Hulse, Gareth


Gareth Hulse read music at Cambridge University, and continued his studies on the oboe with Janet Craxton and Heinz Holliger.  He was subsequently appointed principal oboe with the Northern Sinfonia, a position he has since also held with English National Opera and the London Philharmonic. 

Gareth now pursues his interest in contemporary music as principal oboe with the London Sinfonietta, and in chamber music with London Winds and the Nash Ensemble, with whom he has toured widely and recorded extensively for Sony, Decca and Hyperion. Gareth has given many concerto performances, in music ranging from Bach and Vivaldi to Berio and Lutoslawski, and is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television.  He teaches at the Royal College of Music.

Orford, John


John Orford studied in Manchester with Charles Cracknell, and at the Royal Manchester College of Music with William Waterhouse where he was awarded the Hiles Gold Medal for Orchestral Playing. After 18 months in the Bournemouth Sinfonietta he joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra, where he remained for eight years.

In January 1982 John was appointed Principal Bassoon with the London Sinfonietta, and in September 1984 he was made Professor of Bassoon at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

As well as appearing as principal bassoon with all the major London symphony orchestras, John has performed for many television and film soundtracks, including the bassoon solo on Geoffrey Burgon's soundtrack to the classic TV series Brideshead Revisited. He has performed much solo and chamber music, including the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the London Virtuosi and the Strauss Duo Concertante with Michael Collins and the London Sinfonietta.

London Sinfonietta

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Harrison Birtwistle: Duet3 (Sinfonietta Shorts)

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Gareth Hulse cor anglais

John Orford bassoon

Duet 3 is the third in a series of works composed by Birtwistle for the Sinfonietta Shorts project. The piece, for bassoon and cor anglais, is crafted to sound different in each performance, since there are few points in the score at which the two instruments are explicitly synchronised.

Visit our project page for information on all works in the Sinfonietta Shorts series.


Supported by Nick & Claire Prettejohn


Recorded on 18 November 2013 at All Saints Church, East Finchley, London.


Recorded by IAN DEARDEN and DAVID SHEPPARD for Sound Intermedia


(P) 2013 London Sinfonietta/ NMC Recordings Ltd   
(C) 2013 NMC Recordings Ltd

Boosey & Hawkes
Catalogue number:
NMC DL3014
Release Date:
8 December 2013