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Five Day Event + Double Reed Day

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Two events in one, led by two of Britain’s leading players

Five-day oboe and bassoon courses
Tuesday 10th – Saturday 14th April 2018
directed by
John Anderson Principal oboist, English Chamber Orchestra
Laurence Perkins bassoon soloist and Hyperion solo recording artist

BDRS double-reed day
Saturday 14th April 2018
led by John Anderson and Laurence Perkins

to be held at
Park Place, Wickham
(near Fareham), Hampshire PO17 5EZ

By road: near M3 and M27 (10 miles from Portsmouth), about 2 hours from London or Bristol, 2hrs 30 mins from Birmingham
By rail: nearest station is Fareham, about 2 hours from London or Bristol by direct trains

Oboe and bassoon courses

John Anderson and Laurence Perkins will lead two parallel five-day courses for amateur oboe and bassoon players of all levels who want to develop their musical and technical skills. These in-depth sessions offer the chance to explore

• good posture and breathing
• sound quality and tuning
• fluency of technique
• effective practice
• solo performance (with pianist Yoshiko Endo)
• the art of musical interpretation
• orchestral excerpts
• tackling performance nerves
• tutored ensemble playing

Playing in the solo performance class is entirely the choice of the player – there is no pressure to do so. For players who would like to do this, it is an opportunity to try out a solo piece with a professional pianist, with expert musical and technical guidance to help your performance to be as effective and satisfying as possible. Players can also bring along any orchestral parts that they may be working towards or would like to explore, along with any technical queries on any aspect of playing.

Park Place is just a short car ride away from the South Downs National Park, and is a wonderfully quiet, comfortable and spacious venue – the perfect setting for for a five-day residential course.

See below for details of course fees.

2018 BDRS
Double Reed Day
Saturday 14th April
10am – 5.30pm

A great new double reed event for all players, all ages and all grades…

This is a real treat for all oboists and bassoonists – come along, take part and enjoy a wide range of concerts, sessions and presentations.

• Concerts by tutors, course participants and students
• “Brush up your technique” session
• help and advice with reeds
• Large ensemble playing for everyone
• Performance classes (solos / small ensembles)
• ‘Bare Necessities’ for school woodwind teachers
• ‘Making your way’ for students and young professionals
• New solo and ensemble music publications
• Dealing with tension in performance
• Trade stands with help and advice on a range of instruments and accessories.

Enjoy a wonderful day in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, with a wider range of events than ever before – plus a soup-and-sandwich lunch included in the course fee, fantastic value for money!

Course fees

5-day oboe and bassoon courses

One person applying:

Full board in single en-suite room, and all course fees:
BDRS member: £610
Non-BDRS member: £660

Full board in single standard room (shared bathroom facilities), and all course fees:
BDRS member: £578
Non-BDRS member: £628

Two people applying:

Two players sharing a room – full board in twin-bedded en-suite room, and all course fees:
(You must name the person you are sharing with at the time of booking)
BDRS members: £586 per person
Non-BDRS members: £636 per person

One player and one non-player sharing a room – full board in twin-bedded en-suite room, and all course fees:
(You must name the person you are sharing with at the time of booking)
BDRS member player: £586
non-BDRS member player: £636
Non-player: £406 (may attend concerts and social events, but not classes)

Student residential places:

Student places (18 or older only) – shared twin-bedded room, full board and all course fees:
BDRS student member: £438 per person
Non-BDRS member student: £468 per person

Non-residential (5-day course):

Lunch and evening meals, plus course fees:
BDRS member: £490
Non-BDRS member: £560

On-line application form to follow shortly.
for 5-day residential courses and the BDRS Double-Reed Day

To reserve a place until further notice, applications can be made via the following link.

Bassoon courses and projects

Please apply using the on-line application form >><< Nothing is payable when you complete and send this form – you will be advised by email as to whether there is a place available for you on the course. If a place is available, you will be sent an invoice, with a link to the BDRS PayPal page where you can pay by PayPal or by debit or credit card.