February 17, 2019 at 11:15
Adderbury Ensemble with Viv Mclean (piano) and Jack McNeill (clarinet) performing:
- Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minor
- Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
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Introducing the performers…
Jack McNeill is a clarinettist, composer and cross-discipline musician interested in exploring the points where different traditions and sound worlds meet.
Jack directs the ensemble Propellor, developed on Open Space at Snape Maltings and having toured with Loom, combining recordings across waves, wetlands and water channels with virtuosic instrumental writing, live electronics and video projection to produce an immersive live experience that challenges perceptions of genre and performance space.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Jack has premiered works by Richard Ayres, Karin Rehnqvist, Michael Finnissy, Liz Johnson, Ryan Latimer, Kirsty Devaney, Michael Zev Gordan, Michael Wolters, Joe Cutler, Ed Bennett, Fumiko Miyachi and Howard Skempton. He performs regularly with the Gildas Quartet, members of Le Page Ensemble and CHROMA.
Jack’s work as a freelance musician involves diverse musical collaborations including the London Symphony Orchestra with Steve Reich; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; an on-stage musician/actor with Sebastian Mathias’s Danserye and Thom Luz’s When I Die; Ensemble 360; Royal Shakespeare Company and Gecko Theatre, Britten Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; amplified ensemble Decibel; BBC Singers; the Hilliard Ensemble; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Trish Clowes’s Emulsion Sinfonietta; folk/jazz/improvisatory Drawlight; and Joe Acheson’s Hidden Orchestra.
As an improviser and passionate contemporary musician, Jack has given complete performances of Henze’s Le Miracle de la Rose and Stockhausen’s Harlekin – a substantial work performed from memory where the clarinettist is required to dance and mime while playing! Jack was bass clarinet soloist for a BBC broadcast of David Lang’s The Passing Measures. He also performed Der Kleine Harlekin and In Freundschaft in the opening concert of the Stockhausen Festival of Light. Jack has worked on a Sound and Music New Voices project with composer Liz Johnson and James Dooley to create a touring work for clarinettist, live electronics and dancer based on the poetry of David Hart.
A Britten-Pears Young Artist, Jack completed the flagship AdvPgDip course at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire gaining a distinction and being awarded the Conservatoire Principal’s Prize. Jack has been supported by Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Musician’s Benevolent Fund and PRS Foundation as a composer. Winner of the Ludlow Concerto and Leamington Music prizes, Jack has also been awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal.
A passionate educator, Jack teaches at University of Birmingham and Nottingham University. He mentors on leading education projects with Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Britten Sinfonia Academy and the Young Composers Project. Jack is currently director of the chamber music strand of Aldeburgh Young Musicians.
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Winner of the First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Viv McLean has performed at all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. ?Viv’s concerto work includes appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra of the Swan, the London Concert Orchestra, the Scottish Concert Orchestra and the National Musicians’ Symphony Orchestra.
Recent concerto highlights include Mozart K. 467 with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall; Grieg with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican; a tour of the USA with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Gershwin; Rachmaninov’s 3rd Concerto with the RPO in Cambridge; Gershwin and Bernstein with the Hallé at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; and Beethoven’s 5th Concerto with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall.
Viv has performed chamber music with leading groups such as the Adderbury Ensemble, Ysaye String Quartet, the Sacconi String Quartet, Ensemble 360, the Galliard Wind Ensemble and the Leopold String Trio, and has collaborated with musicians such as Natalie Clein, Marianne Thorsen, Daniel Hope, Lawrence Power, Eijin Nimura, Phillip Dukes, Matthew Sharp, Kate Gould, Guy Johnston, Richard Dubugnon, David Le Page, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Warren-Green, Owain Arwell Hughes, David Charles Abell, Carl Davis and Marvin Hamlisch. He has also performed at various festivals, including the Cheltenham International Festival and Harrogate Festival in the UK; the International Beethoven Festival; the Mecklenburg Festival and the Kultur Kreis Festival in Germany; the Melle Festival and Festival de Saintes in France; the Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden in Norway; and the Musik vid Kattegatt Festival in Sweden.
Viv studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne where he held the Hodgson Fellowship and was made an Associate of the academy in 2005. He made his Wigmore Hall recital debut through winning the Friends of the Royal Academy Wigmore Award. Whilst studying at the Royal Academy, Viv was the piano winner at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition and was selected as one of three winners of the National Federation of Music Societies’ Young Artists Competition, leading to various recitals and concerto appearances throughout the UK.
Viv has recorded regularly for the BBC since making his recital debut through the BBC Radio 3 Young Artists Forum scheme and has also recorded recitals for Classic FM, WDR Radio in Germany, Radio France, ABC Radio in Australia, NRK Radio in Norway and for the Sky Arts television channel. His commercial releases include recordings for such labels as Sony Classical Japan, Naxos, Nimbus and RPO.
“The pianist Viv McLean seemed exceptional to me; he astonished us with his musical maturity and extraordinary sonority.”
Le Monde (Paris)
“The pianist Viv McLean never faltered, spewing molten lava.”
The Times (London)
“The fluent technique and brilliance of the interpreter were impressive. He played with insight and the greatest sensitivity.”
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The Adderbury Ensemble
Formed in 1986 by a group of the UK’s finest young freelance musicians, the Adderbury Ensemble has always had a flexible line-up, mixing and matching different players to deliver performances primarily as quartets, quintets or small chamber groups and occasionally adding further instruments to play symphonies and concertos by the likes of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn or Brahms – with or without a conductor.
Everyone who performs as part of the Adderbury Ensemble is an eminent instrumentalist, usually a principal player with one or more of the leading orchestras of Europe. From its early years playing Sunday evening concerts in the beautiful village of Adderbury in north Oxfordshire, the group has gone on to develop a global reputation. It performs regularly throughout Britain and overseas and helped found the world famous Oxford Coffee Concerts at the Holywell Music Room, the oldest purpose-built music venue in Europe.
The Adderbury Ensemble has released ten recordings in its own right since its first CD was released in 1997 and individual members have recorded many more, either as soloists or as members of other groups.
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