Emma Johnson Clarinet Workshop

Emma Johnson Clarinet Workshop – 9th /10th April 2022

Durlston Court School, Barton on Sea, Hampshire.
Emma Johnson Clarinet Workshop

Emma Johnson …one of the most prolific and well-known clarinet soloists of the past quarter century
(The Clarinet, America)

Emma Johnson is one of the few clarinettists to have established a busy career as a solo performer which has taken her to major European, American and Asian venues as well as to Africa and Australasia.

She is one of the UK’s biggest selling classical artists, having sold well over half a million albums. Her album, English Fantasy has been streamed 2 million times on Spotify. A passionate advocate of the clarinet as a solo instrument, she has also commissioned new works from composers such as Sir John Dankworth and Sir Michael Berkeley.

Perennially in love with the spoken and written word, Emma also enjoys giving lectures about music and her humorous touch has brought about invitations to compère concerts and give speeches. Emma’s talks broadcast by the BBC have ranged from “Woodwind Wizardry” to “The poet John Milton” and she has also devised musical weekends exploring in depth composers such as Schubert and Brahms.

She enjoys giving concerts with her own group, Emma Johnson and Friends and their recent live recording of the Beethoven Septet has had rave reviews. A versatile musician, Emma Johnson has created a jazz trio programme, Clarinet Goes to Town, which goes down a storm with audiences. Her compositions and arrangements have been published by Music Sales and Faber Music and she has undertaken many education projects to communicate her love of music to the next generation. Johnson’s composition “Songs of Celebration” was recently premièred at Gloucester Cathedral.

Emma Johnson’s TV appearances range from a recital for Sky Arts TV, to gala events such as a televised Prom. Emma played the hit theme tune for The Victorian Kitchen Garden on BBC TV which won an Ivor Novello Award.

Emma Johnson grew up in London and her career was launched when she won BBC Young Musicians followed by the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York. She studied Music and English at Cambridge University and was the first woman to be made an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College. In 2020 she received the Cobbett Medal for distinguished services to chamber music and she was honoured by the Queen with an M.B.E. in 1996.

Emma Johnson

Spend 2 days working on your clarinet ensemble and solo playing with Emma. We will be working as a clarinet choir to ensure everyone gets plenty of playing time over the 2 days. There will also be a session to give you the opportunity to ask questions about equipment, reeds etc. If you have a particular piece you are working on for an exam or performance you will be able to perform this and get valuable advice and pointers from Emma.

There will be sessions on:

  • Ensemble playing
  • Good sound production, breath control and posture
  • Solo performance masterclass
  • Discussion on equipment

We have now set it up for you to be able to book easier than ever before. Book via ticketsource fast and secure. Alternatively if you have any questions on the suitability of this course for you we will be happy to help. Contact at info@jazzsmart.com or by calling 07708 091675 and we will be happy to discuss your needs further.

The workshop will be held at Durlston Court School, Becton Lane,  Barton On Sea, Hampshire, BH25 7AQ.

Participant information:

You’ll need an instrumental ability of Grade 4 standard or above. Please note, this does not mean you need Grade 4 qualification, it means your current playing level should be of this standard or better.
You will need to bring your own instrument and instrument stand.
Participants of all ages are welcome. Please note: Participants under 18 will need to provide parent/ guardian contact details.
We provide a hot lunch each day and hot/cold refreshments for the breaks.
The cost of this workshop for two days is only £135.
Times for the workshop are as follows:

Arrive: 9.30am onwards
Session one: 10am – 11.15am
Morning break: 11.15am – 11.45am
Session two: 11.45am – 1pm
Lunch: 1pm – 2pm
Session three: 2pm – 3pm
Afternoon break: 3pm – 3.30pm
Session four: 3.30pm – 4.30pm