learning the french horn
Bio: The French Horn was first equipped with valves in the 19th century which are pressed with the left hand, with the right hand being placed inside the bell.
The sound is produced by blowing down 12 feet of narrow tubing wound in a circular fashion .
French Horn Lessons: We teach from 12 years and up
French Horn Purchase price: From £200 to £5,000
French Horn Rental price: From £17 per month
french horn in performance
french horn Professors
Anna Douglass appears as guest principal horn in orchestras around the country, and plays regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra. Since winning the BBC Young Musician Brass Category in 2010, Anna has gone been awarded the Royal Academy of Music Dennis Brain Horn Prize in 2012, and the Bob Paxman Young Horn Players Fund Award in 2013, for which she received a custom-made Paxman horn. Anna has enjoyed success in her solo playing around the country, with recital experience including performances in the Wigmore Hall, Glamis Castle, and Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, and concertos at St. Martin in the Fields and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. She is also a regular session musician, appearing on major Hollywood soundtracks and albums such as the latest Mission Impossible and the Avengers. Anna studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Richard Watkins, Michael Thompson, and Martin Owen.
Johnny Woodham is a London based jazz trumpet player, composer and educator. He graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the summer of 2014. In 2015 he won a Help Musicians UK postgraduate award and is now studying towards his MA in music education and performance as an Archers Scholar at Trinity Laban. Johnny has 5 years of experience in peripatetic and private tutoring and has a passion for education.
Qualifications: Trinity College of Music (Postgraduate)
Biography: Amanda began her musical education at the age of 6, when she joined the local Church choir and started piano lessons. For the following 10 years she toured the country singing in various cathedrals with many different choirs, whilst also developing her skills on the piano and organ. At the age of 16 Amanda started learning the French Horn and although she continued her singing through the choral scholarships she held at Royal Holloway, University of London and St Martin-in-the-Fields, it was horn playing that Amanda wanted to pursue as a career. She studied the horn at postgraduate level at Trinity College of Music and since then has been enjoying a varied and challenging career as a freelance horn player. Recent opportunities have included playing with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Concert Orchestra and English Pops Orchestra. Aside from music, Amanda's interests include animals, reading and Tudor history. She has an awesome cat called Merlin and she dreams of one day making enough money as a horn player to be able to own a horse!!