Covent Garden’s oboe is caught cycling across America

David Presly plays oboe in the Royal Opera House orchestra.

It’s a dark and arduous job, with few whiffs of fresh air.

So when school is out, David gets on his bike and just rides. One summer he cycled from Britain to Iran.

This month, he’s pedalling from San Francisco to New York, kipping down in motels and tents.

At the time of writing, he expected in New York City next Monday or Tuesday.

Maybe the woodwinds of the Met orchestra could turn out to serenade a plucky colleague?

Report here.


David is on the left in the back row


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  • It’s not a very high resolution photo Norman, but from what I can make out, David is on the left hand end of the back row.

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