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Torbay Musical Weekend

By on November 22, 2018 in Oboe matters, Uncategorized

I very much enjoyed my visit to the Torbay Musical Weekend on 16 November thanks to the invitation from John Isaac (Chair), Maureen Greenhouse and all the committee. My presentation on the legacy of Léon Goossens was a chance to make use of Jeremy Polmear’s fantastic recordings for Oboe Classics and to play other tracks

Gozo

By on October 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

Further to the Ovid project that I took part in last March in Oxford , I am looking forward to repeating the concert in Gozo this week. The Oxford Girls’ Choir will give two concerts in the Gozo Mediterranea Festival, one in St George’s Golden Basilica on Tuesday and the Ovid Festival concert on Friday

Schubert Ensemble – the end of an era

By on July 5, 2018 in Schubert Ensemble, Uncategorized

The last few weeks has been extraordinary in living alongside the Schubert Ensemble as it completed its final year. Last Saturday’s final concert at the Barn on Doug Paterson’s farm brought together many close friends as the ensemble played Louise Farrenc, Fauré, Dvorak and Judith Weir before receiving  yet another standing ovation from the assembled

Oxford Bach Ensemble

By on January 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

I am looking forward to playing Bach’s G minor Concerto with the Oxford Bach Ensemble tomorrow, 13 January at 7.30.  Conducted by Edward Higginbottom in St Margaret’s Church (where I was a member of the choir all those years ago), the concert includes Part VI of the Christmas Oratorio,  Jesu Meine Freude and Der Gerechte

RWCMD and WNO Winter Opera Gala

By on December 18, 2017 in Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Uncategorized

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama collaborated with Welsh National Opera in a significant Opera Gala on 25 November to celebrate their association in creating the David Seligman International Opera School. Conducted by Carlo Rizzi and with the wonderful Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Opera Course students including Huw Ynyr Evans, Xi Jiang, Oscar

English Oboe Days, Lübeck

By on December 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Thanks to Diethelm Jonas, I enjoyed two days this month (23 – 24 November) in the Hochschule fur Musik, Lübeck working with Celia Nicklin, Christopher Redgate, Michael Britton of Howarth’s and the Lübeck oboe class. After Chris Redgate’s lecture and recital featuring his 21st Century Oboe and some of the works written for it, I

Mansfield College Recital

By on March 13, 2016 in Mansfield College, Oxford, Uncategorized

It was a great pleasure to play a Sunday afternoon recital at Mansfield College, Oxford on 21 February.  Now that Jane and I have moved back to Oxford, it was easy to accept the invitation and our plan to do some playing with pianist Jonathan Higgins was finally realised. The recital took place in the

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