George Caird

Radcliffe Orchestra

By on March 3, 2024 in ORCHESTRAS, Oxford, Radcliffe Orchestra

I am very much looking forward to my concert this year with the Radcliffe Orchestra which will take place in the Tingewick Hall at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford on Saturday, 9 March at 7.30pm. The programme will begin with Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz, a brilliant opener to introduce Grieg’s Piano Concerto featuring pianist

Lenthall Concerts recital

By on November 13, 2023 in Concerts

I was so pleased to be asked by Michael Bochmann to play a recital for his Lenthall Concerts series in Burford. The recital on 11 October, proved to be a most rewarding project in combining a full programme with pianist Charles Matthews and a workshop and performance by the Grendilla Double Reed Ensemble directed by

Kammermusik 2023

By on November 13, 2023 in CHAMBER MUSIC, Kammermusik

It was a great moment in August when we gathered in St Edmund Hall, Oxford for this year’s Kammermusik Workshop after a four-year pause due to the pandemic. Our visit to Santa Fe in July/August 2019 seemed an age ago as we caught up with our friends Will and Daren, Janet and William, Keith and

York Wind Chamber Course 2023

By on November 5, 2023 in CHAMBER MUSIC, York Wind Chamber Music

I hugely enjoyed my return to the York Wind Chamber Music Course in August this year. Not quite as blisterlingly hot as in 2022, the venue and campus at York University was a perfect one for a week’s coaching, playing and spending time with so many committed and interesting chamber musicians. Thanks to Richard Ingham,

Gloucestershire Double Reed Day

By on October 16, 2023 in Oboe matters

Looking back over a busy summer of music-making, I have fond memories of my day at the Gloucester Double Reed Day held at Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham on 2 July. Brilliantly organised by Caron de Burgh and her amazing team, the day was packed with events including masterclasses for oboe and bassoon, chamber music and

Howarths at 75

By on June 7, 2023 in Oboe matters, Uncategorized

Happy Birthday to Howarths of London! It was a truly memorable evening at the celebration dinner in the Landmark Hotel, Marylebone on 25 May. With so many friends there, it was great to have a chance to meet everyone involved at both the factory and the shop in Chiltern Street. Oboists from far and wide

British Double Reed Society Festival

By on June 7, 2023 in British Double Reed Society, Oboe matters

It was great to take part in the British Double Reed Society’s Festival at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on 17 May. There was an excellent attendance and I enjoyed looking in on the workshops by Melinda Maxwell, Emmet Byrne, Nikolaj Henriques and Margaret Cookhorn. The RBC concert featuring Emmet Byrne’s and Nikolaj Hendriques’ brilliant rendition of

Albinoni, Rose and Friends

By on April 3, 2023 in Concerts, Oxford

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford Friday, 28 April 7.30pm I am looking forward to collaborating with composer and conductor, Gregory Rose, to perform his new Oboe Concerto with the Jupiter Orchestra on 28 April. The concerto is a most exciting work, inspired by bird calls heard on Oxford’s Shotover during lockdown. The 10-minute work contains brilliant acrobatics

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