Local Bocal September 2020

Dear Double Reeders,

We have come to the end of our Mini Blow series as it appears that most players are back to their lessons and groups, however tentatively.

Here is a message from Jane Downer an ex-pat Adelaidean, now living in England.

“I hope everyone has been keeping well during this pernicious global health crisis. One positive from this situation, is that wherever you are in the world, you can attend the Australasian Double Reed Society National Conference which is being held online on Saturday 19th September. Here is a link to the schedule with such contributions as: 

  • Anne Gilby Masterclass: “Authentic” Baroque on Modern
  • Geoffrey Burgess    From the Memoirs of Caspar Gleditsch, Oboist to Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Mark Bruwel           The Art of Playing Second Oboe
  • Matthew Ockenden   Bassoon Reedmaking and Troubleshooting
  • Ole Kristian Dahl      Interview
  • Sophie Dervaux       Interview


5.30 - 6.30pm AEST in “Room 1”:

A DROP OF GOLDEN SUN [by Jane Downer]

The early hautboy was characterised by the colourful tonal contrast within its natural scale. This presentation will focus on the addition of keywork to the oboe from its inception to the modern day, giving rise to discussion about tone, and how the distinct aural characteristics of tonalities might influence one’s expressive approach to performing a piece. “

Thanks, Jane for this information. The ADRSSA Committee urges you all to “attend” on the day. There will be something for everyone and you won’t have to go to Melbourne.

The ADRS 2020 Double Reed Big Band

Join in the ADRS Big Band version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Record your part, upload it, and cheer on the complete performance which will be aired EXCLUSIVELY on September 19th as part of the ADRS 202O National Online Conference.  Everyone is welcome!!!!

There are 8 parts, 4 oboe, 1 cor anglais and 3 bassoon/contrabassoon 

All parts are a mix of lead and inner voices. They vary in range and, to a degree, complexity

Here’s how to take part:

Email the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Your full name


Playing level (you can use the ADRS National Competition section descriptors as a guide)

You will then be sent by email an appropriate part, the backing/click track, and a recording instruction guide.

Upload your completed video by Wednesday 16 September, 2 pm AEST

As simple as that!


We are working on this after last year’s success.

Please contact us if you have any suggestions of events or initiatives we could take that would be suitable at the moment.

Best wishes

 ADRSSA Committee

 Mark Gaydon

 Josie Hawkes OAM

 Hannah Kovilpillai

 Caryl Lambourn

 Josh Oates

 Tim Rosen