Holly Redshaw


Holly is a bassoonist from Barnet in North London, and began playing the bassoon at the age of eleven at her local music centre. She was later Principal bassoon of the London Schools Symphony Orchestra, and performing numerous times at the Barbican Centre, and also played with the English Schools Orchestra at Cadogan Hall. Holly is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Performance at the Royal College of Music, studying with Sarah Burnett, Joost Bosdijk and Andrea di Flammineis. She previously studied on the prestigious 'Joint Course' between the Royal Northern College of Music and University of Manchester, graduating with First Class Honours from both institutions in 2019. At the RNCM she studied bassoon with Gretha Tuls, Roberto Giaccaglia and Dave Chatwin, and contra-bassoon with Bill Anderson.


Holly has recently played with ensembles including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Covent Garden Sinfonia; she has also performed with  the Hallé Orchestra and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the latter in their infamous televised New Year’s Day concert at the Royal Concertgebeouw in Amsterdam, both as part of Professional Experience Schemes run by the ensembles. During her time at the RNCM she performed in many of the college's training ensemble, including as principal bassoon in a  performance of Mahler's Fifth Symphony conducted by Vassily Sinaisky, which was recorded and later broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Also an experienced soloist, in 2017 Holly performed Elgar's Romance for Bassoon and Orchestra with the Manchester University Symphony Orchestra, as a prize-winner in their concerto competition. She has also performed in masterclasses for Ole Kristian Dahl, Sergio Azzolini and Stefano Canuti during her studies at the RCM and RNCM. 


Holly has a keen interest in new and contemporary music; in 2018 she commissioned and gave the world premiere of Dominic Skingle’s solo piece for bassoon and live electronics, ‘BrQn’, and also premiered James Heatcote's duet for bassoon and cello, also in 2018. She is experienced in contemporary ensemble performance, performing works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Paul Patterson and Phil Grange, all in the presence of the composers. In 2019, Holly also performed at the Wigmore Hall in a concert celebrating the works of Sir George Benjamin, who was in attendance.

Whilst at Manchester University, Holly was selected as one of six student conductors the university's prestigious Student Conductors programme She studied under the tutelage of Mark Heron (Head of Conducting, RNCM) and during this time conducted many of the university's ensembles and orchestras, including a performance of Mark Anthony Turnage's 'Three Farewells' in the presence of the composer.


In her spare time, Holly enjoys knitting and baking cakes, and going on long runs to facilitate the eating of large quantities of cake. 


Holly’s studies at the Royal College of Music are generously supported by funds awarded from the Headley Trust supported by the Derek Butler Scholarship.