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The vibrant 60s!

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This is the great BDRS London Double-Reed day – bring your vibrant reeds for a day of fantastic fun playing some classic ‘60s tunes!

Saturday 3rd June 2017 in central London

Daytime sessions at the Neville Marriner rehearsal room at St Martin-in-the-Fields, 10am – 4.30pm

Final performance in the Bandstand at St James’s Park, 5.30pm – *6.15pm

Event leaders:

Oboe tutor Hannah Morgan

Bassoon tutor Laurence Perkins
* approximate timing
Saturday 3rd June is just two days after the 50th anniversary of the release of ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, a legendary album by The Beatles which is still regarded as one of the most important rock albums ever made. This was the inspiration for a very special one-day event for all double-reeders who love playing good tunes, for which the 1960s era of pop music was justly famous. Even if you did not live through this time, you will know some of the great songs – and of course the wonderful film music of that era. This is our chance to enjoy a fantastic day, playing a few of these ‘classic pops’ – and all oboists and bassoonists of any playing level are welcome! If you have a cor anglais or contrabassoon, do bring that along as well, if you can.
Sessions on the day will include a warm-up session with helpful tips on posture, good breathing and tone production. Then we will launch straight into playing, the music including Souza: ‘Liberty Bell’ march (the Monty Python theme), pop classics and film themes from ‘Oliver’, ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and ‘The Great Escape’. Some of the music is for full double-reed ensemble, with others for either oboe or bassoon ensemble. Music will be distributed on the day (not beforehand – sorry!) – you will need a music stand, and be prepared to stand during the final performance in the bandstand – seats will not be provided.

Course fees for this one-day event:

Non-members: £50
BDRS members: £25 BDRS Student members: £15
Non-BDRS members: £25 plus one year’s free membership if you join BDRS when applying

Non BDRS-member students (in full time education): £15 plus one year’s free membership if you join BDRS when applying.

On-line application form

Because of a temporary problem on the BDRS website, we are using the application form on the Laurence Perkins website for this event. Please go to and enter your details. These will be forwarded to the BDRS treasurer,  who will send you details of how to pay on-line by PayPal or credit/debit card.

Course leaders:

Hannah Morgan was principal oboist in the National Youth Orchestra and has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle. She won 1st prize at the Third Barbirolli International Competition, and her enthusiasm for education work has led to her involvement in children’s concerts for the Berlin PO and a project for El Systema Japan.
Laurence Perkins is principal bassoonist in Manchester Camerata, and has an international reputation as a bassoon soloist through his concert work and for his solo recordings for the Hyperion record label. He is a bassoon tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, and his recent education work includes a major 35-event project in 2015 promoting the bassoon to young musicians around the UK.