The 4th Barbirolli International Oboe Festival and Competition has now been announced for 1 – 8 April 2017 at the Erin Arts Centre, Isle of Man. One of the most prestigious oboe events in the world, it is named after the celebrated oboist and writer Evelyn Rothwell, Lady Barbirolli. Her vision to encourage a wider appreciation of the oboe, to advance excellence in playing and to expand the repertoire for the oboe is mirrored in an event which gives young emerging oboists the chance to compete for one of the coveted prizes whilst also participating in a week of recitals, masterclasses, ensembles and other activities.

The 2017 jury will be:

Neil Black (former Principal Oboe, English Chamber Orchestra and former Professor RAM) George Caird, chair (oboist and former Principal, Birmingham Conservatoire) Elaine Douvas (Principal Oboe, Metropolitan Opera New York and Head of Faculty, Julliard School) Diethelm Jonas (Professor, Lübeck Hochschule and former solo oboe, Stuttgart, Essen, BRS Orchestras) Celia Nicklin (Professor, RAM and former Principal Oboe, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields)

There will be recitals by Rossana Calvi (Italy) and Diethelm Jonas (Germany) and masterclasses from Rossana Calvi, Diethelm Jonas and Celia Nicklin (UK). In addition there will be seminars taken by Jeremy Polmear (Oboe Classics) and by members of the jury.  The set work is by the the celebrated English composer Colin Matthews who will attend the competition and take part in a forum event.

The Festival and Competition is supported by Howarth of London, The Isle of Man Arts Council, Hugh and Sandra Davidson and Jim Mellon.

More details and entry procedure are available now on :





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