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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.

In 2017 we offered the following classes:


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.


This workshop will help you make the most of your air, looking at posture and breath control.

Instrument Maintenance:

Learn how to look after your instrument and keep it in good working order.

Practice Makes Progress - how to practise purposefully to fulfil your potential:

A class with oboist and performance coach, Jessica Mogridge. Learn how to practise purposefully to fulfill your potential, with tips for motivation and measuring progress.

Ready Steady Perform: how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable:

A workshop with oboist and performance coach, Jessica Mogridge. Learn how to perform to the best of your ability with short-term fixes to overcome on-the-day problems and nerves.


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 - 8

Advanced Technique:

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

Audition Preparation:

If you’re auditioning for a youth orchestra or music college, this class will help you to prepare and give you some valuable practice and feedback from someone who usually sits on the panel.

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.

Power Breathing (oboes only):

Seung Eun Lee, visiting professor from Mannheim, runs her signature workshop on breathing. This class works on improving breath technique and awareness, and strengthening the embouchure.

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