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Elaine Cocks (Clarinet) with Viv McLean (Piano)

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Programme:  

Devienne Première Sonate in B-flat
Francaix Tema con Variazioni – Clarinet & Piano
Bowen Sonata for Clarinet & Piano, Op. 109
Mayer Raga Music for solo Clarinet
Poulenc Sonata for Clarinet & Piano (1962)

Friday 21st September 2018 at 7.30 pm

The Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA (map)

Popular, Ashburton born clarinettist, Elaine Cocks, returns to nadsa concerts teaming up with leading pianist Viv McLean (who gave a stunning solo recital for us in 2016) to explore some of the highways, and byways, of the clarinet repertoire.

Elaine was awarded a foundation scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Angela Malsbury, Richard Addison and Andrew Marriner, and obtained her BMus with First Class Honours. During her studies she won the Hawkes Clarinet prize, the Sussex Wind Prize (Royal Over-Seas League) and the Malcolm Sargent Music Award. She was also selected to participate in the Philharmonia Rehearsal Scheme and became principal clarinet and principal bass clarinet with the European Union Youth Orchestra (formerly ECYO). Elaine was also the only British clarinettist to be invited by Karl Leister to attend his masterclasses in Berlin. Since graduating from the Academy, Elaine has been made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Elaine has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 as a soloist for their series Young Artists' Forum and as a chamber musician for their programme The Finishing Touch. She made her South Bank debut at the Purcell Room as a soloist in 1998 for the Park Lane Group's New Year Series and has since appeared at both the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall on several occasions as a chamber musician. She has given recitals at the Chichester and Edinburgh festivals. Elaine has been invited to perform concertos with several orchestras, including a performance of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the London Mozart Players. She has also been the soloist on several occasions in the South West with the Ten Tors Orchestra.

Elaine has worked with many composers including John Mayer, Joseph Horovitz, Diana Burrell, Judith Weir and Edward Gregson among others. She has premiered works written for her, and provided technical advice for the published editions.

She has undertaken commercial recording sessions: music for television advertisements, light classics with Katherine Jenkins, music from the shows with Michael Ball, Martine McCutcheon and Sarah Brightman, the London cast recording of Love Never Dies and in the world of Pop, Katie Melhua.

Elaine has been invited to give masterclasses for various counties and she has been a tutor for the National Children's Orchestra. She has given lectures at the London College of Music and is currently a visiting lecturer and teacher for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Department.

Elaine has freelanced with many of the London orchestras such as the London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of St John's Smith Square, English Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and English National Opera, as well as regional orchestras such as BBCNOW, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia. Elaine also plays principal clarinet for various freelance orchestras and opera companies.

Elaine's playing has been described by the Sunday Times as being "delivered with great elan by a supremely assured clarinettist".

Viv McLean

Winner of the First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Viv McLean has performed at all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. Viv's concerto work includes appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra of the Swan, London Concert Orchestra, Scottish Concert Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Recent concerto highlights include Mozart K. 467 with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Grieg with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican, a tour of the USA with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Gershwin, Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto with the RPO in Cambridge, Gershwin, Bernstein, de Falla and Ravel with the Hallé at the Bridgewater Hall, The Sage Gateshead and other venues in the North of England, and Beethoven's 5th Concerto with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall. Future plans include a tour in 2018 with the London Concert Orchestra where Viv will be playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall, St David's Hall Cardiff, Philharmonic Hall Liverpool and Leicester's De Montfort Hall.

Viv has performed chamber music with leading groups such as the Adderbury Ensemble, Ysaye String Quartet, the Sacconi String Quartet, members of the Allegri and Tippett String Quartets, Ensemble 360, the Galliard Wind Ensemble, the Bristol Ensemble and the Leopold String Trio and has collaborated with musicians such as Natalie Clein, Marianne Thorsen, Daniel Hope, Lawrence Power, Matthew Sharp, Kate Gould, Guy Johnston, Alena Lugovkina, Sarah Gabriel, Richard Dubugnon, David Le Page, Ofer Falk, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Warren-Green, Owain Arwell Hughes, Philip Hesketh, Christopher George, David Charles Abell, Carl Davis and Marvin Hamlisch.

Viv McLean has performed at festivals including the Cheltenham International Festival, Buxton Festival and Harrogate Festival in the UK, the International Beethoven Festival, the Mecklenburg Festival and the Kultur Kreis Festival in Germany, the Festival International de Musique Classique d'Aigues-Mortes, the Melle Festival and Festival de Saintes in France, the Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden in Norway and the Musik vid Kattegatt Festival in Sweden. Since 2013 he has been pianist-in-residence at the Glossop Music Festival.

Viv studied from an early age with Ruth Nye and after attending Chetham's School of Music he went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne. At the Academy he held the Hodgson Fellowship and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 2005. He made his Wigmore Hall recital debut through winning the Friends of the Royal Academy Wigmore Award. Whilst studying at the Academy, he was the piano winner at the Royal Overseas-League Music Competition and was selected as one of three winners of the National Federation of Music Societies' Young Artists Competition, leading to various recitals and concerto appearances throughout Great Britain.

Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 since making his recital debut through the BBC Radio 3 Young Artists Forum scheme and has also recorded for Classic FM, WDR Radio in Germany, Radio France, ABC Radio in Australia, NRK Radio in Norway and for the Sky Arts television channel. His commercial releases include recordings for such labels as Sony Classical Japan, Naxos, Nimbus, RPO Records and ICSM Records.
 


 

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