Study information

From the 2016-2017 academic year the Royal Conservatoire is offering the Master’s specialisation Reed Quintet in association with the Dutch ensemble Calefax. The course represents a tremendous opportunity to specialise on your own instrument in the practice of this successful ensemble. This Master’s specialisation is a unique and distinctive opportunity to prepare for your own professional career.

Formed 30 years ago by five schoolboys, Calefax has grown into a world-class ensemble. Its repertoire covers many centuries of music. The musicians of Calefax literally breathe new life into classical music by arranging it for their own unique reed quintet of oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon. About a hundred new works have also been written for Calefax by composers around the world.

Calefax can fairly be called the inventors of the reed quintet genre. They are the ambassadors of a new music movement, the International Reed Quintet Network, in which new reed quintets from Argentina to New Zealand are following in Calefax’s footsteps.
The members of Calefax are Olivier Boekhoorn (oboe), Ivar Berix (clarinet), Raaf Hekkema (saxophone), Jelte Althuis (bass clarinet) and Alban Wesly (bassoon).

During the two-year Master’s specialisation Reed Quintet students will not only rehearse and perform the repertoire for reed quintet, but also devote a lot of attention to:

  • Ensemble coaching;
  • Individual coaching with a focus on chamber music for the student’s own instrument (timing, colour, intonation, articulation, refinement of technique);
  • Programming and artistic vision;
  • Stage presence and development of concert formats;
  • Financial policy and fund raising;
  • Coaching in producing arrangements.

The final presentation consists of a concert entirely organised by the ensemble itself and preferably performed at a venue outside the school.


Teachers

Specifications

Language

English

Duration

2 years

Degree

Master of Music

Tuition fee

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Department head

Wim Vos

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