French Horn Day

Sunday 18th November 2018
11.00am - 5.30pm
Open to students under 18 years of all musical 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
  • learn recitals by the tutoring team
  • benefit from workshops and coached ensembles to develop your horn playing whilst having fun
  • play in a concert at the end of the day – family and friends welcome
  • have the opportunity to 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 Royal College of Music before building a career as a performer in popular West End musical theatre shows. He has played with 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.

Matthew Gunner, French horn
Matthew Gunner

Matthew studied horn at Wells Cathedral School with Simon de Souza. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. He has worked with leading orchestras and has recorded commercial sessions in studios. For the past 14 years he has been principal horn for West End shows, both as a player and conductor.

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]

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Classical Guitar DayViola DayFrench Horn DayBrass Skills DaySingle Reed Day

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