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Hayley’s tour diary, pt 4

Mon 3 Oct 2016

The concluding part of Bassoonist Halley Pullen’s Ryedale Festival Tour Diary.

Wednesday 14th September

We arrived at the Brunton Theatre for an orchestral rehearsal. Ian Tindale, our director on harpsichord, had a few new details and changes to cadenzas for us. For the most part, our ensemble felt comfortable and familiar, apart from getting used to the acoustic, which was surprisingly helpful for hearing orchestral detail but a bit dry for the singers’ tastes. Our bass player Hannah borrowed a baroque bass from a local player (for perhaps obvious reasons to those who have seen a bass flight case) and had to quickly get used to playing a totally new instrument.

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Max Mandel chats about Mozart and American composer Michael Gordon

Thu 5 May 2016

‘The person who can make you cry in a major key, like no-one else can.’

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Performing new music: we explain all

Wed 27 Apr 2016

Matthew Truscott The Night Shift

“The orchestra’s chief artistic mission is to make old music new. For the OAE, the importance of being involved with contemporary music has over the years become obvious and vital.”

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Saxophone of the 18th Century – Peter Whelan and the Bassoon

Fri 4 Mar 2016

Here at the OAE, we’re known for working with the best performers to bring you the most vivid and authentic historically informed performances we can. Therefore, news of us working on a brand new commission might turn a few heads. Peter Whelan is the Bassoonist who will bring Michael Gordon’s Bassoon Concerto, a new piece written specifically for our period instruments, to life for us in early May. We conducted a quick interview with him to find out a bit more about what makes him tick as a performer…

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Andrew Watts

Bassoon

Andy Watts began his music career playing medieval and renaissance instruments and clarinet at primary school in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, then took up the modern bassoon at the age of sixteen.

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Gaffer tape pics – No.5

Tue 18 May 2010

Today’s pic is of Sally Jackson, bassoon.

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