The Calefax Reed Quintet is the Ensemble in Residence at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Every year, the members of the ensemble collaborate with our students. Together, they work on programmes for oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass-clarinet and bassoon.

Calefax is a close-knit ensemble of five reed players united by a shared passion. For thirty-five years they have been acclaimed in the Netherlands and abroad for their virtuosic playing, brilliant arrangements and innovative stage presentation. They are the inventors of a completely new genre: the reed quintet. They provide inspiration to young wind players from all over the world who follow in their footsteps. Calefax can be defined as a classical ensemble with a pop mentality.

‘Calefax – five extremely gifted Dutch gents who almost made the reed quintet seem the best musical format on the planet.’ - The Times-

In November, the Calefax Reed Quintet will give multiple masterclasses as well as a concert at the end of the project on 18.11.2021.


1. Paul Dukas (1865 – 1935) – L'Apprenti Sorcier , D’après une ballade de Goethe (arr. Olivier Boekhoorn)

2. Giel Vleggaar (1974 ) – Pretty beautiful

3. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Fantasia & Fuge in c klein, BWV 537 (arr. Jelte Althuis)

4. César Franck (1822 – 1890) - Prelude Fugue et variation in B minor (arr : Jelte Althuis)

5. Steve Reich (1936 )– New York Counterpoint , for solo clarinet & Reed tentet (arr. Raaf Hekkema)

Calefax (1,2,3,5)
Oliver Boekhoorn – oboe
Maria Du Toit – clarinet
Raaf Hekkema – saxophone
Jelte Althuis – bass clarinet
Alban Wesly – bassoon

KC Students (1,2,5)
Mariana Amaro Cachão – oboe
Doriana Gorbuleac – oboe
Marta Padilla Pio – clarinet
Guillermo Arnedo Frias – clarinet
Cláudio Silva Pereira – saxophone
Edgars Karpenskis-Allazs – bassoon
Jorge Vela-Hurtado Sanchez – bassoon

Caire ensemble (4):
Pedro Jiménez - oboe
Adrián Vilaboa - sax
Celia Matamoro - bassoon
Alberto García - bass clarinet
Carolina Guiducci - clarinet



Thu 18 November 2021 16.00


Arnold Schönbergzaal, Royal Conservatoire. Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, The Hague

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