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Charles Klein profileCharles was 22 when he decided to make music performance a big part of his life. A violin came his way, and he found a brilliant teacher, Claire Bourdet, a student of Igor Oistrakh, who promptly warned him that as an adult learner she would be brutally honest with him and that lessons would cease the moment he reached an impasse. 

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Miriam Handsworth

The clarinet was Miriam’s first instrument but after discovering the bassoon in her mid-teens she has never looked back. After completing studies in architecture at the University of Tasmania she was awarded a Bachelor of Music from the University of Sydney.

In 1998 Miriam received a Queens Trust scholarship and studied the bassoon in Germany and Italy. She was awarded a Diploma of Music in 2001 from the Conservatorium of Castelfranco Veneto, Italy.

Richard Lambert has composed two works for Miriam: Humoresque, Op.33 for solo bassoon in 2008, and Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, Op 36 in 2012.

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MarkGaydenprofileMark Gaydon has been Principal Bassoonist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra since 2003. During this time he has appeared as a soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions performing solo works by Mozart, Weber, Zwilich, Williams, Franciax, and Strauss. He has also appeared as guest principal bassoon with the Sydney Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony, the Queensland Symphony, and the Tasmanian Symphony orchestra. As a chamber musician he has performed with Ellision Ensemble, The Southern Cross Soloists, the New London Chamber Ensemble, the Tancibudek Wind Quintet, and his own group Ensemble Le Monde.

An avid teacher, Mark has been Associate Instructor at the Indiana University School of Music, a guest artist at the Australian National Academy of Music, bassoon tutor for the Australian Youth Orchestra, AYO National Music Camp and Young Symphonists programs, and Bassoon Instructor at the Elder Conservatorium since 2005. Mark has a Ph.D. in music from the University of Adelaide and was awarded a Dean of Graduate Studies Special Commendation for Thesis Excellence. In 2005 he won the ABC Young Performer of the Year wind, brass, and percussion section and in 1999 was awarded the grand prize in the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition in the USA competing against players of all instruments.

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CeliaCraigProfile“Celia is not only a passionate and inspiring person, but is a world class asset for Australia in performance, and in the development of a generation of aspiring young musicians” …Norman Gillespie, CEO Unicef Australia, Board member, Pinchgut Opera.

Principal Oboe of the Adelaide Symphony, lecturer at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, former President of Australasian Double Reed Society, Celia Craig has worked with Bernstein, Boulez, Carter, Adams, Berio, Ashkenazy, Gergiev and Haitink and many others in her distinguished orchestral career.


"Vale"is Latin for "Goodbye". VALE means farewell or goodbye in Latin. In classical Latin, the word is pronounced with the initial V sounding like an English W. In Medieval (or Church Latin), the initial V is pronounced as a V.

Sadly we have had to say goodbye over the years to members who have not only contributed to the ADRS but to the double reed world in general. The ADRS are eternally grateful for these members and acknowledges their contribution as well as honour their memory. We will remember them always as a part of our double reed family.

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