CUILLIN SOUND

musicians

Dana Morgan - flute


Dana Morgan studied at the Royal Northern College of Music where her tutors were Peter Lloyd and Clare Southworth, before going on to study improvisation with the contemporary flute specialist Robert Dick in Quebec, Canada.

 

She has won five star rave reviews for her flute playing as well as being the recipient of numerous prizes and accolades. Concerto performances include most recently the Khachaturian flute concerto, Mendelssohn's Violin concerto in E minor, Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and concertos by Nielsen, Ibert and Reinecke with various orchestras around the UK.

 

Dana has performed as a solo artist nationwide and in Europe, as well as chamber and orchestral concerts in France, Italy, the Netherlands and Quebec.  She has recently come back from a solo tour around Australia and New Zealand with pianist Charles Matthews. 

She has worked extensively on the classical and contemporary repertoire for flute and piano, in collaboration with pianist Antony Clare. She has also performed many concerts with musicians from around the world in an eclectic range of genres ranging from folk through to Bollywood and Latin American music.

Sarah Watts - clarinets

Sarah Watts studied clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music with Angela Malsbury and Victoria Soames Samek (bass clarinet). Sarah then decided to specialise in the bass clarinet and studied at the Rotterdam Conservatorium on the postgraduate solo bass clarinet course with Henri Bok, funded by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and in 2002 a Leverhulme Trust Studentship. At the end of her course in Rotterdam Sarah was awarded the Exxon prize for the best classical music student.

    Successes include: Winner, UK Howarth Clarinet Competition 2000; Winner, Hawkes Clarinet Prize (RAM) 2001; Winner, Sir Arthur Bliss Chamber Music Prize (RAM) 2000; Winner of wind section and Faber Prize, UK Performing Australian Music competition, 2001 (her clarinet and bass clarinet recital was broadcast on ABC radio); Finalist, Wind section, Royal Overseas League Competition 2000.   Sarah has performed clarinet concertos with the Royal Academy of Music Sinfonia, European Union Youth Wind Orchestra and the Nottingham Orchestra of the Restoration.

Sarah also specialises on the bass clarinet with the intention of increasing its popularity as a solo instrument. She has performed solo repertoire across the UK, Ireland, Europe and America and has attracted composers such as Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Marc Yeats, Ian Wilson, Kevin O Connell, Alicia Grant and Sungji Hong to write works for her. In January 2003, Sarah performed a solo bass clarinet recital in London’s Purcell Room as part of the Park Lane Group Young Artist Series.  

Laurence Perkins -

bassoon

Laurence Perkins was born in Lancashire in 1954, and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Charles Cracknell. He has been principal bassoonist with Manchester Camerata since 1974, with whom he has performed in concerts throughout the UK (including the BBC Proms) and on overseas tours including France, Germany, Portugal, Norway, the Azores Islands, Hong Kong, Macau, Australia and Japan. 


Alongside this on-going enthusiasm for the rich and varied chamber orchestra repertoire, Laurence has also done much work to promote the bassoon as a solo instrument. He has given many solo concert performances throughout the UK and Europe, including recitals at the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room in London, concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra (at St. John’s, Smith Square) and with Manchester Camerata, and numerous overseas concerts including France, Portugal and Prague.

Laurence’s CD of concertos by Mozart and Weber with Manchester Camerata conducted by Douglas Boyd (released by Hyperion) received a five-star rating in the BBC Music Magazine, with the Mozart Concerto as a top recommendation on BBC Radio 3’s ‘CD Review’ programme. His solo CD of shorter, lighter pieces “The Playful Pachyderm” (with the New London Orchestra conducted by Ronald Corp) was described by David Mellor as “a must” in the Mail on Sunday.


Laurence has been a regular tutor at many summer schools and courses in the UK and overseas, including Aberystwyth, Dartington, Alston Hall in Lancashire, Kammermusik in Oxford, and Cubertou in the south of France. He is also involved on a regular basis with Manchester Camerata’s extensive education programme, and gives schools presentations during solo recital and concerto tours. He also organises and directs ‘Wind Serenades’ - wind chamber music weekend courses for amateur players in the UK throughout the year. His other activities include landscape photography, and musical relaxation sessions with patients at the Penny Brohn Cancer Help Centre in Bristol.

She is the flute tutor at the University of Nottingham and she also teaches the flute scholarship students for the University of Leicester. She has given various masterclasses and workshops on contemporary flute techniques thought the UK.

 

A love of new sounds has led Dana to become a specialist on the rare G treble flute as well as various bamboo flutes, pipes and whistles. Upcoming projects include collaborations with various composers, a solo CD recording, a recital series for flute, viola and harp and performances in the Netherlands.

Dana is an artist for Alfred Verhoef flutes.

Sarah teaches bass clarinet at the Royal Northern College of Music and clarinet at Nottingham University. She has also set up a solo bass clarinet course on the Isle of Raasay in Scotland. Sarah has given workshops on bass clarinet technique at many establishments including the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music, The Royal Welsh College of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music, The Royal Irish Academy of Music, Keele University and Edinburgh University. Sarah completed a PhD looking at bass clarinet multiphonic analysis at Keele University in 2015.

Sarah is a Vandoren UK artist and an International Uebel clarinet artist. She plays Uebel Superior Clarinets and a Selmer Privilege bass clarinet.