New Voices in Oboe

"The future looks remarkably bright for the oboe and cor anglais."

The fourth article in James Turnbull's series exploring 20th and 21st century British oboe repertoire


In the past 10-15 years a plethora of ‘new voices’ have emerged in the UK. For further listening and information of new works for the oboe, visit Composers such as Kim Ashton (pictured; and an alumnus of Sound and Music New Voices 2014), Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, James Wiliamson, Edmund Jolliffe, Thomas Hyde, and Emily Doolittle are excellent examples of composers who have recently added to the repertoire. Every month they are joined by engaging composers seeking new paths for the instrument.

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Pictured: Kim Ashton


Where next?

The future looks remarkably bright for the oboe and cor anglais. With many composers exploring a wide variety of styles and approaches to composing new oboe music it is exciting to see what the next decade will bring. Composers have pushed the oboe further and further in recent decades but it is important to note that they have often been commissioned or inspired by performers who have extended the possibilities of the instrument and dedicated their lives to building a new repertoire for future generations.



Curator - James Turnbull

Thanks to Angharad Cooper and Sound and Music as well as the staff at Heritage Quay who look after the British Music Collection.

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Read the other parts of the series here: [INTRO], [FIRST ARTICLE], [SECOND ARTICLE], [THIRD ARTICLE]