ADRS Reeders of Note

The Australian Double Reed Society is made up of many different players, from professional to Amateurs to Students. It's exciting to read about where people are with their Double Reed Journey and this area is dedicated to those Reeders. It also will feature the profiles of committee members and other contributors to the society.

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Mark Gayden - Past President

Mark 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.

Celia Craig

“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.

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.

Charles Klein

Charles 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. 

The impasse never arrived. Along the way, he found an oboe, whilst helping his mother move from the family home in NSW Australia.  Shortly thereafter he left the violin, and Brussels behind, commencing his studies of the oboe at age 30 under the guidance of Grant Dickson, Celia Craig, Peter Duggan, and Renae Stavely – the entire wonderful oboe section of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Today he is nearing completion as a PhD candidate in Classical Oboe Performance at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide.  As well as teaching a number of private students, Charles is a casual oboist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Adelaide wind quintet Windsong.


Julian Bush - Tasmania

Julian commenced on an old Buffet in High school learning from the Violinist music teacher.

Whilst at Agricultural college purchased a German Instrument through Archie Camden and bludged lessons from any orchestral bassoonists that penetrated into South West Wales. Julian played with various groups including University of Aberystwyth Orchestra, National Youth orchestra of Wales and many other orchestras being the only Bassoon player around. Julian joined the ABC National Training Orchestra in 1968 studying with John Cran and Rick MacIntyre, South Australian Symphony 1970, Tasmanian Symphony 1971 and later 6 months in Paris with Andre Sennadat (he had just switched to German system, Interesting) and Bill Waterhouse in London. Julian left TSO for Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional del Ecuador, 1977