South Australia

The ADRS SA Representative is Charles Klein

ADRS SA Committee

Charles Klein (ADRSSA representative)

Josie Hawkes

Celia Craig

Caryl Lambourn

Tim Rosen

The Committee would like to thank Size Music for their generous donation to our Quiznic which was a great success and raised money to enable ADRSSA to present concerts and other events during the year.


SA ADRS Events

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Local Bocal September 2020

Dear Double Reeders,

We have come to the end of our Mini Blow series as it appears that most players are back to their lessons and groups, however tentatively.

Here is a message from Jane Downer an ex-pat Adelaidean, now living in England.

“I hope everyone has been keeping well during this pernicious global health crisis. One positive from this situation, is that wherever you are in the world, you can attend the Australasian Double Reed Society National Conference which is being held online on Saturday 19th September. Here is a link to the schedule with such contributions as: 

  • Anne Gilby Masterclass: “Authentic” Baroque on Modern
  • Geoffrey Burgess    From the Memoirs of Caspar Gleditsch, Oboist to Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Mark Bruwel           The Art of Playing Second Oboe
  • Matthew Ockenden   Bassoon Reedmaking and Troubleshooting
  • Ole Kristian Dahl      Interview
  • Sophie Dervaux       Interview

and MUCH more:


5.30 - 6.30pm AEST in “Room 1”:

A DROP OF GOLDEN SUN [by Jane Downer]

The early hautboy was characterised by the colourful tonal contrast within its natural scale. This presentation will focus on the addition of keywork to the oboe from its inception to the modern day, giving rise to discussion about tone, and how the distinct aural characteristics of tonalities might influence one’s expressive approach to performing a piece. “

Thanks, Jane for this information. The ADRSSA Committee urges you all to “attend” on the day. There will be something for everyone and you won’t have to go to Melbourne.

The ADRS 2020 Double Reed Big Band

Join in the ADRS Big Band version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Record your part, upload it, and cheer on the complete performance which will be aired EXCLUSIVELY on September 19th as part of the ADRS 202O National Online Conference.  Everyone is welcome!!!!

There are 8 parts, 4 oboe, 1 cor anglais and 3 bassoon/contrabassoon 

All parts are a mix of lead and inner voices. They vary in range and, to a degree, complexity

Here’s how to take part:

Email the following information to ADRS Victoria (Click this link)

Your full name


Playing level (you can use the ADRS National Competition section descriptors as a guide)

You will then be sent by email an appropriate part, the backing/click track, and a recording instruction guide.

Upload your completed video by Wednesday 16 September, 2 pm AEST

As simple as that!


We are working on this after last year’s success.

Please contact us if you have any suggestions of events or initiatives we could take that would be suitable at the moment.

Best wishes

 ADRSSA Committee

 Mark Gaydon

 Josie Hawkes OAM

 Hannah Kovilpillai

 Caryl Lambourn

 Josh Oates

 Tim Rosen

Local Bocal May 2020

An update of local Double Reed events & news in SA from the ADRSSA.


Dear Double Reeders,

What a peculiar situation we find ourselves in. Obviously, all our musical plans have come to nought but, rest assured, as soon as things get back to “normal” your Committee will be working to organise as many playing opportunities for us as possible.
It has been very heartening to see that even though most musicians have been cruelly thwarted there is a massive amount of formal and informal playing going on via social media, live streaming, Zooming and other devilishly clever feats of technology. Who knew a single bassoonist or oboist could play all the parts of a Beethoven symphony at the same time? Why not take advantage of the many offers to participate in on-line lessons from world-class players or take part in large group playing? Please let us know what activities you have engaged in.
I hope you are supporting musicians everywhere by subscribing to live streaming of concerts. It is great but strange to watch a concert on a screen in one’s own home, with all the comforts of home and no other discernible audience, but I know some would prefer to be at the concert in the flesh and with any luck, and plenty of skill that will happen again sometime in the future. I know many of us are disappointed that our usual community and professional groups have been in recess and are longing for the call back to rehearsals.
Luckily, we sneaked in our annual Quiznic on 23rd February. Thanks to our hosts, Josie(also Quizmistress) and Tom Hawkes and all who attended. As a fundraiser it was very successful which is good as it seems there will be very little chance that we will manage to break even on other events this year. Please let us know if there are any activities you would like to see us organise. We are sure there is plenty of room for socially distancing musical get togethers if there are any of you out there with the expertise. Let us know if you have any suggestions.
On a sad note we are letting you know that one of our most dedicated members has died recently. Lynette Whellan was an ADRSSA Committee member for some years and attended very many of our events always participating readily and so beautifully until she became too unwell in the last couple of years. She had been a professional player in Victoria before coming to SA where she played for many years in the Burnside Symphony Orchestra and many other groups including the Arbor and Gazebo Wind Quintets. She will be sadly missed.

