He is a
clarinettist born in Northampton, England who was a student at the Royal College
of Music and Merton College, University of Oxford.
In 1979 he
became an original member of the chamber group Endymion
which was formed from members of the National Youth Orchestra and held
residence at London’s Blackheath Concert Halls.
He also joined
the Welsh National Opera as their Principal Clarinet and took on that same
position with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera
In 1992 he
became the Principal Clarinet with the Composers’ Ensemble and
remained with them until 2000. Moving on in 2000 he accepted the
position of Principal Clarinet with the Philharmonia
Orchestra in London and two years later he took on the same post with the London Sinfonietta.
2000s he has performed in Munich as a soloist at the Bavarian State Opera’s
production of La Clemenza Di
Tito by Mozart. He also took on
another position as Principal Clarinet with the London Chamber Orchestra
while continuing to perform with the Philharmonia,
Endymion and the London Sinfonietta.
He has given
several memorable performances as a soloist over the last few decades with
a few of these including the premiere of “Sonata for Clarinet and
Piano” by William Alwyn at the Purcell
Rooms in 1982, “Schattenwanderer” by Steven
Daverson at the Royal Festival Hall, “Agnostic”
by Graham Fitkin performed with the London
Chamber Orchestra, “Clarinet Quintet” by Sir Peter Maxwell
Davies with the Brodsky Quartet, a Mozart Concerto with the Mozart Festival
Orchestra and “Cantus Mysticus” by Sir
John Taverner which was performed at the Proms
with the London Sinfonietta. He has also appeared on Hear and Now
on BBC Radio 3 in a performance of “Handel’s Favourite Song”
by Gerald Barry.
career he has made a name for himself as an accomplished chamber musician
and soloist and this has found him being sought out by many ensembles and
orchestras to perform nationally and internationally with them. Some of the groups he has performed
with include the Arhus Orchestra, the Belgrade
Strings, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, English Classical Players, London
Chamber Orchestra, the Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Thames Chamber
appeared on many recordings with some of these including The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit by
Gerald Barry, Mozart Reflections
by the Chatham Chamber Orchestra, Six
of Hearts by The Composers’ Ensemble, York Bowen: Chamber Music by the Endymion
Ensemble and Morgan Hayen: Dark Room et al and Takemitsu: Quotation of Dream by the London Sinfonietta.
his valuable contribution to music, he has been awarded an Honorary
Doctorate from Northampton University and been made an Honorary Associate of
the Royal Academy of music.
In the field of
musical education he is a professor at Northampton University and has given several master classes.