The London Handel Festival – Group Offers for BDRS Members

The London Handel Festival is offering BDRS members a discount on group bookings for their concerts.

Their programme can be found here and they are pleased to offer our members 50% off on LHF lunchtime recitals for groups of 5 or more, and 10% off selected LHF evening concerts (subject to availability) for groups of 10 or more. The lead booker needs to provide their membership number.

If you would like to know more please contact the BDRS Secretary with your membership number and we will put you in touch with the Festival Administrator to reserve places.

Introducing Our Double Reed Day Guest – Baroque Oboist – Joel Raymond

We are delighted to announce that Joel Raymond is attending our Double Reed Day to demonstrate the baroque oboe and tell us about how they are made. Joel has played with the Oxford Bach Soloists, the Hanover Band, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Gabrieli Consort as well as playing abroad, notably with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Joel had an early love of baroque music, coming to the recorder as a young player, and took up the oboe in his teens studying at Birmingham Conservatoire, when he took up the baroque oboe. Joel moved on to postgraduate study in historical performance at RAM London and attained the position of joint principal oboist in the European Union Baroque Orchestra. He has studied the instruments used in Bach’s orchestra and has even played some of them, and we are looking forward to a fascinating demonstration at our Double Reed Day on Saturday 4th May.

There is still time to sign up –

Photo © Graham Salter,

Our Double Reed Day is approaching!

This weekend look out for announcements here on our website and our social media outlets – we have a facebook page, we are on twitter and instagram – about our Double Reed Day on Saturday 4th May, at beautiful Park Place in Hampshire, including information about tutors, traders and a special guest we’re delighted to welcome this year!

Pics from last year ©Mike Bell

Empty Seats: Amateur Orchestras and Bands Looking for Double Reed Players!

If you are looking for an opportunity to play in an orchestra, concert or wind band then don’t forget the new page on our website which lists any groups who have been in touch with us recently looking for double reed players.

Double Reed players are great at networking – do let anyone know who may be interested! If you haven’t played in an orchestra before but are curious, then arrange to try them out for a couple of rehearsals, it’s a great way to get to know other players, learn more repertoire and of course improve your playing!

The vacancies are listed by requirement, then by county and there is contact information in each listing – visit

The Lonarc Trio play a selection of rare and beautiful Viennese works for Oboe

 The Foundling Museum – Sunday Afternoon Concerts

The Lonarc Trio play Viennese Trios, including Wenth’s Petite Serenade Concertante in F major, first performed in 1793 for the Benefit of Widow’s and Orphans where a young Beethoven was in the audience.

Trio in F major ~ Josef Triebensee (1772-1846)  Allegro, Menuetto + Trio, Adagio, Rondo

Petite Serenade Concertante in F major ~ Johann Wenth (1745-1801) Allegro, Romanza, Menuetto + Trio, Adagio, Menuetto + Trio, Rondo

1920’s Medley ~ arr James Horan (b 1966)

“The players led by the outstanding Joseph Sanders, have such familiarity with each other and the music that they are able to take risks, to seamlessly blend and to introduce new repertoire to eager ears.” Celia Craig ARAM Principal Oboe Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Free to the public

Where – Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ

When – Sunday, February 24, 2019 3:00 PM — 4:00 PM GMT

Get In Touch – The Foundling Museum – 020 7841 3600

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Silent Aria: Suite for Oboe and Piano by Philip Herbert

Oboists might be familiar with the abridged version of Silent Aria which appears on the ABRSM oboe syllabus, here is some background to how the full suite came to be written:

This suite for oboe and piano has recently been published  in November 2018, by Novello/Musicsales classical.  There are four movements to this piece and these include:

  1. Silent Aria
  2. Spiritual
  3. Melisma
  4. Pulsation

The Suite is written by Leicestershire Composer, Philip Herbert (pictured below). It was commissioned by Serendipity UK for the 2014 Let’s Dance International Festival, where there was an opportunity to collaborate with the acclaimed choreographer, Henri Oguike along with  dancers.

The Suite ‘Silent Aria’ carries this title, as the suite was inspired by the work of award winning black choreographers who worked during the 1970s, 80s and 90s; but more recently their work has become forgotten. Each movement is imbued with an eclectic array of musical influences. In the first movement, there are some beautifully sustained melodic lines for the oboe, suspended over a syncopated 3 note motif that is coupled with arpeggio figures in the piano accompaniment. There are also sections of this movement, where there are lush chords progressions that you might find in a soul ballad. The second movement is based on a soulful theme and variations which carries the influence of a spiritual/blues, pentatonic tonalities: with opportunity for the oboist and the pianist to swing across the beat. The third movement, is ternary in form and there is a dark haunting main theme in C sharp  minor, but the mood lightens in the middle section that is in C major, before returning to the opening theme in C sharp minor. The fourth movement is rhythmic where the musical influences touch on calypso and latin dance rhythms. There is plenty of room in this movement to enjoy the joyous rhythmic exchange between the oboe and piano parts.

It could be programmed with works such as the sonata for oboe and piano by Alwyn, or Poulenc’s sonata for oboe and piano, or even Edmund Rubbra’s sonata in C for oboe and piano, along with Schumann’s Romantic pieces, Bartok’s Romanian Dances, Ravel’s Habanera, or even pieces by Benjamin Britten.

You can hear an excerpt of the suite here  in it’s abridged version, as found on the ABRSM syllabus.

Khemi Shabazz (pictured) is a versatile oboist and a keen explorer of a range of musical styles from classical music, world music through to electronica. She is currently planning a recital for oboe and piano  in Leeds, to feature this work. Watch this space.

Photo credits Below left © Leicester Mercury Mike Sewell and below right © Kandace Walker


BIG Double Reed Day in London, Sunday 17th February 2019

We are supporting the BIG Double Reed Day at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, in London on Sunday 17th February. If you spot one of our representatives there do say hello!  Visit their website to apply – but be quick – the deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 1st February (You can still apply after this date, but there will be an extra admin fee)