Here are some comments on what your Committee has been up to lately! In case you think I’ve been sitting on my hands, I smashed my elbow in February and had to have a replacement joint, so in effect went into lockdown 3 weeks before the rest of the world. Am taking baby steps towards getting back to playing.

Covid Creativity
My bassoon teaching and playing world has certainly been turned upside down in recent months and although I largely escaped the need to teach bassoon online, there have been a few challenges relating to handling, adjusting and testing reeds when teaching face-to-face!

Some of my students have been handed tools and attempted to make their own adjustments under instruction, but where that hasn't been practical I have taken to making adjustments wearing surgical gloves and then discarding then inside out, wiping tools over with miniature alcohol wipes after each use and testing out the specialised sprays that are on the market to sanitise reeds. They claim to be anti-bacterial and to kill many viruses but I’m not sure about the efficacy in the face of Covid19!

 In this playing vacuum we have found ourselves in I have started some basic multi-track recording using Mixcraft7 software (the PC equivalent of GarageBand for Mac computers).

I’ve invested in a good USB microphone and had a go at playing trios and duets with myself - eventually I’ll have a series of music-minus-one mp3s that can be emailed to my students to practise with at home.

If it isn’t bad enough listening to yourself playing one part, multiply it by three …. though I have to confess it is rather fun trying to match your own articulation and phrasing. Another way to enjoy playing with a ‘virtual’ group is to look online for Music-Minus-One Wind Quintets and other ensembles. You can purchase some excellent resources to play along with. If all else fails, practise your orchestral or band pieces with a recording of the work or the specific arrangement from the publisher’s website – it’s amazing what is out there and you’ll be really well prepared when rehearsals appear on the horizon again!

Hopefully we’ll be able to start returning to small chamber rehearsals soon, but whatever you do, find a way to keep playing along with recordings or with a friend for duets and have some fun!

Josie Hawkes OAM


Vale, dear Lynette Whellan. Her cheerful presence, perseverance, strength and yet and gentle musicianship will be missed.
Thanks to Caryl for the livestream shout out. It’s a very tough time for the Arts and yet, sadly, I think this is the time we most need to have music events. One of my (online) pupils’ mums said ‘People are yearning for live music events….’ I’ve been zoom teaching pupils both about 500 miles out of Brisbane and Perth respectively, so we are still reaching some people and there seems to be a lot of music practice going on around the world. After a year flying around, I have been at home in 2020 like all of us, and now enjoying re-creating Artaria into a Charity recording company/arts organisation. Watch this space for exciting news!

I was awarded a Fellowship by Arts SA (Congratulations, Celia, Ed) ‘Exploring New Artistic Directions’ and with a year as Resident Artist National Trust SA, I began the Fellowship by creating a bushfire response video for Kangaroo Island with Konstantin Shamray and amazing film and movie contacts (thanks to this pesky virus closing many film shoots… people were available who would normally be booked up…) which is raising money for the State Emergency Relief Fund. You can see it here , Rachmaninov Vocalise with Konstantin Shamray and me, from an upcoming album we will release later this year.

With thanks to the Angas family and NTSA, I’m spending a week in Residence at Collingrove Homestead, from which more National Trust events will emerge, gradually as social distancing allows. Some of these will be video/digital, some enabled through my Digital Artist Platform campaign now in its last two days (and ironically, drafted before the shutdown!!)

Best wishes to all music lovers and colleagues out there- it’s a tough time we are living in- now have fond memories of ADRS Quiznic: seems a lifetime ago, in another world! Hope to see you soon,
Cheers, Celia Craig


We’d love to hear how you’ve all been doing music-wise over the last few months and about any plans you have for future (not too far away, we hope) music making. Email me and we’ll publish your comments.

Best wishes, Caryl Lambourn and ADRSSA Committee

Local Bocal November 2019

2019 Local Bocal 8 November 2019 


Dear Double Reed Players,  

We have organised an outdoors event to celebrate Christmas. As many of you know, 9th Ave St Peters is a hub of Christmas lights and activities. We have arranged to play Carols in a suitable space there on the evening of 15th December with a rehearsal on Wednesday 11th from 7.30-9.30 pm at Marryatville. It will be great fun and we are calling for registrations now.

