THE ACADEMY of?ST OLAVE’S  Isabel Dowell

Isabel is principal bassoonist with the Academy of St Olave’s, York Guildhall Orchestra, York Opera and is a member of the Force Five Wind Quintet.

Isabel Dowell

Bassoon Soloist

Isabel is principal bassoonist with the Academy of St Olave’s, York Guildhall Orchestra, York Opera and is a member of the Force Five Wind Quintet.

Isabel is from Barnet, North London, and studied bassoon at Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As a student Isabel was a member of the Young Musician’s Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Isabel then became a freelance bassoonist and taught woodwind for Barnet Schools Music Service. As a member of the Aurora Ensemble, a London-based wind quintet, she performed on BBC Radio 3 for the Young Artist’s Forum and gave recitals and educational workshops throughout the UK and in Ireland. Isabel went on to spend 3 years playing with the Cyprus State Chamber Orchestra.

Isabel teaches bassoon and flute at Ampleforth College, York Minster, Bootham, St Peter’s, Ralph Butterfield Schools and also gives pre-school music sessions. Isabel is principal bassoonist with the Academy of St Olave’s, York Guildhall Orchestra, York Opera and is a member of the Force Five Wind Quintet. She has also recently worked with the Italian quartet Gatto Marte, performing in Galway.

22 September 2012

Isabel Dowell
Concerto performances with the Academy of St Olave’s

Saturday 24 June 2017

BARBER: Summer Music, for wind quintet, Op.31

Diana Clough (flute), Alexandra Nightingale (oboe),
Lesley Schatzberger (clarinet), Isabel Dowell (bassoon),
Mark Sykes (horn)


Saturday 23 January 2016

BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major, BWV. 1046

Claire Jowett (violin)
Alexandra Nightingale, Christina Young, Jane Wright (oboe)
Isabel Gamov (bassoon)
Miho Fletcher, Les McCormack (horn)


Saturday 22 September 2012

VIVALDI: Bassoon Concerto in E minor