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Chris Swannclarinet​
Helen Peller​​basoon
Paul Janes​piano
Saturday, 28th September 2013
Cosy Hall

Felix Mendelssohn 

Konzertstuck Op 114 in D minor for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano

Robert Schumann

Fantasiestucke Op 73 for Clarinet and Piano 

Charles Harford Lloyd

Trio for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano 

Mikhail Glinka              

Trio Pathetique for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano 

William Yeates Hurlstone

Trio in G minor for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano 

 Chris Swann (clarinet)    studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Geoffrey Hawkes Prize for clarinet playing and was awarded the Alexander Roller Prize for Piano Playing, subsequently spending twelve years as a clarinettist and saxophonist in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Chris resigned his position with the RLPO in order to pursue a varied freelance career, playing Principal Clarinet with the BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, Ulster, Scottish Chamber, Manchester Concert, National Symphony and Sinfonia ViVA Orchestras.

He has made a number of concerto appearances including performances of Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto, Debussy's Rhapsodie for Saxophone and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the RLPO, and he has toured as soloist with the Mozart Festival Orchestra (in Manchester, Dublin, Leicester and The Barbican in London) as well as performing the Finzi, Copland and Weber Clarinet Concertos other solo works with a number of other professional orchestras.
In December 1992 he was appointed Acting Orchestra Manager with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, taking up the full-time position in April 1993, relinquishing it in August 1995 to become Head of Woodwind at Shrewsbury School, a part-time post which he successfully combined with a busy schedule of regular playing engagements. In July 1998 he joined the Royal Northern College of Music as Tutor in Clarinet and Eb Clarinet.
As well as directing his nationally recognised ensemble ZEPHYR Chris has also performed chamber music with the Maggini, Allegri and Alberni String Quartets and a wide variety of repertoire with members of Northern Chamber Orchestra the RLPO’s Ensemble 10:10 and Camerata Ensemble of Manchester

This work, combined with examining for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (graded and diploma), external examining for universities, coaching, conducting and presenting master-classes allows him little time for leisure interests which include activities such as cycling, motorcycling and studying the contents of wine bottles.
Helen Peller (bassoon)    pursues her career in music in education and as a freelance bassoonist. The flexibility and variety this affords is both favourable and rewarding.
She held a full-time orchestral post for 12 years with the Hallé Orchestra. This job commenced after completing four years study with a variety of tutors at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was awarded several prestigious scholarships for this purpose. Whilst at the Guildhall Helen played in the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and the European Community Youth Orchestra as well as the London Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras. The list of ensembles she has played with since is now so extensive that it would be simpler to note the omissions!
In her formative years Helen was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and was fortunate to have been awarded a County Music Exhibition enabling her to study with the eminent professors Charles Cracknell and Edward Warren.
The present day sees performing a Mahler or Shostakovich symphony being a rarity. Instead, as well as the odd orchestral outing, Helen relishes the opportunity to explore the smaller more intimate chamber music repertoire amongst friends thus being available for the school run, church meetings, chutney/costume/jam/dinner making, gym visits and the rest of her life.
Paul Janes (piano  studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and at Manchester University, where he received top awards at both institutions, gaining a First Class Honours degree in 1989 and a Professional Performance Diploma with Distinction in 1991. He has also been awarded major scholarships and prizes in national and international competitions, including Countess of Munster and Ian Fleming awards, 2nd prize at the 1988 Dudley competition, 1st prize at the 1991 Redditch competition and a finalist’s prize at the 1990 Casagrande competition in Terni, Italy.
Paul is one of the UK’s most versatile pianists, appearing in a multitude of performing roles, from soloist in recitals and concertos, through chamber music and accompaniment, to contemporary ensemble and orchestral work. He has appeared at major festivals and venues including Cheltenham Festival, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Symphony Hall (Birmingham) and the Royal Concert Hall (Glasgow). As concerto soloist he has worked with conductors such as Yan Pascal Tortelier, Richard Hickox, Martyn Brabbins and Barry Wordsworth. In 1997he recorded his debut recital for BBC Radio 3. For several years Paul has worked regularly with the BBC Philharmonic, frequently appearing in major solo keyboard parts, including Stravinsky’s Petrouchka at the 1995 Proms, described by the press as ‘brilliant’, and in several works by Percy Grainger, recorded for CD by Chandos. Recently he took part as a solo pianist in Opera North’s production of Stravinsky’s Les Noces, and joined contemporary group Psappha for their appearance at the 2007 Cheltenham Festival.
As a chamber musician, Paul has worked with many outstanding instrumentalists, including a long-standing duo partnership with cellist Rebecca Gilliver, winning a Tunnell Trust award in 1995 which resulted in major concert tours in Scotland. He partnered Rebecca’s successful bid for the Pierre Fournier award and subsequent Wigmore Hall debut, and together they were prize-winners at the inaugural Jacqueline Du Pre Duo Competition.
Since 1994 Paul has been a member of staff at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he teaches Piano, Keyboard Skills and Chamber Music, and he also works regularly for the ABRSM as examiner and Professional Development mentor, travelling internationally on a regular basis to countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa and Indonesia.