Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra

Shrewsbury Orchestral Society

Internationally acclaimed clarinettist David Campbell performing Mozart Clarinet Concerto

Wednesday 30th March 2011 at 7.30pm, Shrewsbury Abbey

The orchestra are very excited about David Campell coming to perform Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with us at our next concert. David Campbell is internationally recognised as one of Britain's finest musicians and was described by the doyen of British clarinettists, the late Jack Brymer, as 'the finest player of his generation'.

A large part of Campbell's early career was spent as a clarinettist in the field of contemporary music as a member of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' chamber ensemble, 'The Fires of London' also playing regularly with the London Sinfonietta, Endymion Ensemble, and Lontano, but over the past twenty years David Campbell has developed the solo and chamber music strands of his career, performing in over forty countries with leading orchestras and ensembles.

His repertoire is wide-ranging but he still champions new works, many of which have been written for him. The most recent were a new concerto 'River of Crystal Light by Peter Lieuwen, which he played and recorded in the Texas Festival in June 2005 and a clarinet quintet, 'The Sun and the Moon' by Michael Stimpson which received its premiere in Aberystwyth with the RTE Vanbrugh Quartet in July 2005. In February 2006 David played concertos by Mozart and Charles Fitts (World Premiere) in the USA with the Houston Chamber Orchestra.

As well as numerous broadcasts over the past thirty years, David has made many CDs including two versions of the Mozart Concerto with the City of London Sinfonia and Royal Philharmonic, two versions of the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas as well as the Mozart and Brahms Quintets, Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time, two albums of music by Charles Camilleri, the Bliss Clarinet Quintet, Phillip Cannon's Quintet, Logos and works by Martinu, Maxwell Davies and Carey Blyton. His recording of Peter Lieuwen's 'River of Crystal Light' was released in May 2007 and future projects include recording a third CD of works by Charles Camilleri and an album of English clarinet quintets, and concertos by Carl Davis, Gerald Finzi and Graham Fitkin in Estonia with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.

David Campbell particularly enjoys the genre of the Clarinet Quintet and has appeared as a guest artist with many fine string quartets including the: Bingham; Bridge; Brodsky; Copenhagen (Denmark); Coull; Danubius (Hungary); Delme; Emperor; Endellion; Fine Arts (USA); Maggini; Medici; Solstice and Tippett. During 2007 David has toured the UK extensively with the Sacconi Quartet (Second Prize Winners in the London International String Quartet Competition in April 2006).

For more information see: David Campbell's website