Woodwind: your experience

A close-knit community, the Woodwind Faculty offers programmes for undergraduates and postgraduates. Students study solo repertoire, hone technical skills, form chamber music ensembles and learn the crucial aspects of playing in a professional orchestral woodwind section. We encourage students to perform frequently, both within the Academy and in venues across the UK. We also help students establish and promote their chamber groups for regular performance opportunities.


Woodwind Faculty professors include principal players in London’s top orchestras, internationally renowned soloists and seasoned chamber musicians. Students can express a desire to study with specific professors after accepting their place to study in the Academy. The Head of Woodwind will consult with the student and professors and consider with great care how to get the best ‘fit’ for each student’s development. In some cases, it is possible for a student to have regular lessons with multiple teachers.

Visiting Professors come in frequently to work with students in masterclasses, to give lectures, and to teach one-to-one lessons.

Related instrument study (piccolo, bass/E flat clarinet, cor anglais, contrabassoon) is given by specialist teachers. These studies are designed to give you relevant experience and to equip you with the skills necessary to perform in all orchestral contexts.