Katharina Spreckelsen

Katharina Spreckelsen, hobo/oboe

On this course we will explore, amongst others, music by Henry Purcell. He wrote possibly the first obligato ever written for oboe  in his Ode ‘Come ye sons of art’. We will look at the way he treats an instrument widely used outdoors in the most intimate settings. We will also look at the plaint from his ‘Fairy Queen’. Depending on the size of the class, I am hoping to put together an oboe band, where we can explore early English and french double reed ensemble music.


Born in Wolfenbüttel, Germany,  Katharina is one of the leading baroque oboists of her generation.  After studying medicine for two years at Göttingen University, she began her professional music career, studying first with Michel Piguet at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and then with Paul Goodwin at the Royal College of Music in London. She is now principal oboe at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.