Mackie, Alistair


Alistair has been a principal player with the London Sinfonietta since 2009 and a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 1996 where he currently holds the position of Joint Principal Trumpet. From 2005-2011 he also served as Chairman of the orchestra.

Alistair was formerly Principal Trumpet in the Orchestra of Glyndebourne Touring Opera.He graduated from the university of Surrey in 1988 and in 1990 became the first brass player to win the wind section of the Royal Overseas League Music competition.

He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, London Mozart Players, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. He taught at the University of Surrey for 15 years and since 2007 has been a professor at the Royal College of Music.



van de Wiel, Mark

van de Wiel

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.

David Hockings

David studied at the Royal College of Music with Janos Keszei and Michael Skinner. On leaving College, he spent much time performing with the London Sinfonietta, and eventually became its Principal Percussionist in 1995, surely one of the most demanding positions for a percussionist anywhere in the world. Having also worked regularly for more than ten years with all of the major London orchestras, he joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1991, becoming its Principal Percussionist in 1994. Among his most recent appearances was a televised performance of Bartok's Sonata for two Pianos and Percussion in its orchestral version. As well as his orchestral, chamber and recording work, David has also been involved extensively with education work, which has taken him to many communities, including prisons and schools for the severely disabled, at home and as far afield as Japan, South America and the United States. In January 2008 David was appointed Head of Percussion at the Royal College of Music, a role for which he considers himself privileged even to have been considered.
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Alistair Mackie trumpet

Mark van de Wiel clarinet

David Hockings percussion

Duet 1 is a conversation for two instruments. The original title, The Message, derives from a sculpture by Bob Law on which is inscribed 'the purpose of life is to pass the message on'.

Sir Harrison Birtwistle created the first short piece The Message (Duet 1) for the London Sinfonietta in 2008, as a ‘birthday card’ for their 40th anniversary concert. He then decided to write more duets for different occasions over the past few years. Bourdon (Duet 2) for violin and viola was performed at a commemorative event for the publisher Bill Colleran. Duet 3 for cor anglais and bassoon was created as a surprise for a supporter of his work, Nicholas Prettejohn. There are now five pieces in the sequence, and this evolving set may well take other forms in the future as the composer sees fit. 
© Andrew Burke Chief Executive, London Sinfonietta



supported by Robert McFarland


Recorded on 5 December 2014 at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

Producer/engineer DANIEL HALFORD and IAN DEARDEN for Sound Intermediate

Boosey & Hawkes
Catalogue number:
NMC DL3021
Release Date:
31 May 2016