"Give me a tube and I will play it"
on Worldwide Wind Instrument History
Using many brass type (labrosone) and woodwind instrumentsthese audience participation talks have been well received by members of Probus, Rotary, U3A, Women's Institutes and other groups.
from a collection of over 300 from around the world,
Based in Worcestershire, UK Bookings can be accepted
for both daytime and evening Tel. (01905) 775840
Comments received on talks:
"We really did enjoy the afternoon. It was a very different talk, entertaining and informative, many ,many thanks. Cofton Hackett Women's Institute.
"Thank you most sincerely for an excellent presentation which was very much enjoyed by those present. You have a wonderful collection of instruments and those that you have constructed are impressive. Obviously, you have a talent for converting the unexpected into a tune!" Droitwich Probus.
"Many thanks indeed for giving us all such a light hearted yet most informative talk. Your demonstrations on such a wide and fascinating variety of instruments were appreciated by even the most staid of our members and it was good to see a surprising number of them increasingly relaxing and having fun as your talk progressed.Life can definitely be taken far too seriously!!!" Droitwich Rotary Club
"Thank you so much for such a lovely afternoon of rare music with your "Tuneful Tubes" which our members really enjoyed. It was particularly interesting to see just how many instruments you could fit into your car. You certainly have a knack if getting the most out of a lot of old pipes, and it was all extremely entertaining." Droitwich Women's Fellowship
"David Wornham gave us a talk with his own musical performances based on approximately 60 of the 200 or so musical instruments he has in his collection; including certain adapted devices. He gave us a look back at the history of musical wind instruments going back to very early times. He showed us a huge variety of different sizes of instruments, explained the different parts of the world some of them came from and demonstrated the sounds made (and levels of sophistication). They were of many types and would have a variety of different market values. There was a wide variety of different materials used for manufacture and for fashioning from various materials; those fashioned included a vacuum cleaner hose, a hosepipe plus mouthpiece plus fuel-filter and other improvised devices. David had a great but modest ability as a musician to play them. He had a use of props and jokes that engaged and entertained us the audience with plenty of laughs. In my opinion he was a good performer with a very substantial knowledge of his subject and competence as musician and we were all very grateful to David." Maney Probus Club, Sutton Coldfield
"Thank you very much for coming to talk to us yesterday and bringing some of your collecton of wind instruments. It was a lot of fun and well received by our members, making a change from our usual talk and slide presentations" Walsall U3A
"Thank you for your brilliant demonstrative talk, we all enjoyed listening to the history of instruments/tubes and watching you play them.
Thank you for making the morning's meeting so relaxing and enjoyable. You have a great hobby and a fascinating talent." Make Time Friendship Group, Worcester.
Seen and tried by many on public days at
the National Trust's Croome Court & Snowshill Manor
Avoncroft Museum of Buildings
and Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle
Photographs follow below. Scroll down for more.
Croombe Court 2010
Worcester U3A, February 2014. Photographs by Margaret Sweet