Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Christmas Party

We would like to invite ALL double reed players in the Auckland region to come  and play CHRISTMAS MUSIC 🎄 in a DOUBLE REED BAND.Afternoon tea will be provided by NZDRS. 🍰 Family members are most welcome to join us.

If you play the oboe or bassoon at any level, we would love to see you.
  • We will provide the music - and it will be EASY! 🎶
  • There will be other people playing the same part as you and no one will know whether you are playing the correct notes or playing in tune. 😉
  • You will have lots of fun and meet other players 👍
  • The various parts of our celebration only take ONE hour each 🕛
  • We are catering for people on both sides of the bridge! 🌉
Please fill in your details on this link (just so that we don't run out of strawberries🍓  and mince pies). 

Click on this link

Venues and times on the poster

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Double Delights Junior Ensemble Music

Here is the music for the Junior Ensemble.  If you have said you want to be in the Junior Programme, you should download and print this music.  Have a look at it before you come to the conference.

Click here to get EL CONDOR PASA

Click here to get GAVOTTE 

If you have any problems downloading either of them, email me at

Any problems with learning the music, please take to your teacher.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Masterclass Series Number 2

Sarah Roper is the oboe tutor in the next masterclass on the afternoon of July 31.
Time: 2.00pm - 5.30pm
Venue: Philharmonia Hall, 427 Dominion Rd, Auckland  

Proposed programme: 

  • Advanced masterclass
  • Interview with Sarah Roper over afternoon tea.
  • Performance by Sarah.
  • Reed making - finishing a reed

Sarah Roper was born in New Zealand but was already living in England by the age of three. She grew up in Gloucestershire before attending Chetham´s School of Music in Manchester and then went on to the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she studied the oboe with George Caird and Celia Nicklin, whilst reading music at London University simultaneously. At the RAM she was awarded the Robert Rendell prize.

The “DAAD” (German government) scholarship enabled her to study at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe, Germany, with Thomas Indermühle, attaining distinction for the postgraduate “Künstlerische Ausbildung 1” diploma.

Sarah is Principal Oboe in the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla since 1996. She held the Associate
Oboe position in the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Spain 1995-1996. She has performed and recorded as Principal Oboe with Klangforum, Vienna and orchestras in Spain, Germany, New Zealand ( Associate Oboe, Auckland Philharmonia 2008-2009) and the UK (BBC Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra).

She is a founding member of the chamber music groups Sevilla Wind Quintet, Sono Reale, Cuarteto
Emispherio (“Quartets for Oboe and Strings” CD with, Trio Ágora and Trio
MeSaMor which perform regularly in festivals throughout Spain. As a recitalist and soloist with orchestras, Sarah has appeared in the UK, Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Japan, USA and New Zealand.

In 2013 Sarah gave solo recitals during the Monteverdi Oboe Festival in Bolzano, Italy, and the Spanish Double Reed Society, Asociación de Fagotistas y Oboístas de España (AFOES), Conference in Madrid.  She also performed solo recitals during the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) Conferences 2012 Ohio, 2015 Tokyo and 2014 New York, where she served on the jury of the “Young Artist Competition”.

Sarah, a passionate teacher, is regularly invited to give master classes during international summer
courses and at music schools such as the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik and Darstellende Kunst in
Stuttgart and the Royal Academy of Music in London. She collaborates with local youth orchestras such as the Youth Orchestra of South Spain (OJA) and has written articles for the British Double Reed Society, IDRS and AFOES magazines. She is a founding member of the Seville Double Reed Society, Asociación de Doble Caña de Sevilla, holds the International Relations post in AFOES and has recently been appointed as Second Vice President of the IDRS.

Sarah is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. She plays a Howarth of London oboe.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Trinity College Study Grants

This year Trinity College London (New Zealand) is introducing Study Grants for the purpose of assisting local students of the Performing Arts.

The grants are intended to:

·         Support worthy students of the Performing Arts
·         Encourage positive learning outcomes for students
·         Make a meaningful contribution to Performing Arts education in our community

You are eligible to apply if you:

·         Have passed at least one Trinity College London Grade 5 or higher Music, Drama & Performance or Rock & Pop exam in the previous 12 months
·         Are between the ages of 13 and 25 on the application closing date
·         Are a resident or citizen of New Zealand
·         Can provide all mandatory information on the application form

Successful applicants will typically request assistance with:

·         Tuition fees OR
·         Exam fees (Trinity College London only) OR
·         Costs of attending an educational event eg festival, summer school OR
·         Resource purchase eg instrument or educational materials

Consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate at least two of the following:

·         Outstanding promise in their chosen subject area
·         Outstanding effort in their chosen subject
·         Financial hardship or other factors that restrict their educational opportunities

Up to 4 Grants may be awarded per year:

2016 closing date is 24 June 2016     

A committee of three NZ Representatives including the National Representative will review the applications.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application within 2 weeks othe closing date.

Click here to go to the application form or you can get one from your local representative, or download from

Monday, 9 May 2016

Double Delights Programme

This is a preview so you know what we do!  What actually happens will be very close to this, with some minor changes possible.

Monday, 7 March 2016

March 19 Chamber Music Club

This is your opportunity to play chamber music with other like-minded musicians.  It's not scary or threatening - just fun and a useful addition to your musical experiences.

Suitable for all levels and ages.

You are welcome to bring a friend, even one (or more) or doesn't play a double reed instrument!

You do not have to be in a group already to come along - we will provide music and put you with players of a similar level.

Very experienced tutors guide you through music - either music you've organised yourself, or music will be provided if necessary.

Tutors are professional players who are keen to share their skills with enthusiastic amateur players.

Minimal cost:
NZDRS Members: $30 adults, $15 Gold Card holders, $10 students
Non-members: $35 adults, $20 Gold Card holders, $15 students
Non-members are invited to come along to one session at members' rates.

March Session:
When: 2:00pm - 4:30pm Saturday 19 March

Where: Performing Arts Centre, St Cuthbert's College, Market Rd, Epsom. Enter through the underground carpark on Market Rd; PAC is on the corner of Market Rd and Wapiti Ave.

This is an afternoon to learn from one of Auckland's top professional double reed players, meet other double reed players, have a lot of fun, make music and have afternoon tea together at a lovely venue.  Why not give it a try?

Please note that you neet to email us AND make your payment by Friday of the preceding week so that we can book tutors and rooms.

Email to to say you're coming.
Payment should be made by 11 March.
Direct Bank to NZDRS 38 9016 0011004 00.  Please include your name/Ch music/Mar 2016

Monday, 29 February 2016

Concert March 16, Wellington

On March 16 in Wellington, Peter Dykes will reprise his stunning performance of the Anthony Ritchie Oboe Sonata, that many will remember from the Auckland NZDRS weekend last year.

Also on the programme is Ken Wilson's Duo for clarinet and bassoon with Peter Scholes and Ben Hoadley. 

Ben also plays a new piece for bassoon and special effects pedal (!) by Jeremy Mayall.

12:15pm at St. Andrews on the Terrace - admission free.

Lorenzo Masala Reed Workshop

Fabulous oboe reed workshop with Lorenzo Masala(Switzerland)! 

What a wealth of knowledge and interesting ideas he has and the most engaging way of sharing his thoughts- double trampolines, sandwiches, motorways, windmills, rivers, Christmas decorations - his analogies and explanations were apt and also hilarious. 

Good to have Stephen Moschner there too. 

Thank you, Lorenzo.