Victoria Quartet

& John Bradbury, clarinet

Saturday 9th December 2023, 7.30 pm

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Benedict Holland, violin
David Greed, violin
Heather Wallington, viola
Jennifer Langridge, cello

John Bradbury, clarinet

Schubert  Quartettsatz in C minor D703
Weber Clarinet Quintet in B flat op 34
Puccini Crisantemi
Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A K581

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The Quartet began life in 2017 in a swimming pool, with a gala concert for the historic Victoria Baths in Manchester’s Hathersage Road. They have moved on from pools to concert platforms at The Lake District, Pinner and Buxton Festivals, London, Manchester (Bridgewater, RNCM and Stoller halls), north Norfolk, north and west Wales and the Scottish Borders. 

In demand since its formation, the ensemble is gathering return invitations to chamber music societies and festivals and is curating an ongoing programme of creative projects: a collection of short chamber works about (and by) Sir John Manduell (Divine Arts), a recording of the Weber, Cooke and Brahms clarinet quintets, a CD of string chamber music by Richard Pantcheff and an autumn residency at Marchmont House in the Scottish Borders to perform and record a collection of string chamber works by Scottish composer Helen Leach.

John Bradbury studied Natural Sciences at St John’s College, Cambridge. He was awarded a Travel Scholarship to study with Larry Combs of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, then went on to the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Hawkes Clarinet Prize and the Principal’s Prize. 

John held the sub-principal chairs in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the London Symphony Orchestra, and in 1997 was invited to become Principal Clarinet with the BBC Philharmonic, performing throughout the North of England, at the BBC Proms and many international tours, not to mention enjoying unrivalled exposure on radio, TV, CD and online. He has played Guest Principal with all the major UK orchestras as well as with John Wilson’s hand-picked orchestra at the Proms.

John has given many solo performances with the BBC Philharmonic, with highlights including the Mozart, Nielsen and Stanford Concertos. His recordings include the Busoni Concertino and the Arnold “Scherzetto” for Chandos, which was Editor’s Choice in “The Gramophone”. His celebrated Naxos disc “The English Clarinet” remains a best-seller ten years after its release.

John was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music in 2018.