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
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