The Double Reed Room is the hub of double reed life at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. The room is used for reed making and instrument repair lessons, and has a large selection of high-quality specialist oboe and bassoon machines for students to use.
The room also features shelving space for drying reeds and lockers for members of the double reed department. We have two student room monitors who keep a constant eye on the machines to ensure they are always working well.
Many students arrive having never made a reed before, and the vast majority graduate as completely independent reed makers. We have regular reed classes from Jenni Phillips (Head of Woodwind, oboe) and Alan Pendlebury (former Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Bassoon). The design of the room, with a large work bench in the centre, ensures that classes are sociable and everyone can exchange ideas.
Our Double Reed Room is available to use at any time, and you’ll be sure to find a companion to make reeds with. It’s a real social hub!