five years. He won the ESTA Young Composers Competition in 2015 which lead to a commission for the Young Grittleton Course of which he is now composer in residence.

Peter is taking his orchestral, ensemble and solo experience to a professional level during his time at RAM. He is currently returning to coach the horn section at Owen's and continues his involvement in some of the fore mentioned orchestras.

Stephen Payne

Stephen PayneStephen is a second year undergraduate student from Essex, currently studying with Michael Thompson.
Being a keen orchestral and chamber musician, Stephen has had the opportunity to perform at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, St. John's Smith Square, LSO St.Lukes, Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Barbican, as well as having opportunities to record at Air Studios and Abbey Road.

Stephen started playing the horn age 10 and joined the Havering Youth Orchestra and Havering Youth Brass Band in which he played Tenor Horn. Throughout his time at secondary school Stephen took part in various workshops and projects with the LSO which lead to being selected to play Principal Horn in the LSO Youth Orchestra at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Aged 15 he successfully auditioned for Junior Guildhall, studying under David Bentley. Aged 16 Stephen auditioned for The National Youth Music Theatre and was selected to play Principal Horn on two shows, including one new musical called 'BRASS' at the Leeds City Varieties Music Hall, which won the UK Theatre Award for Best New Musical 2015. The success of this show lead to the production of two music videos, an Original Cast Recording and a re-run, giving the show it's London premiere at the Hackney Empire in 2016.

Solo performances include playing Mozart's 4th Horn Concerto with the Havering Youth Orchestra as well as many solo competition wins including: The Coopers' Music festival, Havering Young Rotary Musician of the Year, Havering Young Musician of the Year, Essex Young Rotary Musician of the Year, as well as being Highly commended in the Junior Guildhall Lutine Prize. Stephen has also performed in master classes with Amos Miller, Jeff Nelson, Tim Thorpe, Richard Bissil, Froydis Ree Wekre, Radovan Vlatkovic and Dave Lee.

Alexei Watkins

Alexei WatkinsBorn in 1995 in London, Alexei studies French Horn at the Royal Academy of Music on a Sir Elton John Scholarship under the tuition of Michael Thompson, Martin Owen, Katy Woolley and Roger Montgomery. He also currently holds the Dennis Brain Prize and the Gill Culpin Award.

He is a keen orchestral player, and has played with the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Halle, the English Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru and is currently Principal Horn of the Britten Pears Orchestra (from 2015). He was Principal Horn of the University of London Symphony Orchestra (2015-16), a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (2011-13) and also Principal Horn of Thames Youth Orchestra (2010-13). As a soloist, Alexei has performed the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings both in the UK and abroad with Thames Youth Orchestra and Mozart’s 4th Horn Concerto at Hampton School, where he held a Music Scholarship.

Alexei has a strong interest in chamber music and is a member of several ensembles at the Academy. He was a member of Aldeburgh Young Musicians (2011-2013), where he enjoyed playing in ensembles and exploring contemporary music. Here, he held a Leverhulme Scholarship and performed in venues such as Snape Maltings and Latitude Festival. In April 2015 Alexei recorded Mozart’s Gran Partita with the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble and Strauss’ Symphony of Wind and Serenade with Aldeburgh Winds. At the Academy, Alexei won the Worshipful Company of Musicians Brass Ensemble Prize with his Brass Quintet in June 2015 and is now a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Alexei is very keen to promote new music and most notably, premièred the ‘Serenade’ for Tenor, Horn and Strings by Alex Woolf, commissioned by Aldeburgh Music as part of the Britten Centenary celebrations in November 2013 at Snape Maltings. Continuing the collaboration with composer Alex Woolf and fellow oboe student at the Academy, Tom Blomfield, Alexei is a founding member of the Trio for Oboe, Horn and Piano, ‘Watch This Space’.  In the Summer 2015, Alexei was the horn player in the Britten Pears Contemporary Music course under the direction of Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews.

Maude Wolstenhume

Maude Wolstenhume

Maude is from London and is currently a third year undergraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music where she is a recipient of the Oldhurst Trust Scholarship.

Her early musical experiences include playing with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and the London School’s Symphony Orchestra. She also played with many local ensembles and was a very active member of the music department at Emanuel School, Battersea, where she held a music scholarship. Maude then moved on to Chetham’s School of Music, where she studied for the sixth form. Whilst there, she had the opportunity to perform frequently as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician at various venues around the UK and abroad.

Maude is a keen orchestral musician and very much enjoys playing chamber music. She is a member of the ‘Abingdon Wind Quintet’, which consists of musicians in her year group. They perform regularly and have many plans for the future including outreach work, upcoming competitions and are soon performing at the Wigmore Hall.