New BDRS Chair announced

Many thanks to all our members who attended the recent online AGM. Following Geoffrey Bridge’s retirement as Chair of the BDRS, we are delighted that James Turnbull, renowned performer and educator, has agreed to take on the role.
James Turnbull

Described by The Independent as “a worthy champion” of contemporary oboe music, James has dedicated much of his performing life to promoting and extending the oboe repertoire, performing frequently throughout the UK and Europe, both in concert and on live broadcasts. Gramophone Magazine described his recital disc, Fierce Tears, as a “notable debut” and it was selected as the Editor’s Choice Recording by Classical Music Magazine. Most recently the Royal Academy of Music recognised his contribution to the music profession by awarding him an ARAM.

Aside from his performing interests, James is dedicated to broadening the appeal of the oboe and encouraging young people to learn the instrument. To this end, he has launched the website which now receives over a thousand visitors every month from across the world. He also teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and Purcell School for Young Musicians. In recognition of his work in music education, he was awarded the inaugural Patricia Prindl Prize by the Musicians’ Company in 2016.

James said of his election:

“It gives me great pleasure to be joining the BDRS committee as Chair following the AGM in December 2021. The first thing I would like to do is thank the previous chair, Geoffrey Bridge, for the incredible work he has done during his time with BDRS. I will endeavour to build on all the great things that Geoffrey has achieved and look forward to working on a wide array of exciting opportunities for the membership of BDRS to enjoy.”

Welcome, James – it’s fabulous to have you with us!