Paris – visit to Buffet Crampon


The RLPO had a concert at Paris’s new concert hall, the “Philharmonie” at the end of November. It’s a fantastic building with a great acoustic, and we played an all-Rachmaninov programme to a full hall.

While we were in France, I took the opportunity to visit the Buffet Crampon HQ in Mantes-la-Jolie with Buffet rep Tim Barrett and fellow clarinettist Jernej Albrecht. It’s amazing to think that something like 70% of the world’s clarinets are made in the unprepossessing factory!

I was looked after extremely well by the Buffet team and came away with a new pair of RC Prestige clarinets which I’m very excited about – it’s taking some patience to “break them in” but I hope to be playing on them full-time soon. Thanks too to Tom at Windstruments who facilitated the visit for me.

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