French Horn Day

Sunday 19th January 2020
11.00am - 5.30pm
Open to pupils and teachers of all ages and abilities

Join us for an inspirational day

During our French Horn Day, you will:

  • play in our 14th Century Quilter Hall, next to the magnificent Wells Cathedral
  • enjoy masterclasses led by specialist horn tutor Simon de Souza
  • benefit from workshops and coached ensembles to develop your horn playing play in a concert at the end of the day – family and friends welcome
  • try and buy instruments and accessories from horn specialists Paxman.

Refreshments will be provided throughout the day, but please bring a packed lunch.

Hosted by Wells Cathedral School

About The Tutoring Team

Simon de Souza

Simon studied with virtuoso Ifor James before embarking on a career as a performer and teacher. He performs with the quintet, Chaconne Brass. He also freelances with many orchestras in the West End. Simon has taught at Wells Cathedral School, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Junior Royal Academy of Music and The Purcell School.

David Oxley, French horn
David Oxley

David studied at Wells Cathedral School and the RCM before building a career as a performer in popular West End musical theatre shows. He has played with the great Dame Shirley Bassey, pop band McFly and many other great jazz performers. He is the horn teacher at London Oratory School where he runs various brass ensembles.

Andrew Budden

A student of Simon de Souza at The Purcell School, Andrew graduated from Guildhall and joined the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 2005. He is now a regular guest principal with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Join Us

Admission £40

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To apply, please fill out the form below and follow the link in your confirmation email to make a payment. For more information, please contact Dominique Swain Tel: 01749 834487 / [email protected]chool

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Classical Guitar DayViola DayFrench Horn DayTrumpet DaySingle Reed Day

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Virtual Open Day

Ages 2-18

Saturday 3rd October
from 10.30am – 1.00pm
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