14th July 3pm British Clarinet Ensemble Summer Serenade

St Mary’s Church, Hitchin
Directed by Richard Ingham : A relaxing programme including music by Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Handel, Mozart, Wood, Rachmaninov, Lewin and more!

The British Clarinet Ensemble will be performing at the ICA ClarinetFest® in Dublin

31st July BCE Opening Gala Programme

Eric Hughes (1924-2000 British)
Celebration Overture
Celebration Overture was written in 1977 for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and was commissioned by John Denman for the University of Idaho’s clarinet choir. In 1982 it came to the notice of John MacKenzie who performed it on several occasions with the Darlington Clarinet Ensemble. Charles Hine chose the piece to open the British Clarinet Ensemble’s first ever performance given on tour in Helsinki, Finland in July 1995. It was subsequently recorded on the BCE’s first album “Gordian Knots“.

Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886 Italian)
Il Covengno Op. 76
Soloists – Anne Harper and Berginald Rash

Gioachino Rossini (1791-1868 Italian)
Introduction, Theme and Variations
Soloist – William Curran

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921 French)
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op. 33 arr. Lara Diaz (World Premiere)
Soloist – Lara Diaz


James T Sale (1967- American)
Dublin Concerto, I. Ritmico, II. Circo, III. Arpeggiando (World Premiere)
Soloist – Mark O’Brien

Michele Mangani (1966- Italian)
Soloist – Anna Hashimoto

Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826 German)
Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor Op. 73, I. Allegro, II. Adagio ma non troppo, III. Rondo. Allegretto
Soloist – Nicolas Baldeyrou

Bill Whelan (1950- Irish)
River Dance

2nd August British Clarinet Ensemble performance at Clarinetfest featuring music by Stephen McNeff, Lynne Plowman and Nigel Wood


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 Colchester
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.


On October 29th we celebrated our 25th Anniversary with a Gala Concert at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London. The programme included the world premiere of our latest commission from Lynne Plowman “Helter Skelter” and solos by Anna Hashimoto.

On 30th October we performed at the Autumn Clarinet & Saxophone Society Single Reed event at the Royal College of Music, London. The concert featured solos with clarinettists Marie Lloyd and Anna Hashimoto and saxophonists Richard Ingham and the Laefer Quartet.


Our Play Day in April was held in Putnoe, and was directed by Nigel Wood.

Guest conductor Nigel Wood joined the BCE again for a performance on 1st October as part of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society Single Reed Day held at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Peter Cigleris was the guest soloist for a performance of the Weber Clarinet Concertino. Other pieces in the programme were the Three Dances by Woolfenden and the BCE’s first performance of Nigel Wood’s Bullring.

The BCE performed a charity concert at St Andrews Parish Church, Lyddington, with new Musical Director Anthony Bailey. Soloists on this occasion were Alison Eales, Carol Taylor and Juliet Colville, playing music by Krommer and Mendelssohn.


Our annual Play Day in April was again held in Putnoe, and was directed by Richard Ingham. Over 40 players assembled for a day of high quality music making playing through a selection of the BCE’s repertoire.

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
  • Lynne Plowman

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