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#1 A.U.K

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 17:48

Lordy Lord it seems that all the Oboe threads have vanished in my absence..I see there are a couple one about reeds (no surprise there then.. laugh.gif ) and one by Notmusicmum about Dynamics but all the Oboe ones seem to have vanished..

I have been on my travels recouperating after a long spell in Hospital, having collapsed at the IDRS last summer in Birmingham on the first evening can you believe it..I wound up in Birmingham city Hospital and then got shipped off a few days later to West Bromwich with my Oboe and Cor in their double case..I would like to add that my dear friend Marsha Burkett a lovely American Oboist came completely to my rescue and ran back and forth to the hospital with messages and gifts from so many of the performers and companies with CD's etc, their genrosity and kindness astounded me..Thankfully I lived to tell the tale but it was a bad time..

So its nice to be back online I thought I would stop by and say hello..I hope everyone is well and enjoying their music making. See you all soon..

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 18:04

QUOTE(A.U.K @ Apr 30 2010, 06:48 PM) View Post

Lordy Lord it seems that all the Oboe threads have vanished in my absence..I see there are a couple one about reeds (no surprise there then.. laugh.gif ) and one by Notmusicmum about Dynamics but all the Oboe ones seem to have vanished..

I have been on my travels recouperating after a long spell in Hospital, having collapsed at the IDRS last summer in Birmingham on the first evening can you believe it..I wound up in Birmingham city Hospital and then got shipped off a few days later to West Bromwich with my Oboe and Cor in their double case..I would like to add that my dear friend Marsha Burkett a lovely American Oboist came completely to my rescue and ran back and forth to the hospital with messages and gifts from so many of the performers and companies with CD's etc, their genrosity and kindness astounded me..Thankfully I lived to tell the tale but it was a bad time..

So its nice to be back online I thought I would stop by and say hello..I hope everyone is well and enjoying their music making. See you all soon..

Andrew


Good to see you posting again smile.gif Hope you're feeling a lot better now.

There have been a few oboe-y posts/threads since you've been away. Some are hidden within other threads (eg the 'what are you playing' thread), and a couple of new oboists have joined (including katica, flobiano). smile.gif

All the best to you. smile.gif
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 18:12

Hello A.U.K! hurrah.gif

I was told you'd emigrated! What's happened to the George Clooney picture on your profile biggrin.gif

I used to enjoy looking into the Oboe thread... it's a bit like the Organ forum, full of strange but interesting talk and you're all so polite laugh.gif

Good to see you back anyway!

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 18:20

Thank you both Barri and Skyers, nice to see the place hasnt lost its regulars. biggrin.gif

Glad to be back, just started Oboe-ing again with the Doctors all clear, had a good lesson with my teacher, it was incredible that apart from stamina and embouchure being a bit pants just how quickly my fingers remembered the patterns..I can't tell you how lovely it was to play again..Two more weeks and I should really be back to where I was..Still lots to learn..

Hope you are all ok and having fun..

Andrew

(George Clooney Picture.. laugh.gif ) I had forgeotten that.. laugh.gif
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 19:13



Hi!!

So sorry to hear you've not been well. I've missed you loads. I was wondering what had happened to you.

Don't get involved much with Oboe these days as Emsoboe is in the very best place with her new teacher. Sadly the orchestra she was playing with has finished now so she is looking for another higher level playing opportunity on Oboe.

Since September there has been lots of work on technique including breathing, supporting high notes etc. for a while her sound took a bit of a dive but it seems to be going up now. Steadily working towards Grade 8, probably taking it first session 2011.

Glad to have you back.
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 20:25

Only just the other day I was wondering where you had got to. I was aware you had been taken ill at Birmingham but didn't realise you had been recouping all this time.

Good to hear you're better now and playing again - and posting too.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 21:17

Hello MMUM and PushPull,

yes its nice to be back and more importantly back playing..It has been a long time for me recouperating, I went away for a few weeks between hospital apppointments (of which there have been many) and to be frank it has taken up until quite recently for me to feel more like me again..It was so unfortunate missing almost all of the IDRS but I did have some lovely cards from people and my friend Christian Schmitt called me from Symphony Hall about 20 minutes before he went on to play which was lovely..From what little I saw of the IDRS I have to say that I was very impressed with the Town Hall which was used for many concerts and Symphony Hall is breathtaking..hats off to Birmingham for them..They really would give London a run for its money..

