Katy Woolley Principal Horn

Katy Woolley is one of the most exciting young horn players in Europe. Aged only 22 she was appointed Principal Horn in the Philharmonia Orchestra having previously been awarded the Third Horn position whilst still a student.

In the short time since her appointment she has forged a formidable reputation performing the most demanding horn parts in the orchestral repertoire for the world’s top conductors. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Philharmonia in Britten's Serenade for tenor, horn and strings. Born in Exeter, Katy began playing at the age of ten and studied with Sue Dent and later Simon Rayner. She graduated from the Royal College of Music with a first class degree and was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal. Katy served as Principal Horn in the EUYO for two years and undertook further study in Berlin with Christian-Friedrich Dallmann. Katy recently accepted an invitation to join the brass faculty of the Royal Academy of Music and is a professor also at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

The Philharmonia's Principal Horn Chair is endowed by the Revd. John Wates in memory of Dennis Brain