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Academy Masterclasses

Academy@Maestros Masterclasses

The Academy@Maestros provides an extension and enrichment programme for gifted, talented and promising young musicians in Berkshire to learn more about their instrument and develop further as musicians. During 2019-20 the Academy will be staging a series of Masterclasses with leading professionals for students to gain coaching in specific instrumental techniques and learning about more advanced repertoire. The Academy is delighted to be able to open these events up to students who are not part of the Academy to join in with these exceptional sessions.

We will be running Masterclasses for these instruments:

  • Flute – Saturday 9 November 2019 with Wissam Boustany
  • Oboe – Saturday 23 November 2019 with Fraser MacAuley
  • Bassoon – Saturday 23 November 2019 with Helen Simons
  • Brass – Saturday 23 November with Roger Argente for lower brass and Philippe Schartz for upper brass
  • Recorder – Saturday 11 January 2020 with Annabel Knight
  • Clarinet – Saturday 11 January 2020 (artist TBC)
  • Saxophone – yet to be confirmed, but will be during March 2020

The cost of each Masterclass is included in the membership fees for Academy members; for non-Academy members each class will cost just £15.00.


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Recorder Masterclass

Saturday 11 January 2020
2:00pm – 6:00pm (Registration 1:45pm)
Reading Music Centre, RG30 4EZ
Led by Annabel Knight

The Academy@Maestros is looking forward to welcoming professional recorder and flute player Annabel Knight to lead our Recorder Masterclass.

Annabel is Head of Recorder at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire as well as undertaking an impressive performance and recording career.

Students, including those who are not a member of the Academy, can join in either as participants or observers. There will be an opportunity at the end to form a massed recorder ensemble to be coached by Annabel.

Cost to non-Academy members - £15.00. Masterclasses are free to Academy members as they are included in the annual fee.

REGISTER HERE to join this Masterclass – this will open our customer portal; click on Start, under Courses and Workshops click on Choose Activity and choose Masterclasses from the list of activities.

Click here for a map to the location of Stoneham Court RG30 4EZ

N.B. Academy members who wish to attend the Masterclass need to fill in the registration form to sign up, although you will not be charged for attending.





Annabel Knight

Flute Masterclass

Saturday 9 November 2019
Led by Wissam Boustany

The Academy@Maestros was delighted to offer this Masterclass, led by the international soloist and recording artist Wissam Boustany. His passionate musicality has helped him forge a unique reputation as an international flute soloist. Participants joined this Masterclass, either as a performer or an observer, as he shares his advice and tips on how to improve performance. As part of the afternoon everyone was invited to join in a massed flute ensemble coached by Wissam.

Wissam Boustany

Double Reed Masterclasses

Saturday 23 November 2019

Led by Fraser MacAulay (Oboe) and Helen Simons (Bassoon)

The Academy@Maestros was delighted to welcome Fraser MacAulay and Helen Simons from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to lead Masterclasses for Oboe and Bassoon.

Professor of Oboe, Fraser MacAulay has led a successful and varied freelance career performing with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Helen Simons has been a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for eighteen years and has toured worldwide playing a vast symphonic repertoire. She continues to freelance with groups such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and English National Opera alongside her positions in the RPO and the Galliard Ensemble.

Participants attended the Masterclasses as performers and observers, sharing the extensive experience and advice from Fraser and Helen on how to improve their playing.

As part of the afternoon session everyone joined in a massed ensemble coached by Fraser and Helen.





Fraser Macaulay

Helen Simons
Photo: Pip Bacon (Purple Raspberry)

Brass Masterclasses

Saturday 23 November 2019

Led by Roger Argente and Philippe Schartz

The Academy@Maestros was pleased to welcome Roger Argente and Philippe Schartz from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to lead Masterclasses for both upper and lower brass. They are two of the most exciting brass players in the UK today; as members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales they have worked with many of the world’s leading conductors.

The Masterclasses were available to participants to attend as a performer or an observer, to gain from their vast experience and get advice on how to improve brass playing.

There was a massed ensemble, coached by Roger and Philippe, as part of the afternoon.

Roger ArgentePhilippe Schartz

We are rapidly finalising the arrangements for the remaining Masterclasses – please check back here for further information in the future.

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