I had a short but useful time, I did see "Fortay reeds"[i] my friends Steve and Lara doing great things and getting even more followers for their wonderful reeds..I also had my Oboe tweaked by Alain de Gourdon from Loree who worked his magic for me and finally sorted out my octave boxes which had been gathering water like a sponge..Sadly I felt so ill that afternoon I really struggled until the evening when I went down like a ton of bricks..I couldn't believe my luck, oh well never mind there is always this summer in OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAK-LA HOMA so maybe I will head off there..if not then maybe next year..

So onwards and upwards..see you all soon..

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 21:39



I agree that Birmingham did a really good job of hosting the IDRS. Well at least the bit we saw.

Good that you are getting back to your normal self. Hope the recovery continues.
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 08:40

Hi A.U.K

I am a "new" oboist on the forum. There have been a few threads but it has been a bit quiet over the last month or so! Glad that you have recovered and are playing again. When I first started I spent a good week or so working my way through the very long "oboe" thread. I found your posts very helpful and informative in that - so I am glad to see you back again! :-)

I've been having oboe lessons again since about October last year, having previously got to about grade 5 before work and life got in the way. My previous teacher was not an oboe specialist, so I've spent the last 7 months getting rid of bad habits and sorting out my technique, as well as thoroughly enjoying playing some lovely music. I've also joined a local community orchestra which is great fun. Not really thought about exams yet, just enjoying getting the foundations in place really. Hopefully will do Grade 7 sometime within the next year or so. I'm currently working on Poulenc Sonata and Telemann Sonata in A minor. smile.gif
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 08:50

Welcome back Andrew. Glad you are feeling better.
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 18:40

Hello Bev and hello Flobiano, nice to see you both..its good to be able to play again...and it is always nice to see another Oboist join the fray..I am happy to read you have a new Oboe teacher (a specialist is essential for the Oboe)..The Poulenc is no mean feat to achieve either so good luck with that, I find it near terrifying everytime I hear it..I have never looked at the music..not yet anyway..

Currently I am re working the Cimarosa Cmj Conc. getting the Allegros faster and with stronger articulation and better phrasing which sometimes I sacrifice for the sake of speed..tut tut..I am also doing orchestral work with the local (and very good I might add) Orchestra, this summer I have the delights of Peter and the Wolf to contend with, a nice easy start for me there then... laugh.gif There is no way to fake it so I am just going to have to get my Db to C slip very smooth, cant say I am entirely easy about it but I will get it..why he (prokofiev) didnt write it in a more favourable key astounds me.If I ever get to Heaven and meet him we will have words I assure you.. laugh.gif

So onwards and upwards..glad to be back. Thanks for the messages..what has happened to Lizbun is she at Chets now..?

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 21:54

QUOTE(A.U.K @ May 1 2010, 07:40 PM) View Post


So onwards and upwards..glad to be back. Thanks for the messages..what has happened to Lizbun is she at Chets now..?



She did end up at Chet's : and I imagine she's extremely busy! smile.gif
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 07:54

QUOTE(barry-clari @ May 1 2010, 09:54 PM) View Post

QUOTE(A.U.K @ May 1 2010, 07:40 PM) View Post


So onwards and upwards..glad to be back. Thanks for the messages..what has happened to Lizbun is she at Chets now..?



She did end up at Chet's : and I imagine she's extremely busy! smile.gif


Welcome back A.U.K!

Yep smile.gif busy but i'm really enjoying it. I still occasionally look through the forums though.


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Posted 02 May 2010 - 08:46

QUOTE(lizbun @ May 2 2010, 08:54 AM) View Post

QUOTE(barry-clari @ May 1 2010, 09:54 PM) View Post

QUOTE(A.U.K @ May 1 2010, 07:40 PM) View Post


So onwards and upwards..glad to be back. Thanks for the messages..what has happened to Lizbun is she at Chets now..?



She did end up at Chet's : and I imagine she's extremely busy! smile.gif


Welcome back A.U.K!

Yep smile.gif busy but i'm really enjoying it. I still occasionally look through the forums though.


lizbun biggrin.gif good to see you posting! Glad you're having fun at Chet's! clarinet.gif < that's an oboe, by the way laugh.gif
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 09:55

Dear A.U.K.

I was also wondering where you were the other day too. Glad to hear that you are on the road to recovery.

The oboe threads have certainly missed you!!
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