The Royal College of Music has announced two major new faculty appointments that will further enhance its reputation as the world’s leading global institution for performing arts (2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject).

Clarinettist Marie Lloyd will succeed Simon Channing as Head of Woodwind and trumpeter Jason Evans will succeed Nigel Black as Head of Brass when they take up their posts in September.

Professor Colin Lawson, Director of the Royal College of Music, said:

“I am delighted that Marie Lloyd and Jason Evans will be joining the RCM as Head of Woodwind and Head of Brass, respectively. Both have distinguished careers as performers and educators and will build on the outstanding legacies of their predecessors. We are recognised internationally for our exceptional teachers and students and have no doubt that these phenomenal individuals will bring great energy and drive to help our students continue to fulfil their potential.”

An enthusiastic educator, Marie is on the Chamber Orchestra of Europe Academy staff and regularly gives masterclasses and coaching sessions throughout the UK and overseas. She is in demand as a guest principal clarinet and Eb clarinettist in the UK and performs regularly with the Nash Ensemble. In her new role, Marie will oversee more than 120 students ranging from undergraduate to doctoral programmes.

Having been a professor of trumpet at the RCM since 2016, Jason will expand his role to encompass the Brass Faculty of over 75 students across all study levels. He is Principal Trumpet of the Philharmonia Orchestra and in demand as a Guest Principal with many other ensembles. A successful soloist, Jason performed at the Proms in 2020 and became a Yamaha Artist in 2021.