‘Another terrific concert…Jane Booth and John Irving gave erudite and entertaining introductions to their instruments…it is hard to express how delicate, precise, varied and refined are the sounds they make in the hands of the very best players.’

That was the reaction in the Sowerby Music Newsletter after a concert of Clarinet and Piano arrangements there last weekend, with Jane Booth. It was a great pleasure to play for such a large and appreciative audience in a fantastic setting!

Sowerby Music is a well-established monthly series of professional classical music concerts, taking place in St Oswald’s, Sowerby. The website is well worth a look: http://www.sowerbymusic.org.uk/events/concerts.php

Among other items we played Beethoven’s Horn Sonata (arranged by his favourite clarinettist, Friedlowsky for basset horn), and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, arranged by the Artaria publishing house in Vienna in 1809 as a ‘Grande Sonate’ for basset clarinet and piano. There was also a Vanhal Sonata for clarinet and piano – one of the three surviving sonatas by Vanhal for this combination, and included on our CD of the complete Vanhal Clarinet works on the sfzmusic label last year as part of the composer’s bicentenary.