Having enjoyed Clarinet, Flute and Piano lessons throughout my school years, I then achieved a BA Hons Music at Bath Spa University, specialising in performance and a PGCE teaching certificate.

From school age I enjoyed transferring my knowledge of Clarinet and Flute to other woodwind instruments, doubling on saxophone for musicals at school and in community groups, filling the empty position at school and uni on the Bassoon and Oboe.  On returning to Cornwall I joined a local Orchestra as the only Bassoonist. 

The Family of Woodwind Instruments

Recorder - An excellent starting point, cheap and accessible from an early age. Everything learnt on recorder transfers well to any other woodwind instrument.

Clarinet – Probably known as the most versatile woodwind instrument. The clarinet uses a single reed and good quality instruments are available at very reasonable prices.

Flute – A very popular woodwind instrument. Quality instruments are available at reasonable prices and no reeds are required.

Saxophone – Another popular woodwind instrument, the saxophone is the newest instrument in the woodwind family and uses a single reed like the clarinet.

Oboe – Similar in size and look to the clarinet, but a little narrower and lighter, the Oboe uses a double reed. Although it is reputedly the most difficult woodwind instrument to learn and play, it has the most beautiful sound.

Bassoon – The deepest sounding and largest woodwind instrument, the bassoon uses a double reed similar to but bigger than the Oboe. It is the least common of the woodwind family so leads to lots of invites to join groups.