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Masterclass with Camille Wells October 28

We are pleased to present our next NZ Double Reed Society event - a Mini Masterclass with Camille Wells from the APO, coming up soon on Sunday the 28th October!
Whether you are a student or a an enthusiast, here's your chance to get some tips and tricks from a professional, so come along and join us for a friendly mini masterclass session at the Philharmonia Hall on Dominion Road. 
Date:    Sunday 28th October Time:   3-5pm  Venue: Philharmonia Hall, 427 Dominion Road
Cost:   NZDRS Members: Gold Coin Donation             Non-Members: $10
RSVP with your interest to nzdoublereeds@gmail.com


Congratulations to our winners!

Congratulations to our winners, finalists and everyone who submitted pieces! The results of the NZDRS Chamber Music Composition Competition are as follows:
FIRST: Colin Decio - Chorale for Three Bassoons
SECOND: Ross James Carey - Petite Suite for Double Reed Trio
THIRD: Jayan Bhikha - Te Ngahere
AUDIENCE AWARD: Colin Decio - Chorale for Three Bassoons Many thanks to our adjudicators Gillian Whitehead, Alison Jepson and Matilda Hur.  Thanks also to our performers Bede Hanley, Alison Dunlop, Noah Rudd, Vicky Crowell, Ingrid Hagen, Natasha Port, Akari Ouchi, Francesca Orchard-Hall, and Monica Dunn; as well as Anthony Young for conducting the Double Reed Band.

Finally, thank you to Alison Jepson for all her hard work organising the event and bringing everyone together to celebrate double reed music.

Come and play with the Double Reed Band!

Hi everyone,

Come and play Bernstein's West Side Story, in an arrangement for DOUBLE REEDBAND(oboes, cor anglais and bassoons). Everyone is welcome. Lots of people on each part, wrong notes won't be noticed, it doesn't matter if you can't play more than a few notes here and there. Just come along and have fun! 
This is a FREE event and part of the NZDRS Feast of NZ Music for Double Reed Ensemble.
3pm  Saturday 21 July Mt Eden Village Centre www.nzdrs.org.nz
Send us an email at nzdoublereeds@gmail.com if you would like to be involved, with details of your instrument and your level, and we will send you some music to try out beforehand.
Here are some tasters: Maria  http://www.wonderfulwinds.com/WBB005%20clip%201.mp3
Tonight  http://www.wonderfulwinds.com/WBB005%20clip%202.mp3
America http://www.wonderfulwinds.com/WBB005%20clip%203.mp3 Thanks to Wonderful Winds and the arranger, Alfie Pughhttp://wonderfulwinds.com/Windbags--Double-Reeds(1976693).htm
Look forward to seeing you …

Introducing our six finalists!

Congratulations to the six finalists of the Double Reed Composition Competition! Their compositions will form the basis of a collection of pieces by NZ composers suitable for intermediate double reed ensembles (oboe and bassoon). They will be published by SOUNZ. Perfect pieces for NZCT Chamber Music Contest 2019.
Colin Decio - Chorale for Three Bassoons
Ross James Carey - Petite Suite for Double Reed Trio (two oboes and bassoon)
David Hamilton - Double Reed Quartet (three oboes and bassoon)
Joshua Taylor - quest for morrowkind (two oboes and bassoon)
Jayan Bhikha - Te Ngahere (two oboes and bassoon)
Chris Adams - Canticum Novum Terrae (two oboes and two bassoons)

Congratulations as well to Victor Wei, winner of the high school section of the NZDRS Composition Competition for his piece for oboe and three bassoons, Topp Enstance.

Competition Finals: A Feast of NZ Music for Double Reed Ensemble

The New Zealand Double Reed Society invites you to A Feast of NZ Music for Double Reed Ensemble featuring the Final of the NZDRS Composition Competition

Saturday 21 July 2018
3-6pm

Mt Eden Village Centre
449 Mt Eden Rd
Cnr Mt Eden Road & Ngauruhoe St
Mt Eden
Auckland 1024

3pm | Double Reed Band* Suitable for oboists and bassoonists of all ages Leonard Bernstein | Excerpts from Westside Story – America, Maria and Tonight

Anthony Young | Suite for Double Reed Band (2014 NZDRS Commission)


4.30pm | A (Free) Public Concert
Performance of the six pieces chosen as finalists for the NZDRS Composition Competition
The brief: five minutes in length, for 3-4 players of oboe and/or bassoon, Grade 5/6 level
Performance of the winner of the High School Division
Leonie Holmes | Suite for two oboes, cor anglais and bassoon (2018 NZDRS Commission)
5.45 | Awards

First, second and third prizes winners announced Audience award: high school students will vote for the piece they would most like to play Performan…

Composition Competition deadline coming up!

It is so exciting to see entries for the composition prize coming in. 

ONE WEEK TO GO TILL ENTRIES CLOSE! 

Don't worry if your composition is a bit too short or you are not quite sure if you have got the level right. We are aware that these parameters present their own challenges, so send us your piece anyway! What we are really interested in are new chamber pieces for double reed ensembles.

View the guidelines here and some extra tips here.


Composition Competition Guideline Samples

We hope your submissions for the NZDRS Chamber Music Composition Competition are going well!  Here are a couple of notes that might help you with your composition. 
You can find a guideline of the Grade Five level for oboe here, and a guideline of the Grade Five level for bassoon here
Please note the pitch parameters for each composition are:  [Oboe] B (below middle C) - Eb"[Bassoon] Low Bb - G (above middle C) And a few more parameters: Key signatures may be up to 3 sharps or 3 flatsAccidentals can be used but avoid too many different onesFor tonguing, the maximum speed is semiquavers at crotchet = 80, but this should be  repeated notes or easy patterns at this speedNB: Exam scale speeds at this level are crotchet = 84, playing quavers Make sure that that the instruments are not all playing all of the time. A bar rest here and there is essential.
Hope to see your submissions in soon!

Performance Club

Composition Competition

Chamber Music Club

NZDRS Chamber Music Club

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?  


This year's dates (subject to sufficient numbers): Saturday 17 March, 14 April, 19 May, 16 June, 21 July,18 August, 15 September, 20 October,17 November
Contact us at nzdoublereeds@gmail.com for more information