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I am the second bassoon at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London) and you'll find here my reflections on playing the bassoon (in particular second bassoon) and the world of music in general. It might be of interest to bassoon students, teachers, amateurs and fellow professionals. Although this site is U.K. based, I hope there is something here for those from elsewhere.
There are plenty of wonderful websites within the classical music world, covering all sorts of different aspects: great record stores, great sites about individual composers, orchestra sites, and so on. But we found that no-one seemed to have brought it all together, and when we asked Google the simple question of “what concerts are on”, it was incredibly difficult to find useful answers.
So in December 2007, we started Bachtrack. We intend to be the definitive site that brings together every aspect of classical music into a single place. As well as listings and search facilities for concerts, recordings, radio stations and services of all sorts, we will have news and features on all sorts of subjects, from getting babies interested in music, through sites for young children, ways to involve teenagers, to helping people of all ages find out about classical music without feeling patronised.
Another resources and information website for bassoonists.
A website devoted to Bassoonists. Excellent resources and information.
The website for the Birmingham Conservatoire
A very useful website, where you can get tips on how to make and adjust your double reed
Throughout it history, Fox has sought to find and develop technical expertise and has been receptive to modifying its instruments to suit the needs and tastes of its customers. It supplies a broad base of bassoonists around the world, and an increasing group of oboists in North America and is becoming recognized as a standard in each field it serves.
This is Graham de Vere Whites' website. He is based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
The website for the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
The website for the International Double Reed Society
A website which lists all vacant orchestral jobs in the world.
The website for the Royal Academy of Music.
The website for the Royal College of Music.
The website for the Royal Northern College of Music.
The website for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
The website for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
A brilliant Bassoon Choir run by Chris Quince. If you live in the Birmingham area you should go along to one of their rehearsals. They always welcome new players.
This is the website of the British Double Reed Society
The website for Trinity College of Music.