Members of the RWCMD Symphony Orchestra backstage at St David's Hall
Christian Lindberg with the RWCMD Wind Ensemble
Masterclass with Sergei Nakariakov
RWCMD Students with The Cory Band at the European Championships in Oslo, May 2013
Students on the Welsh National Opera Placement Scheme perform with the Orchestra's brass section during its regular residency at the College
The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is perfectly
positioned to deliver an unparalleled training experience for those
wishing to enter the music profession as brass players. Cardiff and
its surrounding regions are steeped in brass history and offer a
fantastic range of opportunities for brass musicians.
The Brass Department at RWCMD aims to challenge its students by
broadening their view of the brass world. We can offer a superb
variety of rehearsal and performance opportunities, with concerts
ranging from renaissance dance music played on sackbuts and
cornetts through to avant-garde compositions using contemporary
techniques. The departmental staff includes many players drawn from
the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Orchestra of Welsh
National Opera, with a busy programme of masterclasses by leading
international performers and ensembles.
Euphonium virtuoso David Childs attracts students from around
the world while his father, Dr Robert Childs co-ordinates all brass
band activities. Within the BMus course, brass band players are
able to follow a unique Brass Band Pathway in parallel with their
wider studies by selecting from a range of specialist options.
Students may also be selected, by audition, to play with the
College’s Brass Band in Residence, the four-times European Champion
In preparation for rich and varied professional life, there are
opportunities for brass players to gain experience in a whole range
of areas including solo performance, chamber music, orchestral
playing, historical performance, brass band, teaching, arranging,
and performing in commercial idioms and jazz.
Brass players also have the opportunity to audition for a place
on the placement programmes the College has developed with the BBC
National Orchestra of Wales and the Orchestra of Welsh National
Opera. These privileged arrangements enable students to work
closely with the principal players in two of the UK’s leading
professional orchestras and to receive coaching on essential
orchestral repertoire. In recent years, a number of RWCMD students
have gained professional freelance work and orchestral trials while
still at College as a direct result of this collaboration.