BDRS/RAM Double Reed Celebration October 2023

Sunday 29 October 2023 | 10:30-18:00

Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Rd, LONDON NW1 5HT

What more could you want from a fabulous day of all things double reed?

We’re very pleased to be presenting this event, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Music, London, building on the very successful double reed day we held together last October.

We’re very grateful to Fraser Gordon and the Academy for again hosting this event – come and enjoy a full day of sessions and performances from the Academy’s double reed professors and students! The main lunchtime concert includes the WORLD PREMIERE of the bassoon commission from the 2021 BDRS Composition Competition: Spectre by Pongtorn Techaboonakho will be performed by the fabulous Amy Harman.

In addition to the lunchtime concert there will be performance classes and opportunities to play in tutored ensembles, with the day culminating in a mass play-together, as well as a wide range of instruments and accessories on offer from various traders.

Activities to include:

  • Mass play-together;
  • Reed Doctor sessions – troubleshooting issues with reeds and advice on reed adjusting and making;
  • Sessions on technique and other aspects of performance, including health and wellbeing;
  • Tutored oboe, bassoon, and mixed ensembles;
  • Teachers’ Forum – an opportunity for teachers to discuss and share ideas as well as new approaches and repertoire for the double reed instruments.
Ticketing Information

Sales of all tickets have now finished.

  BDRS member price £ Non-member price £
School-age/student in full-time education 20 22
Adult 30 35
We strongly recommend that under-18s be accompanied by a parent/carer.
(The parent/carer may attend for free unless participating in their own right.)

We are grateful to the following sponsors associated with this event:

Letzinger logoLeitzinger for their sponsorship of the  2021 BDRS Composition Competition bassoon prize, the commission from which will be premiered at this event.

Howarth logoHowarth of London for their sponsorship of the following sessions: 

-Bassoon Ensemble 2 with Linton Stephens
-Oboe Studio with Melanie Ragge
-Cor Anglais Clinic with Patrick Flanaghan

… and to the following exhibitors:

-Howarth of London
-The Oboe Shop @ Crowthers
-Double Reed Ltd.
-Oboe Reeds by Lesley
-Sam Goble (historical double reed instruments)
-OB3 (reed-making tools)