Topic: Chance to hear rare instrument! (Guess which one?!)
Chance to hear rare instrument
Jun 15 2005
SOME special concerts are to be held in Anglesey and Gwynedd.
The bassoon has been identified as one of the rarest musical instruments in Britain and it will be performed at a number of venues as part of this month's Heritage Hardwood recital series.
Two local companies Heritage Hardwood Conservatories, in Gaerwen, and Dylan's Coffee Shop, in Upper Bangor, are teaming up with Arts and Business Cymru to make sure as many people as possible get to hear the instrument.
With their support, Ensemble Cymru's bassoonist Graham Hobbs will perform for primary school pupils in Upper Bangor and residents at Plas Hedd in Maesgeirchen, and give a class to young oboists and bassoonists at Galeri, Caernarfon.
This is in addition to his public recitals in Amlwch, Bangor, Pwllheli, Holyhead, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno.
Graham holds the position of bassoon teacher at the Choir School of St Paul's Cathedral and Mill Hill School, London, as well as being a bassoon teacher and chamber music coach at Junior Guildhall, London.
He is a freelance bassoon player and regularly performs with major orchestras such as BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, RTE Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart players and London Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Heritage Hardwood Recital Series of 63 recitals is one of the largest concert series in Wales.
The recitals will be held at: Thursday, June 16 at 1.10pm: Capel Penrallt, Upper Bangor.
Friday, June 17 at 10am: The Memorial Hall, Amlwch.
Friday, June 17 at 1pm: Craig-y- Don Community Centre, Llandudno
Saturday, June 18 at 10.30pm: Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead
Saturday, June 18 at 2pm: Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli.
-Principal Bassoonist, Honolulu Symphony
-Lecturer in Bassoon, University of Hawaii