Our concert on 31st October at St Peter’s Church, Empingham, Rutland raised £642 for EMICS and we were delighted to perform for such a wonderful audience and a special thanks to soprano soloist Caroline Trutz.

In 2022 a full programme of performances and workshops is planned with a new commission from Welsh composer Lynne Plowman. Rehearsals will be taking place in Oakham, Rutland and we welcome applications from players who would like to join us. Please use the contact page to register your interest. Our Playday will take place in Bedford on Sunday 24th April. On the 29th October we will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary with a Gala concert at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London. The programme will include a new major commission and guest soloists.


September BASBWE Conference at Warwick University
November London debut. Concert in aid of the Voices Foundation with saxophone soloist Kyle Horch
July European Clarinet & Saxophone Society Conference, EUROCASS Budapest, Hungary
October British Clarinet Congress, Royal College of Music, London.
July EUROCASS Conference, Krakow, Poland.
April British Clarinet Choir Convention, Conwy, North
July International Clarinet Association “Clarinetfest”, Ostend, Belgium
August Recording of CD “Gordian Knots”.
November British Clarinet Congress, Royal College of Music, London.
The programmed featured the distinguished international clarinet soloist Gervase de Peyer.
2000 CD “Gordian Knots” launched.
March NERV Convention Utrecht, The Netherlands
May British Clarinet Choir Convention held in Llandudno, North Wales.
August ICA Clarfest, New Orleans, USA.
Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans.
November British Clarinet Congress, RNCM Manchester.
February Clarfest of the Colchester Institute, Colchester, Essex
November British Clarinet Congress, Birmingham Conservatoire
March NERV Convention Utrecht, The Netherlands
July ICA Clarfest – University of Maryland Washington DC USA
July Church of the Epiphany, Washington DC
February St Peter ad Vincula Church, Coggeshall, Essex
Concert by East Anglian Single Reed Choir -Conductor Angela Fussell &
British Clarinet Ensemble – Conductor – Charles Hine
Swinburne Hall, Colchester Institute. Lunch time Concert at the
Single Reed Festival
April Darlington Arts Centre
July ICA Clarfest, Tama Tokyo, Japan
Gordon Lewin Memorial Concert – St John’s Wood , London
European Clarinet Festival – Kortrijk, Belgium


January     European Clarinet Festival – Ghent, Belgium

July            ICA Clarfest Assisi, Italy


March       Swinburne Hall, Colchester, Essex

October   Secombe Theatre, Sutton, Surrey


July          ICA Clarfest, Madrid, Spain

September European Clarinet Festival – Ghent , Belgium


October our 21st anniversary concert at the Stapleford Granary Arts Centre, Cambridge with guest soloist Anna Hashimoto and on Sunday 30th October at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, as part of the Clarinet & Saxophone Society’s 40th Anniversary celebration with soloists David Campbell, clarinet and Rob Buckland, saxophone.


In August  the ensemble gave two performances in Groningen. the Netherlands as guests of the Capriccio Clarinet Ensemble. In September we gave a performance in Caldaro, Italy as guests of the South Tirol Clarinet Ensemble. In October a concert was given in Oakham School Chapel, Oakham, Rutland with soloists soprano Caroline Trutz and clarinettist Antonia Mott.


Our Play Day was held in April at Kingshott School, Hitchin with guests the Capriccio Clarinet Ensemble. In July we performed at the ICA ClarinetFest in Ostend, Belgium. In September we performed at the Clarinet & Saxophone Society’s Single Reed Day held at the University of Nottingham


Our Play Day was held in Sheffield. In June we collaborated with the Colchester Composers Collective to record music composed for clarinet ensemble and also presented a concert at the Headgate Arts Centre.


Following the retirement of Charles Hine we appointed Elizabeth Worth as musical director. The Lockdown led us to postpone our planned programme for the year but we did launch a performance of the “Grand Old Duke of York” by Gordon Lewin on YouTube.


Rehearsals started in July in Oakham, Rutland. In October we gave a concert in Empingham, Rutland featuring soprano soloist Caroline Trutz and soloists Andrew Smith, Alison Eales, Carol Taylor and Juliet Colville.

To date the following composers have written works for the BCE:

  • Anthony Bailey
  • Alan Bullard
  • Paul Hart
  • Gordon Lewin
  • Guy Woolfenden
  • Andy Jackson
  • Martin Ellerby
  • Adam Gorb
  • Andy Scott
  • Jeffery Wilson
  • Stephen McNeff
  • Elizabeth Sharma
  • Christopher Cave

Click here to see a list of the ensemble’s repertoire.