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The Birmingham Bassoon Choir was founded in July, 2004 by two local bassoonists, Chris Quince and Neil Chapman.

Through word of mouth and a few well-placed posters in music shops and libraries, we initially attracted 8 players to our first meeting. Fuelled by tea and coffee and chocolate biscuits, we played through several pieces for bassoon quartet including a great arrangement of the Teddy Bears’ Picnic from sound the trumpets, and the wonderful Danny Boy, published by Spartan.  With tired lips, but with happy hearts, everyone decided that the meetings should become a regular occurrence, especially as there were several players who had expressed an interest, but were unable to attend the first meeting.

Our numbers have now swelled to 24 players, and every Christmas we busk in the Bullring Shopping centre usually either outside 'Selfridges' or 'Debenhams' for Local Charities.

We have also played with The Harborne Orchestra at their Easter Concert and at Christmas and Summer Fairs at Colmore Infant and Junior Schools in Kings Heath.

I think the great secret of our local success is that we just love playing together and enjoy playing the bassoon.

We usually appear at Birmingham's 'Artsfest ' - a weekend of free celebrations of local talent - in September each year.

Due to the popular demand of the First Bassoon Day held in June 2006, these are being organised as an annual event. (see Forthcoming Events).

If anyone plays the Bassoon and would like to come along and play we meet every second Tuesday of the month at The Friends’ Meeting House at Colmore Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham 14, from 7.30-9.30pm.

A map showing the location of the Meeting House can be found here

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