After a few years of welcome relief, the four exponents of woodwind lowlife who make up A Good Reed? return to convince us of the delights of the bassoon, and its lugubrious partner in crime, the contrabassoon. Expect a varied programme of artistry, musicianship, humour and pathos. Live in hope. Their programme includes some irreverent arrangements, and more substantial original works – an atmospheric Ode to the Americas by Marzan Mozetich and an exciting set of variations on a Shostakovich theme by one of Britain’s leading bassoonists, Graham Sheen.
‘The bassoon is one of my favourite instruments. It has a medieval aroma, like the days when everything used to sound like that.’ – Frank Zappa