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The RCS Brass department is an encouraging, vibrant place where players are challenged to become the best performers they can be. We have a worldwide reputation for training leading musicians and our teaching team includes many of Britain’s finest brass players.
The department is led by Head of Brass, John Logan. After a long playing career with many of the UK’s symphony orchestras, including a five-year tenure with Sir Simon Rattle at the CBSO, and a seventeen-year tenure as Associate Principal Horn with the RSNO, John works closely with students, sharing his extensive performance experience. John is still active in the professional performing world as a conductor and arranger especially in the area where Scottish folk and rock music collaborates alongside the symphony orchestra.
Unrivalled one-to-one tuition
The Brass programme has a long tradition of excellence and a worldwide reputation for training leading musicians. Our team of dedicated staff includes many of Britain’s finest brass players, with international reputations as soloists, orchestral, and chamber musicians. Students receive an unparalleled 90 minutes principal study tuition per week plus an added 30 minutes on a related study such as piccolo trumpet or natural horn. It is also possible to receive lesson time from our jazz department. We have regular visiting artists from all brass disciplines, including Visiting Professor, Ian Bousfield.
On this programme you’ll get a real sense of the demands of the professional world, with weekly classes in orchestral repertoire and the opportunity to set up your own ensembles and perform in our lunchtime concert series. We also enjoy professional collaborations with Scotland’s major orchestras and operate mentoring schemes with the RSNO, BBC SSO and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. Through these connections it is possible, through competitions and auditions, to be assessed by performing a concerto alongside these top professional players.
In comparison to other conservatoires we run a smaller department, large enough to tackle challenging repertoire, but small enough to ensure widespread performance opportunities for every student. Our students take part in Symphony, Wind, Opera, and Chamber Orchestras, and a diverse range of ensembles including Big Band and Royal Conservatoire Brass. Our ensembles give concerts regularly at home and abroad; recent overseas performance opportunities have included China, Malta, Germany and Brazil.
Glasgow has so many great orchestras that there are a number of excellent brass players in the city who are connected to RCS. Frequently you’ll see tutors performing in professional situations and you’ll build up professional connections during your studies.
Common to all years are your principal study lessons, performance classes and creative and contextual studies. Throughout the programme you will be given formative feedback grades in supporting studies that will include performance classes, ensembles including chamber, orchestra, repertoire classes and tutor reports.with the opportunity to undertake a second or related study and take part in masterclasses and concerts.
As the programme progresses you are given more credits of your own choice. These may be taken as added academic modules, cross-school modules or by being involved in more performance based activities.
You will benefit from 90 minute individual one-to-one tuition per week from our experienced staff and have the opportunity to undertake a second or related study, and also classes in Creative and Contextual Studies.
From first year, your studies will revolve around performance. Using the Mondays and Fridays at One concert series, as well as a host of other programmed concerts, you will have the opportunity to perform frequently. Students can take part in symphony, wind, opera and chamber orchestras, and a diverse range of ensembles including the RCS Big Band and RCS Brass. Our ensembles give concerts regularly throughout Scotland and have also performed internationally with recent concerts including playing alongside Nicola Benedetti and conducted by Sir James MacMillan.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is in the World Top 10 for performing arts education 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021 (QS World Rankings)