Chris Allen - clarinet & Geoff Lavery - piano
A concert of clarinet and piano music given in honour of the Friends of Wymondham Abbey.
Free entry, with retiring collection.
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Chris Allen was born in Gorleston-on-sea, Norfolk in 1954, and began learning to play the clarinet when he was 13; he studied with Colin Bradbury at the Royal College of Music (1972-1975), and his subsequent freelance work included regular performances with d'Oyly Carte Opera, London Festival Ballet, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as well as much chamber music before settling into a local authority teaching career in Bedfordshire. As well as being a performer and teacher he has many music publications to his credit, including 'Progressive Studies' for clarinet (published in 2 volumes by ABRSM). During the past 40 years he has continued to give solo recitals and concerto performances, and now lives with his wife and pet Jack Russell Terrier in Saxmundham, Suffolk. In February last year he played extracts from Mozart’s clarinet concerto at Snape Maltings live on BBC Radio 4 PM as part of their concert hall acoustic challenge; Snape was crowned the winner.
Photograph copyright Robert Foyers
Geoff Lavery is a much sought-after conductor and accompanist. He began his professional career as teacher, clarinettist and conductor in Ipswich, Suffolk. From there, he and his family moved to Lancashire and then back to Bedford where they worked for twenty years. Ironically, during that time, Chris and he never met!
Upon his retirement, Geoff and his wife (an accomplished oboist and recorder player) returned to Suffolk and he has found himself increasingly busy as a conductor, adjudicator, organist and pianist. He conducts a chamber choir in Ipswich and they have performed as far afield as Yorkshire and Holland, as well as their native Suffolk, he conducts Beccles Choral Society and Suffolk Strings, as well as accompanying the Phoenix Singers, Framlingham.
He has recently conducted a successful performance of Bach’s “B minor Mass” in Hay on Wye, with 16 professional soloists and orchestra, and has many other concerts in his diary for 2016 and beyond. In May 2017, he is to conduct Elgar’s “Dream of Gerontius” at the Snape Maltings concert hall.
Source: Spring Concert | Wymondham Abbey