Clarinets at the CASS Single Reed Day
This article was posted on 16 Oct 2016.
For the clarinet enthusiast, the CASS 40th Anniversary Single Reed Day presents a rare opportunity to hear players from Europe and the USA, as well as home grown players from UK.
The versatility of the clarinet choir with its wide range and 'organ-like' sound colouring has attracted many composers over recent years. The 23 piece British Clarinet Ensemble will play Stephen McNeff's Darkling Serenade which was written for their visit to the ICA ClarinetFest in Madrid in 2015. They will return in the evening Gala Concert to accompany David Campbell playing the Weber Concertino. On a slightly smaller scale, the Manchester based Ebonites clarinet ensemble will play a programme of music by Lenny Sayers, Paul Vowles, and David Avshalomov.
Recitals for clarinet and piano will be given by the USA based David Blumberg, who makes a rare visit to this country. He will play the Bax sonata, and will be joined for a performance of the Mendelssohn: Konzertstück No 2 by Michael Whight who will be peforming on an Oehler clarinet.
Two French players will be in attendance at the Single Reed Day. Nicolas Fargeix will be taking a clarinet masterclass in the morning, and will return later in the day to play an all-French recital of Poulenc and Saint-Saëns. In a recital which promises fiery virtuosic playing, Amaury Viduvier will play music by Kovacs, Lovreglio, and Schumann.
Sarah Watts, who has brought together all of these fantastic players for the Single Reed Day will play a recital of music for bass clarinet and piano. Sarah has been at the forefront of bass clarinet playing in the UK in recent years, and presents music by Loevendie, Clare, as well as one of her own pieces. Tom Lessels, also from the UK will play music by Brahms, and Matt Rogers in his recital.
During the day, the finals of the CASSGB Under-19s Clarinet Competition will be taking place. The winner will be announced in the evening Gala concert..
Tickets are still available for the CASS Single Reed Day. This is a unique opportunity to hear clarinettists from overseas making a rare visit to perform in the UK. Full program details can be downloaded here.