Kammermusik Workshop Coaches 2010

Oxford 2012

The Albion Ensemble comprises an outstanding group of Britain's best players and teachers of woodwind instruments. Four members of the Albion are joined by Laurence Perkins, bassoon, as coaches for the 2010 Fall Workshop.

Angela Malsbury, Clarinet

Angela is one of the UK’s outstanding clarinetists. Her busy schedule includes solo and concerto engagements throughout the world. She is principal clarinet of the London Mozart Players and appears regularly as guest principal with many leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham, Academy of St. Martin’s and the City of London Sinfonia. She is much in demand as a chamber musician and is a member of several major UK ensembles, including the Albion Ensemble, the De Saram Trio, London Winds and the Musicians of the Royal Exchange. In addition to her live and recorded broadcasts for the BBC, she has recorded for Hyperion, Unicorn, Philips and ASV. Angela studied at the Royal College of Music and is professor of clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music who awarded her the distinction of the Hon. RAM in 1991.





George Caird, Oboe

Following study in London and Cambridge, George Caird pursued a freelance career as an oboist which included orchestral playing, chamber music and solo engagements. He has worked with many of London’s major orchestras including the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and City of London Sinfonia and particularly as a member of The Academy of St Martin in the Fields from 1984 to 1991. He has also been a member of a number of leading ensembles, notably as a founder-member of the Albion Ensemble and the George Caird Oboe Quartet.

George has toured for the British Council in China, the Far East, India, Egypt, Tunisia and Canada as well as performing in concerts and broadcasts in most European countries. He has recorded for Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Meridian and Proudsound labels with solo and chamber music repertoire (see below).

George has been involved in many areas of music education: teaching, devising educational programmes, coaching chamber ensembles, conducting and coaching youth orchestras and teaching. He was appointed a professor of oboe at the Royal Academy of Music in 1984 where he became Head of Woodwind in 1987 and Head of Orchestral Studies in 1991. Since September 1993, George has been Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire.

Robert Manasse, Flute

Robert is working as a free-lance flute-player with a wide variety of orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Welsh and English National Operas, London Philharmonic, The Philharmonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Britten Sinfonia. He is a member of the London Mozart Players, works with Jane Manning's contemporary music group Jane's Minstrels, and with the chamber music groups CHROMA and the Galliard Ensemble. Robert has a long-standing duo with the harpist Helen Cole. He studied with Kate Hill initially, and then later with Michael Cox and Sebastian Bell as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music.

Robert has taught at Dartington International Summer School, for the Royal Academy of Music and at the Junior Guildhall. He is a visiting flute teacher at schools in Oxford and Abingdon, and has taught at the Oxford International Flute Summer School.

Recordings include the award-winning CD of music by Harrison Birtwistle made in association with the Galliard Ensemble, music by Tony Payne played by Jane's Minstrels, and arrangements of Beethoven played by the Albion wind ensemble.

Robert plays on a nickel-silver Bonneville flute made in Paris around 1890 and when not playing or teaching, enjoys growing and harvesting allotment vegetables.

Stephen Stirling, Horn

Stephen is a renowned horn soloist with an international reputation as a chamber musician and many acclaimed recordings to his credit. He has had an unusually varied career ranging from perfoming at Carnegie Hall to playing to classrooms of street children in Bombay. A member of several leading chamber ensembles including being a founder member of the Fibonacci Sequence since it's inception in 1994, and also of Endymion since 1976. He has appeared regularly with the Albion Ensemble in concert and as a coach on music courses over the last twenty years.

Stephen has broadcast concertos on BBCTV and Radio 3, and appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. His recordings of Mozart's Horn Concertos with the City of London Sinfonia are constantly broadcast on Classic FM. The marvelous new Horn Concerto by Gary Carpenter was written for him and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and given its world and broadcast premiere in April 2005. Other recent first performances have included solo works by Martin Butler and Stephen Dodgson.

2008 sees the release of 'Horn' a CD of rarely recorded chamber works for horn with the Fibonacci Sequence on Deux Elles. This season's highlights include the Brahms Horn Trio with Angela Hewitt at her festival in Trasimeno, Italy, opening the brand new King's Place concert hall in London with a horn fanfare and recording the Schubert Octet with the Fibonacci Sequence.

Stephen studied in Manchester with Ifor James and privately with Julian Baker. He is now a professor at Trinity College of Music London, on the faculty of the Yellowbarn Summer School in Vermont, Chamber Music International, and a seasoned participant at the Dartington International Summer School.

www.stephenstirling.com. Photograph by Achim Liebold

Laurence Perkins (bassoon)

Laurence Perkins was born in 1954, and studied in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music with the Hallé Orchestra’s principal bassoonist Charles Cracknell. During his student years Laurence became principal bassoonist with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra in 1974, a post he holds to this day. Alongside this regular chamber orchestra work he gives frequent solo performances throughout the UK and Europe, which has included recitals at the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room in London, live broadcast performances for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, a recital in Prague, and concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra (at St. John’s, Smith Square) and Manchester Camerata as well as numerous European orchestras.

His solo CDs include recordings for the Hyperion label. A disc of concertos by Mozart and Weber with Manchester Camerata conducted by Douglas Boyd (released in January 2002) received outstanding critical acclaim in the national press and a five-star rating in the BBC Music Magazine. (The Mozart Concerto was a recommended version on BBC Radio 3’s ‘CD Review’ programme in June 2004.) His collection of shorter, lighter repertoire entitled “The Playful Pachyderm”, with the New London Orchestra conducted by Ronald Corp, was released in 2004 to similar critical acclaim. Other recordings include solo and chamber recordings for IMP/Pickwick and the Clarinet Classics label.

Works written for Laurence include a Sonata for bassoon and piano by Richard Rodney Bennett, a Concerto for bassoon and orchestra entitled ‘Catalonia’ by Paul Reade, a Suite by Gerald Busby, and a solo work by Olov Franzén entitled ‘Il Dimenticato’. Two unaccompanied pieces by David Bedford and Robin Walker were composed for Laurence’s concert presentation “As far as the eye can see . . .” which takes the form of a journey through the hills and mountains of Britain and Ireland in unaccompanied melody and classic poetry and prose.

Laurence is Director of Wind Chamber Music at the Dartington International Summer School in Devon, where he also takes the bassoon classes each year for students at elementary, intermediate or advanced levels. He also runs ‘Wind Serenades’ – courses for amateur woodwind and horn players in the UK (www.windserenades.co.uk). His bassoon teaching posts include the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and the University of York.

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