Oxford Proms – Clarinet Dreams


18 August 2021

18 August 2021
University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford
The High Street

Oxford Proms - Clarinet Dreams at University Church of St Mary the Virgin featuring Lucy Downer
Oxford Proms – Clarinet Dreams at University Church of St Mary the Virgin featuring Lucy Downer. Image credit: Suzanna Andrews Photography.

About Oxford Proms – Clarinet Dreams

Lucy Downer – clarinet and bass clarinet
Jocelyn Freeman – piano
Ed Jones – viola

Mozart Trio K498 – “Kegelstatt” for piano, clarinet and viola
Ida Gotovsky – Images de Norvege
Tim Perkins – Clack
Poulenc – Sonata for clarinet and piano
Giampieri – Carnival of Venice

Clarinet virtuoso Lucy Downer returns to the concerts again with an eclectic programme starting with a Mozart masterwork not often heard in concerts and finishing with the ultimate showpiece “Carnival of Venice”.

The resident composer Tim Perkins wrote “Clack” for bass clarinet and piano.

About Lucy Downer

Lucy graduated as a prize-winner from the Royal Academy of Music and has since established herself as a busy freelance clarinettist. She has played with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and been part of training schemes with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Sinfonietta.

As a soloist, Lucy has given recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster Central Hall, Charlton House, and many other venues around the UK. She is in regular demand as a concerto soloist and has played with the Oxford Proms Orchestra, All Souls Orchestra, New English Orchestra, Oxford Sinfonia, Banbury Symphony Orchestra, Hayes Symphony Orchestra and RAM Symphony Orchestra.

Lucy specialises in bass clarinet and has had several solo works written for her. She also plays many other instruments from the clarinet, flute and saxophone families, particularly in a musical theatre context. Her show experience includes Evita, Oh What a Lovely War, Liza (on an E), The Wizard of Oz, Company, Sweeney Todd and City of Angels.

Lucy is a member of the Juniper Woodwind Trio, with whom she performs regularly at prestigious venues such as Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and the Tower of London. Lucy has played at the Wigmore Hall and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, among others, and been featured on BBC One, Sky TV, BBC Radio 3 & 4, and Radio France.