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.


The first ever South African Galway Flute Festival will take place at the UCT College of Music and Baxter Concert Hall from 17 – 21 February 2015.  Visiting world renowned flautist Sir James Galway along with his wife Lady Jeanne Galway will give master classes and workshops during the weeklong Festival which will also include evening concerts.

The Festival opens on Tuesday 17th February with a gala recital concert featuring Sir and Lady Galway accompanied by South African born pianist Anne Marshall. Ms Marshall accompanies the Galways across the globe and she will also accompany South African flautist Marlene Verwey who was awarded the Rising Star Award by the Galways in 2012. Ms Verwey now enjoys an international career but is excited to be invited back to be part of the festival.  Her recital will take place on Friday 20th February .


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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.