“This is the clarinet that Mozart would have expected to hear when he wrote for it.”
Our Principal Clarinet Antony Pay takes us through the staple instrument of the time – the 5 key clarinet, and shows us the type of basset clarinet he believes enables you to play Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto best.Read More
The clarinet was a relatively late developer compared to many orchestral instruments.Read More
When Education Director Cherry Forbes calls you up about a project, you know it’s going to be something good and I’m laying my cards on the table – I’m not sure this one will be easily topped!Read More
Antony Pay is our Principal Clarinettist, and he’s currently on tour with us, taking centre stage with Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No.1. There’s still a chance to catch the performance tonight in Sheffield or Saturday in Basingstoke. We put some quick fire questions to him:
What/when was your big breakthrough?
In January 1968 when the London Sinfonietta did its first concert. That led quite quickly to work with the LPO and the English Chamber Orchestra, and then to my being appointed first clarinet in the RPO under Kempe…I remember it being a golden year!
What do you fear the most?
I feel most terrified in the moments before throwing myself into a challenge; once I’m actually doing it, it isn’t so bad. On a more trivial level, I don’t like to feel as though I’m looking stupid, so answering questionnaires like this is difficult.
Which mobile number do you call the most?
I often call my wife; sometimes that’s just for a lift back from the railway station, but we speak most days when I’m away.
What – or where – is perfection?
“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what’s a heaven for?”
This morning we have Antony Pay, clarinet and Roger Montgomery, horn.Read More
Today’s is of Nick Logie, Viola and Anthony Bailey, Clarinet.
Anthony is a participant of the Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience Scheme