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The bassoon is the bass voice of the woodwind family. It is an instrument of tremendous character, equally at home as the ‘joker’ of the woodwind section or as a deeply sensitive, expressive instrument. Students who play the bassoon are able to join the Symphony Orchestra, the Premier Concert Band or the Wind Band when they have reached the required level of competency.

Taught by Ruth Brinkman and known to be more of an ‘unusual’ instrument, it is perfect for someone who wants to stand out from the crowd. Good bassoon players are rare and become sought-after musicians. Instrument hire can be arranged through the Music department, subject to availability – please contact J. Mackenzie in the Music department for further information.

  • Click here to enrol your son in lessons for the bassoon
  • Watch this video bassoonist of Darren Hicks from the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School

“The bassoon is one of my favourite instruments. It has a medieval aroma, like the days when everything used to sound like that. Some people crave baseball…I find this unfathomable, but I can easily understand why a person could get excited about playing the bassoon.” – Frank Zappa