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Principal Chairs is an exciting new online resource for the study of orchestral repertoire – an online excerpt book with fantastic extras! We provide free sheet music and orchestral audio recordings (thanks to Naxos) of the most prominent and important solos in the repertoire. These are FREE for everyone to use and are right there next to each other on one page, making your preparation for practice much quicker. Most importantly of all we are working with leading international orchestral artists to provide educational, informative and inspiring pre-recorded video lessons, which you can view as many times as you like once you subscribe. Michael Cox (principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and professor of flute at the Royal Academy of Music, London), our Artist in Residence, has already recorded many video lessons which you can learn from and enjoy. We\’re also busy working with many other top artists on additional video lessons so you can expand your knowledge of the repertoire by listening to their contrasting opinions.

Prices for the video lessons are deliberately low so that everyone, wherever they are in the world can hear what our artists have to say. By subscribing you are helping Principal Chairs to grow into a more extensive and informative resource.

If you’re not ready to subscribe and view the video lessons yet, continue browsing our sheet music and audio excerpts completely FREE. Also,make sure you check out our interview of the month and to join the discussion on our blog.

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Our Team


Pasha Mansurov

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Zacharias Tarpagkos

Zach Tarpagos is recognized as one of the leading flutists of his generation. Born in Greece in 1983, he studied Music at the Aristoteles' University of Thessaloniki and Flute Performance at the Greek Conservatory of Athens, before furthering his studies at the Royal...

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Camilla Marchant

Camilla is a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, where she holds the Thompson Family Charity Trust Award. She studies flute with Michael Cox and Karen Jones, and piccolo with Patricia Morris. She is a keen orchestral player and has recently played with the...

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Michael Cox

Michael Cox is one of Britain's best known flautists. He is principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the London Sinfonietta, professor of flute at the Royal Academy of Music and artistic director of the flute website...

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Our Artists


Jim Walker

Former First Flute Los Angeles Philharmonic

Andrea Oliva

Principal Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

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