Arlene Cochrane, Oboe

Arlene Cochrane, Oboe

Arlene Cochrane has just completed her Postgraduate diploma at the RSAMD studying oboe under the tutelage of Emmanuel Laville (principal RSNO) and Stephane Rancourt (Halle) and cor anglais with Stephen West (former RSNO). She returns this year to study for her Masters.
Arlene is busy in orchestras and ensembles both inside and out with the academy. She has played with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, undertaking a tour to Holland and Germany and also enjoys playing in several chamber ensembles. These include the critically acclaimed RSA ‘Stevenson Winds’ which is directed by Maximiliano Martin of the SCO and who were Highly Commended in the final of the Govonors Recital prize for Chamber Music 2009 and she is also a founding member of The Northern Lights Wind Quintet with whom she won the Govonors Recital prize for Chamber Music in 2010 as well as the Mary D Adams prize for Chamber Music and subsequently recorded for BBC Broadcast.

During her time at the RSAMD, Arlene has been awarded all of the orchestral apprenticeship schemes; BBC SSO, RSNO and performed with the orchestra of Scottish Opera in their productions of Prokofiev’s ‘L’Amour des Trois Oranges’ and, the following year ‘War and Peace’ by the same composer. Other highlights include a performance with Kathryn Bryan and John Cushing of the RSNO in Gordon Jacob’s ‘Trio for flute, oboe and clarinet’ as part of the ‘Music on Mondays’ lunchtime concert series. She also premiered a solo oboe Sequenza during the 2009 new music festival PLUG.  She made her debut on BBC Radio 3 this Summer in a composer portrait of James Dillon at the BBC Proms with RSAMD Musiclab.
Arlene has taken part in masterclasses with John Anderson, Emily Pailthorpe, Alexei Ogrintchouck, Lorna McGhee, Alison Teale and the Arlequin Trio. She also performed in a masterclass with Christine Pendrill (LSO) at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Birmingham, 2009.

Arlene also continues to run a successful teaching practise of private oboe and piano pupils. She is grateful to the RSAMD Trust for enabling her to continue her studies on the Masters Course this year.


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Fraser Langton, Clarinet

Born in 1989, Fraser Antony Max Langton is currently studying clarinet under John Cushing (principal clarinettist, RSNO) at the RSAMD. He began playing at the age of 12 and has since performed in many major concert halls across the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall where he was invited to open the first night of the ‘National Festival of Music for Youth’ with his county youth wind orchestra.

Prior to starting at the RSAMD Fraser Studied A-Levels at Runshaw College, Leyland where he was awarded Student of the Year in Music (2006) and the Amanda Roocroft award for excellence in Music (2007).

Fraser is featured regularly in the RSAMD’s prestigious ensembles, including playing as principal clarinettist with the RSAMD Symphony Orchestra and contemporary ensemble ‘MusicLab’ (with whom he was recently engaged at the BBC Proms). He also successfully auditioned to become a founder member of the RSA ‘Stevenson Winds’, the academy’s esteemed wind ensemble in which he performs alongside top profile musicians such as Maximiliano Martin and Emmanuel Laville.

In 2008/09 he won places on all three coveted orchestral apprenticeship schemes in operation with the RSAMD. This included playing 2nd and Eb clarinet in the full run of Prokofiev’s “Love For Three Oranges” with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and schemes with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and  Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Since the apprenticeship, Fraser has worked professionally with the RSNO, including recording for the NAXOS label under Stephane Deneve.

As a chamber musician, Fraser regularly plays on the prestigious ‘Live Music Now’ scheme with his duo partner Juliette Philogene. He is currently busy with his wind quintet “Northern Lights” who recently won the RSAMD Governors’ recital prize for chamber music (2010).

In February 2009 Fraser was the winner of the Governors’ Woodwind Recital Prize at the RSAMD, subsequently giving a solo recital with accompanist Scott Mitchell on BBC Radio Scotland. More recently he was named winner of the Classical Concerto Competition culminating in a performance of Weber’s first Clarinet Concerto at Glasgow Cathedral with the RSAMD Chamber Orchestra and conductor, David Danzmyr.


