"Dear Reed Ragers. Thanks so much for playing at our wedding in the woods. Having the sound of four bassoons in the forest clearing was fantastic, and really added to the atmosphere. Special honours for braving the rain and the mud and putting up with the general chaos, unusual acoustics and strange lighting! We had many comments throughout the day about your excellent performance, especially "The Final Countdown" in the minutes leading up to Lou's arrival and "Take Five" during the ceremony itself. So glad you were able to be part of our special day. Keep up the good work and we'll see you again soon!
Toby and Lou Athersuch."
"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.
"I enjoyed the concert. It was splendid. The blend of tone was wonderful, with the contra providing extra depth, both literal and metaphorical. The programme was fascinating. It was delightful to hear the Tchaikovsky on bassoons. Congratulations to all of you." RJV
"Lunchtime at Reading University was enlivened by Reed Rage, a fantastic quartet of bassoonists. Their versatility is impressive: the programme took us from the baroque music of Senaille and Couperin via “Wagner” and Debussy to The Lone Ar-ranger by Phillip R. Buttall and its crazy mosaic of well-known tunes. Just one piece was a composition specifically for four bassoons: Jaunt by Daniel Barkley. It is clear that the repertoire for bassoon quartet needs filling out but so far very little has emerged; composers are missing a trick with this foursome." S.K.
Reed Rage were thrilled to open Reading University's Recital Series this season, and the audience seemed rather pleased to have us too. Here's some feedback from the Director of Music, Stuart Dunlop: "Rather good opening Lunchtime Concert on Tues this week, 9 Oct. Reed Rage - quartet of bassoons (sometimes 3 + contra - more tubing than you can shake a stick at). Beautifully balanced playing, lovely sound and really neat and tidy. More fg quartets please, bassoonists of the world unite!"
"Thank you so much for playing at Daniel's Bar Mitzvah. Lots of people were impressed by how unusual it was to have a bassoon quartet and Daniel loved having a tune arranged especially for him. We loved having you there on the day and thank you so much for coming." Jo Harris, Daniel's mum
"Thanks very much for playing for us. As I may have said (and you confirmed this is a general feeling in one of your introductions) we weren’t very sure how popular a bassoon quartet would be, though I was sure you would be thoroughly entertaining for those who came. As it turned out we had a very good turnout, and I’m sure they’ll go away and tell their friends – a number of people said how much they’d enjoyed it, and they weren’t all bassoonists! It’s a wonderful sound, beautifully played, and the arrangements (not least Boris’s) are excellent – not only amusing, but some very expressive pieces too, like the Rimsky Korsakov. I loved the Dvorak in particular, and The Lone-Ar-Ranger is a brilliant finale. Please pass on my thanks to the others. I hope we can have you back sometime." M.F.
"Thanks so much for providing the perfect music for our wedding at the Foundling Museum. The entrance and exit music for the ceremony were great, and the register-signing piece provided just the appropriate tone. Lots of guests commented on how much they enjoyed Reed Rage. And your Lone Arranger presentation at the dinner break was a real highlight of the evening. We're delighted that we asked you." Rick and Caroline
"If you ever doubted the musical effectiveness and appeal of a Bassoon Quartet, Reed Rage will change your mind and have you shouting for more! Expect the unexpected (Tchaikovsky’s pizzicato Scherzo?? – yes, really!) and relish the results! Reed Rage performs a delightfully varied repertoire of witty, imaginative arrangements and original pieces, displaying both the lightest of touches and a rich blend of expression. It’s a wonderful sound: quirky, entertaining and, thanks to the enviable artistry of the players, musically very satisfying and refreshing. For anyone planning a musical occasion, Reed Rage makes a novel alternative to singers and string quartets. Adding an extra dimension of fun, this unusual and wonderfully polished ensemble will guarantee musical pleasure and sparkling entertainment." G.T., Schott Music Ltd
"Is there a better way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon – watching cricket on the village green then listening to your favourite music in a magnificent 18th century church and rounding off with a cream tea in the church hall? This was the setting last Sunday at St Anne’s Church, Kew, for another in a series of popular concerts by the Reed Rage Bassoon Quartet. The ensemble playing was excellent, being both sonorous and well-balanced, and the varied program amply demonstrated the many voices of the bassoon (and contra of course!). I look forward to the next out Rage!" J.A.
“As a stressed bride I was distraught when our harpist fell ill, but Reed Rage rode to the rescue! As a former bassoonist I don’t know why I ever considered anything other than a bassoon quartet for my special day, and they didn’t disappoint. All my guests, even the non-musical ones, were delighted with this quirky alternative to a string quartet, who offered a wide selection of possible music ranging from traditional and romantic to entertaining and light! Totally reliable and very entertaining, they gave our ceremony a real distinctiveness, and my only hesitation in recommending them is that I don’t want too many other people to realise what a great idea it is to have Reed Rage at their wedding too...”
Anna Sabine, Director - Meeting Place Communications Bath