Royal Conservatoire Stevenson Winds is the prestige wind ensemble created to
promote the outstanding talent within the Woodwind Department at the Royal Conservatoire of
The core ensemble comprises the traditional line-up of pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns; but is frequently expanded and manipulated to encompass the broadest spectrum of performance experience. A pool of advanced wind players are selected through audition to work with the ensemble.
Stevenson Winds is designed to offer students invaluable collaborative opportunities, rehearsing and performing alongside top professionals. To this end, the ensemble frequently involves and is led by members of our distinguished staff. The collaborative aspect is intrinsic from the start, with our professionals and students designing challenging and inspiring programmes, working through an intensive rehearsal process towards final performances, many of which are high profile engagements. Coupled with this kind of true side-by-side experience, the students are also given the skills and opportunity to work and perform independently. The overall experience for our young musicians, we believe, is hugely influential to their musical development.
Since its launch in 2008, Stevenson Winds has performed under the direction of our staff members, celebrated clarinettist Maximiliano Martín and RSNO oboist Emmanuel Laville. The ensemble embraces a diverse catalogue of repertoire from famous Harmoniemusik masterpieces to lesser performed contemporary works. Its profile has flourished gaining much critical acclaim and is growing in demand as a professional ensemble.