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"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.

Members are encouraged to share memories on the individual memorial pages. Click the name to read more.

Clare Payne

Clare began playing the bassoon in Auckland, New Zealand. After an initial career as a primary school teacher, she moved to Australia in the early 1980s to study bassoon with Peter Musson and Gordon Skinner. She was a bassoonist with the Victorian Wind Quintet in Bendigo before moving back to Sydney to freelance and teach.

ADRS Honorary Member - John Cran Vale

With great sadness we announce the passing of ADRS Honorary Member John Cran at 92 years of age. As the Principal Bassoon of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and teacher he had a very large influence on double reed playing in Australia. Our thoughts are with Lucinda Cran and family.

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