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Recruitment and Pathway Initiatives

Head of Woodwind

Career stage: Senior

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is one of the world’s greatest conservatoires. Our excellence was recognised by the 2022 QS World University Rankings, in which we ranked as the top institution for performing arts in the world, the UK for the seventh consecutive year, and once again the top in Europe. 

The RCM has a distinguished tradition of woodwind teaching, and alumni are found throughout the profession worldwide, and as part of the distinguished history of the College.  The Woodwind Faculty attracts students and professors from around the world, and is central to the learning, teaching and musical life of the College.  The position of Head of Woodwind is a critical role in the College, and the post-holder is expected to continue and develop the world-leading learning and teaching of the faculty. The Head of Woodwind will be recognised for their experience of the highest level of performance, breadth of outlook, and as an inspirational source to the students and professors of the faculty, and across the College. 

Applicants should be internationally recognised for their musical achievements, sympathies across genres, breadth of outlook, and leadership with significant international experience at the highest professional level.  They will be noted for their commitment to equality and diversity of opportunity, and knowledge and experience of current trends in performance and engagement.  Experience of teaching and working with tertiary-level students is essential, with a rigorous understanding of current teaching methods and techniques, and an understanding of the requirements of course structure and outcomes. 

This role reports to Directorate through the Artistic Director and is an active member of the wider senior management of the College.

The College is committed to advancing equality and inclusive practice in all areas including staff and student recruitment, our teaching and artistic programme, research activity, and our working environment.   We especially welcome female applicants and those from Black and ethnically diverse backgrounds who are currently underrepresented at this level within the College.  

The RCM is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment for all our staff, students and visitors.


The Royal College of Music

  • Industry Conservatoire, Performing Arts
  • Location London
  • Apply by 06/06/2022 9:00 am
  • Salary/Bursary Grade 11, £65,843 - £75,979 p.a