Inspiring The Next Generation

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Paul is the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Multi-Instrumentalist Consultant.

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All woodwind students have regular opportunities to work with him to develop their doubling skills. Following on from the success of the ‘West End Elective’ module, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire are introducing  an opportunity to study Multi-Instrumental Skills at Post Graduate level from September 2021.

Paul Saunders was a breath of fresh air in my musical life! His ability to adapt to the learner’s needs makes lessons fun, engaging and creative. These qualities allow the lessons to flow with ease as multi-instrumentalist performance and learning can be physically demanding. Alongside this, it can also be mentally challenging. Paul is able to guide students through the psychological challenges of adapting to this style of learning and eventually the transition to becoming a ‘working professional musician’.

Multi-instrumental skills have enabled me to be involved in various types of work within the areas of music performance and education. Being able to play various woodwind instruments is very helpful for gaining work as teacher, especially with music services and schools.

Daisy Evans – Professional Woodwind Freelancer

I’ve always had a passion for musical theatre and when I came to an open day at RBC, I was delighted to learn that Jenni had in the last few years set up a brilliant scheme to encourage and promote musical theatre playing, as well as recruit Paul Saunders, the current and possibly most respected West End woodwind player. This strongly influenced my decision to choose RBC over other conservatoires.. I can’t imagine having a better start to what I hope will be my future career playing in theatre pit bands and can’t thank Jenni (and Paul) enough for this amazing opportunity.
Benjamin Adams – Current RBC Student

Shortly towards the end of my time at RBC, Paul Saunders gave a class which gave a great insight into life as a multi-instrumentalist. At this time, I started having lessons with Paul to learn more about the skills needed to become a part of this area of the musical world. After leaving RBC, most of my work has been multi-instrumental and very rarely on just clarinet. I realised that there is so much I hadn’t learnt about this side of playing and undoubtedly so much more still to learn but I am very excited to hear about the opportunity to study this at PG level as if I had my time again, I would most certainly select this option thus enabling me to gain the essential skills which I’ve found imperative to succeed as a musician.

Charlotte Wales – Professional Woodwind Freelancer