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Events and Exhibitions


Friday 2nd June 2017
South London Double Reed Day
Venue: Wilsons School, Mollison Drive, Sutton, Wallington, SM6 9JW

To ensure you are not suffering from “massed double reed ensemble withdrawal” here is a fun day in half term to supplement oboe and bassoon lessons and have a lot of fun! With reedmaking workshops, graded masterclasses and ensemble rehearsals, led by James Turnbull, Helen McKean, Tom Hardy and Hilary Dennis.

Howarth will have a stand with a range of instruments and accessories, please come and say hello!

Please click here for an online application form.

Tel: 07761 167900 (Hilary Dennis)

Saturday 3rd June 2017 10am - 5pm
BDRS Vibrant 60s Day in London
Venue: The Crypt, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

This is the great BDRS London Double-Reed day – bring your vibrant reeds for a day of fantastic fun playing some classic ‘60s tunes! The day will be led by Hannah Morgan (oboe) and Laurence Perkins (Bassoon).

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 is 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!

Sessions on the day will include a warm-up with helpful tips on posture, good breathing and tone production. The final performance will be in the summer bandstand at St. James’s Park - a free concert, so do bring all your family and friends to join in the fun!

Howarth will have a stand with a range of instruments and accessories, please come and say hello!

Please click here for a YouTube video about the event. Meet in the SMIF crypt at 10am!

Tel: 020 7935 2407

20th - 24th June 2017
IDRS 2017 Conference
Venue: Lawrence University, Harper Hall, Appleton, Wisconsin

The IDRS 2017 conference is being held at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Lawrence University is pleased to welcome the 2017 conference of the International Double Reed Society to its campus in Appleton, Wisconsin. Please click on the link below to see full details of this exciting event, including information about conference registration, about ..

  • the teen camp
  • housing (both on and off campus)
  • transportation
  • the conference schedule of events
  • our competitions

Howarth oboe dept +44 (0)20 7935 2407

24th June 2017
Learn to Play Day 2017
Venue: Howarth showrooms in London

Join us on 24th June 2017, for the UK-wide event which will once again offer the general public the chance to have a free ‘taster’ lesson on a musical instrument. In 2016, over 120 venues put on events ranging from music shops to music services and even churches! People who have never played and people who used to play, all came on the day to try an instrument.

We are offering a FREE taster lesson with one of our reed woodwind specialists, so you can really find out what fun it can be to play!

Whether you have always wanted to play or you used to play, this is the day for you!

Tel: 020 7935 2407

Sunday 25th June 2017
Gloucestershire Double Reed Day (GDRD)
Venue: Pates Grammar School, Cheltenham

This fun Double Reed Day has been running since 1980, and this year is again being organised by Caron de Burgh, Peter Kerr and Fiona Beck. There are a range of performances and workshops - reed-making, Alexander technique, chamber music coaching etc. The visiting masters are Rachael Clegg (Manchester Camerata) and Sarah Burnett (Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players), both respected players and teachers.

There are early bird discounts for applications received before 31th May 2017. See GDRD website for details. The price includes lunch and tea, and drinks will be available throughout the day.

We will also be taking a stand with oboes, bassoons and accessories for both. If you have any special requests for items for us to include, please contact William Ring directly on or 01903 239219.

For a flyer in PDF format, please click here

Tel: 01903 239219 (ask for William Ring)

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