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.

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

The Reading Group Committee

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

  Glenn S. Harman,

IDRS 2018 Double Reed Band

Friday, August 31, 21:15 & 23:00

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. Händel, among other works arranged and written for the occasion:

Ven y únete a la banda de doble caña IDRS 2018 y participa en el inolvidable intento de Récord Guinness de la banda de viento-madera más grande de la historia. Interpretaremos “Música para los reales fuegos artificiales” de G.F. Händel, entre otras obras arregladas y escritas para la ocasión:

Music for the Royal Fireworks (1749) by Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) (IDRS version by Christopher Weait)

La boda de Luís Alonso by Gerónimo Giménez (1854-1923) (arr. by Miguel López León)

Capriccio noir  (World Premiere) by Daniel Baldwin (b.1978)

Suspiros de Españaby Antonio Álvarez Alonso (1867-1903) (arr. by Juan Sanz Engo)

Un beso y una flor by Nino Bravo (1944-1973) (arr. by Fernando Sánchez / Elíes Hernandis)

Chimo. Marcha moraby José María Ferrero (1926-1987) (arr. by Olga Albiach Roig)

Granada by Agustín Lara (1897-1970) (arr. by José A. Masmano Villar / Double Reed Band version by Juan A. Moreno López)

Do not miss this opportunity to make history with us! Anyone participating in the IDRS 2018 Double Reed Band will be given an exclusive T-shirt and will receive a certificate of participation in the Guinness Record attempt. All participants should assist at least 2 rehearsals and must be present at the sound check before the concert.

¡No te pierdas la oportunidad de hacer historia con nosotros! A todo aquel que participe en la banda de doble caña IDRS 2018 le entregaremos una camiseta exclusiva  y recibirá un certificado de participación en el intento de Récord Guinness. Todos los participantes deberán asistir al menos a 2 ensayos y deben estar presentes en la prueba acústica previa al concierto.


Wednesday, August 29: 9:00 – 10:30, Auditorio García Lorca, PCGR
Thursday, August 30: 9:00 – 10:30 & 18:30 – 19:45, Auditorio García Lorca, PCGR
Friday, August 31: 9:00 – 10:30, Auditorio García Lorca, PCGR

Sound Check / Prueba acústica
21:15 – 22:00, EXPLANADA PCGR
Guinness official attempts of: largest oboe ensemble, largest bassoon ensemble, largest cor anglais ensemble
Intentos oficiales de Récord Guinness: ensemble más grande de oboe, ensemble más grande de fagot, ensemble más grande de corno inglés.

Guinness official attempt of the largest woodwind ensemble
Intento oficial de Récord Guinness a la banda más grande de viento-madera

Visit to the Alhambra

Monday 27th August,  09:30
Wednesday 29th August, 08:30, 09:00 & 09:30
Sunday 2nd September,  09:00

Entrance only to those who have a prepaid ticket (acquired beforehand during conference registration)

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…

  • 3-hour 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 and Spanish

Flamenco Night

Wednesday, 29th August

21:00- 21:45
Hotel Alixares

Refreshments in the Hotel Alixares, adjacent to the Generalife, where you will be able to enjoy drinks and snacks before the Flamenco concert.
Paseo de la Sabica, 40 18009 Granada

22:00 Flamenco Show
Jardines del Generalife

Arcángel (singer) and the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía. Come and experience one of the most amazing flamenco shows 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.

Approximate duration of the show: 90 minutes.

Entrance only to those with a prepaid ticket (acquired beforehand during conference registration)


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.