Tom is from Aberdeen, and learned clarinet at Birmingham Conservatoire with Michael Harris, before completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Timothy Lines, Nicholas Rodwell and Angela Malsbury, where he won the 2006 Buffet-Crampon clarinet competition.
Lynsey has been Principal Clarinet with the Hallé since 2001. She studied in Manchester at Chetham's School of Music with Graham Turner and Barry Gregson, both former members of the Hallé. Whilst reading music at Churchill College, Cambridge University, Lynsey was awarded the Gold Medal in the Shell/London Symphony Orchestra Scholarship. As a postgraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she studied with Joy Farrall and Thea King, and spent a further year studying privately in Paris with Pascal Moragues. Before joining the Hallé, she was a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Orchestra of English National Opera.
Lynsey has given numerous concerto performances with the Hallé, including the Britten/Colin Matthews Movements for a Clarinet Concerto. As a chamber musician she has given recitals for BBC Radio 3, and appeared at festivals throughout Britain, including Aldeburgh and Cheltenham. She has also performed at the Wigmore Hall as a guest with the Nash Ensemble.
Abroad, Lynsey has performed with the Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Tanglewood International Festival and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. Lynsey is a member of the Marais Ensemble, which hosts an annual festival in Potton, Bedfordshire, and Ensemble Deva which is the ensemble in residence at the Chester Music Festival. She also teaches at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music.
Antony Pay also performs on period clarinets, and his recordings of the Mozart, Weber and Crusell Concertos are played on specially reconstructed instruments. He currently plays in Hausmusik and also with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, where he is a frequent soloist. He has written for the Journal Early Music, and contributed a chapter to the Cambridge Companion to the Clarinet. He is working on a book concerned mainly with the use of metaphor in teaching and in learning to play. He now teaches a Summer-course at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena.
Mark van de Wiel was born in Northampton, and educated at Merton College, Oxford and the Royal College of Music. He was immediately appointed principal clarinettist with the Welsh National Opera and subsequently with Glyndebourne Touring Opera. Since 2000 he has been Principal Clarinet with the Philharmonia Orchestra and was appointed principal with the London Sinfonietta in 2002.
As a soloist he has performed with the Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, London Chamber Orchestra (in La Scala, Milan), Thames Chamber Orchestra, Mozart Festival Orchestra (on a major UK tour), Welsh National Opera Orchestra, English Classical Players, Arhus Orchestra, Belgrade Strings, and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. He is particularly well known for his performances of contemporary music, and has given many premières. Solo highlights this season include the UK première of Sir John Taverner's Cantus Mysticus with the London Sinfonietta at the Proms, the London première of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Clarinet Quintet with the Brodsky Quartet at Kings Place, Graham Fitkin's Agnostic with the London Chamber Orchestra at St. John's Smith Square, and the Mozart Concerto with the Mozart Festival Orchestra in the UK and Switzerland.
Mark was principal clarinettist with the Composers’ Ensemble from 1992-2000, and has been principal clarinettist with the Endymion Ensemble since its formation. He is also principal with the London Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared for several years as the clarinet and basset horn soloist in the production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.
Mark's services to music have been recognised with an Honorary Associateship from the Royal Academy of Music, where he is a Professor, and with an Honorary Doctorate from Northampton University.
Andrew Sparling has played guest principal clarinet with many UK orchestras, including the BBC Scottish, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Sinfonietta, Sinfonia ViVA, New Kent Opera and Grange Park Opera.
Andrew also appears regularly with many of the most important Contemporary Music Ensembles in the UK, including the Almeida Opera, Apartment House, Chroma, Double Image, Ensemble Exposè, Gemini, Lontano and the Michael Nyman Band.
As a soloist and chamber musician Andrew performs regularly with the pianist, Thalia Myers and he has also joined the Brindisi Quartet to perform the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, and also the first performance of Gabriel Jackson's Quintet: In Prairial and Thermidor. Andrew has given solo and chamber recitals in the UK, Europe, USA, the Far East and the Middle East.
Andrew has been invited to give recitals at the London Festival of Chamber Music, run by the English String Quartet, every year since 2001
In May 2000, he made his concerto debut at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia playing theCapriccio Notturno by the French composer, Nicholas Bacri.
Andrew also performs on period instruments, and plays principal clarinet in Charles Hazlewood's orchestra The Mozart Collective, taking part in the BBC 2 drama-documentary series "The Genius of Mozart" broadcast in 2004. Andrew acted the role of clarinettist Anton Stadler and the photo in Andrew's photo gallery (click on the RHS Photo Gallery link) shows him rehearsing Mozart's Clarinet Quintet with the composer. He has since played principal clarinet with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (including a run of Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride at Covent Garden, on baroque clarinets), Classical Opera Company, Armonico Consort and the Tallis Scholars.