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Shelley Levy, clarinet

Shelley Levy, Clarinet

Shelley was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and has toured extensively as both a soloist and an orchestral musican.

As soloist, Shelley has performed numerous concerto's with all the major Symphony orchestras in South Africa. As an orchestral player she has performed in the Cape Town Symphony orchestra, the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, Brunel Ensemble, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Shelley has performed numerous solo and chamber music concerts in South Africa, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Canada. In the UK she has appeared at various important venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican.

She has performed all the major duo clarinet sonatas as well as chamber ensemble works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Bruch, Poulenc and Stravinsky. She is a founding member of 'Ensemble Hans Gál'.

Hattie Webster, flute  

Hattie Webster, Flute

Hattie is frequently in demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, performing as a deputy in the West End shows Mary Poppins and The Far Pavilions, and with the English National Ballet Orchestra, the New London Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Camerata of Wales, amongst others.

Hattie regularly performs as a soloist, and was most recently found at St Martin in the Fields as a soloist with the Locrian Ensemble.

Together with London Flutes, Hattie has recorded a CD of 20th century flute quartet and solo flute music entitled Hotfoot, with the label URM Audio. The CD contains a number of previously unrecorded works and was launched in summer 2004, to great acclaim.

Hattie is an experienced flute tutor, and teaches on the advanced flute summer school "A Breath of Fresh Air", run by Anna Noakes. She has also been invited to take masterclasses at Trinity College of Music, where she studied extensively on a scholarship.

Claire Wadsworth, bassoon  

Claire Wadsworth, Bassoon

Claire studied the bassoon and contrabassoon at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1992-97 gaining both her undergraduate degree and post-graduate diploma and winning several chamber music prizes during this time.

She has enjoyed a busy and varied freelance career since leaving with her first professional engagement being a trial for the Principal Bassoon position with the English National Ballet.

Claire works regularly on both instruments with amongst others, the Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and also London Winds. She has both recorded and toured extensively with these orchestras and also enjoys regular visits to Norway to play with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.

Claire has been heavily involved with educational work for many years, through the involvement in the projects of various London orchestras and also with the Arcadia Bassoon Quartet which was founded at Guildhall 11 years ago.
She has been the Bassoon Professor at Kneller Hall Royal Military School of Music since 1999.