On Friday 30 October Christchurch double reed-players were very fortunate to have the
opportunity to take part in a masterclass with oboist Celia Craig. Celia was in Christchurch
to perform the Messiaen Concert á quatre with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and
she kindly gave her time to share her expertise and knowledge with us. There was a good
attendance with a few non-double reed supporters as well- who says string players can’t
learn from wind players!
The main themes of the masterclass were breathing, internal rhythm and harmonic
rhythm. Celia explained how good breathing helps to release tension and taking a breath in time
with the music can help create internal rhythm, making it an integral part of the musical
performance. She suggested to all the players to be aware of the harmonic and rhythmic
structure of the music and the importance of communicating this to the audience.
Many thanks to the NZDRS, Murray and Ngaire Lennox of Rosslyn-Keynote Music and
Selena Orwin, Principal Bassoon Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, for making this event happen.
--Catherine Gibson (excerpt from Reeding Matter, Vol. 13 No.3)