Our journey begins in 1976 when CASSGB launched following a meeting at the Russell Hotel, Bloomsbury, London attended by Alan Lucas, Georgina Dobree, Alastair Milne, and Paul Harvey. The first issue of CASS news was edited by Paul Harvey. In July a lecture-recital by Stanley Drucker is held at Goldsmith’s College. Later in July, the 5th World Saxophone Congress hosted by the London Saxophone Quartet is held at the Royal College of Music, London; the guest of honour is Marcel Mule. By August CASS membership is 86 persons.
In September of 1987, the CASS magazine edited by Laurence of Mar is published in A4 format and features a cover photograph of Paul Sargeant with some of his vast collection of single reed instruments.
CASSGB celebrates its 18th Birthday Party at Ripon, North Yorkshire; programme includes a concert by the Finnish Clarinet Ensemble and the finals of the young performers’ competition for clarinet and saxophone; the winners perform concertos by Finzi and Glazunov with the strings of the New Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alan Hacker
In April 1999 CASSGB sponsors the first British Clarinet Choir Convention held in Conwy, North Wales. In November the Second British Clarinet Congress is held at the RCM London and features leading British artists including Gervase de Peyer.
40th Anniversary Single Reed Day is held at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London and features performances by Jess Gillam, The Marici Saxes, Kyle Horch, David Campbell, and Rob Buckland.
The CASSGB Single Reed Day was held at the Royal College of Music, London in October. This was the first major CASS event to have been held since the start of the pandemic. Over 150 people attended a packed day of events which included playing opportunities for clarinet and saxophone players, as well as recitals and masterclasses