SARAH WATTS - BASS CLARINET & CLARINET COURSE
Sarah Watts studied clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music with Angela Malsbury and Victoria Soames Samek (bass clarinet). Sarah then decided to specialise in the bass clarinet and studied at the Rotterdam Conservatorium on the postgraduate solo bass clarinet course with Henri Bok, funded by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and in 2002 a Leverhulme Trust Studentship. At the end of her course in Rotterdam Sarah was awarded the Exxon prize for the best classical music student.
Successes include: Winner, UK Howarth Clarinet Competition 2000; Winner, Hawkes Clarinet Prize (RAM) 2001; Winner, Sir Arthur Bliss Chamber Music Prize (RAM) 2000; Winner of wind section and Faber Prize, UK Performing Australian Music competition, 2001 (her clarinet and bass clarinet recital was broadcast on ABC radio); Finalist, Wind section, Royal Overseas League Competition 2000. Sarah has performed clarinet concertos with the Royal Academy of Music Sinfonia, European Union Youth Wind Orchestra and the Nottingham Orchestra of the Restoration.
Sarah has performed solo repertoire across the UK, Ireland, Europe and America and has attracted composers such as Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Marc Yeats, Ian Wilson, Kevin O Connell, Alicia Grant and Sungji Hong to write works for her. In January 2003, Sarah performed a solo bass clarinet recital in London’s Purcell Room as part of the Park Lane Group Young Artist Series.
Sarah is Associate of Music Performance at Sheffield Univesity in addition to teaching bass clarinet at the Royal Northern College of Music and clarinet at Nottingham University. She has given workshops on bass clarinet technique at many establishments including the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music, The Royal Welsh College of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music, The Royal Irish Academy of Music, Keele University and Edinburgh University. Sarah has completed a PhD in contemporary bass clarinet techniques analysis at Keele University.
Sarah is the UK representative for both the International and Eurpoean Clarinet Associations and a committe member of CASSGB. She was awarded an assocaite of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2016.
Sarah is a Selmer Artist, UK Vandoren artist and a Silverstein Pro Artist.
Antony Clare was born in Nottingham in 1964. He read music at York University (1984-86) where he studied piano with Andrew Snedden and gave much praised performances of Messiaen and contemporary British music. Since that time he has combined private instrumental teaching with a range of performing activities, including solo recitals in Nottingham and London, plus a concerto performance with the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra.
He has formed several successful duo partnerships with local musicians, retaining a focus on the contemporary music repertoire. Antony is principal keyboard player for the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra. He works as an accompanist for recitals and exams and composes in his limited spare time.
Antony is heavily involved with COMA (Contemporary Music-making for All), and has a deep commitment towards widening the available opportunities for non-professional musicians to compose and perform good quality contemporary music.
ANTONY CLARE - BASS CLARINET & BASSOON COURSES
ANTHEA WOOD - BASSOON COURSE
DANA MORGAN - FLUTE COURSE
Dana Morgan studied the flute at the Royal Northern College of Music where her tutors were Peter Lloyd and Clare Southworth, before going on to study improvisation with the contemporary flute specialist Robert Dick in Quebec, Canada.
She has won five star rave reviews for her playing as well as being the recipient of various prizes and accolades. Concerto performances include the Khachaturian flute concerto, Mendelssohn’s Violin concerto in E minor (transcribed by Andras Adorjan), Brandenburg concerto No. 4 and concertos by Nielsen, Ibert and Reinecke with various orchestras around the UK.
Dana has performed as a solo artist nationwide and in Europe, as well as chamber and orchestral concerts in France, Italy, the Netherlands and Quebec. She toured as a soloist with the pianist Charles Matthews around Australia and New Zealand and she has worked extensively on the classical and contemporary repertoire for flute and piano with pianist Antony Clare.
She is the flute tutor for the University of Nottingham and she teaches the flute scholarship students for the University of Leicester. She has lectured on performance techniques and she has given various masterclasses and workshops on contemporary flute methods throughout the UK.
She has had articles published most recently in Todo Flauta for the Asociacion de Flautistas de Espana, in Pan magazine for the British Flute Society and in Flote Aktuell for the German Flute Society.
Dana is the flute soloist and founder of Phileas Flute, a new collaboration with Charles Matthews, which takes the listener on a journey, through a dazzling array of pieces and eclectic flutes, on a whistle stop tour around the world. Future ventures include a solo CD recording and further solo projects abroad in addition to publication of some of her solo flute works.
Dana is an official endorser of Alfred Verhoef wooden concert flutes.
Anthea Wood is one of the leading freelance bassoonists in the UK today and has worked with orchestras, ballet and opera companies from London to Glasgow.
Anthea originally hails from Chesterfield in Derbyshire.
Whilst a student at Huddersfield University she worked with Stockhausen, Ligeti, MacMillan, Berio and Maxwell Davies. On completing her studies with William Waterhouse at the RNCM she began regular work with Manchester Camerata and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Her teaching credentials have stretched to being on the bassoon staff at Chethams, Napier, Lancaster and Liverpool Universities, as well as regularly coaching National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and examining at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Now resident in Glasgow she has worked with every major ensemble. Her freelance work with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra saw her playing principal bassoon at the Proms in 2013 for the Proms premiere of MacMillan's violin concerto.
Her love and knowledge of chamber music has seen her appear with Ensemble 360 (Music in the Round), Goldberg Ensemble, SCO and RSNO Winds amongst others.
Anthea plays on an early 8000 series Heckel bassoon made in 1938.
Its previous owner was the late Manfred Arlen, former Principal bassoon in the RLPO and co-writer (along with Fritz Spiegl) of the Radio 4 UK Theme.