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French Horn Day

Open to horn players under 18 years of all musical abilities

Admission £40 (a limited number of bursaries are available)

Sunday 9th October 2022
11.00am – 5.30pm
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About our French Horn Day

Enjoy an inspirational day of horn playing at Wells Cathedral School with specialist horn tutor Simon de Souza and two of his most successful former students. The workshop will take place in our 14th century Quilter Hall, next to the magnificent Wells Cathedral. The day will include:

  • Workshops and coached ensembles to develop your horn playing
  • Recitals by the tutoring team
  • Masterclasses
  • A concert for friends and family at the end of the day
  • The opportunity to try and buy instruments and accessories on the day from horn specialists Paxman


If the £40 fee is a barrier to being able to attend, we’d like to invite you to apply for one of our bursaries worth 50% off the fee (limited availability). To apply, please contact Dominique Swain on 01749 834487 / [email protected] with your name, the name of the course you’d like to attend, your current grade and details of your request. 

More Details

Refreshments will be provided, but please bring a packed lunch. We will contact participants nearer the time with further details.

If you have any questions, please contact Dominique Swain on 01749 834487 / [email protected] and she would be very happy to help.

    Simon de Souza

    Simon studied with virtuoso Ifor James before becoming a performer and teacher. He performs with the quintet, Chaconne Brass, and freelances with many orchestras and in the West End. Simon has taught as a specialist teacher 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.

    Alex Wilde

    Alex studied at the Junior Royal Academy of Music and then won a place at the Guildhall School of Music where he gained First Class Honours. In 2021 Alex was appointed as Principal Horn with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and he appears as guest principal with many other orchestras in the UK. He enjoys recording music for film and TV.