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.
Lincoln Abbotts, ABRSM: The RPS is a fantastic, entrepreneurial force with which I am proud to be associated. What clearer ambition can there be than to create a future for music?
DID YOU KNOW?
An early member of the Society, who played in our first season in 1813, was the Afro-European violinist George Polgreen Bridgetower (1778-1860) – the original dedicatee of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata.