Realise your potential
We firmly believe that attaining your potential as a musician is best achieved in a warm and collaborative environment.
Every student arrives with different strengths and develops at a different speed: our busy programme of first study activity is undertaken in an atmosphere of mutual support and encouragement, where there is always an acknowledgment that mistakes are part of the learning process.
We offer a wide range of experiences for our students, as soloists, in orchestras and as chamber musicians. We also devote considerable attention to pedagogy – an essential and extremely rewarding asset for future employment. We take the greatest care to nurture and develop the full range of every student's skills to create individuals with a wealth of knowledge, who are fully prepared for the demands of a profession in which a portfolio of skills is a prerequisite.
Learn from top performers
Our instrumental teaching staff are not only performers of the highest calibre, but are also dedicated and inspirational tutors. We also have the amazing Sarah Willis as our International Chair in Brass, and four wonderful Visiting Artists.
We also regularly have guest masterclasses and coaching sessions from some of the world’s finest soloists and ensembles. Recent guests have included:
Stockholm Chamber Brass
A4 Brass quartet
Tine Thing Helseth
Froydis Ree Wekre
Weekly performance classes give students the platform to practise their performance skills in front of fellow department students. Classes are led by brass staff members and visiting international tutors. We are very fortunate to have a phenomenal faculty collaborative pianist, Joanne Sealey, who plays for all classes and performance assessments.
Chamber music at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is flourishing. Every student will play in at least one chamber music group. There are endless opportunities to perform in competitions and concerts within the Conservatoire. Through our External Engagements department, many paid opportunities also arise.
Instruments for loan
The Conservatoire has several instruments available for loan, including Sackbuts, natural trumpets, BBb, C and F tubas, Wagner Tubas, Bass trumpet etc