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 timetable

The timetable is currently being put together and when accurate numbers are known more details will follow so keep checking back here regularly.

So far the timetable is:


  • 10-10:20 registration
  • 10:20 welcome and tutors’ concert

Try an Oboe or a Bassoon

Kindly supported by the British Double Reed Society

If you are interested in trying out an unusual instrument, then here is your chance! Come along to the Dorset Double Reed Day on Sunday 5th February, 10-4:30 at the Kinson Community Centre.

You will have a chance to hear these wonderful instruments in action in a concert given by the tutors. All four tutors are members of the world-famous Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Jean Broadbent, the Double Reed specialist from John Packer Ltd will be on hand all day with oboes and bassoons for you to try. You are welcome to drop in and listen to the masterclasses and workshops that will be going on too.

image001We recommend that children starting the oboe should be year 3 and up, and children starting the bassoon should be year 5 and up. We can provide information on finding a teacher, hiring or purchasing an instrument and sources of funding available.

Entry is £5 for under 18s, an accompanying adult can go free. Payment can be made on the day, but please register your interest to attend here just to give us a rough idea of numbers!

Flute Workshop With Holly Cook and Helen Nicholas

28th January 2017 4pm – 6pm
St John’s Church Broadstone.

Flute workshop by Holly Cook with Helen Nicholas on piano.

Masterclasses, ensemble playing and workshop on ethnic flutes, western flutes and whistles.

All ages welcome but limited places available.  Only 4 Masterclass slots are available so this will be on first come 1st serve basis.

  • Masterclass price: £10 (above grade 5 only)
    We will need to know in advance what repertoire you will perform.
  • Just workshop/ensemble: £5
  • Spectator: £5, spectator under 18 free

Please apply below
Deadline is 17th January.

Double Reed Day

Sunday 5th February

Venue: Kinson Community Centre, Millhams Rd, Pelhams Park, Bournemouth BH10 7LH

Time: 10-4.30

Please arrive for registration at 10. The day will kick off with a tutors’ concert at 10.20.

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The double reed day is kindly supported by John Packer Ltd, the shop will also be attending the day to support all double reed players. Do come and say hello!

New to the double-reed or tempted to give it a go.

For anyone who may be interested in learning a double-reed instrument; children and adults alike. A specialist will be on hand with oboes and bassoons for you to try. We can give you information about finding a teacher and hiring an instrument through SoundStorm Music Hub; teacher lists and plenty of other advice about these unusual instruments. Stay to hear the tutor performances and ensembles if you would like to.

Bassoonist and Oboists Already Playing!

We have a wonderful day lined up with a tutors’ performance, masterclasses and playing in a massed ensemble.

Come along to Kinson Community Centre for a day of all things double reed with:

  • Edward Kay (Principal Oboe, BSO)
  • Holly Randall (2nd Oboe & Cor Anglais, BSO)
  • Tammy Thorn (Principal Bassoon, BSO)
  • Emma Selby (2nd Bassoon, BSO)
Kindly supported by the British Double Reed Society
Kindly supported by the British Double Reed Society
  • Adults £15
  • Under 18s £5  – accompanying adult goes free
    Includes: Tutors’ performance, attending masterclasses as a spectator, playing in a massed ensemble, try an instrument.
Kindly supported by the Rotary Club
Kindly supported by the Rotary  International

Masterclass or workshop participation:

  • Adults £30 (includes entry fee)
  • Under 18s £20 (includes entry fee, accompanying adult free)

The masterclasses & workshops must be booked in advance, please use our sign up form below as soon as possible, places are limited!

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Feedback from our 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: Paul Carr Divertimento for … Continue reading Double Reed Day Recital
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 … Continue reading Double reed day: limited places remaining
Double reed day, a taster! - Here’s a quick video of our double reed day tutors rehearsing last week to whet your appetite for the double reed workshop. For more information visit the double reed day page here
Double reed day timetable - The timetable is currently being put together and when accurate numbers are known more details will follow so keep checking back here regularly. So far the timetable is: 10-4.30pm 10-10:20 registration 10:20 welcome and tutors’ concert
Double reed day supported by Wonderful winds - We would like to extend our thanks to Wonderful Winds for providing our ensemble music for the double reed day. This will allow the tutors and participants to take part in a wide variety of musical activities, for which we would like to thank them.
Try an Oboe or a Bassoon - If you are interested in trying out an unusual instrument, then here is your chance! Come along to the Dorset Double Reed Day on Sunday 5th February, 10-4:30 at the Kinson Community Centre. You will have a chance to hear these wonderful instruments in action in a concert given by the tutors. All four tutors … Continue reading Try an Oboe or a Bassoon

Summer School – Recorder Masterclass

This is  a unique Recorder masterclass for KS2 students who play the recorder. Led by Polly Bartlett, a finalist in this year’s BBC Young Musician of the Year.

