learning the Clarinet
Bio: The clarinet was developed from a baroque instrument called the chalumeau around the 18th century. The sound range of a clarinet is huge, covering both high and low pitches.
The sound is produced by blowing through a piece of bamboo (the reed) which vibrates through the instrument.
Clarinet Lessons: We teach from 10 years and up
Clarinet Purchase price: From £150 to £600
Clarinet Rental price: From £10 per month
Clarinet in performance
Dimitris Spouras was born in 1989 in Thessaloniki. He started his musical studies (1994) in the State Conservatory in Stavroupoli – Thessaloniki in the class of recorder under F. Terzis and then in the class of clarinet under the same teacher. He graduated in 2010 with the diploma in clarinet with great distinction and praise excellent performance. He studied harmony, counterpoint and fugue in the same conservatory under P. Bekiaridis and O. Solomonidou. He is a graduate of the music school in Thessaloniki and the ‘University of Macedonia – Thessaloniki’ in the department ‘Musical Science and Arts’ (2012 Bachelor of music) with the specialization clarinet – soloist under M. Mumulides and M. Ploumidis. Last year graduated from Royal Flemish conservatory in Antwerp (clarinet) under I. Lybeert and R. Dils and from orchestra conducting course at the same university under I. Venkov. He is continuing his studies in the Royal conservatory of Brussels (conducting) under B. Bouckaert and in Guildhall School of Music and Drama for postgraduate in clarinet (Orchestra Artistry Diploma – collaboration with London Symphony Orchestra) under professors Andrew Marriner, Nic Carpenter and Joy Farrall.
He has attended master classes with P. Radev, S. Mourikis, T. Sotiriadis and Zeretzke.
In 2014 he won the first prize and the special prize in the ‘First Hellenic Orchestra Conducting Competition with the State Orchestra of Thessalonki’. In 2005 he won the first prize in the Greek music schools competition. In 2006 he was chosen, after auditioning for a stage with the state orchestra of Thessaloniki and some months later he was chosen as the second clarinet in the Youth State Orchestra of Thessaloniki.
He has played as member of the orchestra in famous halls around Europe under the direction of S. Gordon, R. Long, K. Papazoglou, K. Trikolidis, T. Symeondis, G. Hadjinikos, M. Makraki and I. Venkov.
Since last year he is artistic director and chief conductor of the new ensemble Antwerpen Camerata and he has conducted the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, the State Orchestra of Athens and the Russe Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria.
Multi-talented teacher and musician, committed to providing a solid education in music appreciation through adapting to pupils needs and capture their interest and imagination. She has over 6 years of professional music-related experience, 4 of which have included private teaching which have run alongside her academic studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She feels confident that her enthusiastic approach and skills would inspire and support the next generation of young musicians to learn and develop.
At the end of this academic year, she will acquire a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance of the Saxophone. In addition hse has the necessary qualifications in clarinet, flute and piano, for which she has given lessons privately.
Alongside her degree, Bethany has received extra tuition in teaching, which has included going into schools in and around London and putting on group/class lessons which involved rhythmic games with percussion instruments, singing and clapping, and introducing the different instruments that she can play.
Being a multi-instrumentalist, she is a versatile individual and through her experience of teaching and performing, she can adapt to any situation. A meticulous planner of lessons, she ensures that everything is covered comprehensively allowing pupils the opportunity to perform confidently and progress to exams in a friendly environment.
Timothy Cape is a Musician and Educator based in London. Graduated from TrinityLaban Conservatoire, he has been recipient of the Daryl Runswick Prize from TrinityLaban and the Francis Chagrin award from Sound and Music, as well as being awarded a scholarship to study French Horn at the Apple Hill centre for Chamber Music in New Hampshire, USA in 2012.
He strives to create an environment of creativity and focused enjoyment in his teaching situations, has experience teaching a wide range of instruments on an individual basis, and he also gives extensive group workshops in Composition, Drumming and Improvisation.
From a family of musicians, Stephanie Legg has recently completed her undergraduate studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying with Gerard McChrystal and Mick Foster. Stephanie is enthusiastically working towards a career in solo/ensemble performance and also composition, having had the privilege of performing with musicians such as Tim Garland, Simone Robello, The Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra and contemporary composer Bill Connor. She has also performed in masterclasses with saxophonists such as Vincent David, Antonio Canovas, James Houlik, saxofonquadrat and most recently, Mario Marzi.
As a soloist, Stephanie has performed in venues such as The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral and Waltham Abbey. As part of the British saxophone congress 2011, Stephanie was a soloist in performances of the Philip Glass concerto for saxophone quartet and symphony orchestra.
