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Tracey Connell - CASS Secretary

Tracey is delighted to have been recently been appointed Secretary of CASSGB. Tracey’s musical background is in singing, performing with various choirs around the country, as chorus member and/or soloist and regularly goes to Ypres in Belgium to take part in Armistice and Royal British Legion events with The Dartford Choir. Tracey w [ ... ]

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Richard Slack - Finance Director

Richard Slack studied at Cambridge University and after 20 years raising his children has now started a career doing accounting and book-keeping, largely in the charitable, "not-for-profit" and arts sectors. He has been the Finance Manager at the National Opera Studio since 2011. He joined CASS as Finance Director in 2016. Richard is pass [ ... ]

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Stephanie Reeve - Librarian and events and reviews Sub-Editor

Stephanie Reeve studied clarinet with Nicholas Bucknall at Trinity College of Music winning prizes for chamber music and woodwind performance. As a soloist and chamber musician she has performed at many venues all over the UK, has worked as a session musician and played for many theatre productions. Now based in Cambridgeshire Stephanie w [ ... ]

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Andrew Smith - Membership Secretary and Website Officer

Andrew Smith studied the clarinet at the Royal Northern College of Music and now works in the North East of England as a player and teacher. He is a founder member of the contemporary music ensemble IXION with whom he has played at Contemporary Music Festivals throughout Europe, as well as broadcasting many times for BBC Radio 3. He also [ ... ]

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John MacKenzie

John joined CASS in the early 1970's and has served as company secretary, treasurer, and secretary. He was born and educated in London and studied clarinet and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, the Colchester Institute of Performing Arts, and the Trent Park College of Education. He holds graduate and postgraduate qualifications from th [ ... ]

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James Rae

James Rae was born on Tyneside in 1957. He studied clarinet, bass clarinet, piano and composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1975-79. His professors were Yona Ettlinger, Stephen Trier, Meriel Jefferson and Patric Standford respectively. Since leaving the Guildhall, James Rae has pursued a highly successful and varied [ ... ]

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Berdel Efe Gulsen

Originally from Turkey, Berdel took up the clarinet at age 15 whilst part of the Cambridge Music Service, and his passion for the clarinet soon flourished. He later went on to undergraduate studies at the University of Manchester and studied clarinet under Chris Swann (Ex-RLPO) and Klezmer clarinet with Roz Hawley. Currently working as a [ ... ]

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Michael Pearce - Social Media and Magazine Editor

Michael took up the clarinet reluctantly aged seven when a local music shop told him fingers were too small to play the saxophone. Although he picked up the saxophone as a teenager the clarinet remained his main instrument, studying at Birmingham Conservatoire’s Junior Department and leading the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Grea [ ... ]

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Peter Fielding

Peter  studied clarinet at The Royal Manchester College of Music, being one of only a very small number to gain a Performers Diploma with distinction.      The BBC set up a training orchestra in Bristol of which he was a founder member; later becoming principal clarinet in D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. He then joined The [ ... ]

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Richard Ingham - President

Richard Ingham studied music at York University, and enjoys a busy and varied career which combines composition, teaching and performance. Richard Ingham has an international reputation as a leader in his field and is in great demand across the UK and abroad as a performer and teacher, as well as receiving regular composition commissions [ ... ]

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Janet Hilton - President

Clarinettist Janet Hilton has long enjoyed worldwide recognition through her extensive series of recordings for Chandos, ASV, EMI, BBC Classics, Clarinet Classics and Naxos and appearances in many countries. She is best known as a soloist and in chamber music but her diverse career has encompassed orchestral playing and teaching. Througho [ ... ]

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Kyle Horch - Vice President

Kyle Horch studied in Chicago at Northwestern University (Bmus, MMus), where he learned with Frederick Hemke. He was awarded a BP North America Scholarship in 1986-7 to pursue postgraduate study at the GSMD in London, where he learned with Stephen Trier. As a student and young professional musician, he won prizes in numerous competitions [ ... ]

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Andrew Marriner - Vice President

Andrew Marriner has held the position of principal clarinet in the London Symphony Orchestra since 1986, when he succeeded the late Jack Brymer. During his orchestral career Andrew has maintained a presence on the worldwide solo concert platform, in the field of chamber music, and as a teacher. Andrew first played with the LSO in 1977 und [ ... ]

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The Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain is a company limited by guarantee registered in England No. 3010228, whose registered office is at Flat 51, Parkview Apartments, 122 Chrisp Street, London, E14 6ET. Email: membership(@) cassgb.org. Tel: 01642 769 558

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