This class is taking place at our summer school as a separate event for younger children. There are only 12 places, and they are being snapped up quickly! So if you would like to be involved please get in touch. ali.kay@talktalk.net

26th July, 9.30 – 1pm, the cost of the half day session is £10 held at Poole Grammar School.Broadstone-Music-Summer-School-2016-poster-polly-728x1024


Violin Masterclass

There will be a violin masterclass given by Dunja Lavrova on Saturday 11th June from 10am – 12 midday at the United Reformed Church, Higher Blandford Road, Broadstone. Dunja is also performing in our 2016 series on Saturday 4th June, 7:30pm at Broadstone URC.

Born in Russia, violinist Dunja Lavrova moved to The U.K. at the age of 13. She began her studies at St Petersburg’s School for Exceptionally Gifted Children, in class of Vera Dobrynina. She won a prize at her first competition (Mravinsky Competition in St Petersburg) at the age of 10, and by the age of 11 had already toured Germany and Peru, appeared on Russian and Peruvian National Television, performed Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with St Petersburg’s leading orchestras and won a special prize at the Shostakovitch Competition in Hannover.
She moved to U.K. when she won a full scholarship to study at The Yehudi Menuhin School in class of Natasha Boyarsky and, later, Maciej Rakowski. Upon graduation from the Yehudi Menuhin School, Dunja continued her studies with Maciej Rakowski under full scholarship at the Royal College of Music and subsequently graduated with Tagore Gold Medal, presented to her by HRH Prince Charles.
Whilst a U.K. student, she has won numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Young Artist of the Year at the Arts Club (presented by David Attenborough) in 2004. The event took place at The Arts Club and was broadcast on Russian National Television.
During her studies, Dunja was selected to participate in masterclasses with world-leading musicians, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Igor Oistrakh, Pierre Amoyal, Zahar Bron, Zvi Zeitlin, Dora Schwarzberg and others.
Dunja has performed as a soloist at the St Petersburg Philharmonia Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, National Gallery, Kings Place, St John’s Smith Square and Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and Soho Jazz club as well as at numerous other concerts and festivals around the U.K., Europe, Russia and South America.
She has also performed violin concertos with various orchestras, including Russian National Television and Radio Orchestra, The Concert Orchestra of St Petersburg, English Symphony Orchestra, Russian Virtuosi of Europe, Kent Sinfonia, King’s Chamber Orchestra (London), Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra, London Concertante and others
As a chamber musician, she has given recitals at various prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Soho Jazz Club and appeared on French National Television with Ensemble Metamusika, of which she is the Leader and Director.
In the summer of 2014 Dunja participated in highly exclusive masterclasses with Pierre Amoyal and Robert Levin at Academie de Musique in Lausanne. That same year she signed a record deal with Solo Musica/ Naxos to record her debut solo album, “My Dusty Gramophone”. The album is now available worldwide and has already received many positive reviews and media attention, including airplays on BBC Radio 3 and 6, review inside BBC Music Magazine and a full feature in Classical Music Magazine’s May 2015 issue.
In December 2015 Dunja made her Moscow debut in Bol’shoy Theatre, performing piano trios with distinguished cellist Alexandr Kniazev and international solo pianist Andrei Korobeinikov, which was a great success.

The 2016 summer school is announced!

13241606_10208119393214491_213274137_oAfter last year’s incredibly successful workshops, we are delighted to announce today that our summer school will be taking place between 25th and 27th July at Poole Grammar School.

This is an exciting opportunity for young musicians of all levels to meet friends new and old and develop their musicianship in a variety of environments.

The Summer school will consists of a range of activities, each approximately an hour long and the days will be tailor made for each child depending on their age, instrument and ability. All the tutors are chosen due to their expertise, all teach and perform at the highest professional level.

There will be different standard music theory classes based on working towards ABRSM grade 5 level. Those who have passed grade 5 theory will take part in advanced musicianship classes with a highly qualified tutor aimed at educating and inspiring at the highest level. The chamber music groups will be allocated according to instrument and ability. This will include quintets, quartets, trios and larger ensembles and tutors will be visiting from the local Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as usual. There will also be an improvisation class.

There will be one non musical structured activity during each day and each tutored group will take part in a demonstration of work at approximately 3.30pm on day 3. It is not essential to take part in the 3 days, but highly advisable as their work is leading towards this final performance.

See our feedback from last year’s summer school

For more information or to book your place click here to sign up!