Top clarinettist to perform

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Alnwick Music Society presents its penultimate concert of the season with a performer who is one of the best in his field.

Clarinettist Michael Collins will be returning to play for the society at Alnwick Playhouse, on Tuesday, April 8.

Following his recital in 2012 the Society was determined to invite him back, such was the reception he received on that occasion when he produced a dazzling display of the clarinettist’s technique.

Michael Collins was the winner of the woodwind prize in the first BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition at the age of 16.

He has gone on from there to be regarded as the foremost clarinettist in the United Kingdom and has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras.

He made his American debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York at the age of 22 and then played with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony.

Michael Collins, who has played all around the UK, and has a special relationship with the Wigmore Hall, is a recent recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award, in recognition of the pivotal role he has played in expanding the clarinet repertoire, commissioning and premiering repertoire of some of today’s most highly regarded composers.

On this visit to Alnwick, he will be joined by the pianist Vanessa Latarche.

Following her appointment as professor of piano at the Royal Academy of Music, she has subsequently been appointed professor of international keyboard studies at the Royal College of Music.

Vanessa Latarche trained at the Royal College of Music and in the USA and Paris. She has performed as a soloist with several national and international orchestras, is a frequent broadcaster and has been a BBC Young Musician of the Year contest keyboard adjudicator

The concert has a programme of familiar and unfamiliar pieces including Michael Arnold’s Sonatina, Finzi’s Five Bagatelles, a Stanford Clarinet Solo and Debussy’s Rhapsody.

Less familiar are works by Muczynski, Widor and Rabaud.