Meet our Heads of Department

As a musician at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire you’ll be part of a friendly and supportive department as soon as you arrive.

Take a look at the profiles below to find out more about each of our Heads of Department, including what their own career highlights have been so far, and what they look for in applicants hoping to join their department.


Professor Joe Cutler 

Head of Composition

Read more about Joe


Jenni Phillips 

Head of Woodwind 

Read more about Jenni


Paul Wingfield

Head of Vocal

Read more about Paul

Nick Trygstad

Nick Trygstad

Head of Strings 

Read more about Nick

Ed Jones

Ed Jones

Head of Brass

Read more about Ed


Dr Simon Hall

Head of Music Technology 

Read more about Simon


Toby Kearney

Head of Percussion

Read more about Toby