About Us

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 SocietyThe 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

Sir Karl Jenkins CBE

Meet the Team


Geoffrey Bridge


Geoffrey Bridge was born in Accrington, Lancashire, the son of professional musicians. After a period of medical training at St...

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Sir Karl Jenkins


“Very late one night in 1997, across a dark and deserted St. Mark’s Square, Venice, I saw a painting, lit...

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Roger Birnstingl


Roger Birnstingl was born in England in 1932 and studied piano and bassoon at the Royal College of Music, London....

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