Guildhall School of Music and Drama Brass
The Wind, Brass and Percussion Department provides exciting opportunities for learning and performing, with a world-class team of instrumental professors who are leaders in solo, chamber and orchestral performance.
Led by Richard Benjafield (Head of Department) and Jo Hensel (Deputy Head), the Department’s programmes will enable you to achieve the very highest levels of musical performance. You will also be supported to develop your musicianship, technique and professional skills, and nurture the creativity and enterprise required of today’s musicians.
UndergraduateBMusEach student’s journey through Guildhall School is an individual one. The Wind, Brass and Percussion Department offers a rich and diverse programme of opportunities that will enable you to become the very best musician that you can be. As you progress, you will have lessons with a range of Principal Study professors as well as with your main professor. You will also study doubling instruments to help improve your flexibility as a player.
Chamber music and several orchestral repertoire classes are timetabled every week, and all students take part in these. Wind, Brass and Percussion runs ensembles and classes for all instruments, with regular performances both in the School itself and externally. There are frequent masterclasses given by visiting artists on solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire, including a regular series of masterclasses given by players from the Barbican’s International Associate Orchestras – another benefit of our partnership with the Barbican Centre. There are also annual instrumental competitions, a weekly WBP choir, and performance projects open to all students.
Progressing through the programme, you will be able to develop your own individualised study pathway in consultation with the Head of Department and your professors. The shaping of this pathway will depend on your skills, needs and ambitions. There are opportunities to pursue further study in contemporary, jazz or early music through Second Study, specialist classes and performances. Collaboration is a key element, and you can work with both the Drama Department and Creative Learning during the programme.