2020 | June 7th | ‘Over the Rainbow’

***This event is being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be in touch very shortly with all those who have signed up – please don’t flood us with messages!***


A film music playday for double-reed ensemble

Sunday 7th June 2020, 10:00 – 17:00
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

A wonderful musical venue, and a great opportunity for oboists and bassoonists of all ages to play some of the great theme tunes and songs from classic films, including:

Over the Rainbow (Wizard of Oz)

The Great Escape

The Dam Busters

The Ugly Duckling (Hans Christian Anderson)

Feed the Birds (Mary Poppins)

Maria (West Side Story)

Other events through the day will include a warm-up, a reed adjustment session to help you get those reeds working well, and a breathing and tone production session – all to help you enjoy your playing even more! There will also be trade stands with instruments, accessories, and advice on purchases and/or instrument upgrades.

There will be a special lunchtime concert in the RNCM Concert Hall given by David Cowdy and Laurence Perkins, who lead the ‘Young Oboes’ and ‘Young Bassoons’ sessions (specifically for school-age double-reed players), promoted by the Junior RNCM. This lunchtime concert will include the wonderful Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano by Francis Poulenc

Event fees:

Adult amateurs (non-BDRS members): £40

BDRS members: £30

Students: £15 including one year’s BDRS membership

Under-18s with non-playing guardians, plus BDRS student members: free admission

Advance booking essential – click here for the online booking form.

2020 | April 21st – 25th | Five-day Oboe & Bassoon Courses

***This event is being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be in touch very shortly with all those who have signed up – please don’t flood us with messages!***

The BDRS is once again delighted to be promoting these two parallel courses for oboists and bassoonists, to be held at Park Place, near Wickham, in Hampshire, in April 2020.

John Anderson

The oboe course is led by John Anderson (oboe tutor, Royal College of Music), assisted by Alec Harmon.

With thanks to Crowthers of Canterbury (The Oboe Shop) for financial support.

Laurence Perkins

The bassoon course is led by Laurence Perkins (bassoon soloist and Hyperion solo-recording artist), assisted by Amy Thompson.

With thanks to Howarth of London for financial support.


The courses both begin on Tuesday lunchtime (21st April), ending on Saturday (25th April) at approximately 4.30pm.

Adult players of all levels are welcome.

In-depth sessions offer the chance to explore good posture and breathing, sound quality and tuning, fluency of technique, effective practice, solo performance for those who wish (with pianist Yoshiko Endo), “the art of musical interpretation”, orchestral excerpts, and tackling performance nerves. There will also be tutored ensemble-playing.

Park Place is just short car ride away from the South Downs National Park, and is a wonderfully quiet, comfortable, and spacious venue – the perfect setting for a five-day residential course.


Park Place

All events will take place at Park Place, Wickham (near Fareham), Hampshire, (near the M3 and M27 motorways, ten miles from Portsmouth / approx. two hours’ drive from London or Bristol, two and a half hours from Birmingham. Other options are a direct train from London or Bristol to nearby Fareham station; Southampton airport is nearby – just thirty minutes by direct train to Fareham; and London Gatwick
airport to Fareham is about ninety minutes by direct trains).

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2020 | August 15th – 22nd | Dartington Music Summer School

Dartington Music Summer School are delighted to be joined by the hugely talented Magnard Ensemble, who will lead coaching and classes for wind players of both single and double reeds. There are organised sessions, and a great programme of classes and ensemble playing throughout. The ever-popular Steve Dummer, clarinettist and conductor (Horsham Symphony, CoMA Sussex), leads the wind band too – a great, relaxed open course with a public performance in the Great Hall at Dartington at the end of the week. There’s a whole host of other activities, concerts and events happening during the festival which wind players can get involved with, and it all takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the medieval courtyard and Grade II* listed gardens!

If you’d like to know more please click here.

[N.B. This is not a BDRS event.]