Premiere of the Léon Goossens Prize winner!

On 16th April 2016, James Turnbull premiered Black Soaring Birds by Piyawat Louilarpprasert. The premiere was given at the Colyer-Fergusson Music Hall as part of The Oboe in Concert, a day exploring the oboe repertoire.

Piyawat was presented by his award by Jennie Goossens (daughter of Léon) as part of a special recital and discussion celebrating the legacy of Léon Goossens.

Black Soaring Birds will be published by Composers Edition in May 2016 and recorded for Oboe Classics later in 2016.

The cash prize for the inaugural Léon Goossens Prize has been very kindly supported by the British Double Reed Society. For more information about the Society, please visit

James Turnbull, Piyawat Louilarpprasert and Alain De Gourdon of F. Loree Paris after the premiere of Black Soaring Birds