Septura Brass Academy 2023

We’re excited to be launching the Septura Brass Academy – a residential course for talented brass students aged 16-21 – in collaboration with the Rodolfus Foundation.

Course dates: 24-26 August 2023
Venue: St Edward’s School, Oxford
Fee: £550 full board accommodation, bursaries available
Standard: Grade 8+ or equivalent

About the course

The Septura Brass Academy will give young brass players aged 16-21 the opportunity to immerse themselves in brass chamber music under the direction of Septura members – the leading brass player and teachers in the country.

The course will take place alongside the Rodolfus Choral Course for young singers, with joint activities including warm ups, concerts and services. The Septura approach to brass playing is fundamentally vocal, and we firmly believe that bringing young singers and instrumentalists together is profoundly beneficial to the musical development of both.

There are no auditions to attend, but places are limited and we will require a short reference from your instrumental teacher.

Course outline

The 3-day course will include:

  • Group warm up sessions
  • Individual lessons
  • Masterclasses
  • Chamber coaching and concert performance in a septet
  • Evensong with brass and choral course singers
  • An introduction to arranging for brass

Course tutors

Matthew Knight

Course Director

Matthew Knight is Septura’s Artistic Director, Co-Principal Trombone & Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a Professor at the Royal College of Music, and a chamber coach at the Royal Academy of Music.

Simon Cox

Course Director

Simon Cox is Septura’s Founder and Artistic Director, former Principal Trumpet of Aurora Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic, and a chamber coach at the Royal Academy of Music.

Peter Smith


Peter Smith is one of Septura’s tuba players, Principal Tuba of the Philharmonia Orchestra and a Professor at the Royal College of Music.

James Fountain


James Fountain is one of Septura’s trumpet players, Principal Trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra and a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music.

Simon Minshall

Course tutor

Simon Minshall is bass trombonist in Back to the Future the Musical in London’s West End, teaches at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department and is President of the British Trombone Society.


We offer a limited number of bursaries to help with the costs of the course. You can apply for a bursary as part of the online application process. All details given are in confidence.


As part of your application, we require a short reference from an instrumental or music teacher.

Age Range

You must be aged between 16 and 21 on the 31st August 2023 to attend this course.

Applications for this year’s course are now closed.