James Macmillan

James MacMillan

November 18, 2015

In recent years James MacMillan has contributed three major works to the oboe and cor anglais repertoire. Most recently his Oboe Concerto, written for Nicholas Daniel, has been performed and recorded to wide critical acclaim. Earlier he also wrote a Cor Anglais Concerto (The World’s Ransoming) for Christine Pendrill (Principal Cor Anglais, London Symphony Orchestra)…

Kim Ashton

September 26, 2015

Kim Ashton’s music has been heard in concerts and festivals in the USA, France, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Croatia, and throughout the UK. Kim’s love of the oboe dates back to the very start of his interest in music, when at the age of nine he took up the instrument. He went on to study…

Osmo Tapio Räihälä

Osmo Tapio Räihälä

September 14, 2015

Osmo Tapio Räihälä is a Finnish composer whose music has been performed in around two dozen countries on five continents. He has written 3 works that feature the oboe heavily, most notably his Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra. Below is further information about each oboe work kindly introduced by the composer himself. To find out more…

Charlotte Bray

Charlotte Bray

August 12, 2015

The young English composer, Charlotte Bray, has emerged as one of the leading composers of her generation. Her debut recording was released by NMC Records in 2014 and she has a busy schedule of commissions ahead of her. To date, she has written one work for oboe entitled ‘Late Snow’. Late Snow (solo oboe) Written in…

John Casken

July 29, 2015

To begin the series of featured composers in this journal, the spotlight shines on English composer, John Casken. Below you can find out about two of his compositions that feature the oboe. Most recently Apollinaire’s Bird was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015. Amethyst Deceiver (solo oboe) ‘Amethyst Deceiver’ is a short piece inspired…


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