Malvern, WR14 3HB
Emma Johnson, clarinet; Matt Denton, violin; Michelle Fleming, violin; Eoin Schmidt-Martin, viola; Emma Denton, cello; Chris West, double bass; Peter Francombe, French horn; Phil Gibbon, bassoon
- Howard Ferguson Octet, Op.4
- Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581
- Beethoven Septet in E flat, Op.20
Emma Johnson is one of the few clarinettists to have established a busy career as a solo performer which has taken her to major European, American and Asian venues as well as to Africa and Australasia. Emma grew up in London and her career was launched when at the age of 17 she won BBC Young Musician of the Year followed by the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York. However, she decided to study Music and English at Cambridge University before embarking full time on a musical path. Emma was also the first woman to be made an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge and to have her portrait painted for the college. She was honoured by the Queen with an MBE in 1996.
Her CD of sonatas by Brahms and Mendelssohn with John Lenehan was described as ‘definitive…triumphant…a landmark disc’ in The Observer and her much admired recording of the Finzi Concerto was nominated for a Gramophone Award whilst Pastoral was chosen as CD of the Year by BBC Music Magazine.
Emma has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, in repertoire which includes all the major clarinet works as well as pieces written especially for her by Sir John Dankworth, Will Todd and Michael Berkeley amongst others. She has collaborated with artists such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Dame Cleo Laine and the Takacs Quartet and she directs her own group, Emma Johnson and Friends, whose recent live recording of the Schubert Octet was described as ‘a winner’ by Music Web International.
This is a welcome return to Malvern.
‘Emma Johnson has realised what lies at the heart of music making when it is at its best: she does not just perform but uses the music to communicate something wonderful.’ (Peter Eaton, English clarinet maker)
Adult £23, Student under 21 in full-time education £6
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Malvern Theatres also charge a booking fee of 12%, except for members of the Theatres’ own Gold, Silver and Bronze membership schemes. Please apply to the Theatres for details. Prices including the fee are £25.76 and £6.72 (students).