Feedback from our double reed day

Elizabeth: Double reed day feedback

I just wanted to thank you and all the team for all the hard work you all put in to make it such an enjoyable day. Holly and Bryony were particularly patient and encouraging to me as a beginner and I really enjoyed the ‘how to practice’ session and the ensemble playing, as well of course as the wonderful initial recital.

Thank you to all and I would be very keen to come next year if you organise another one. Hopefully my playing will be more tuneful by then.

Joe: Double reed day feedback

My Son had a fantastic day, thank you so much for arranging it all. Yes he would love to attend future events. It is fantastic for [me] to get to play with other bassoonists and he loved talking to another bassoonist who is at music college as that is what he wants to do when he finishes school (still over 4 years away yet though).
His younger brother asks please could clarinets be involved so he can join in too 😁

From a spectator point of view it was a fab day and the end concert was fab! I am still humming the sun has got his hat on heehee.

I look forward to seeing the pics and thank you for adding us to your mailing list.

Thanks again.

Tricia: Double reed day feedback

I just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I enjoyed the double
reed day on Sunday. It was good to meet up with so many other
double-reeders and there was a lovely atmosphere.

Thank you for all your hard work. I will definitely come again if and
when you do another one!

Poppy: Double reed day feedback

The day started of with an amazing tutors concert, with a good range of pieces on both bassoon and oboe. Then I went into the ‘how to practice’ workshop where I learnt lots of interesting things about warm ups and breathing. After that I played in my masterclass and Ed Kay taught me a lot of things about tonguing which I found very helpful. What was very nice was that Ed was very respectful of what my teacher had already told me and offered lots of ideas and alternatives for me to try out.

Then I had my lunch and went to the park which was right next to the Centre, I especially liked the zip wire and although it was cold It was a great way to recharge my batteries ready for the afternoon sessions!.

After lunch I took part in a trio which was a lot of fun. We had a go at a piece by Boismorttier, which I really liked because I am familiar with the composer through my recorder studies. After a quick break I joined in the orchestral extracts class and found it exciting to play lots of different snippets from orchestral pieces. I really enjoy sight reading and it was great to be in a class where everyone was enjoying the same experience. After that I played in the informal concert in my trio and then just before it was time to leave, I played in a mass ensemble.

It was an amazing day that I thoroughly enjoyed. Although I was one of the youngest members, I really felt included and valued and I got to take part in all of the things that I wanted to. I cant wait until the next Double Reed Day!

Double Reed Day Recital

Our next event is our Double reed day which takes place on Sunday 5th February 2017 Anyone is welcome to come and just watch, listen and learn.

  • Adult: £15
  • Senior citizen: £10
  • Under 18: £5 (accompanied adult free)

The day includes a recital from members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Wind section:

The double reed day programme includes:

  • BSO tutors recital 10.20am-11am.
  • Masterclasses
  • Ensembles workshops
  • Advice
  • Orchestra excerpt class
  • Taster sessions for those who would like to begin to learn bassoon or oboe.

Entrance includes access as audience to all of the above (Masterclass places are now sold out, although there is still space for ensembles which can be booked via the double reed page)

Double reed day: limited places remaining

Although the masterclass is now sold out it’s not too late to sign up to take part in an ensemble or to try an instrument.

You don’t need to be a player already, if you are interested in trying out an unusual instrument, then here is your chance! Come along to the Dorset Double Reed Day to experience oboes and bassoons on Sunday 5th February at the Kinson Community Centre.

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Double reed specialists, John Packer, will also be in attendance for all your double reed requirements.
Purchase a first instrument or accessories for players of all standards.

Registration starts at 10am, then at 10:20 you will have a chance to hear these wonderful instruments in action, in our tutors’ concert. All four tutors are members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Sign up on the Double Reed day page here

Eluned Pierce

Eluned is one of the United Kingdom’s most experienced and versatile professional harpists with an international reputation as both a player and high level teacher.

Her career has taken her to the four corners of the globe and she has performed in America, Japan, Hong Kong, Holland, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Spain, Germany, Norway, Mexico and Austria at such famous venues as Carnegie Hall, The MusikVerein and ConcertGebouw. At home in the UK she has performed at Covent Garden, The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican, The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff and most of the other major concert venues.

Her vast repertoire covers classical and contemporary music which she has performed both as a soloist and as a Principal Player with most of the UK’s major orchestras, including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.