Subscription Increase from January 1st 2020

Increase in Subscriptions from 1st January 2020

As advised in the cover letter to 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 3 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 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. The website has details:

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


Geoffrey Bridge

BDRS Chair

Brief Job Descriptions of Required Office Holders – NOW FILLED

LATEST NEWS – I am delighted to announce that at the AGM on December 1st 2019 each of these vital positions on the committee has been filled. Thank you to all the volunteers and welcome aboard.
Geoffrey Bridge, Chair to the BDRS Committee.

BDRS – Secretary to the Committee – Paul Hubbard

This position is similar in scope to any committee secretary.
The responsibilities in outline include:

Take minutes at committee meetings – about three per year.
Take minutes and organise the AGM and distribute papers before hand.
Organise a venue in which to hold the meetings and distribute papers to the committee prior to these. Set up a Doodle Poll to agree a suitable date.
Liaise with the chairman and treasurer – sometimes over matters of policy.
Keep records of correspondence and pass on information to committee.
Basic knowledge of MS Word or Apple Pages needed

BDRS – Treasurer to the Society – Stephen Fuller

This position is similar in scope to any committee treasurer.
The responsibilities in outline include:

Keep accurate records of income and expenditure
Make cheque payments to and monitor, bank accounts.
Make due payments by BACS
Liaise with the membership secretary over paid up members prior to publication of the Double Reed News each issue. (Three issues per year)
Help membership secretary with lapsed and slow subscriptions
Liaise with the chairman and secretary over policy, particularly regarding expenditure
Accounting system used is straightforward “cash accounting.” Accrual method not required.
Prepare accounts for inspection at the year-end and have them agreed by the independent examiner.
Report to committee meetings about the current state of affairs
Basic knowledge of MS Excel or Apple Numbers needed

BDRS – Advertising Manager for the Society – Alison Wathey

Seek advertising from the music trade – especially aligned to double reeds
Monitor publication of advertisements in the Double Reed News magazine.
Seek and liaise with music trade about attendance at Convention Days and ascertain display table requirements.
Liaise with event co-ordinator referencing suitable trade presence.
Issue invoices for advertising and trader presence and reconcile payments
Basic knowledge of MS Word and Excel would be an advantage.

BDRS – Membership Secretary – Donal Flynn

Maintain and update the Membership Database in MS Excel or Apple Numbers including any notified address and email changes.
Members join and renew at four quarterly points in the year: January, April, July and October.
Reconcile membership by liaising with the Treasurer paid up, late paying and lapsed members.
Send any membership cheques to the treasurer for banking. Encourage members to pay by Standing Order!
Produce the DRN distribution covering letter in a Mail-merge file and send to the printers for insertion printing and insertion. This is three times per year.

(The covering letter includes the current address of the member for the distribution envelope window. This is already in existence and can be continued as it stands presently.)

Park Place Rates for 2020

Here is the comprehensive list of the rates to attend the excellent course for oboists and bassoonists organised by the British Double Reed Society
from:  21st to 25th of April 2020 at Park Place, Wickham.

Apply by going to the BDRS Courses page on this website.

Member Single Ensuite £640
Non-Member Single Ensuite £693
Member Standard Single £607
Non-Member Standard Single £667

Two players sharing a twin en-suite room:
(You must name the person you are sharing with at the time of booking)
Member £615 
Non member £668

One player plus one non-playing partner in double or twin room:
Member player £615
Non member player £668
£426 non playing partner 

Student residential places:
Student places (18 or older only) – shared twin-bedded room, full board and all course fees:

BDRS student member: £460 per person
Non-BDRS member student: £491 per person 

Non-residential (5-day course):
Lunch and evening meals, plus course fees:
BDRS member: £514
Non-BDRS member: £588 

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.