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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 Hope to see you there!

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: FIR ST : 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 REED   BAND   (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 Send us an email at  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. 20clip%201.mp3 Tonight   http://www. 20clip%202.mp3 America  http://www. 20clip%203.mp3   Thanks to Wonderful Winds and the arranger,  Alfie Pugh Win

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. Colin Decio - Chorale for Three Bassoons Ross James Carey - Petite Suite for Double Reed Trio (two oboes and basso

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

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 flats Accidentals can be used but avoid too many different ones For tonguing, the maximum speed is semiquavers at crotchet = 80, but this should be  repeated notes or easy patterns at this speed NB: 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  for more information