Sound Festival Scotland

BDRS is supporting Sound Festival, an annual festival in North East Scotland which aims to highlight contemporary music. This year it runs from 23rd of October until 3rd of November 2019 and you can find out more here Sound Scotland

This year the event will showcase the oboe, as part of its focus on “endangered instruments”, with performances from notable instrumentalists Christopher Redgate and Nicholas Daniel.  Quoting the Sound Festival website “Performing on the revolutionary Howarth-Redgate oboe, Christopher Redgate reinvents the oboe and deconstructs its traditional sound world in a number of performances including a thrilling concert with Quatuor Diotima, one of the most in-demand string quartets in the world today (Thu 24 Oct). Nicholas Daniel continues to showcase the oboe in a number of concerts including a portrait concert of work by John Casken (Thu 31 Oct) with the Fidelio Trio in association with the University of Aberdeen, and a ‘European’ performance of sound patron Sir James MacMillan’s Intercession for 3 Oboes with Dutch oboist Oliver Boekhoorn and French oboist Jean-Pierre Arnaud (Sat 2 Nov).”

Hearing our Handel 270th performance

As your summer copy of Double Reed News arrives, we relive that wonderful occasion on 29th of April 2019.

Earlier this year eighty double reed players joined junior members of the Royal Academy of Music in London, in a commemorative performance of Handel’s Musick for the Royal Fireworks, 270 years to the day after it’s first performance. Laurence Perkins led the massed ensemble, with Sarah Francis and Roger Birnstingl taking sectionals earlier in the day, and the audio recording of the massed performance in the Duke’s Hall is available for you to listen to below, in three parts.


More photographs of the massed ensemble performance are available in the summer 2019 edition of Double Reed News, where you will be able to catch up with more photos and feedback from our other events – if you are not a member, do think about joining us to receive our magazine, save on course and event fees throughout the year and receive other supplier discounts!

Don’t forget our Park Place 2020 course is open for registration and we’ll be bringing you news of an Autumn event very soon.

Announcing our five day Oboe and Bassoon course dates for 2020!

Our ever-popular oboe and bassoon course returns for 2020, led by John Anderson and Laurence Perkins, at Park Place in Hampshire where you will find yourself in a tranquil venue with a friendly atmosphere. The course begins on Tuesday 21st April and runs until Saturday 25th April 2020. The Saturday will not be a double reed day as in previous years, but will form the final day of the course. More information here Course Info

Photos below, with grateful thanks to Mike Bell, of this year’s course and double reed day, and if you have any questions for us about the course do get in touch. If you want to sign up for next year then it couldn’t be easier – complete our online form here Online Application Form

You will be able to catch up with more photos and feedback from our events in the forthcoming issue of our publication “Double Reed News” – if you are not a member, do think about joining us to save on course and event fees throughout the year!

Enjoy these photos, all © Mike Bell 2019. Click an image to see it full size, you can also view his work at

Thank you for a wonderful Spring programme

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate 270 years since the first performance of Handel’s Musick for the Royal Fireworks, at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and to everyone who supported our 5 day oboe and bassoon course and double reed day at Park Place, Hampshire.

It was wonderful to meet members, non members, traders, participants with their family and friends at these events, particularly those travelling from abroad – thank you for making a memorable week!

You will be able to catch up with photos and feedback from these events in the forthcoming issue of our publication “Double Reed News” – if you are not a member, do think about joining us – and also here on our website in due course.

That’s not it for this year though! We are contacting our members very soon with a short survey about what they would like from our large events, details of 2019 AGM will be announced soon, with another event in the autumn, and we are busy planning 2020’s programme of events.

Check back here, and our social media channels for updates!

Nicholas Daniel at Wigmore Hall – OboeFest!

A reminder that Nicolas Daniel is at Wigmore Hall on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th of June – next week – with oboe day concerts and more. On Friday it’s a Nicholas Daniel masterclass, then on Saturday morning it’s oboe, harp and the Wigmore Oboe-Fest ensemble, followed by an afternoon with Nicholas Daniel oboe, Julius Drake piano, Kyeong Ham oboe, and Musicians from Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Finishing with an evening of Oboefest!

All information is at the Wigmore Hall website.

Uilleann Bagpipe Chanter Double Reeds In Action

We have heard from Phil Westwell who has taken some interesting slow motion photography of an uilleann bagpipe chanter double reed, there is a link below to the film on YouTube. It makes for interesting viewing.

For those who aren’t familiar with the structure of this instrument, Phil tells us that regarding construction, the uilleann bagpipe reed is like a giant oboe reed (the blades are the same size as a bassoon reed). Although bagpipe reeds are free standing rather than played in the mouth, which makes it possible to film them in normal operation. Phil says “The film contained a few surprises for me, especially the Hard D note at the end of the video. I thought it might be of interest.”

If anyone has any questions for Phil, our Secretary can put you in contact.

The British Isles Music Festival – Information For Double Reed Players

Flutist and festival director Susan Milan has been in touch with us about the British Isles Music Festival, which is now receiving applicants for David Theodore’s and Martin Gatt’s classes. Chamber music, daily classes and concerts. Wind, strings and piano. Excellent experience with top performers and professors from the conservatories.

Dates are August 9th – 18th 2019, for ages 18-32, residential. More information at

The White Rose Orchestra Seeks Principal Oboe

The White Rose Orchestra is a friendly orchestra of 40+ members, they rehearse weekly on Thursday evenings in Leeds and perform four times per year. The orchestra currently has a vacancy for a principal oboe (minimum standard grade 6).  The position closes at midnight on Sunday 14th April. Applicants should send a short biography along with a video recording of their playing to The recording should be a minimum length of 1 minute.

For further information please visit