Contact me () to let me know that you wish to play. You will need to share a stand, play standing(if possible, bring a chair if not)) and have a stand light as it will be dark, despite the myriad Christmas lights which will be festooning the street. We are hoping for a good turnout of oboes and bassoons so get your diaries organised and let us know that you wish to play. We would like to post the event on Facebook to celebrate International Double Reed Day. See below!

Mark your calendars!

December 16th will be International Double Reed Day


There is a variety of national and international holidays that are shared on social media every day. Some of these are started around official national or international holidays, and some are hashtags that go viral and are picked up by the search engines.

IDRS would like to join the movement and take a special day of the year to celebrate our international community and the beauty of double reeds.

We have chosen December 16th in honour of December 16, 1971 when the inaugural meeting of IDRS took place.

If you are on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, we encourage you to share our posts and post your own content with the hashtag #InternationalDoubleReedDay on December 16th! If you are not on social media, wish another double reed player happy International Double Reed Day via an email or in person! Or do extra practice!

Here are some other items of interest that are coming up soon:

  • November 23rd Ukaria. Madeleine Easton (violin), Celia Craig (oboe) and Joshua van Konkelenberg(organ/continuo) will present a program including the Bach Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin.
  • November 29th and 30th Adelaide Town Hall. ASO will present the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Bassoon, Oboe, French horn and Clarinet
  • December 1st 3pm “Introducing the London Oboe Quartet” Celia Craig, Dr Helen Ayres, Linda Garrett and Tom Marlin in the State Dining Room, Ayers House, 288 North Tce, Adelaide. Doors open at 3pm, concert starts 3.30pm.

Contact us for details about how to purchase tickets to any of these events.

Please let us know of any other concerts that are of special interest to double reed players and are coming up in the future.

Best wishes from your ADRSSA Committee: Charles Klein (SA Rep), Mark Gaydon, Josie Hawkes OAM, Tim Rosen, Celia Craig, Caryl Lambourn.

Local Bocal 6 September 2019

 Dear Double Reed Players,

After disappointingly having to postpone our annual concert at St John’s we have decided to work towards having the 2020 one earlier in the year, perhaps May. We need to wait until all the other events competing for precious Double Reed time have published their programs. This, of course includes the ASO players who have been so supportive of us at past concerts by giving their time and expertise to ensure very successful events.

At our recent committee meeting we decided to have a play day at Marryatville on 26th October as mentioned in the last Local Bocal. Please let us know if you would like to attend this event which will have its focus on playing in large and small groups. We envisage players of all standards coming together to practise in the morning and put on a concert for family, friends and other players in the afternoon. When we have an idea of the numbers interested, we will put a program together. Just send me an email() stating your instrument and approximate level of playing. ALL WELCOME!

We have also organised an outdoors event to celebrate Christmas. As many of you know, 9th Ave St Peters is a hub of Christmas lights and activities. We have arranged to play Carols in a suitable space there on the evening of 15th December with a rehearsal on Wednesday 11th. It will be great fun and we’ll be calling for registration for that event closer to the date.

On a more formal note, the AGM of ADRS is coming up on the 6th October and will be in the form of a Zoomlink meeting. If you are a member of ADRS and would like to participate please contact Charles Klein our SA Committee Representative. If you don’t wish to appear in person you may have some pertinent suggestions about the running of the society which you could send in for inclusion.

Here are some other items of interest that are coming up soon:

  • September 7th and 8th. Ukaria. 11 am and 2pm. Diana Doherty plays works by Vaughan Williams, Schubert, Brahms and Hankinson.
  • September 13th. Ukaria. 11am. ASQ and Arcadia Winds. Works by Britten and Françaix.
  • September 29th. Ukaria 2:30pm Los Angeles Wind Quintet. Works by Hindemith, Ligeti Barber and Ravel.
  • November 17th. 2: 30 pm. Leah Stephenson will perform the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the Unley Symphony Orchestra at Walford.
  • November 29th and 30th Adelaide Town Hall. ASO will present the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Bassoon, Oboe, French horn and Clarinet

Please let us know of any other concerts that are of special interest to double reed players and are coming up in the future.

Best wishes from your


Mark Gaydon (ADRS President), Charles Klein (SA Rep), Celia Craig, Josie Hawkes, Tim Rosen, Caryl Lambourn.                                                                      

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