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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 - postponed, new date to be confirmed
  • 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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Clarinet Masterclass

Date to be Confirmed
Reading Music Centre, Stoneham Court, 100 Cockney Hill, Reading, RG30 4EZ
Led by Michael Collins

The Academy@Maestros is very pleased to welcome professional clarinet player Michael Collins to lead our Clarinet Masterclass. Michael is a highly accomplished clarinet player and conductor, having worked with many top orchestras. He teaches at the Royal College of Music and has an impressive track record of recordings with numerous record labels.

This Masterclass has had to be postponed and a new date for this event will be announced later.


Michael CollinsPhoto credit: Benjamin Ealovega

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
Recorder Masterclass

Saturday 11 January 2020
Led by Annabel Knight

The Academy@Maestros welcomed 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, were able to join in either as participants or observers and at the end there was a massed recorder ensemble.

Annabel Knight

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

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