I have played in various bands and ensembles since the age of 10. It is a very important part of learning music. There is a whole new and exciting set of skills that can improve all aspects of your playing. From wind bands, to quartets, swing bands to classical orchestras. Playing in pits for musicals and pantomimes, using a variety of instruments (Eb/C/Bb/bass clarinets, soprano/alto/tenor/baritone saxophones, flute/piccolo, recorder and the triangle!).
Liquorice Clarinet Quartet
Liquorice Clarinet Quartet is in its 21st year.
We play a variety of music to suit all tastes, but we always aim to please our audience.
We have performed at a huge variety of events and concerts, including weddings, lunchtime recitals and private parties.
If you would like more information, please click on the photo.
Upcoming performances in 2020:
Wed Feb 5th - Private function, Ferndown
Tues Apr 14th 1pm - Lunchtime Recital at St. Aldhelm's Church, Poole BH13 6BT
Sat May 16th 2-3pm - Performance at Kingston Lacy as part of their Celebrations of 125 Years
of the National Trust
Sat July 4th evening - guest players at a fundraising concert for St. John's Church, Broadstone
Sat Sept 19th evening - Concert at Bishop's Caundle Parish Church, Tickets available.
Sat Nov 21st - Joint Concert at St. Thomas' Church, Bournemouth (details TBC)
Jazzmo is a relatively new venture which I am involved with. It's a quartet consisting of guitar, tenor sax, alto sax and clarinet. We play mostly Dixie style with a few blues and other well known jazz melodies.
We are still in the process of exploring tunes, arrangements and becoming used to each others' playing.
Click on the photo to see our new website.
Thursday April 23rd - The Meeting House, Ringwood (evening)
Friday July 10th - St. Peter's Church, Parkstone (lunchtime)
Friday August 28th - St. Peter's Church, Bournemouth (lunchtime)
Westbourne Orchestral Society
The Westbourne Orchestral Society, is a full orchestra with a strength of 50 instrumentalists. It was formed in 1930 and has given regular concerts ever since, even during the war, when it gave 248 concerts for troops stationed in Bournemouth.
I have been playing clarinet with the orchestra for nearly 3 years.
Their next concert is a British/American-themed Spring concert at St Ambrose on Saturday 4th April - "Across The Pond".
Programme to include:
- Fanfare for the Common Man (Copland), Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin), Crown Imperial Overture (Walton), Unanswered Question (Ives), Enigma Variations (Elgar)
I have also done a lot of other playing over the years.
I started playing in Wessex Youth Fanfare at the age of ten, progressing to the Wessex Senior Fanfare and on to the Wessex Youth Orchestra under Don Riddell before moving on to college.
I recently formed a saxophone quartet (watch this space for a name and gigs), play in Questa Musica, deps for Blue Tides, Bournemouth and District Concert Band and Magna Sinfonia and played in the pit for various shows . I have experience playing in swing bands, being a founder member of Swing Unlimited Big Band and In The Pink Big Band. I also have experience with conducting and running my own band. (No Strings Attached).