I am very excited to be trying what I hope will be my very own contrabassoon!
I have had this lovely Mollenhaüer since September and I am really enjoying playing it in professional ensembles in Scotland.
This Mollenhaüer contrabassoon has a bit of a mysterious background; made in the 1940s it seems to have been bought first by Indiana University in America. It was inherited by a clarinettist here in the UK from their grandfather but very little is known about it. The contrabassoon, however, is in very fine fettle and plays beautifully despite its old age.
Since September I have been playing bassoon & contrabassoon with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as well as with the Red Note Ensemble in Scotland. In January I was also asked to play contrabassoon with the Young Musicians' Symphony Orchestra in London at St. John's Smith Square.
I am really enjoying playing contrabassoon with these ensembles and I look forward to many more engagements like this in the future. This Mollenhaüer contrabassoon is perfect for me and I hope I will soon be able to secure the funding required to make it my own!