Local Bocal May 2021

Dear Double Reeders,

We hope that your year is progressing as smoothly as possible and that all your playing activities have returned to “normal’….and maybe even better than that.

We urge you all to join ADRS. Some of the benefits are access to the journal “Reeding Matter” which is produced here in SA with Josie Hawkes as editor. This is a quality and much-admired publication full of articles to enhance your knowledge and playing, opinion pieces, interviews with important performers, and a coverage of what is happening in other states. Membership also entitles you to discounts for ADRSSA events and we are negotiating with local providers as well for discount on music and accessories.

Should you choose not to support ADRS in this way, you will still be a part of the local double reed family which gives you access to this newsletter and the ability to participate in all our local events.

We have had our first playing event for 2021 which was a most successful “Big Blow” on May12th. We had a fantastic turnout of 13 oboes. 2 cors and 11 bassoons. The age range of players was from 10 to 70+ with a very wide range of playing abilities. We played some very smart arrangements by Josie Hawkes that everyone enjoyed. Thanks especially to the ASO players and teachers for coming to support their students.

We are still looking to update our mailing list. If you know of any students or teachers, please check that they are on our list and let us know if they would like to be added. It will ensure they receive the most up-to-date news of all things Double Reed. Thank you to those teachers who have already submitted names of their students who will receive Local Bocal, from now on and be eligible to attend all our functions.


Bohemian Baroque-The genius of Jan Dismas Zelenka

Saturday 22 May, 7.30 pm at Elder Hall

Pre-concert talk 6.30 pm

The newly formed Adelaide Baroque Orchestra is presenting an all Zelenka concert on Sat May 22nd at Elder Hall. The orchestra will be led by violinist Ben Dollman and augmented with a total of eighteen players. Special guests include tenor Robert McFarlane and baroque oboists Adam Masters (Melbourne/Berlin) and Kirsten Barry. Adelaide’s versatile Jackie Newcombe will play baroque bassoon.

Jan Dismas Zelenka will be well known to all double reed players given his exceptional compositions for oboes and bassoons.

Zelenka is acknowledged as one of the greatest Bohemian musicians of all time. His compositions feature advanced use of counterpoint, placing extreme demands on the musicians but also an unmistakable emphasis on beauty and liveliness. This special program of Zelenka will include three Australian premieres.

Dr Jan Stockigt, acknowledged as the world’s pre-eminent Zelenka scholar, and author of Jan Dismas Zelenka: A Bohemian Musician at the Court of Dresden, will host the pre-concert talk on Zelenka, his world, and his music.

Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BODUU or via the link at: adelaidebaroque.com.au


As part of Adelaide Horn Day 2021 the Adelaide Horn Jam is thrilled to be hosting a recital featuring ASO Section Principal Horn Adrian Uren, ASO Associate Concertmaster Cameron Hill, and internationally acclaimed concert pianist Konstantin Shamray. They will be performing the beautiful Brahms Horn Trio, the Australian premiere of a horn trio by English composer Richard Bissill, and Hunter's Moon for horn and piano by Gilbert Vinter.

The performance will be in Elder Hall at 7.00pm on Monday 14th June (Queen's Birthday Holiday) and tickets are only $30 for adults, or $15 for concession holders! Tickets should be booked in advance at https://www.trybooking.com/BQORS - please click "Book Now" and scroll down the list of ticket options to select "Recital: adult", "Recital: conc.", or "Recital: child" as suitable.

The flier for this most interesting concert is attached.

ARCADIA WINDS ~  attention teachers and students.

Matthew Kneale (bassoon), Lloyd Van’t Hoff (clarinet) and Kiran Phatak (flute) from Arcadia Winds will be in Adelaide from Melbourne for Musica Viva in the last week of June. They have kindly offered to do 2 activities with ADRSSA. The first is on Wednesday 23rd June from 6-7.30 at Marryatville. Matthew Kneale, and Renae Stavely of the ASO will present a workshop that will be for those bassoon and oboe players who wish to practise their exam or concert pieces and receive some guidance from professional players. There will be a pianist to accompany you if needed. Teachers and students, discuss how you can participate and then register for the event by contacting Caryl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We are looking forward to having a good number of individuals and groups to take advantage of what will be an amazing opportunity.

The second event will be on Friday 25th June at 6 .30. This will be a concert featuring the Arcadia Trio followed by dinner at the Marryatville Hotel. The program for this concert is still being organised but we can assure you that it will be fabulous. Bookings can be made at the above email address, and tickets for each of these events will be $10 for members and $15 for non- members with the dinner at your own expense.

Put these dates in your diaries and consider getting up a group for the Concert especially if you have flute and clarinet lovers among your friends.


Samantha is a local PhD student whose project involves a workshop in which late primary/high school students create music similar to the Paul Rissmann projects that some of you will have participated in. It sounds really exciting and once again, more details will follow.

ST JOHNS CONCERT  “Dance Music to Reed By.”

We are really happy to report that we are intending to get back to our extremely popular annual concert (that we haven’t managed to present for the last 2 years).  Negotiations with the church are in hand and we hope to have a date between the end of September and the 2nd week of November depending on how many weddings they have scheduled. As usual half the concert will be played by local professional musicians and ADRSSA players will make up the 2nd half.

  So you can see we have been very busy organising and advertising events of special interest to Double Reed Players Please contact us if you have any suggestions for any other events or initiatives we could take that would be suitable for 2021.

Best wishes

 ADRSSA Committee

 Josie Hawkes OAM

 Hannah Kovilpillai

 Caryl Lambourn

 Josh Oates

 Tim Rosen