Woodwind Department

The Beau Soleil Woodwind Department offers students the exceptional opportunity to study with nationally known teachers specializing in the full complement of Woodwind instruments, including flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone. Students can expect individual attention, high standards and a supportive learning environment. Our students work with a professional accompanist on repertoire throughout the year and have a wide range of opportunities to perform.

Each student is challenged to develop his or her own musicianship to the highest degree while following individual goals. Wind ensembles, stage band, chamber music opportunities and master classes with guest artists broaden the musical boundaries for woodwind students at Beau Soleil.
Beau Soleil’s reputation for excellence attracts students from around the Peninsula, enhancing the overall educational experience of music students.

First South African Galway Flute Festival

Derek Fennell and John Rojas appear with Cecily Salmon, Director of the Salon Foundation – Southern Africa.

Beau Soleil flute students past and present were selected as participants in the First South African Galway Flute Festival hosted by UCT. The genial Sir James Galway, also known as “the man with the golden flute”, was always supportive and encouraging. His charming wife Lady Jeanne Galway, a formidable flute player herself, inspired students who played in her master classes. Together they generously shared their knowledge and years of experience with all who attended as observers and performers. Staff members Derek Fennell and HOD Woodwind John Rojas appear with Lady Jeanne Galway and Sir James Galway.

Top Image: Derek Fennell and John Rojas appear with Cecily Salmon, Director of the Salon Foundation – Southern Africa.

Right Image: Staff members Derek Fennell and HOD Woodwind John Rojas appear with Lady Jeanne Galway and Sir James Galway.

Saxophone Master Classes


Saxophone Master Classes with members of the



Cécile Dubois: After finishing her studies at the Regional Conservatoires in Lyon and Boulogne-Billancourt Cécile Dubois continued her studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris where she studied under Daniel Deffayet and then Claude Delange and David Walter. She was awarded the first prize with distinction in 1990. Throughout her career she has been awarded various awards, such as the UFAM and has been featured at many festivals and alongside various orchestras including the National Orchestra of Lyon, the Capitole Orchestra from Toulouse, the Paris Orchestra and many more. Since 1996 she has been the saxophone professor at the Conservatoire á Rayonnement Régional in Besançon. Her class comprises of students who come from all around France and other countries including China, Taiwan, Greece, Spain and South Africa.

Paul Richard: Born in France in 1986, Paul Richard started the saxophone at the age of eight and gained a place at the Conservatoire of Besançon in 2002. He obtained his bachelor of Musicology from the University of Franche-Comté and was awarded the First Prize for Chamber Music in 2007, as well as his Diploma of Musical Studies for Saxophone in 2010. After finishing his studies in France, Paul moved to South Africa where he taught Saxophone at the Durban Music School. Willing to carry on his studies, he registered at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, where he obtained distinctions for his BA Honours in Saxophone, Composition and Chamber Music in 2013. Paul won the Seventh Grahamstown Music Competition, which took place in June 2012. Paul is currently teaching Saxophone and Clarinet at Woodridge Preparatory and College in Port Elizabeth.


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Derek Fennell

Head of the Woodwind Department 


Student Feature

Joshua Atwood-Palm is a grade 12 learner who specializes in saxophone and oboe. He has his own saxophone quartet at SACS and is active giving concerts around town. Joshua hopes to study overseas after he completes his final exams.




We managed to raise R28000 at our 2018 event, which goes towards our development programme. This provides opportunities to many disadvantaged young students to learn a musical instrument. Thanks for your support! MUSATHON 2019 will be in October. The exact date is to be confirmed so keep an eye out. We can top last year's total with your help, so please support us with donations and join us for a day of music making starting at 9am.