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Magnard Ensemble     

Concert No.1

Saturday 26th September 2020 at 8pm
at Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre

Magnard Ensemble (Wind Quintet) 

Suzannah Clements (Flute), Mana Shibata (Oboe),
Joseph Shiner (Clarinet), Jonathan Farey (Horn)
and Catriona McDermid (Bassoon)

Making Music Selected Artists  

  “A hugely gifted ensemble of the younger generation,
the chemistry between the five young players is magical,
the maturity and sensitivity of their playing is a delight!”

- Paul Patterson - composer

Since 2012 the MAGNARD ENSEMBLE have built a reputation for delivering both high quality concert performances and dynamic educational projects. The ensemble made their international debut at the Culture & Convention Centre Lucerne, Switzerland in January 2017. During the 2014/2015 season, the quintet simultaneously held a Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music, as well as the inaugural joint fellowship between the RAM Open Academy and Wigmore Hall Learning. Currently the Ensemble are selected artists for the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, the Tillett Trust Young Artist Platform and the Tunnell Trust. Magnard Ensemble are also known for their passion for new music. They have premiered works by emerging composers such as Leo Geyer for Lord Mayor’s Composition Prize, and Ewan Campbell for Listenpony and were invited to be the resident ensemble for East Anglia Young Composer Competition 2018.

The players all follow their own professional performing careers, appearing as soloists, chamber musicians and with orchestras including London Philharmonic Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the BBC orchestras, and major UK opera orchestras.

During 2016 their Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music project was launched nationwide to celebrate the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth, in partnership with Paul Patterson, Martin Butler, the City Music Foundation and Music Link International. Featured on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' programme in September 2016, the Ensemble has delivered concerts and workshops at festivals and venues across the country including Wigmore Hall, Sam WanamakerPlayhouse, National Centre for Early Music York, the Hay, Thaxted and Aberystwyth festivals, as well as Repton School, Roald Dahl's alma mater. The Ensemble is delighted that the recording of this project is now available from Orchid Classics.

Suzannah Clements -Flute

Suzannah was awarded a first class honours degree from the Royal College of Music where she studied with Sue Thomas and Jaime Martin, winning both the flute and overall woodwind prizes during her time there. She then went on to gain a Masters from the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Karen Jones and Sam Coles. She was the recipient of the Chris Taylor flute prize and graduated with the DipRAM, the highest diploma awarded by the Academy. Suzannah now freelances with numerous orchestras across the UK, including the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia. She has also worked as a deputy on acclaimed West End shows such as The King and I and Miss Saigon.

Mana Shibata -Oboe

Japanese oboist Mana Shibata moved to England aged13 to study at Chetham’s School of Music, and then at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded several prizes including the Evelyn Rothwell/Barbirolli Prize. After completing her Master's with Distinction at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, supported by Leverhulme Trust, Mana was a Craxton Memorial Trust Award winner, and a prize winner at the 2014 Barbirolli International Oboe Competition. As well as enjoying an orchestral career across the UK including trials with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and City of London Sinfonia, Mana strives to develop her expertise in contemporary music performance. She is part of the inaugural BCMG NEXT programme, and has performed with Psappha and the Octandre Ensemble.

Joseph Shiner -Clarinet

After studying at Wells Cathedral School, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music, where he graduated with prizes and highest honours, Joseph performs as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Aurora Orchestra. He is the recipient of the Hattori Foundation Senior Award, the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award, the Worshipful Company of Musician’s Prince’s Prize and theRoyal Academy of Music’s Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize. A selected artist for Making Music and the City Music Foundation, he was featured as BBC Music’s 'Rising Star' for August 2016.

Jonathan Farey -Horn

Jonathan Farey is a freelance horn player, based in London since completing a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music with distinction, and an undergraduate in Maths and Music at Cardiff University. Recent engagements include performances with the Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Jonathan is also on trial with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for their 5thhorn seat. Jonathan’s passion for chamber music has led him to concerts with the European Union Chamber Orchestra,Schubert’s ‘Auf dem Strom’ alongside Ailish Tynan and Simon Lepper, as well as the Brahms Horn Trio with the Peddibi Trio.

Catriona McDermid -Bassoon

Catriona leads a varied and busy musical career as a modern and baroque bassoonist and keen educator, with recent highlights including her solo performance on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’ and leading Lake District Summer Music’s 2018 special featuring of the bassoon in several solo and chamber performances. Catriona received first-class degrees for both her undergraduate degree at Oxford and Masters degree at Royal College of Music. Her orchestral engagements include BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Florilegium. She is also a member of two chamber groups, the Magnard Ensemble and baroque ensemble Convivio. As a soloist Catriona has given several concerto performances, and is currently a recitalist for Countess of Munster Musical Trust.



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