For the past few years I have coached at a wonderful event called The BIG Double Reed Day! Each year it is held at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is for oboists and bassoonists of any age and standard. There are workshops, masterclasses, performances, stalls from various double reed stores and music providers and a mass play in at the end of the day!
I often work with the junior oboes and bassoons, beginners to about grade 3. We spend the day playing in a big group learning a couple of group pieces which we then perform before playing in the mass play in where many of the players at the event play a specially arranged piece for Oboes, Cor Anglais, Bassoons and Contra Bassoons. Its an amazing sound!
We would love more oboists and bassoonists to join us this year so spread the word.
BIG Double Reed Day – November 29th – Guildhall School of Music