Fell Clarinet Quartet

The Manchester-based Fell Clarinet Quartet is named after the late Sidney Fell, a renowned soloist, orchestral clarinettist, and teacher of
great repute at the Royal Northern College of Music. Formed at the RNCM in 1999, the Fell Clarinet Quartet has proved itself to be one
of the most innovative and engaging chamber groups to emerge in recent years, giving recitals and workshops throughout the UK, and helping to raise the profile of this relatively uncommon chamber ensemble. The ever-increasing clarinet quartet repertoire is unique in that, due to the versatile nature of the instrument, it is able to draw from a wide range of influences including folk, jazz, klezmer and contemporary classical music. New music is something to which the Fell Clarinet Quartet is very committed, and the group enjoys a close relationship with the North West Composers’ Association. The Quartet has commissioned several new works and premiered scores by composers such as Colin Bayliss, David Beck, Marcus Blunt, David Ellis, David Golightly, Edward Dudley Hughes, Graham Marshall, Nicholas Simpson and David Solomons.

Past engagements include highly successful recitals at the Purcell Room and Kings Place in London and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, as well as performances at both the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music. The Quartet has also performed live on BBC Radio. Festival appearances include Conwy, Harrogate, Ryedale and the Belfast Festival at Queen’s. Collaborations have included touring a new live score for I Was Born But …, a Japanese silent film from the 1930s, and a partnership with The Imperial War Museum North where the Quartet was featured as part of the In the Mood Exhibition.

Since winning a Tunnell Trust Award in 2003/4, the Quartet has been fortunate enough to tour Scotland on numerous occasions. Closer to home, the Quartet continues to enjoy the role of Woodwind Ensemble in Residence at the University of Salford, Greater Manchester, where it gives regular recitals and workshops.