Sunday, 25 August 2013


Membership is now annual from whenever you sign up e.g. you sign up on 25/8/2013, you will be a member until 25/8/2014.  You will be sent a reminder in the calendar month before your membership expires. 

To become a member or renew your membership, please click on Membership.  Fill out the form and remember to click "submit" at the bottom.  Payment details are on the form. 

Saturday, 24 August 2013

NZDRS Double Reed Day Chamber Music Competition

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NZDRS Double Reed Day 
28 September 2013
Westlake Girls' High School

Who can enter: School students of any level (no uni students).   

What to play: Any duet, trio, or quartet under 5 minutes in length. The group must include at least one double reed instrument. (ie, bassoon duet, oboe and piano, etc.)

What you can win: Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three groups. Only a group with an NZDRS member is eligible for 1st prize.  Fun prizes will also be given in categories such as: Best Dressed, Most Enthusiastic Performance, Best Teamwork, Best Bows.

Judges: Gemma Price, Natasha Port, and Annabel Lovatt (double reed students at Auckland University)

Friday, 23 August 2013

Concert of interest

Sarah Watkins, James Fry, Ingrid Hagan


  • Fri 30 Aug, 7:30pm – 9:00pm


University of Auckland Music Theatre, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD Show map


All Ages


  • Full Price: $20.00
  • Concessions: $15.00
  • Buy Tickets – (09) 361 1000


James Fry – clarinet, Ingrid Hagan – bassoon, Sarah Watkins – piano
Hear principal woodwind members of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, James Fry, Ingrid Hagan and guest Sarah Watkins in an evening of eclectic music including composers Piazolla, Schumann, Bax and Glinka.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Performers' Evening

Our next Performers' Evening will be Wednesday, 4 September at 7:30pm at Philharmonia Hall, 
427 Dominion Rd.

This is an informal, friendly, fun opportunity to practice performing!

Piano accompaniment will be provided by Gemma Lee (for NZDRS members only).  If you would like to play with Gemma, please contact her at to arrange getting her the music.
Non members are welcome to play an unaccompanied piece.

Entry for members is FREE, non-members $10.

Email to sign up by Wednesday 28 August if you would like piano accompaniment or by Sunday 1 September if unaccompanied.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Diana Doherty masterclass

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with the NZ Double Reed Society and KGE Reeds is delighted to present an open free oboe masterclass with Diana Doherty. She is our masterworks soloist in the Strauss Oboe Concerto for the Rite of Spring Concert.

Diana Doherty is principal oboist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and considered one of todays most talented and accomplished instrumentalists. See

Thursday 29 August
CSO rehearsal rooms, Unit 2, 4 Klondyke Drive, Hornby
Free event

RSVP Cathy 

It is a fantastic opportunity to learn from her as she teaches 5 promising students from around NZ.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Chamber Music Club

Lots of fun
Professional coaching
Music sent out in advance - adults group only
Get input into your playing
Afternoon tea provided
Great for your sight reading 
Make new friends
Lots of interesting double reed music to play

When: Saturday 17 August  
Adults  2.00- 4.30pm  Music sent out to you in advance. 
School Students  3.00- 4.30pm  We will put you into groups and allocate music on the day. 
Please let us know if you would like to come along by Thursday 8 August so that we know if the session is viable as we need minimum numbers.

Where: St Peter's College, Mountain Rd, Epsom.
Cost: NZDRS members: adults $15, school and university students, $5       
Sign up (and pay!) by Thursday 8 AugustPlease pay into the NZDRS account: 011840-0028449-00   
Include your name/ chamber music club/month.   No refunds, sorry.
Non members are invited to come along to one session at member's rates.  
  • We would love to have more bassoonists coming along. Jan Lorier has generously offered the following incentive: For any existing NZDRS member who brings along a bassoonist who has not been before, she will reward both with chocolate. This first chamber music session will be at member rates for the new person. If the new bassoonist comes to the next chamber music club meeting, with the member who introduced them, AND joins the NZDRS at that second session, each gets one Event movie pass, which she will also sponsor!
  • We have new music for 3 oboes so come along and try it.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Diana Doherty Masterclass

The legendary Diana Doherty, principal oboist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, will be in Christchurch at the end of the month. 
Oboe master class* from 4-6pm on Thursday 29 August
Strauss Oboe Concerto with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra at 7.30pm on Sat 31 August. The Rite of Spring is also on the programme.
For more details go to:

* The master class is sponsored by Martin Lee as KGE's NZ agent.