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ON the other hand you could spend September playing the oboe in the Isle of Wight, where an International Oboe Competition reaches its climax with semi-finals in Newport on the 11th and finals next day in Ryde. Lady Barbirolli chairs the judges, and for visitors there is a programme of concerts, master classes and demonstrations. Competition details from 0983 612451; the sponsors, Wightlink Ferries, are offering holiday discounts (0705 820202).