Wendy Ritchie graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 1985 after studying French Horn with the legendary Maurice Temple. Whilst there, she won several awards including the Governors’ Recital Prize for Brass and a Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship and the Wiseman Prize for best Performance. Her post graduate studies continued in Freiburg, Germany with the renowned French Horn soloist Ifor James before she took up her first professional position as Principal Horn with the Symphonishes Orchester Berlin aged 22. On returning to her native Highlands, Wendy changed focus to music education. She tutored instrumental music throughout the Highlands of Scotland and developed many school-based ensembles. She also coached many the Highland’s regional ensembles including the Highland Youth Orchestra, Highland Youth Concert Band and Highland Youth Big Band. She has moved to BSKL from her current of post of Head of Brass and Co-ordinator of Performance and Instrumental Music at Gordonstoun School, Scotland. At Gordonstoun, she was central to the development of the Junior School’s unique practical music making curriculum and thriving music ensembles. Many of her pupils have gone on to take up places in national music groups and conservatoire
Wendy was born and brought up in the Highlands of Scotland, an area with a strong vein of musical tradition. Since arriving in BSKL she has made the most of the warmer climate and against all the odds has become an Open Water Diver!
Wendy believes that music is a strong force for good in this uncertain world and is central to the student experience at BSKL. Her role is to enable every student to musically flourish whether it is in classroom or in its many ensembles. Musical life in BSKL will ensure the development of the skills required to sustain them throughout their lives.