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The BDRD for those aged 18 and under



Participants aged 10 and under and grade 3 and under will be on the junior timetable. This will include all participants playing on junior oboes, mini-bassoons, tenoroons and fagonellos. Workshops will be run by specialist staff who devise numerous fun activities including a lot of ensemble playing! If younger participants want to prepare a piece to play then they might get a chance to perform it to the class. At the end of the day, the junior classes join in with the younger students for the massed ensemble finale in the hall, and perform a few pieces of their own as well. Juniors will register at 10am and perform in the first finale concert at 5.15pm, finishing at 5.30pm.


There will be four hours of workshops for students aged 11 and over, or grade 3 and above in standard. Bassoonists will register at 9am and oboists will register at 9.30am. Students aged 13 and under will perform in the first finale concert at 5.15pm, finishing at 5.30pm. Students aged 14 and over will perform in the second finale concert at 6pm, finishing at 6.15pm.

Two hours will be spent in a masterclass-style performance class. We ask participants to prepare a piece for this class, and there will be a pianist available to accompany.

The remaining two hours will be taken up with two short workshops. These classes are designed to target specific areas of interest and we hope there will be something for everyone. Classes will be run according to demand and availability of tutors, and some classes will have limited capacity, so please book early to increase the chances of getting your first choice.

In 2019 we are offering the following classes:


Have a go at playing predecessors of the oboe or bassoon.


A workshop helping you to make your staccatos shorter, your accents more powerful and your slurs smoother. With demonstrations, exercises and practice techniques to take away with you.

“Big Brother” Try-out:

Have a go at the contrabassoon or cor anglais.


Work on playing position to optimise breathing and technique.


Learn some practice tips and tricks to maximise your potential.


Learn how to adjust and scrape your reed to prolong its life and keep it happy.


Workshop dedicated to exercises designed to develop a better tone.


Additional Classes offered to students grade 6 and above:

Advanced Technique:

Looking more closely at more advanced aspects of playing, such as double-tonguing and vibrato.

Audition Preparation (grades 6-8):

If you’re auditioning for a youth orchestra or junior music college, this class will help you to prepare and give you some valuable practice and feedback.

Advanced Audition Preparation (grade 8+):

Some expert advice about preparing for an audition, with prepared excerpts.

Cor Anglais Masterclass:

For cor anglais regulars with own instruments or access to one. Bring a solo piece or excerpts to work on with a specialist.

Orchestral workshop:

A workshop exploring some of the best moments for oboe and bassoon in the orchestral repertoire.

Music College Q & A Session:

These will run in the afternoon breaks and are a great opportunity to quiz staff and students from Conservatoires about life at music college. Please let us know if this would be of interest on your application form. Parents welcome.

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