IDRS 2018 special events

Reading Groups

Reading Groups are sight-reading sessions that have been a regular part of the IDRS Conference since 1999.  They are also being planned for the 2018 conference in Granada.  The sessions are designed to be fun and stress-free, yet sufficiently challenging to be musically satisfying.  We currently have a library of approximately 850 double reed ensembles, each consisting of 2-16 different parts.  There is music for almost every combination of double reed instruments, including music for bassoons only, for oboes and English horns only, and for mixed double reed ensembles.  The library also contains works of varying difficulty.  This allows us to form large or small groups of different ability levels, catering to the desires and abilities of the players who show up at each session.  New works are added to the library each year, both by purchase and by donation from composers, arrangers, and publishers.

The sessions are run in a very informal atmosphere.  We encourage you to attend as many or as few as you wish.  Please arrive a few minutes early if possible, as this facilitates formation of appropriate groups of players.  Ensembles of different sizes and ability levels are playing simultaneously in different rooms at each session.  When you arrive, it is helpful for you to tell the organizers approximately what your ability level is, and whether you prefer to be in a large or small ensemble.  We also would like to know if you prefer to be reading in an ensemble with one on a part or if you would feel more comfortable if someone else is playing the same part.  We can usually handle requests to participate in a group of a particular instrumentation.

Also, if you have a pre-formed group that would like to sight-read together, we will be glad to provide music and a room for you at the session.  We would also like to encourage composers or arrangers of new works to contact us to arrange for their music to be sight-read at a session.  With a little advanced planning, we can have a group of appropriately skilled players to work with a composer or arranger on specific new works.

There will be many reading sessions scheduled over the 5 days of the conference.  The exact schedule and location of the sessions will be available on the web site shortly before the conference and in the conference program book.  We hope to see you there.

The Reading Group Committee

Glenn S. Harman, Presidente
Carolee Bowen
Christopher Nilo
Bruce Biggin
Melanie Nichols

  Glenn S. Harman,

The Reading Group sessions will take place in the “Real Conservatorio Superior de Música Victoria Eugenia“, C. San Jerónimo, nº 46, 18001 Granada.

Please see the schedule:

28th August: 13:00-14:30 and 17:00-18.30

29th August: 9:00-10:15, 13:00-14:15 and 17:15-18:30

30th August: 11:30-13:00

31st August: 9:00-10:15, 12:45 -14:00 and 17:15-18:30

1st September: 9:00-10:30 and 12:45 -14:00

IDRS 2018 Double Reed Band

31st August 2018

Concert – Guinness Record Attempt

Come and join the IDRS 2018 Double Reed Band and participate in an unforgettable Guinness Record attempt for the largest woodwind band ever assembled. We’ll play Music for the Royal Fireworks by G.F. Handel, among other works arranged for the occasion. Don’t miss this opportunity to make history with us!

Anyone participating in the IDRS Double Reed Band will be given an exclusive T-shirt and will receive a certificate of participation in the Guinness Record attempt.

Visit to the Alhambra

Monday 27th August
Wednesday 29th August
Sunday 2nd September

at 09:00 a.m

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A guided visit of the Alhambra in which you will discover the best preserved Medieval Muslim city in the world. Granada’s Alhambra was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984.

You’ll visit the Nasrid, Mechouar, Comares and Generalife palaces as well as the Palace of the Lions. Walk through its iconic courtyards: Arrayanes, de la Reja, de la Acequia and de la Sultana. Bask in the idyllic gardens of el Partal, la Medina, and of course, the Generalife gardens, which feature elegant water features and labyrinth designs…

Price: Ticket with guided tour for groups of 30: 15€

– 3-hours Official Guided Tour of the Alhambra with admission ticket included.

– Included in the tour: The Nasrid Palaces, Charles V Palace, The Medina, Gardens and Generalife.

– Guided tours will be in English or in any of the following languages, provided, there is a group of 30 people: Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.

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Flamenco Night

29th August 2018
Generalife gardens

Arcángel (Singer) and
Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía

22:00 h
open from 21:00 so as to appreciate the sunset

Come and experience one of the most amazing flamenco shows after watching one of the most incredible sunsets you’ll ever see and finish the evening enjoying a drink in one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.

We’ll travel to Flamenco itself, dancing to Seguiriyas, Granaínas, Fandangos, peasant songs, Bulerías, Tangos, romances, Alegrías and Soleares, among other flamenco palos which will be sung with Federico García Lorca’s works.

After the show, you’ll be able to enjoy a refreshment and stay up to an hour in the Generalife gardens.

Price for flamenco show ticket + 1 refreshment: 30€

Approximate duration of the show: 90 minutes.

Get your ticket during the registration period for the conference.

Sierra Nevada

Visit to Sierra Nevada

From the 2,200 metres of the Pradollano urbanisation to 3,000 metres high, very close to El Veleta summit. This is the possibility provided by Sierra Nevada by operating three lifts in the summer. You can reach the highest peaks in just a few minutes and with hardly any effort.
It is from here, at a height of 3,000 metres, where some of the most sought after and demanding routes of the mountain start, especially those taking the visitor to the front of the emblematic peaks of the highest mountain in Andalucia or those leading to one of the greatest shows provided by nature: the melting of the snow.

 View offer

13,00 € Lifts pass (1 up / 1 down) + Menú Express (per person and day)
64,00 € Accommodation in Aparthotel Trevenque*** Double Studio OA (per night and studio)
9,00 € Pool supplement per person / day


Borreguiles góndola (from 2.149 to 2.683 m.)
Veleta chairlift (from 2.678 to 3.027 m.)

Borreguiles gondola:
Open at 09:30 h. – Last ride up at 18:00 h.- Last ride down at 18:15 h.
Veleta chairlift
Open at 09:45 h. – Last ride up at 17:45 h. – Last ride down at 18:00 h.