fell clarinet quartet
7.30pm Saturday, 27 November 2010
Programme to include arrangements and original works
by Piazzolla, Francaix, Farkas and Gershwin
The Fell Clarinet Quartet was formed in 1999 at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2001, they were awarded the RNCM Professional Performance Diploma, with distinction, the college’s highest accolade for chamber music performance. Since leaving college, the group has enjoyed a varied and exciting career, giving recitals and workshops throughout the UK, helping to raise the profile of this unique chamber ensemble.
Recent highlights for the Quartet include recording sessions for a forthcoming debut CD, featuring contemporary clarinet quartets for Delphian Records – DCD34065. The last year has seen them continue to fulfil a busy recital schedule including recitals at both the Royal Welsh and Royal Northern College of Music. They also enjoy a partnership with the University of Salford, where they have been appointed Woodwind Ensemble in Residence. In 2003/04, they were the recipients of a Tunnell Trust Award, leading to even more recital work in Scotland.
The versatility of the Fell Clarinet Quartet is reflected not only in their repertoire but also in the various venues in which they perform. As well as giving highly successful recitals at the Purcell Rooms in London and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, the Quartet also works extensively as part of the Live Music Now! Scheme, and is regarded as the flagship ensemble for the North-West of England. This has seen them perform in such diverse settings as prisons and special-needs schools.
The Clarinet Quartet is a flexible ensemble, using various combinations of B-flat, E-flat and bass clarinets, which enables the group to produce a marvellous array of sound. The nature of the clarinet lends itself to a diverse range of musical styles. A typical concert might include jazz, klezmer, classical arrangements, 20th Century works and more standard repertoire in a programme which virtually takes you round the world.
New music is something to which the Fell Clarinet Quartet is very committed. The ensemble is always looking to extend its repertoire and explore new performance opportunities. Indeed, this commitment to new music has seen the ensemble commission several new works, and past collaborations have included performances of the 1930’s Japanese film I Was Born But…. as part of a new live score by Edward Dudley Hughes. They also recently premiered Nick Simpson's Mardale Changes at the Bridgewater Hall.
On the afternoon of their concert in Steyning the Fell Clarinet Quartet will be running a workshop for young wind players at Steyning Grammar School.