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Graeme Brown, Bassoon

Graeme Brown grew up in the distillery village of Windygates, Fife and started playing the bassoon at the age of 12 under school woodwind instructor Catherine Houston. He then progressed to the ‘Fife Music Excellence Scheme’ two years later which enabled him to study with bassoonist Ivy Partridge and prepare for his entrance to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama’s junior department. It was here that he began tuition with Janet Bloxwich (Orchestra of Scottish Opera) and became a member of Fife and Edinburgh Youth Orchestras.
Graeme is a recent graduate of the RSAMD gaining a BMus degree with first class honours. He is now studying on the Masters programme in the the same institution with David Hubbard (Royal Scottish National Orchestra) and Peter Whelan (Scottish Chamber Orchestra). It is here that he has developed as a prospective orchestral bassoonist and won all three local orchestral training schemes (with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera). Graeme has taken part in NYOS, Camerata Scotland, a short exchange to the Rostov State Rachmaninov Conservatoire in Russia and is kept busy with freelance orchestral work in Scotland, Northern England and France. He is also currently second bassoon in the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra (YMSO) which is based in London. As a soloist he performed the Mozart Bassoon Concerto in February 2009 with the RSAMD Symphony Orchestra to high acclaim.    
Graeme is a grateful recipient of both the John Barbarolli and Donald Dewar Arts Awards which have enabled him to purchase the Heckel Bassoon he plays on today.



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Samantha McShane, French Horn

Born in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire in 1988, Samantha McShane began playing the tenor horn at the age of 11 at her primary school. A few years later, Samantha was advised to move onto French Horn under the tuition of Alison Murray who she studied with for 3 years. She was then accepted to the junior school of the RSAMD with Maurice Temple where she received a prize in her first year for the brass student who showed exceptional progress. In 2005, Samantha was accepted to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to obtain a BMus Honours Degree in performance under the direction of David McClenaghan, David Flack, Hugh Potts and John Logan. Samantha graduated from the RSAMD with an honours degree in 2009 and is now studying for a Masters in performance of which she received a scholarship for.

Samantha has performed with a variety of ensembles, orchestras and productions including working professionally with the BBCSSO and the RSNO as well as the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. In her time at the RSAMD, she played with the RSAMD symphony, chamber, wind and opera orchestras and won the Scottish Opera and BBCSSO apprenticeship schemes. Samantha is a very keen chamber musician, and as well as playing for ‘Northern Lights’, she also plays in ‘Bellon Brass’ alongside John Wallace, Tony George and Bryan Allan and ‘Pure Brass Quintet.’ Samantha was a recipient of the RSAMD Governors Chamber music recital prize and the Mary D Adams award for Chamber music in both 2009 and 2010 with ‘Pure Brass Quintet; and then the ‘Northern Lights Wind quintet.’ As a member of ‘Pure Brass’, Samantha is part of the prestigious Live Music Now Scheme and the Enterprise Music Scotland Residency Scheme as well as being a finalist in the Royal Overseas League Competition. Samantha has performed in masterclasses for Frank Lloyd, Wolfgang Gaag, Stephen Stirling, Fergus MacWilliam and Boston Brass.


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Sarah Hayes, Flute

Sarah Hayes was born on the Wirral in 1986 and grew up in Northumberland.  She recently achieved a Distinction in her Postgraduate Diploma in Performance from the RSAMD, and is returning to the Academy for a further year of study on its MMus course.

Throughout her time at the RSAMD, Sarah has been a member of all its various ensembles, including the Symphony, Opera and Wind Orchestras, and side-by-side schemes with Red Note Ensemble and the Dunedin Consort.  She was successful in the RSNO’s Apprenticeship Scheme, and premièred Tom David Wilson’s piccolo Sequenza in the 2009 Plug contemporary music festival.  During her first year of postgraduate study she won the John McGregor Flute Prize, and the Governors’ Recital Prize for Chamber Music and the Mary D Adams Prize as part of wind quintet Northern Lights.  In August 2010 she performed in the BBC Proms with the Academy’s contemporary ensemble MusicLab, for a Composer Portrait of the Glasgow-born composer James Dillon, which was broadcast on Radio 3.  Her keen interest in chamber music also extends to recitals, workshops and other engagements with professional flute quartet Flutes en Route, as part of the Live Music Now! Scheme. The group has had an exciting year pioneering a musical storytelling project with nursery children from across Scotland.

Outside her college activities Sarah has a keen interest in folk and traditional music, having been a three times finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, a finalist in the televised Fame Academy Educational Bursary Award, and a participant in numerous band projects and regional and national solo tours.  She also sings and plays flute and keyboards in the Glasgow-based band Admiral Fallow, whose debut album was released earlier this year to critical acclaim.


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