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BBC NOW’s Robert Plane is New Head of Woodwind Performance

12 May 2020

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We’re delighted to announce that Robert Plane, who’s been a clarinet teacher at the College for the last twenty years, is our new Head of Woodwind Performance.

Robert, currently Principal Clarinet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales joins in his new job in September.

“Collaboration and innovation must be at the heart of everything we do,” said Rob.

“All of our young woodwind musicians should have the confidence to explore musical paths that they might not have thought of before.
Covid-19 has highlighted just how creative, resourceful and adaptable the musicians of the future will need to be.

Employability is everything, and I hope to nurture a caring, supportive and demanding work ethic in the department.

“I can’t wait to welcome new and returning students, staff and guest artists to our state-of-the art-facilities as soon as we are able, to strive for the very highest standards and to fulfil each student’s potential across the whole spectrum of what it means to be a musician.

There will be no limits to my ambitions for the department and all those in it.”

During the current Covid-19 lockdown you may have seen Rob performing socially-distanced concerts with the Cardiff Street Orchestra, which boasts no less than four members of staff from the College, taking its message of hope through music worldwide. Rob has already been on Radio 4’s Today programme and the forthcoming BBC’s Ross Kemp: Britain’s Volunteer Army.

The Cardiff Street Orchestra

This week the College also announced that Kate Stokes Davies, current Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations at Qualifications Wales, is the new Director of External Affairs.

Read the full press release in our Press & Media Centre, and find out more about studying Woodwind at the College here.