Sparling, Andrew


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.

Fidelio Trio

Fidelio Trio

The Fidelio Trio (Darragh Morgan, violin, Robin Michael, cello and Mary Dullea, piano) perform extremely diverse repertoire throughout Europe, Asia and South Africa and frequently broadcast for BBC Radio 3. Since their South Bank debut they have appeared at Reggello Festival and Contemporaneamente Festival, Lodi (Italy), West Cork Music, Belfast Festival at Queens, Royal Opera House, London, Corsham Festival, Petworth Festival, Fuse Leeds, Musica Viva (Portugal) and Composer’s Choice Series, National Concert Hall, Dublin. 

The Fidelio Trio have worked closely with many leading composers including Michael Nyman, Toshio Hosokawa and Howard Skempton and have premiered music by Salvatore Sciarrino, Edison Denisov, Beat Furrer and Toru Takemitsu. They are Music Network artists and supported by PRS Foundation, Culture Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland.

They have given masterclasses at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Holloway University of London and Cork School of Music. 


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Sophie Dennehy

Orkest de Ereprijs

Orkest de Ereprijs
Orkest de Ereprijs play contemporary music especially composed for them, and undertake projects exploring different disciplines, resulting in programmes which combine music with dance, sculpture, cinema, theatre and architecture. Their repertoire includes works by composers of many nationalities, resulting in invitations to festivals and theatres abroad. By changing the structure of the ensemble – working with invited soloists, additional instrumentalists or singers, or using electronic means – their stage presentation and sound can be radically altered from a classical chamber orchestra, to a pop group, to an electronic studio.
The ensemble is based in Apeldoorn, in the Netherlands, where it organises the annual International Young Composers Meeting, in association with the International Gaudeamus Music Week.

Leonard, Sarah

Soprano Sarah Leonard is a leading singer of twentieth century and contemporary music. She received her early training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, after which she joined the BBC Singers and the Endymion Ensemble. In 1988 she performed the role of Drusilla in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea under Richard Hickox on Virgin -- one of her few recordings of repertory works. She has worked extensively with the Hilliard Ensemble and the Michael Nyman Band, and, beginning in 1994, with pianist Malcolm Martineau on his series, "A Century of English Song," which was released in several volumes on the Somm label. In 1997 she sang the premiere of Helmut Lachenmann's Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern, a work she later recorded on Kairos. Leonard has also appeared with the Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony. Her other recordings include music of Luigi Nono, György Ligeti, Kurt Weill, and Howard Skempton.

Michael, Robin



Born in 1976, Robin Michael studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and Colin Carr and also with Truls Mork, Pieter Wisplelway, Karine Georgian and Ferenc Rados. Following a critically-acclaimed South Bank recital debut he has devoted much of his time to contemporary music, working with composers such as Ligeti, Kurtag, Ferneyhough, Maxwell Davies, Finnissy and Dillon amongst others.

Robin regularly appears with Lontano, Gemini, Expose, Ixion, BCMG, Almeida Ensemble, Music Projects/London and has taken part in numerous broadcasts and world premieres. He recently premiered Joe Cutler's cello concerto in London and gave the UK premiere of the Reich cello counterpoint. As the cellist in the Fidelio trio he has given recent premieres of works by Dennechy and Hind as well as the UK premiere of Sciarrino's first trio and toured Asia, Europe and South Africa.

Robin has appeared as guest principal cellist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and on period instruments with the Academy of Ancient Music and English Baroque Soloists and has given performances of the complete cycles of Bach and Britten suites in London and Edinburgh. Recent chamber collaborations include projects with Ronald Brautigham, Lucy van Dael, Evan Zipporyn, Rolf Hind and Dave Holland and recent festival appearances include Spier (Cape Town), Musica Contemporanea (Buenos Aires), Ochrid (Macedonia), Regello (Italy), Klara (Belgium), Kilkenny (Ireland) and Huddersfield contemporary festival.

Forthcoming releases include a disc of the Ginastera cello music on Lorelt, a recording of the Cutler concerto on NMC and Fidelio trio recording of recent commissions. Robin plays on a cello by Vincenzo Panormo c.1791 and keenly follows the exploits of the England cricket team (despite being a Scot).


