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The British Double Reed Society is a non-profit making organisation established to further the interests of all involved with the oboe and bassoon.

The BDRS acts as a national forum for debate and the exchange of ideas, information and advice on all aspects of double reed instruments. It also fulfils an important role in encouraging greater interest in the instruments, and securing their place in the wider cultural and educational environment.
British Double Reed Society

Join BDRS to receive our quarterly magazine, Double Reed News, meet fellow musicians, and gain discounts from the following:

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Annual membership
£25 (FT student £15)

Robert Codd, BDRS Chairman

robert codd welcomes you to the BDRS

Welcome to the website of the British Double Reed Society! Our aim is to promote and develop double reed instruments, together with their repertoire, history, technique and even their players.

Concerned with oboes and bassoons, the Society is interested in all their relatives, from the most ancient, such as the Greek Aulos - slightly before my time! - through to Christopher Redgate’s “ Re-invented Oboe”, not to mention the occasional Rackett on the way.

We support double reed days, produce a high quality, quarterly magazine, own a library and a small archive of historic recordings.

The “flagship” event is the annual convention, offering recitals by international soloists, masterclasses, reed clinics and a large gathering of trade stands. The highlight, recently described as “deeply moving”, must be the Mass Play In, involving all from absolute beginners to the soloists themselves. If you seek an experience “ not easily forgotten”, - check out the BDRS!

The British Double Reed Society (BDRS) was founded in 1988 to promote and enhance the interests of all double reed players, whether students, amateurs, professionals or teachers.

Thanks to the efforts of the prime movers, George Caird and William Waterhouse, the BDRS has flourished and continues to grow, offering a widening range of valued services to its members as well as providing a forum for the interchange of expertise, knowledge and opinion on all matters relating to double reed instruments.

The BDRS Joint Presidents are

Roger Birnstingl

Karl Jenkins OBE




- the magazine of the British Double Reed Society.

For news, events, contacts, supplies, articles, and classified ads, Double Reed News has something for every double reed musician.

Join BDRS today to get your copy of Double Reed News!

Looking for a teacher?

The Society holds details of oboe and bassoon teachers who have registered in the UK.


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The BDRS's Bassoon President, Roger Birnstingl was recently made an Honorary Member of the International Double Reed Society at its Annual Conference in New York.

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'BDRS2015', the next BDRS Convention will be on
Saturday AND Sunday 18th-19th July 2015

The Colyer-Fergusson Hall, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NB