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‘The question that we are often asked is, “What is a clarinet choir?” The official answer to that is “it is an instrumental ensemble consisting entirely of instruments from the clarinet family”. Blackwood Clarinets represent most members of the family – from the shrill Eb clarinet to the booming contrabass clarinet. This gives the ensemble a wide range of musical textures. We are based in Nottingham UK, with members drawn from a wide area of the East Midlands.’

 

‘Formed in 1995 under the auspices of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain. Its members include professional and amateur players, teachers and students. Since its inception the ensemble has championed British composers, regularly commissioning new works and enhancing the repertoire. In the UK, performances have been given at British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles (BASBWE) and CASSGB conferences.‘

 

‘Formed over twenty five years ago and is now a group of up to twenty players who meet to play fortnightly during term time ... The Ensemble rehearses for its own pleasure and gives concerts.'

 

‘Formed in January 2000 by Angela Fussell in response to the need in the area for a specialist ensemble. The members are drawn from a wide area within East Anglia and the Choir is open to clarinet and/or saxophone players who live/work in the East Anglian community.The repertoire is varied and includes classical music which is often written or arranged for the ensemble and the lighter styles of jazz and folk music.’

 

'Consists of 10 – 15 enthusiastic players, playing a variety of clarinets which cover most of the clarinet family. They range from the tiny Eb, Bb to the Alto, Bass, Contra-Alto and the enormous Contrabass ... We aim to hold at least 2 concerts per term, usually in the local area and often in churches but sometimes in care homes for elderly people ... We are the oldest clarinet choir in Europe, having been formed in 1970 by Roy Upton-Holder, a professional clarinettist.’

 

‘A group of enthusiastic amateur Saxophone players based near Victoria station in London. We have an inclusive membership policy and draw members from all walks of life and from across London and the south east ... We play a variety of music, from ancient to modern, and in a variety of styles, from the classical to music invoking the rhythms of South America. The Choir mainly consists of players of the mainstream Saxophones – Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone – but we are often joined by players of Sopranino and Bass Saxophones, adding additional layers to our sound.’

 

‘Formed in 2004 in response to the need for a specialist choir for the many adult clarinet and saxophone players based in North London looking for opportunities to play with other musicians. As its name suggests, most of the instruments of the single reed family are represented, from the small high E flat Clarinet to the large and low Baritone Saxophone. The Bass Saxophone and the enormous Contra Clarinets also make regular apperances with the ensemble ... The repertoire is varied and includes classical pieces, either original or arranged, as well as jazz and lighter styles of music and there is usually one concert each term.’

 

‘A talented and versatile saxophone ensemble of up to twenty members, incorporating the saxophone range from soprano to baritone. The aim was originally to give students an alternative avenue to learning/performing other than lessons and exams, but since the group started it has attracted new members of all ages. They have performed in venues all over Wiltshire and are always guaranteed to get your foot tapping with our wide range of repertoire and varied programmes of music, including classical, ragtime, swing and latin styles to name but a few.’

 

‘Started in June 2013 to provide an opportunity for clarinettists from South Gloucestershire & Bristol (and further afield) to explore the exciting and varied repertoire available to Clarinet Choirs. The Choir is aimed at adult clarinettists equivalent to at least Grade 7 standard.’

 

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