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Sophie Dennehy

BBC Concert Orchestra

BBC Concert Orchestra
The BBC Concert Orchestra is the UK’s most versatile orchestra. Their action-packed, eclectic schedule boasts concert programmes with music from Haydn to Tchaikovsky, film scores with Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) and the Pet Shop Boys to gigs alongside the Guillemots, Kasabian, Annie Lennox, KD Lang and Will Young.
The 56 players happily switch between recording shimmering scores for TV like Planet Earth, Coast, Walking with Dinosaurs, Kombat Opera and Sports Personality of the Year to building talent and audiences of the future in schools workshops in London and the South East. The Orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence is Jonny Greenwood (otherwise best-known for his work with Radiohead). His score for the film There will be Blood which was recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra was nominated for two Golden Globes and a BAFTA.

Hazlewood, Charles

Charles Hazlewood is one of the most dynamic British musicians of his generation. Currently principal guest conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, he also guest conducts many leading UK and world orchestras. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2003, and BBC Proms debut in 2006.
As music director of contemporary ensemble Excellent Device (formed in 1991), Hazlewood has blazed a trail in new ways of approaching music; its sister orchestra, Harmonieband, fearures leading UK period instrumentalists. Hazlewood is music director and co-founder of the Cape Town-based lyric theatre company Dimpho Di Kopane; as a composer, he has conceived the music for Yiimimngaliso (The Mysteries), Ibali Loo Tsotsi (The Beggar's Opera), and The Snow Queen, premiered in New York in 2004.
As part of his drive to engage the maximum number of people with music, Hazlewood is known to millions as "the face of classical music" (The Daily Telegraph) for BBC TV, in addition to presenting Discovering Music on BBC Radio 3 and the Sony Award-winning Charles Hazlewood Show on BBC Radio 2 broadcast from his farm in rural Somerset.
Future projects include a new album and film combining Excellent Device with Welsh rock band Super Furry Animals, and creating a brand new fully-staged version of Handel's Messiah, and a landmark series for the BBC on the history of British music.
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Joe Cutler's first full-length album demonstrates his multi-faceted style of composition - from the song cycle In Praise of Dreams, written for soprano Sarah Leonard, to the driving rhythms of Sal's Sax (performed by Orkest de Ereprijs) and the dark orchestral Music for Cello and Strings - recorded by Robin Michael with the BBC Concert Orchestra under Charles Hazlewood.


Gramophone Critics' Choice of 2008

Music Web 'Record of the Month'

'The titles of Joe Cutler's pieces seem designed as smokescreen more than anything else. Behind their jokey references and diverse cultural allusions lurks beautifully crafted music of great energy and creative imagination.' Guardian


Produced in association with BBC Radio 3


Joe Cutler’s music is available from Sound and Music (formerly BMIC)


Music for Cello and Strings was recorded on 29 November 2007 at CTS Studios, Watford Colosseum.

Engineer: PHILIP BURWELL for BBC Radio 3
Producer / Editor: NEIL VARLEY for BBC Radio 3
Buckley’s Hot Licks was recorded on 26 January 2004 at the Church of St Silas, Kentish Town.
Engineer / Producer / Editor: DAVID LEFEBER for Metier
Sal’s Sax was recorded on 15-16 June 19996 at Musis Sacrum, Arnhem, The Netherlands.
Archie and Bartlebooth were recorded on 15 April 2007 at Riverrun Studios, Potton, Bedford; In Praise of Dreams was recorded on 17 April
2007 and Clavinova Music on 19 February 2008, both at Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire.
Engineer / Editor: SIMON HALL
Executive Producers: SIMON HALL, JOE CUTLER
Mastering: SIMON HALL
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS

Front Cover image: TOM DALE

Music for Cello and StringsIn Praise of DreamsArchieBartleboothClavinova Music and Sal’s Sax (P) 2008 NMC Recordings Ltd
Buckley’s Hot Licks (P) 2006 BMIC


Catalogue number:
NMC D134
Release Date:
16 June 2008