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Saturday 8 March 2008

Timothy Orpen (Clarinet)





Accompanied by

Alison Farr


Clarinettist Timothy Orpen is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and enjoys a career as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician. Timothy was the overall winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition 2005 and has performed as a soloist in the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, and the Royal Albert Hall.

At the Royal Academy Timothy studied with Angela Malsbury, Nicholas Rodwell, Timothy Lines and Mark Van de Wiel. He also studied in Karlsruhe, Germany with Wolfgang Meyer. Whilst at the Academy Timothy was the winner of many prizes and awards, including the Geoffrey Hawkes Clarinet prize and the Nicholas Blake woodwind prize. Timothy was the winner of a bursary in the Shell/London Symphony Orchestra competition and was a woodwind finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2002. He has taken part in courses and masterclasses with Michael Collins, Paul Meyer, Alan Hacker, Andrew Marriner and Sabine Meyer.

As an orchestral musician Timothy has performed and toured with many of the world’s leading conductors and orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. Timothy is the principal clarinet and a founding member of the Aurora Orchestra.

Last year Timothy made his Wigmore Hall debut, supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund. He appeared at the Purcell Room to critical acclaim as part of the Park Lane Group’s New Year Series and as an award winner of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Martin Musical Scholarship Fund. Timothy has also been selected for the Recital Scheme of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. He has performed at St Georges, Bristol, St. Martin in the Fields, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Brighton Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. Timothy has also performed concertos by Mozart, Weber, Copland, Finzi, Crusell, and Arnold and broadcast as a soloist for BBC Radio 3. Next year Timothy will return to the Wigmore Hall in a recital supported by the Park Lane Group.


Alison Farr was born in Poole in 1980. She studied at Wells Cathedral School with Hilary Coates before taking up a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in 1998 as a student of Christopher Elton.

Alison has won several prizes and competitions including the Audi Junior Musician 1994, the UK section of the European Music for Youth Prize 1996 and the Piano section of the BBC Young Musicians 1998. In 2000 she was a prize winner at the Messiaen International Competition in Paris and in 2003 was a semi-finalist in the Newport International Competition for Young Pianists. She has also won a number of prizes at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2004, Alison was selected by the Tillett Trust for their Young Artists’ Platform as part of which she gave recitals at Fairfield Halls, Croydon and the Wigmore Hall.

As both a soloist and chamber musician Alison has performed extensively throughout the British Isles. Her concerto work has included performances with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the Dorset Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Yaroslavl Symphony Orchestra and the Wessex Youth Orchestra at venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St. John’s, Smith Square. Her performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall was recorded by the BBC and broadcast on Radio 3.

Alison has received awards from the Michael James Trust, Dartington International Summer School and Meridian Television and has participated in masterclasses with Joanna MacGregor, Cristina Ortiz, Alexander Satz, Anne Queffélec, John O’Conor, Piers Lane, Rolf Hind and Imogen Cooper.

As a recitalist and chamber musician Alison has performed at the Purcell Room, Blenheim Palace, Wigmore Hall, Chichester Festivities, Wimborne Arts Festival, Oundle Festival and Southwark Cathedral. Recently she has given recitals at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, the Pump Room, Bath, Ribble Valley International Piano Week, the Wigmore Hall, Honiton Festival , Brighton and Newbury Festivals and St. George's, Bristol and in February 2005, Alison performed Messiaen's 'Des Canyons aux Étoiles...' with the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thierry Fischer. Abroad she has performed in Paris, Moscow, the Gulf States, Dublin and Israel.

Alison graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in June 2002 with a first class honours degree and completed her postgraduate studies there in 2004 studying with Christopher Elton and Martin Roscoe, gaining a distinction for her diploma.


Debussy - Premiere Rhapsody

Stravinsky - Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo

Schumann - Fantasy Pieces Op. 73
- I - Zart und mit Ausdruck
- II - Lebhaft, leicht


Brahms - Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in Eb Op. 120 No. 2
- I - Allegro amabile
- II - Appassionato, ma non troppo Allegro
- III - Andante con moto

Alamiro Giampieri - Il Carnivale di Venezia

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