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Sunday 21 November 3.00 pm

'The Clarinet Family'

A Lecture recital by Tony Lamb and Roy Stratford

Most woodwind instruments exist in several forms, but there are over a dozen different sizes of clarinet. These range from the tiny Ab instrument, used occasionally in military bands, to the Bb contrabass clarinet, whose subterranean tones can be heard on the soundtrack of many horror films.

In today's concert, Tony Lamb will play six of the most commonly used members of the clarinet family, explaining why they are built in different keys, and demonstrating the characteristic tone quality of each instrument with short extracts well-known pieces of music covering a wide range of periods and styles, from Mozart to Gershwin and beyond.

Some of these examples will be accompanied by his regular chamber music collaborator, Roy Stratford, and they end their recital with a performance of a transcription for clarinet and piano by Tom Higgins of Liszt's exciting 2nd Hungarian Rhapsody.


Tony Lamb studied under the eminent clarinettist Sidney Fell at the Royal College of Music, gaining a Performer's Diploma with Honours. After three years with the orchestra of the Royal Ballet Touring Company, he held the position of Principal Clarinet at English National Opera from 1976-2012; as guest principal he has appeared with most major British orchestras. He was a founder member of the ensemble Capricorn, whose extensive engagements included concerts and broadcasts throughout Britain and the continent, a number of commissions from leading composers, two university residencies, and several recordings for Hyperion. He has also played with other well-known chamber groups including the Nash Ensemble and the London Sinfonietta. Tony is a visiting coach, examiner and adjudicator at all the London colleges of music, and a member of the Artistic Committee of the Park Lane Group Music Trust, which offers performing opportunities to young musicians. His clarinet duet Tone for Two' is published by Forton music. He was a founder member of Musicians Against Nuclear Arms (renamed Musicians for Peace and Disarmament) and is the current Chairman.

Roy Stratford was very lucky to have had a music teacher at school who had been a student of the great Austrian modernist composer Anton Webern, and who inspired in him a great love of music, and a particular interest in the Austro-Germanic tradition from Bach to Stockhausen. He went on to study music at Reading University and then the Royal College of Music (conducting with Norman Del Mar) and has since developed a very varied musical career as pianist, conductor, composer and lecturer. Roy's compositions and arrangements have been published by Oxford University Press and Faber Music. As a pianist he has worked with many fine musicians including Jack Brymer, Gervase de Peyer, John Harle, Susan Milan and Tony Lamb, and has a regular duo partnership with violinist Oliver Nelson. He is conductor of the Woking Symphony Orchestra, lectures regularly at Wigmore Hall and West Dean College, and teaches piano and chamber music at St Paul's School. Future plans include two lectures at Wigmore Hall, weekends of talks on American Music and on Handel at West Dean College. Recent highlights include concerts in Dortmund and Prague and several performances of and lectures on Bach's Goldberg Variations

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