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24 - 29 July 2019


ClarinetFest in collaboration with the International Clarinet Association - ICA


Knoxville, Tennessee USA




15 July 2019


VIP Wenzel Fuchs Performs Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Parnu Festival Orchestra


Tallinn, Estonia



8 - 13 July 2019


Buffet-Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy


Jacksonville, Florida USA


From VIP and President of Buffet-Crampon USA Francois Kloc


                     Wow, what an amazing week! Thank you to our Artists and students for another hugely successful Summer Clarinet Academy. We’d like to congratulate RAYLIN HOOKS for being awarded the 2019 Stanley Drucker Award as voted on by the Artist Faculty. Raylin won a brand new Tradition B-flat clarinet that was hand-selected by the Artist Faculty. Also recognized was ILANA INSELBUCH, who was awarded a full tuition scholarship to attend the 2020 SCA. Congratulations to ALL our students for a fantastic week of musical fellowship

From Raylin Hooks


                     I do not have the words to describe how amazing last week was in Florida at the Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy. I knew going in that it would be a rewarding experience, but I had no idea how many new techniques and ideas I would learn. Having the opportunity to work with the amazing artist faculty and to hear them perform was absolutely invaluable! Everyday, I received new advice and new skills which have already changed the way I play and perform. I was inspired and motivated by not only the faculty, but the other students that now are some of my greatest friends  I also cannot say how honored and thankful I am to have received the Stanley Drucker Award, and a new Buffet Crampon Tradition Clarinet. Congratulations to my wonderful friend, Ilana Inselbuch on winning tuition to attend the academy next summer! I’m going to miss everyone so much, but I look forward to our paths crossing many times again in the future


1 July 2019


The WURLITZER PRIZE at Jugend Musiziert 2019 goes to HENRY PETERSEN, junior student of Prof. RALF FORSTER, Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler Berlin, and was handed over by LUISE WURLITZER to this very talented young musician


Berlin, Germany





2 July 2019


After Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen in Paris on Tuesday, the London Symphony Orchestra bids a very fond Retiring farewell to one of the stalwalts of the LSO, Principal Clarinet Andrew Marriner


Paris, France (on Tour from London, United Kingdom


                              Last night Principal Clarinet Andrew Marriner played his last concert at the Barbican before retiring (his very last will be in Paris on Monday). He received a very special send off – gifts from his colleagues of course, but also his own front-and-centre bow at the end of the performance of The Cunning Little Vixen, applauded by the whole cast and audience.

                       Andrew has been Principal Clarinet of the LSO since 1986, when he succeeded the late great Jack Brymer. Read more about his time with us here:…/1313-interview-with-lso-principal-clari…

                      We wish Andrew all the very best for his retirement.





Interview with LSO Principal Clarinet Andrew Marriner

After Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen in Paris on Tuesday, we bid a very fond farewell to one of the stalwalts of the LSO, Principal Clarinet Andrew Marriner. We sat down with Andrew to hear some of the highlights from his 34-year-long membership of the Orchestra.


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I remember falling for the Brahms' Clarinet Quintet, recorded by Gervaise de Peyer with the Melos Ensemble, and the Mozart Clarinet Quintet with Jack Brymer and the Allegri Quartet. Both players were early heroes of mine.

What are your stand-out memories from your first season as a member of the LSO?

I joined the LSO in 1985/6, but first played with the Orchestra in 1978: Brahms’ Fourth Symphony conducted by one of my great heroes, Sergiu Celibidache. I had been attending all the rehearsals as a listener and Celi wanted to double the number of clarinets playing, so I was conveniently present to accept the invitation of the personnel manager to join in, albeit discreetly. It was a dream come true. I must have played brilliantly because they invited me back five years later!

Which concerts have you most enjoyed this current season?

Playing Bruckner symphonies has always been at the top of my list, so this season has been particularly good for me, touring the Sixth with Sir Simon Rattle and celebrating Bernard Haitink’s 90th birthday with the Fourth – heaven.

Can you tell us about any of your personal highlights of your time with the LSO?20190627172312771 0006 web

Among the highlights of my 41-year association with the Orchestra have been the 1983 world tour, forming and being part of a wonderful collaborative wind section and enjoying listening to some of the greatest orchestral playing over the years. It would be invidious to pick out particular concerts: suffice to say that the LSO has always given its all on the concert platform and this has resulted in some of the most inspired music-making you could ever wish to be a part of.

Who are the most inspirational conductors you have worked with over your career with the LSO?

All the principal conductors of the LSO have been magnificent (it would be hard to survive their tenure if it didn’t click), so Claudio Abbado, Michael Tilson Thomas, Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev and Sir Simon Rattle have all been major contributors to the pleasure I’ve had playing with, and for them, in the Orchestra. Add to that list the great associated conductors: Haitink, Previn, Bernstein, Rostropovich et al, and I can look back with enormous gratitude to countless richly satisfying musical experiences.

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What one piece of advice would you give to young clarinettists studying at music college?

If you want to pursue an orchestral career, learn the repertoire inside out before you audition and make sure you’ve got the basic technique sorted out, because there won’t be time to catch up later!

What is your favourite piece of orchestral repertoire featuring the clarinet?

Berlioz: ‘Pantomime’ from The Trojans.

Any works that you consider to be the clarinettist’s ‘nemesis’?

I’m only too happy that Smetana’s Overture to The Bartered Bride only turned up once in my time!

What's your favourite thing about London?


What are you favourite tour destinations?

Mumbai, Lisbon and Aix-en-Provence.



































































































































































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