On 30th April, Rosie's parents, Penny and Tony hosted a lunch party to celebrate their 70th birthdays at the beatiful Stephens House and Gardens in Finchley, North London. Reed Rage was invited to share the occasion and played for the drinks reception as well as performing a short set in between courses. Tony's brother Jo, an amateur bassoonist and keen composer, wrote a work especially for the occasion, and some old favourites were given a good airing. Happy Birthdays to the Burtons!
At the very kind invitation of Rosie's in-laws, Reed Rage were invited to perform as part of Highworth Festival at the town's Methodist Church, with the caveat that we had to include Rosie's husband Anthony in the line-up. Four bassoons and his instrument, double bass, did not seem like a terribly sensible line-up, but Boris got to work and produced some new arrangements for the occasion: Piazzolla's Libertango, Brahms's Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor, Da Falla's Ritual Fire Dance, Lennon & McCartney's Blackbird, and a rather competetive transcription of Saint-Saens's L'éléphant featuring not just double bass but contrabassoon as well. We also performed Martin Gatt's brilliant transcription of Verdi's Overture to La Forza del Destino with the contrabassoon part on double bass which worked really well. We received a warm welcome from the near-capacity audience and wonderful hospitality. Thanks very much to Christine and Terry Williams for the invitation and arranging everything so well.
Reed Rage were invited back to perform at the Open University Lunchtime Recital Series in the beautiful St. Michael's Church on the Open University Campus in Milton Keynes. After our successful recital in 2012 the organisers promised to invite us back and the only scary thing was how fast three years had flown by! The concert was well received to a packed church and we hope not to leave it another three years before another visit.
On Tuesday 23rd July Reed Rage were one of the secret acts performing in RYECRAWL, a magical mystery tour forming part of the Ryedale Festival. Tom's satnav had led to a mystery tour of our own en route, but we arrived safely at the beautiful Ebberston Hall, the UK's smallest stately home and just a stone's throw from Rosie's childhood holiday haunt. Black clouds had been looming in an ominous fashion, but optimistically we set up on the steps to the hall and were incredibly fortunate as the rain held off and the sun even put in an appearance! The audience munched their cream teas as we played, and the resident peacocks occasionally felt compelled to join in which was rather amusing.
A great concert for a lovely audience in a beautiful place, and rounded off with a cream tea = very happy Ragers!
Reed Rage was thrilled to be invited to perform at the Bornholm International Music Festival, where we opened the proceedings with an evening recital on Monday 15th July. Our journey involved a plane, a train and a ferry through a total of three countries and took about 12 hours, but it was well worth it! We received such a warm welcome and were really well looked after by the festival committee. The audience had a jolly time too: it turns out that Reed Rage banter goes down quite well with Bornholm residents, who laughed uproariously at our jokes (in all the right places, so we're pretty sure they weren't just being polite) and seemed to really enjoy the concert. Boris's three Debussy arrangements now form a rather nice little suite, and a transcription of the Welsh Folk Tune "Migldi Magldi" completed a "Suite from the British Isles" along with "The Poacher", "Danny Boy" and "Farewell to Stromness". Photos to follow on the Pictures page! Our particular favourites were taken on the buggy at Gatwick airport...
On Friday 5th July Reed Rage entertained an enthusiastic group of students at Mill Hill County High School in North London. A new Boris arrangement of Debussy's "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair" had its first outing, and there were a few old favourites in the programme too. "The Lone Arranger" went down particularly well, with some good guesses when it came to how many tunes there were!
We hope we might have inspired a few potential bassoonists in the audience to have a try too...
Reed Rage returned to Burgh House on Sunday 9th December to celebrate their third year as a quartet with a festive programme called "Bassoons and Baubles". A splendid time was had by all!
"Reed Rage played to a packed Burgh House last Sunday (9 December 2012). The playing, as always, was great; the range of music both entertaining and inspiring; and the enthusiasm of the four musicians utterly infectious. Reed Rage is a marvelous addition to the noble tradition of bassoon quartetting." R.Y.
On Monday 19th November the beautiful Lutheran Church of St Anne on Gresham Street played host to Reed Rage, and we very much enjoyed our first public performance in central London. The church is known as "the home of Bach in London", so we had to include some JSB in the programme, and Boris transcribed a lovely chorale prelude for the occasion.
On Wednesday 14th November, the Rage-mobile ventured north to Hertford for a lunchtime concert in the lovely All Saints Church. It was a beautiful day for a roadtrip, and even the A10 featured some beautiful Autumn colours. A very friendly and appreciative audience enjoyed a delicious lunch and an hour of music. And so did we!
We were thrilled to be part of the BIG Double Reed Day again on Sunday 28th October 2012. We performed a short set in the lunchtime concert to a very discerning audience of bassoonists and their entourages, and then the fun continued while we tried out a variety of new crooks, bassoons, reeds, and even each other's trousers.