Coming Out Of The Woodwork

It's been at the heart of the classical symphony orchestra for centuries, but the bassoon's a little-understood and often denigrated instrument.

And it's now on a musical list of endangered species in Britain.

Mark Whitaker, who plays it himself rather badly, talks to amateur and professional players about the joys and frustrations of the bassoon, and about what they're doing to get it across to a wider audience.

We all know about Mozart on the bassoon, but Be-Bop?

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It's been at the heart of the classical symphony orchestra for centuries, but the bassoon's a little-understood and often denigrated instrument.

And it's now on a musical list of endangered species in Britain.

Mark Whitaker, who plays it himself rather badly, talks to amateur and professional players about the joys and frustrations of the bassoon, and about what they're doing to get it across to a wider audience.

We all know about Mozart on the bassoon, but Be-Bop?