New Head of Woodwind at RAM

Fraser Gordon

RPO Contrabassoonist Fraser Gordon has been appointed as the new Head of Woodwind at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

He takes over on 1 February from Keith Bragg, who retires after nearly 20 years of exceptional service and leadership.

Fraser is the Principal Contrabassoon of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a regular guest player (on the bassoon and contra) with all the London orchestras and many other UK and international ensembles, including Aurora Orchestra and World Orchestra for Peace. He is a highly-respected teacher and coach, with experience working with students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and more recently at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Academy, where he was appointed a professor of bassoon in 2015. Fraser is a regular visitor at specialist music schools as well as taking a leading role in Resound, the RPO’s education programme.

All of us at the BDRS send our hearty congratulations to Fraser, and wish him well as he takes up his new post. You can read the full story on the Academy’s website.