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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

The Big Day

By on April 28, 2015 in Codarts Rotterdam, Uncategorized

28 March was an amazing day for Codarts, its students and for Rotterdam. Our 1000-student conservatoire in collaboration with De Doelen took over the whole of De Doelen complex for the day and put on 86 performances of extraordinary diversity. Why take on such a venture? The reason is to demonstrate what Codarts believes in

Delia Ruhm (1925 – 2014)

By on November 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

On Sunday 16 November, a large gathering of family  and friends came together at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens to celebrate the life of Delia Ruhm who died in September at the age of 89. Delia was a much-admired flautist whose early career included playing for the Boyd Neel Orchestra, Chelsea Opera Group (under Colin Davis),

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