Category: Misc.

Peter Hope on Radio 3


Poet Wendy Cope was a guest on BBC Radio 3’s “Essential Classics” – and chose our recording of Peter Hope’s “Tallis Remembered” as one of her selections!

You can hear clips of her choices here.

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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Trio d’Anches


Looking forward to this performing at Liverpool University on Wednesday 5th Oct. A nice opportunity to play again with the RLPO reed trio, including music from the UK (Walthew’s Triolet), Poland (Lutoslawski’s fantastic neo-Baroque trio) and two standards from the France (birthplace of the Trio d’Anches) by Ibert and Francaix.

Launch of new Buffet clarinet “Tradition”


On 11th May I had the pleasure of being asked to present the new Buffet clarinet “Tradition” to the students at Chetham’s School of Music, along with Buffet rep Tim Barrett and music shop Windstruments.

I’m looking forward to visiting the Buffet factory when the RLPO visit Paris in November.

Here is what Buffet say about the new instrument. I’ll be trying it out over the next few weeks…

Jazz debut


I finally took the plunge and did my first jazz piano gig in years the other day – with fantastic singer / violinist Rosy Williams in the Manchester Eye Hospital foyer. We played a mix of jazz and Latin standards. Thanks to Rosy for dragging me along…hopefully it won’t be the last!

Bob the Builder!


Something a bit unusual…I was asked to contribute a bit of cameo dixie clarinet to one of the tracks on the Bob the Builder “Never Mind the Breeze Blocks” album! It was great fun and you can listen to it on Spotify – it’s the track called “Nuts and Bolts and Nails and Screws”…!



Orpheus Elegies


Back in 2009 I played bass clarinet on Melinda Maxwell’s recording of “Three Bach Arias” by Harrison Birtwistle. It was published on the Oboe Classics label and you can hear a clip from it on their website.

It was given a four star review by The Guardian.

Performance with Vaganza Soloists on Vimeo


Videos of a concert at Manchester University in 2010 in which I performed are available to view on Vimeo at

The concert explored the relationship between music and the senses, and the videos are of ‘Weyland Air’ by James Stephenson and ‘opens out into’ by Gavin Osborne, performed by the Vaganza Soloists.

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