Bassoons, contra-bassoons… they get a bad rep.


Any amateur or youth orchestra would kill for a decent bassoonist or two, (TWO?! Pinch me!), but for some reason uptake of the instrument in the early years is very low.

Can’t think why…

Who wouldn’t want to play the bassoon when you get to look this awesome?

Good on you, Susan Nigro.

But all is not lost! In this backstage clip from the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s concert in Gdansk, Arseniy Shkaptsov shows that the contra-bassoon can get its funk on as well as anyone else – if not better…