You can read the latest BDRS News in DRN – Summer 2018 – now online
A fantastic one-day event for oboists and bassoonists – a chance to play Leonard Bernstein’s fabulous music from ‘West Side Story’ in the beautiful Royal Exchange Theatre building in Manchester, on SUNDAY 17th JUNE, 11.30am-5pm. Details and on-line booking at www.bdrs.org.uk Players from LONDON and BIRMINGHAM can travel by train to this event – the event schedule fits with the train timetables! Players from elsewhere can easily drive and park near to the theatre. As well as Bernstein, two other anniversary composers are featured on that day – George Gershwin, and the French composer Charles Gounod with a well-known piece that became legendary as the theme tune to the ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ television series. The ensemble in Manchester will be rehearsed and directed by Laurence Perkins, and will end with an informal performance in the magnificent public area of the Royal Exchange Theatre building.
Buy your 5 day ticket and enjoy more than 120 activities, including international competitions and more than 2000 m2 of trade stands where leading exhibitors will be present.
There will be more than 100 performers offering concerts, masterclasses, workshops, and lectures.
Join the IDRS 2018 Double Reed Band and live the unique experience of setting a Guinness World Record for the largest woodwind en-semble ever assembled.
Evening concerts will feature the City of Granada Orchestra with performers such as Alex Klein, Cristina Gomez, David Tomas, Emanuel Abbi.ihl, Higinio Arrue, Matthias Racz, Lucas Macias, Pedro Diaz, Ramon Ortega, Rie Koyama, Sebastien Giot and Sophie Dartigalongue.
Do not miss this unique event and go to www.idrs2018.org for registration now!
Latest Double Reed News is out now
Travels with my Oboe Down Under – Jessica Ellis
The New Look BDRS Double Reed Day – Laurence Perkins
Larger than the Sum of its Parts: Wakefield DRC
Bassonicus: Tea for Two, with Anthony McColl
Malcolm Arnold’s Fantasy for Oboe – Sarah Roper
and much more…
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IDRS Young Artist Oboe Competition 30 August
CLOSING DATE 15th APRIL
The International Double Reed Society is pleased to announce the repertoire for the 11th annual Young Artists Competition being held for oboists during the 2018 annual IDRS conference, August 28 – September 1, MAY
Simmonds Music in Grantham Closes its Doors
It is with great regret that we have to announce that bassoonist Tom Simmonds’ business, known as Simmonds Music in Grantham, has had to cease trading. Tom has suffered from a serious neuromuscular illness over the last two years and with that and a lack of footfall in the High Street he has been unable to sustain a viable concern. The receivers have been called in.
Tom has been a staunch supporter of the BDRS for many years since he worked for John Myatt in Hitchen as their bassoon specialist.
For further information go to this link to the Grantham Journal.
We are very sad to announce that a former Chairman of the Society Anthony McColl passed away on December 21st after a short illness. He was for over thirty years the sub principal oboist at the Royal Opera House. He also taught for many years at Eton College. These were posts that he was so proud to have held and which he performed with grace and skill.
His funeral service was held at St Barnabas Roman Catholic Church in Vine Road, Molesey at 1.30pm on Wednesday January 10th. It was a very well attended occasion including his brother Colin and a large number of family members. A younger relative Samuel McColl, played beautifully in part of Bach’s Partita No 2 during the service.
The oboe world was strongly represented, and amongst those with strong connections with the BDRS and the ROH, Celia Nicklin, David Presly, David Theodore, Graham Salter, David Thomas were there, also Deirdre Dundas-Grant – a former Chairman – and two former secretaries, Jefferey Cox and David Moore.
The Catholic Mass was led by Fr John Horn and the programme had the following information on the back – donations in Anthony’s memory can be made to “Leonard Cheshire Disability” and “Music for All.” Cheques may be sent c/o the Funeral Directors – Lodge Brothers, 156 WaltonRoad, East Molesey KT8 0HP (T. 020 8941 1412)
In the photograph Anthony is shown at a BDRS Dinner Party given for Lady Evelyn Barbirolli in 2001 on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Alongside him are bassoonist Deirdre Dundas- Grant and oboist Sarah Francis (and the hand of Bill Waterhouse!)