After years of playing and teaching the oboe I realised that the general standards of bought reeds were quite inconsistent from one reed to the next, causing much frustration amongst my fellow colleagues and pupils.
As an experienced reed maker, I decided to set about trying to change this. Initially supplying high quality reeds to my own students, my clientele has now expanded to other teachers, players and students of all levels.
The highest quality cane and materials are used in all my oboe reeds, at all levels. Every reed is hand-finished and carefully checked by me before sale. Any reeds not adhering to my high standards are destroyed. Reeds are sterilised before posting using a flavourless, alchohol free fluid, killing 99.9% of bacteria.
All reeds are made and profiled by hand using Udo Heng professional machines.
If you or your students are looking for a free, full-bodied and responsive reed for your oboe, you have come to the right place.
Iona studied oboe at Birmingham Conservatoire and was tutored by world-renowned oboists Richard Weigall, George Caird and Jenni Phillips. She also studied Baroque Oboe and Cor Anglais with Gail Hennessy and Anna Cooper.
During her time at the Conservatoire, she participated in masterclasses given by prestigious soloists such as Chris Cowie, Rainer Gibbons and Nicholas Daniel.
Iona graduated with honours in 2009 and went on to gain a PGCE and NQT in music and instrumental teaching.
Currently Iona teaches as a double reed specialist for NMPAT and undertakes woodwind repairs in the Northamptonshire area. In her spare time Iona works freelance as an oboe and cor anglais player around the home counties.