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Playing the conservation tune: concert for sustainably produced instruments

20 April 2011

Oboist, conductor and Sound & Fair Patron, Nicholas Daniel, is directing a concert to raise awareness of responsible woodwind instruments made from sustainably harvested African blackwood.

Sound & Fair presents The Haffner Reed Trio with Kathryn Stott – piano takes place at West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge, UK, on Saturday 28th May 2011.

The concert marks the culmination of the Comic Relief-funded, Sound and Fair campaign to realise a sustainable trade in African blackwood. The world’s first FSC-certified woodwind instrument made by Hanson Clarinets will be showcased at the event.

Nicholas Daniel, says: “It is no longer acceptable that anyone is treated unfairly in the making of our beautiful instruments, or that someone in a country far away suffers as a result of our search for beauty. We can help directly in this situation, and we can make a difference. We just need to express our commitment and enthusiasm for FSC-certified wood with our makers, and make it clear that we want a fair deal for forest-dependent people in Tanzania.”

The concert programme will include works by Elgar, Poulenc, Milhaud, Schumann and Piazzolla performed by Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Joy Farrall (clarinet), Sarah Burnett (bassoon) and Kathyn Stott (piano).

Kathryn Stott says: “In these times, there really is no need for the local people in Tanzania to be suffering from poor working conditions. Musical instruments bring great joy to performers and listeners alike – lets share that with the people who are at the very source."

Further information

Date / time:  730pm, Saturday 28th May 2011
Venue: West Road Concert Hall, Faculty of Music, 11 West Rd, Cambridge, CB3 9DP. See West Road Concert Hall
Tickets:  £15 / £10 (OAP) / £5 (students). Tickets available from the Cambridge Corn Exchange Box Office, tel: +44 (0)1223 357 851

For details of FSC certified instruments see: Hanson Clarinets

Contact details for  Sound & Fair, Neil Bridgland – / +44 (0) 7919 092 189


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