2020 | January 1st | Subscription Increase

Increase in Subscriptions from 1st January 2020

As advised in the cover letter of the last Double Reed News (DRN), subscriptions are increasing in January 2020 (not January 2019 as stated in error). Both Standard and Student annual subscription rates are increasing by £5 to £30 for Standard and £20 Student (excluding any relevant additional charges for overseas postage – £5 for the EU and £10 for the rest of the world). Life Membership is now £250.

This is the first increase since 2007 and is driven by the need to ensure our income continues to cover costs and help provide funds to support new activities the society wishes to undertake.

If you pay by Standing Order please take action now to tell your bank of the new amount which is effective for all subscriptions due for renewal from 1st January 2020. For many this can be quickly accomplished using your online banking facilities.

Even at the increased rates, which will be less than RPI measured inflation, subscriptions are excellent value, giving you three issues of DRN, reduced rates to BDRS events, and discounts at specialist retailers and insurers. Your subscription of course also helps BDRS’s aims of encouraging and fostering the study, performance, and enjoyment of orchestral double reeds.

There will be further communication with the Spring DRN to ensure that all members, particularly those for whom we don’t have an effective email address, know about the subscription increase and what to do; however, please don’t delay, act now to make the change to your Standing Order!

Please mention BDRS to your oboe and bassoon friends and colleagues and encourage those who aren’t members to join!

With best wishes for Christmas and a happy and musically active New Year,

 Geoffrey Bridge

BDRS Chair

2018 | January | Simmonds Music Closes

Simmonds Music Closes its Doors


With great regret we announce that bassoonist Tom Simmonds’ business, known as Simmonds Music, in Grantham, has had to cease trading. Tom has suffered from a serious neuromuscular illness over the last two years and with that and a lack of footfall in the High Street he has been unable to sustain a viable concern. The receivers have been called in.

Tom has been a staunch supporter of the BDRS for many years since he worked for John Myatt in Hitchen as their bassoon specialist.

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