Margaret Cookhorn Margaret was born in Birmingham and went to school in Sandwell. She took up the bassoon after her school built a new music block and received a selection of woodwind instruments from the local authority. Margaret later went on to join the Sandwell Youth Orchestra before studying bassoon (with David Chatwin and the late William Waterhouse) and contrabassoon (with the late William Greenlees) at the Royal Northern College of Music. During her postgraduate year at the RNCM she was offered the Principal Contrabassoon role at the CBSO. Margaret’s highlights with the CBSO so far include performing the Contrabassoon concerto ‘Falling Down’ by John Woolrich with the CBSO and Andris Nelsons in July 2009, May 2014 and at the BBC Proms in July 2015.