Concert to raise awareness of responsible woodwind

Oboist and conductor, Nicholas Daniel, will direct a concert to raise awareness of woodwind instruments made from sustainably harvested African blackwood sourced from the Mpingo forests of Tanzania.

Presented by Sound & Fair, The Haffner Reed Trio with Kathryn Stott- piano will take place at West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge, UK, on Saturday 28 May 2011 and feature the world’s first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified clarinet, made by Hanson.

As a campaign partner, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) are proud to support Sound & Fair to realise a sustainable trade through a chain of custody linking forest-dependent communities in Tanzania to musicians throughout the world.

African blackwood, also known as mpingo, is the primary component in woodwind instruments. Prized for its dark, lustrous heartwood, the majority of current supplies originate from illegal sources in Africa, at significant environmental and social cost.

Mpingo is rapidly disappearing from many areas in Africa, due to over-exploitation, including for the woodwind industry. As much as 96% of mpingo wood exported is harvested illegally. Through working with the Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative, two villages in Tanzania have gained certification from the FSC for their mpingo harvest.  FSC certification ensures that wood is harvested responsibly and legally, and guarantees that forest-dependent people are fully rewarded for the use of the resources that are the basis of their livelihoods.

FFI has been involved in mpingo conservation since 2004.

The concert programme will include works by Elgar, Poulenc, Milhaud, Schumann and Piazzolla performed by Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Joy Farrall (clarinet), Sarah Burnett (bassoon) and Kathryn Stott (piano).


Date / time: 730pm, Saturday 28th May 2011

Venue: West Road Concert Hall, Faculty of Music, 11 West Rd, Cambridge, CB3 9DP

Tickets: £15 / £10 (OAP) / £5 (students)

Available from the Cambridge Corn Exchange Box Office – Tel: 01223 357 851