Chris Cowie

Christopher Cowie, Oboe

Huw Clement Evans

Huw Clement-Evans, Cor Anglais

Use the navigation bar above to explore the oboe pages.

The icon will launch a youtube movie of Chris or Huw explaining a relevant point of oboe technique.

The icon will give an audio clip, which will either play automatically or open a new window.

The icon will play an illustrative music example from the Philharmonia's recorded archive.

Be sure to visit the 'player's tips and tricks' section for some very useful advice about aspects of oboe writing.

Here is a cor anglais solo from Igor Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring):

As well as oboe and cor anglais, there are some rarer double reeds in the same family:

The oboe d'amore is pitched in A, sounding a minor 3rd lower than written:
The bass oboe is pitched in C, sounding an octave lower than written:
The Heckelphone is pitched in C, sounding an octave lower than written:


The Orchestra: A User's Manual is a free resource and will remain so. It still receives between 8,000 and 16,000 unique visits per month from all over the world. See the testimonials. Thanks to all the donations, I have been able to create this responsive re-design. But the movies and sound clips recorded in 2004 do show their age. I would really like to re-record everything and add many more techniques, especially for solo and ensemble writing. I estimate this will cost around £30,000. If you know a source of such funds, please contact me: a.hugill [at]