The BDRS is planning a major new project which will involve Activity Days organised post-Covid in your area by Regional Representatives; Rebecca Roberts and James Turnbull are the first to take on these important new roles! If you would be interested in becoming a Regional Representative for the BDRS, please email the Membership Secretary.
Bec studied the bassoon at Chetham’s, the London Guildhall, and Conservatoire de Genève with Charles Cracknell, Martin Gatt, and Roger Birnstingl. She was co-principal bassoon of the Biel Symphony Orchestra (Switzerland), co-principal bassoon at Opéra National de Lyon, and second bassoon in Opera North.
Rebecca moved on to tutoring for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, and West of Scotland Schools Orchestra, as well as teaching juniors at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, and teaching woodwind in schools for East Renfrewshire council.
After an 18-year break in her career, Rebecca returned to performance, playing Mahler’s 3rd Symphony with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). She regularly freelances with Scottish orchestras.
Described by The Independent as “a worthy champion” of contemporary oboe music, James Turnbull has dedicated much of his performing life to promoting and extending the oboe repertoire. James has performed frequently throughout the UK and Europe, including solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall and live on BBC Radio 3. Most recently the Royal Academy of Music recognised his contribution to the music profession by awarding him an ARAM. In 2015, James launched the New Oboe Music Project, which promotes 21st-century oboe repertoire across the world.
Aside from his performing interests, James is dedicated to broadening the appeal of the oboe and encouraging young people to learn the instrument; to this end, he has launched the website LearnToPlayTheOboe.com. He also teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, the Purcell School, and elsewhere. In recognition of his work in music education James was awarded the inaugural Patricia Prindl Prize by the Musicians’ Company in 2016.