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Events and Exhibitions


1 - 8 April 2017
2017 Barbirolli International Oboe Festival & Competition
Venue: Erin Arts Centre, Isle of Man

The 4th Barbirolli International Oboe Festival and Competition will take place at the Erin Arts Centre, Isle of Man from 1 - 8 April 2017 in association with Howarth of London.

The Barbirolli International Oboe Festival and Competition is one the most prestigious oboe events in the world and is named after the English oboist Evelyn Rothwell (Lady Barbirolli), wife of the distinguished conductor Sir John Barbirolli. Established in 1993, the festival now stands as ‘a memorial to a great protagonist for the oboe who did so much to further the interests of this most distinctive and expressive instrument and is a major event for aspiring professional oboists from all over the world’, according to its president, George Caird.

The competition has been held in the Isle of Man since 2005 when it transferred from the Isle of Wight. Over the years, the Festival and Competition have done much to promote young oboists and to encourage new music for the instrument through its commissioned works. Like its counterpart, the Tertis International Viola Competition, the oboe competition is promoted within a festival that offers recitals by distinguished oboists, masterclasses and seminars.

For a copy of the Festival schedule in PDF format, please click here.

We will be taking a selection of oboes and cors anglais, and a limited stock of oboe and cor accessories.

If you have any specific requests, please let us know in advance.

Tel: +44 (0)1624 835858

Friday 7 - Saturday 8 April 2017
Howarth in Frankfurt 2017
Venue: Hotel “Marriott”, Hamburger Allee 2, Frankfurt

This year we will not have our normal booth at the MusikMesse, however we are joining a group of specialist woodwind instrument and accessory manufacturers at our own exclusive exhibition at the Marriott Hotel directly opposite the Messe Tower.

We would like to invite you to visit us in the Hotel “Marriott”, Hamburger Allee 2 in conference room “Alabaster II” on the 2nd Floor.

We will be open 10.00 - 18.00pm on 7th and 8th April. We hope in this new venue we will be able to hear ourselves talk and customers can try instruments in peace!

If there is any particular Howarth instrument you would like to see or try please do get back to me so we can make sure one is packed.

We look forward to seeing you in Frankfurt.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7935 2407

April 8 - 9 2017
NCBF National Festival 2017
Venue: The Bridge House Theatre & Warwick Hall, Warwick School

We will be at the national Concert Band Festival in Warwick this weekend. Full details from their website.

Tel: 01295 788499

10 - 11 April 2017 10.00am - 5.00pm
K.Ge Reed Making Equipment Day
Venue: Howarth of London

Meet Ke-Xun Ge, maker of K.GE reeds here at Howarth of London in April. Ke-Xun will be here to give advice & tips whilst demonstrating his reed-making machines.

If you would like to attend this event please contact us by email or call the London shop.

“The K.GE Reed Making Machine is the result of a lifetime of reed making experience, innovative design and precision computer technology and engineering and is the machine of choice for a growing number of European Conservatoriums.”

Tel: 020 7935 2407

April 15, 2017
Howarth at University of Kentucky
Venue: Singletary Center for the Arts, University of Kentucky

Howarth oboes and English Horns will be on display (and available to try!) at the University of Kentucky Double Reed Day 2017.

The event is FREE!! and takes place in the Singletary Center for the Arts from 12 - 6pm.

Artists include Nicholas Stovall, Principal Oboe of the National Symphony Orchestra and ToniMarie Marchioni from the University of Kentucky.

For a flyer in PDF format, please click here.


17 - 18 April 2017
Howarth Oboe Exhibition at Innoledy NY
Venue: 505 West 54th Street, Suite 1114, New York, NY 10019

Howarth of London are exhibiting our latest professional instruments at Innoledy in New York!

Manufacturing director Jeremy Walsworth and top technician Andy Ferguson will be available for advice and conversation about all things oboe! Please call in advance to make an appointment.

For a flyer in PDF format, please click here.

Tel: +1 (646) 801 8646

REVISED DATE! Saturday 22nd April 2017 @ 1pm
James Morton at Howarth!
Venue: Howarth Saxophone Dept, 31 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 7PN

James Morton is one of the most exciting saxophone players of his generation. His solo album, The Kid, was released in June 2016 with an all-star line-up, including a four-piece horn section and an array of special guests including Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Sheppard, Ian Mathews (Kasabian), Ollie Teeba and The Easy Access Horns (The Herbaliser). As a teenager he was heavily influenced by hip-hop, jazz and the funk music of James Brown. He has worked extensively over the past 15 years with Pee-Wee Ellis and recently recorded and performed with Fred Wesley and The New JB’s. He is also a member of British hip-hop legends The Herbaliser, with whom he continues to tour and collaborate.

The masterclass will be centred around a funk and groove based vibe. Focusing on phrasing, articulation, inflection, three note motivic development and tone. Put some funk in your playing and come along for a fun and informal masterclass with one of the UK's most exciting alto players.

Brought to you by Trevor James and Howarth of London

For a flyer in PDF format, please click here.

Tel: 020 7935 2407

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