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.

2017 National Saxophone Symposium

The 2017 National Saxophone Symposium came to Cape Town recently and was hosted by Matthew Lombard (USA) and Justin Bellairs who headed the Classical and Jazz workshops respectively. The attendees learned everything from sound production and technique development to jazz sax setups, turnarounds and bebop articulation. The artists also impressed in their afternoon recital and evening concert. The highlight was a Massed Saxophone Orchestra made up of all the participants which closed the evening.

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.