The five days flew past with concerts given by artists and participants, master classes, reed classes, chamber music, private lessons and presentations at a glorious venue (Chateau Tongariro) in a stunning location (Tongariro National Park). Diana Doherty (Au), Gordon Hunt (UK) and Martin Lee (NZ) were outstanding as performers, teachers and as people. The participants came from all over the world and many new friendships were forged. Everyone learnt a huge amount and will be inspired for many months to come, by the quality of the musicianship they experienced from both artists and participants. There was a wonderful atmosphere of support, enthusiasm, flexibility, fun and warmth with total lack of competitiveness throughout the summer school. Externally at least, it was the most unneurotic collection of oboists imaginable!

Our thanks go to our sponsors: to the Bayview Chateau Tongariro, especially Stuart, Kathy and Estelle, for their flawless service, flexibility and good humour, to the ABRSM (Heather Gummer) for the generous sponsorship of our opening concert in Taupo, to KGe Reeds and Armstrong-Ward for their financial contribution, to Rosslyn-Keynote for their interesting trade stand and donation, to the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for donating quality wine for our evening functions, to the Skotel for giving 20% discount to participants, to Sounz for providing brochures giving details of New Zealand music available for oboe and to David Woodcock ( for providing arrangements for the Oboe Band.

We would also like to thank Geoff Lomax for our beautiful brochure (and for sorting out my car tyres!), the Great Lake Centre, Taupo for providing the perfect venue, Nicola Chapman for all she did to promote the Taupo concert, Mike at for picking up the printing of our bags at the last minute, and Julian Harris for providing the baby grand and coming to our rescue and tuning a second piano.

Alison Jepson                                       Martin Lee
Organiser and Administrator                   Artist and Organiser