As a pianist, Stephanie regularly plays and accompanies instrumentalists for charity concerts in the North East of England and around London. Stephanie is very comfortable teaching piano and keyboard to students from very young ages as well as teaching adults.
Stephanie teaches piano for a number of different music agencies across London.
Harry is a professionally trained self-employed musician. He recently graduated from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance (saxophone). In addition to his saxophone playing, Harry also has a strong knowledge of flute, clarinet and the piano. Harry has performed in many musical environments from Jazz to Classical and beyond. He has experience teaching both large groups and one-to-one. His dynamic lessons have proved to be both insightful and motivating.
Daniel is a Spanish clarinettist and saxophonist currently studying the musical instrument repair trade at South Thames College in London. He read his Bachelor’s degree with honours in clarinet, symphony orchestra and chamber music and obtained the first prize to perform the Aaron Copland’s clarinet concert with the orchestra at Higher School of Music in Seville (Spain). In addition, he took part in several master-classes and training courses all around the world with clarinettists such as Andreas Sundén, Nicholas Cox, Radovan Cavallin, César Martín, Hedwig Swimberghe, Ramón Barona, Dimitry Ashkenazy, J.E. Lluna, Josep Fuster, Justo Sanz, Piotr Szymyslic or José Luís Estellés. Daniel has also performed with several music groups such as clarinet quartets, wind quintets, wind ensembles, symphonic concert bands of music or youth and professional symphony orchestras. He has had special opportunities to work with the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville (ROSS) and the Ciudad de Granada Orchestra (OCG) performing with well-known musicians such as the opera singer Plácido Domingo and guest conductors from all over the world. Furthermore, since his relocated to London, Daniel has performed with British orchestras such as the University of London Symphony Orchestra (ULSO). Daniel has worked as a private music teacher, and always adapts his lessons to students’ needs and levels in order to help them to achieve their goals.
Boyan Ivanov, born in 1983 in Yambol, Bulgaria, is one of the most promising young clarinetists and pianists today. In 2005 Boyan completed his Bachelor studies with highest honours from the Plovdiv Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts. His professor and mentor there was the renowned Prof. Petko Radev, a long-time principal player of Milan's La Scala. During his studies the artist won third prize from the 2003 International Competition for French Music Performance.
In London Boyan has recently performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician at many prestigious venues including Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, St James's Piccadilly, St Martin in the Fields, St John's Smith Square, Charlton House, Blackheath Halls, Regent Hall, Bloomsbury Church. In 2008/09 he studied with Joan Enric Lluna at Trinity College of Music, where he gained the FTCL Recital Diploma. In August 2009 Boyan was invited by Italian pianist Emilio Aversano to participate in the festival "Armonie della Magna Grecia", where he made his debut on the Italian stage with two concerts in Tropea and Pizzo.
In 2010 Boyan received his Master Degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was studying with Julian Farrell and Nick Carpenter. In January 2010 he was awarded the Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists as part of which, in 2011, he gave recitals for several Music Societies across UK, and was soloist of Dulwich Symphony and Warwickshire Symphony Orchestras.
Boyan is an active teacher as well as a solo and chamber music performer. From January 2012 Boyan became a clarinet tutor at St Aloysius' College and St Vincent's Catholic School in London, as well as the Arts Academy.
Boyan's orchestral work includes Orchestra Musica Romantica, Co-Opera Co Orchestra, Orpheus Sinfonia, Melos Sinfonia, Orion Symphony Orchestra, London Arts Orchestra, Orchestra of the City, Young Janacek Philharmonic, Charities Philharmonia, Docklands Sinfonia, Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, Bulgaria. Sit-in places include London Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra.Training Orchestras include Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, and Trinity Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.
Chamber work includes The Calypso Trio (recitals across the UK and classical entertainers at cruise ships), 7/8 Ensemble (including recital at St James's Picadilly), Festival Armonie della Magna Graecia, Italy, and Inspirity Ensemble (recitals in London and Bulgaria). Solo work includes Dulwich Symphony Orchestra, Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra, London Arte Chamber Orchestra, Trinity Jazz Ensemble, Bloomsbury International Recital Series and regular recitals with pianists Olivia Sham and Andrea Kmecova.
Boyan's graduate studies took place at Guildhall School of Music and Drama (MMus in Orchestral Training, 2010), Trinity College of Music, London (FTCL, 2008-2009) and Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (BA in Clarinet, 2001-2005)
Prizes and Awards
The Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, 2010
Woodwind Section First Prize from Ealing Music Festival
Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition - Finalist
The Wilfred Hambleton Clarinet Competition - Finalist, 2009
International Competition for French Music Performance (Bulgaria), Third Prize, 2003
National Competition for Wind Instruments (Bulgaria), Third Prize, 2001
Wind Instruments National Creative Gathering (Bulgaria), Third Prize, 2000