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Wind & Brass Programme

Wind & Brass Programme

Study Leader: Marion Craig

The CAT offers tuition in all woodwind and brass instruments from a team of tutors which includes members of Royal Northern Sinfonia.

In addition to individual instrumental lessons and music language classes, all wind and brass students rehearse weekly in small ensembles from duos to quintets.  For those students who have an interest in Jazz there is an opportunity to link up with the jazz ensemble JBCATS run by James Birkett (Study Leader for Popular and Contemporary).

There are two large ensemble options for wind and brass players. Wind Band is a large ensemble, open to all wind and brass students (space permitting) of approximately Grade 5 and up, which meets 4 – 5 times a term with a concert at the end of each project. Students from outside of the CAT are also welcome to apply to join the Wind Band. Wind and brass players of the appropriate standard can also apply for an audition for Young Sinfonia.  We encourage students to take up a second study and are happy to discuss available options.

In addition to regular lessons, students benefit from masterclasses and workshops by members of Royal Northern Sinfonia (RNS) and also by visiting professional artists. In recent years these have included classes given by Juliet Bausor (international flautist and principal flautist of London Philharmonic Orchestra); Katherine Bryan (Principal Flute with Royal Scottish National Orchestra); Horacio Ferreira (International Clarinettist); Dionysis Grammenos (international clarinettist); Peter Moore (Principal Trombone LSO); Roger Webster (Cornettist and psychologist)

For further information on the Centre for Advanced Training, including on dates and content of auditions, please click on Information for Students


Wind and Brass Team

  • Study Leader: Marion Craig
  • Brian Stewart (Flute)
  • Dov Goldberg (Clarinet & Saxophone)
  • Andy Jakob (Bassoon & Saxophone)
  • Marion Craig (Brass)
  • Laura Davison (Brass)

Sage Gateshead’s Centre for Advanced Training is an exceptional facility. The engaging and enthusiastic young people were a joy to work with, and the facilities available to them are fantastic.
-Katherine Bryan, Principal Flute with RSNO