Oxford Improvisation Concert


Oxford Improvisation Concert

Here is the poster for the Oxford Improvisation concert next week.


Rethinking the Oboe Exhibition: Support Events

The Re-thinking the Oboe Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Music continues through to the 28th March. As part of the exhibition I will be giving several presentations at the Academy.


Photo:  Hana Zushi, Royal Academy of Music

February 12th, 12.30 p.m. Royal Academy of Music Piano Gallery in the Museum

I will be a guest of Peter Sheppard Skærved at one of his regular Soundbox presentations. The subject will be Towards a New Oboe

Free entry

February 15th, 6.00 p.m Concert Room, Royal Academy of Music, London.

19th Century Oboe: Questions and Paradoxes

During the nineteenth century the oboe went through a considerable transformation: from an instrument with two keys to the modern oboe. There were also a significant number of virtuoso performers, who, if reports are to be believed, had exceptional techniques. However, the repertoire of significant works for the instrument from this period is apparently very small, raising questions as to why the major composers wrote so little. The event will explore this conundrum, looking at the repertoire that does exist, the virtuosos and the instrument-makers of the period. Many of the instruments on display in the Museum’s latest exhibition ‘Re-thinking the Oboe’ will be discussed as part of the presentation.

Free entry

Re-thinking the Oboe

March 8th, 6.00 p.m. Royal Academy of Music: Henry Wood Room 

This event explores the processes involved in the redesign of an instrument: redesigning the key-work of the oboe to meet today’s musical demands involved a series of complex collaborative activities between performer, maker and composer. This event will explore both the processes involved and the contributions made through collaborative activities.

I will also have a special guest: Eva Ries one of the Howarth makers who worked hard on the new instrument.

Free entry

Âwâz-e Niyâz Performance in Oxford

Concert on the 1st February: 2013

I will be performing Michael Finnissy’s  monumental new work Âwâz-e Niyâz for oboe doubling lupophon and piano in Oxford on the 1st February.

The concert also includes:

Pasculli – Le Api

Beethoven – Oboe Trio op 87

Triebensee – Trio for two oboes and cor anglais

Holywell Music Room, Oxford

The performance starts at 7.30 but there is also a pre-concert talk by Michael Finnissy at 6.30

Tickets £15.00 and £12.00 concessions from Tickets Oxford 01865 305 305

What is a lupophon? It is a super bass oboe which has only recently been invented:


Chris Redgate with the lupophon: photo by Colin Still

Re-thinking the Oboe Exhibition at the Royal Academy

The Rethinking the Oboe exhibition has recently opened at the Royal Academy of Music, London. This exhibition runs from January 15th through to the 28th March.

The exhibition traces the history of the oboe from the middle of the 18th century through to the most recent design: the Howarth-Redgate oboe. (See http://www.21stcenturyoboe.com for details of this oboe and it’s development).

As part of the exhibition there are three special events. The first of these, a launch event, takes place on Monday 28th January 2013 at 6.00 p.m. This event includes a short concert on the Howarth-Redgate oboe.

The works to be performed are:

Fabrice Fitch: Agricola IXc for solo oboe ( World Premiere)

Sam Hayden: surface/tension for oboe and piano

Richard Barrett: Fold for solo oboe

Dorothy Ker: Clepsydra for solo oboe 

Christopher Redgate – oboe

Stephen Robbings – Piano

In addition to the concert there is a drinks reception and a special viewing of the exhibition.

The event is free!



The New Howarth-Redgate Oboe: photo courtesy of Howarth of London