Royal College of Music launches free training programme for young bassoonists

The RCM Young Bassoon Programme will provide 11–18-year-olds with the opportunity to join a community of young bassoonists and learn from world-leading teachers.

The Royal College of Music is launching the RCM Young Bassoon Programme, a free initiative giving young players the opportunity to join like-minded musicians to explore the instrument.

Aimed at bassoonists from grade 4 to post-diploma, participants will spend time with leading bassoon teachers exploring new repertoire in ensembles, masterclasses and creative collaborations, as well as learning more about breathing techniques and reed making. They will also gain valuable advice about how to prepare for auditions, develop performance skills and receive peer-to-peer support from other young bassoonists in a welcoming environment.

RCM Head of Woodwind Marie Lloyd comments: ‘The RCM Young Bassoon Programme is a wonderful new opportunity for young bassoonists. From instrumental classes to masterclasses and ensemble playing with RCM professors and postgraduate students, each day offers a unique variety of exciting musical experiences. By joining our programme at the Royal College of Music, players will be welcomed into a community of bassoon enthusiasts who love to make music together.’

Taking place on selected Sundays throughout the year, the sessions will be divided by ability and led by RCM bassoon professors including Sarah Burnett, Martin Gatt, Joost Bosdijk, Emily Hultmark and Roberto Giaccaglia who all hold positions in leading orchestras and chamber ensembles, and they will be supported by RCM postgraduate students.

The inaugural 2023/24 programme will take place on 19 November 2023, 21 January, 4 February, 3 March and 28 April 2024.

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2023.

For further information please contact Jacqueline Whitbread: