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The latest news and event announcements from around the double reed world.

Post-Conference Trip to Whitehall Cottage
We are delighted to announce that on Sunday 26th July, we will be organising a trip to see Bill Waterhouse’s instrument collection and library in Gloucestershire.

The 2 mini-coaches leave Town Hall at 10am, and will arrive back at around 6pm. The trip includes time to look around the library and a short recital on the instruments themselves as well as lunch and tea provided by the local Women’s Institute!

The cost of the trip is £35 and includes travel and food. Tickets are very VERY limited for this – so get them whilst you can! They can be booked by logging back into your registration form online, and adding them to you conference booking. You can then pay by card or cheque as usual. Alternatively, you can call Sarah Garner on +44 (0)1562 821 715 to arrange this addition to your conference registration.

It will be possible to purchase tickets for this at the conference, if you are able to make your own way there. These tickets will be £15 (just to cover food), but will be in VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY (thats 5 verys, doesn’t happen that often) short supply! Best to get tickets now to be guaranteed a place on the trip

Masterclass places have now almost filled up, however we are still accepting further applications to take part in a masterclass – particularly on bassoon!

Let me know if you would like to take part. There is a masterclass participation form on the website which you can fill out and submit in order to be considered. Successful applicants will be informed of their masterclasses on 1 June – the closing date for submissions is 31 May! Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, as long as you meet entrance requirements.

All students who take part are required to submit a biog (no more than 200 words) and image (preferably of themselves!) for the programme book along with a CD recording representative of their playing standard.

ALL OF THIS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 31 MAY, so make sure that I have your forms back in plenty of time, so I know to expect other accompanying material!

IDRS 2009 visted the recent BDRS Convention in Northampton. This was a great opportunity to talk to BDRS Members, and answer many of their questions about the conference. So far, Registrations represent 32 Countries, however – it is important to us that many British DR players are in attendance as this really is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to be part of a very special event!

Interactive Workshops
What? Is it possible that even more is on offer at IDRS 2009?! Yes! It is true! We are very excited to announce that, as well as the usual reading sessions, 3 other interactive workshops will be taking place during the conference.

Yoshi Inada and Margeret Edis will be conducting Alexander Technique lessons during Weds 22 and Thurs 23 (giving a short introduction to AT on Tues 21)

Stella Dickinson will be presenting performance coaching workshops for “Worried, Wobbly or Wild oboists” on Thurs 23 and Fri 24. This class is open to all ages and abilities!

Finally Melanie Ragge will be with us all week presenting “EMG Sessions” Sessions. Armed with an EMG machine, Mel will be conducting 1-1 sessions with interested delegates who suffer from muscular tension. Those of you who attended the Ithaca conference in 07 will remember her from there!

More information on how to sign up for these sessions will be available in the Programme Book you will receive on arrival to the conference! For further detail about each session, check out the event calendar –

New Featured Artist Interview
Check out the new featured artist interview with Brazilian bassoonist Fabio Cury. Fabio will be performing Mignone’s Concertino for bassoon and orchestra in the opening Gala concert with Orchestra of the Swan (Tues 21 July), and will present a lecture on the same work on Thursday 23 July, 9am in Lecture Room 1, Birmingham Conservatoire. You can view the interview by going to:

…and if there is anyone you would like us to interview as part of our Featured Artist series, what are you waiting for?! Let us know! and we will do our best to oblige.

If you would like to volunteer for the conference, you have only a couple of weeks left to get in touch. We’ve had so many people interested to help out, that soon we will have to turn some away!

If you would like to volunteer at IDRS 2009. Drop me a line at, and let me know your name, phone number, your college and what instrument you play, along with why you would like to help out! Volunteers will be required to work for 4 hours per day, and will be needed from midday onwards on Monday 20 July for training and psychological testing (!)

Registration and Accomodation
Just a final reminder (if you haven’t died from exhaustion after reading this message!) that you can register and book for the conference online or by calling Sarah Garner on +44 (0)1562 821 715.

If you have registered already – then make sure you have sorted out your accommodation! Go to:

That’s all for now! Back with another fun-packed update soon!


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