2018 RPS Instrument Purchase Grant | Clarinet
I started playing the clarinet at the age of nine when a clarinettist gave a performance at my primary school. I knew instantly that I wanted to play it. Very soon I joined county orchestras and was advised audition for a specialist music school.
At the age of twelve I was awarded a place at Chetham’s School of Music. There I was part of several chamber groups as well as the school orchestra. I attended external music courses such as ‘Curtis Summer Fest’ in Philadelphia, and a musical exchange program to Australia. My love for orchestral playing led me to apply for the National Youth Orchestra and I was delighted to be accepted. During my time in NYO I was given the opportunity to play fabulous repertoire including Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony and Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’, which we performed at the BBC Proms.
Currently I am at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the BMus course, studying with the incredible clarinettist Andrew Marriner.
Graham Sheffield, Director of Arts, British Council: Nobody could ever have invented the RPS. I love it for the support it gives to musicians, and for its commitment to an inspiring future for music.
DID YOU KNOW?
In October 1970, Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto received its world premiere, having been commissioned by the RPS. The soloist was Rostropovich, who received our highest honour, the Gold Medal, the same year.