Berkshire Maestros Job Opportunities Berkshire Music Hub

Double Reed Day

Double Reed Making Workshop

Sunday 25 February 2018
Registration: 9.45am

Performance: 4.30pm
Finish: 5.00pm

Course fee £20

Reading Music Centre, Stoneham Court, 100 Cockney Hill, Reading, RG30 4EZ

For Oboists and Bassoonists

  • Learn how to make your own reeds
  • Meet other oboists and bassoonists
  • Play in the massed Double Reed Band

Have you ever wondered how you can make that reed work better or wished that you could make your own oboe or bassoon reed? Join us for a one day course to learn how to make reeds, meet other oboists and bassoonists and play in the exciting massed Double Reed Band!

This course is designed for students of all abilities from approximately grade 3 standard up to grade 8+; if you have not yet reached grade 3 standard and would like to attend then please discuss it with your teacher before signing up. You do need to be at least 10 years of age; however we will welcome players under 10 years old if a parent/carer can attend with the child and supervise them throughout the activity.

You might be a complete beginner reed-maker or have attended a course before. Coaching will be provided by specialist teachers from Berkshire Maestros and all reed-making equipment and cane will be provided but do bring your own if you have it. We hope that everyone will have made at least one reed by the end of the day and have a better understanding of adjusting them.

Registration is at 9.45am for a 10am start.

Parents are very welcome to attend an informal performance at 4.30pm.

Click here for a map to the location of Stoneham Court RG30 4EZ


For any further enquiries please e-mail

We are very grateful to Howarth of London who are kindly supporting Berkshire Maestros for this course in providing supplies of cane for reed making, They will also be providing a trade stand on the day, giving an opportunity to try instruments and purchase reeds, accessories, reed making equipment and music. 
Please bring some money if you wish to take advantage of this.

Further information:

IMPORTANT: Reed-making involves the use of sharp knives and other tools under group supervision. This activity has been fully risk-assessed; we will be providing a higher than usual staff to pupil ratio to ensure that attendees are closely monitored, and a qualified first-aider will be present throughout the day. However it is essential that attendees understand the risks of using sharp knives and will act responsibly with them to look after themselves and others around them

What you need to bring with you:

  • Your instrument (labelled with your name)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Packed lunch, water, drinks, snacks
And if you have them:
  • Any reed-making tools and cane
  • Small or thin-nosed pliers for oboes or snub-nosed pliers for bassoons
  • Emery boards (bassoon)
  • Oboe staples or old reeds
  • Strong thread
  • Stanley knife or similar


Howarth of London logo



Double Reed making



Double Reed making 2



Double Reed 3



Double Reed 5



Double Reed 4

Facebook Twitter Linkedin YouTube Channel Instagram Google+
Arts Council England logo