Robert Plane and the Gould Piano Trio will be giving a series of concerts along the west coast of the USA this month.

From the 19th to the 26th of January, they will give five concerts in four different venues across Oregon and California.


Corbridge Festival

This weekend sees the 21st edition – ‘To the New World’ – of the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival in Northumberland, of which Robert Plane and the Gould Piano Trio are joint artistic directors.

Over the course of the weekend, eight concerts will take place in St Andrew’s Church, Corbridge, featuring an array of world-class performers, with guests including Donald Grant, Gary Pomeroy, Pascal Siffert, Martin Storey and James Mayhew, alongside Rob and the Trio.

This year’s festival is themed around Antonín Dvořák, focussing especially on his journey to New York in 1892. The programmes of the festival’s concerts explore the effects of this journey on his own music and on emerging American composers of the time, as well as celebrating New York as a centre of musical experimentation across many decades.

The festival begins in earnest on Friday evening with the 6pm Opening Concert featuring Dvořák’s String Quartet in Eb, op. 97, alongside works by Ives, Martinů and Haydn. Later on Friday evening Rob will perform Steve Reich’s ‘New York Counterpoint’ for clarinet and tape, as part of a programme entitled ‘New York, New York’, also including music by Bernstein, Clarke and Ives. In the Steve Reich the audience will hear the ten backing tracks recorded by Rob himself, in preparation for this concert.

Saturday sees four different concerts throughout the day, starting with ‘Musical Magic Carpets’ in the morning, in which author-performer-illustrator James Mayhew will present a programme of Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, Debussy and more. Rob will also feature in the lunchtime concert, performing Brahms’s Clarinet Sonata no. 2 in Eb, op. 120, no. 2, alongside Adolf Busch’s Piano Quintet.

Sunday’s afternoon concert features music by the festival’s composer-in-residence, John Casken, before the Festival Finale concert takes place at 7.30pm. Rob will perform in Crusell’s Clarinet Quartet no. 1 in Eb, op. 2, as part of a programme including Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A minor and Dvořák’s Piano Trio in F minor, op. 65.

Tickets for the weekend’s concerts can be obtained via the Festival website, which also contains more information about each of the weekend’s concerts.

Robert Plane | Corbridge Chamber Music Festival: Northumberland | Fri 26 – Sun 28 July

Friday 6:00 pm: Opening Concert
Friday 9:30 pm: ‘New York, New York’

Saturday 11:00 am: ‘Musical Magic Carpets’
Saturday 2:00 pm: Brahms & Busch
Saturday 7:30 pm: Dvořák, Casken & Brahms
Saturday 10:00 pm: ‘Late Night Fiddle’

Sunday 03:00 pm: Casken, Beach & Dvořák
Sunday 07:30pm: Festival Finale

In June of this year, Robert Plane will be recording a new disc with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Martyn Brabbins. The disc will include premiere recordings of clarinet concerti by three twentieth-century British composers, building on both Martyn’s and Rob’s continuing advocacy of British music.


Robert Plane has a new set of publicity images, taken on his recent visit to Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.

The images were taken by Sara Porter for the “50 portraits” exhibition, where photographs are being taken of fifty people with close links to Chetham’s.


The Gould Piano Trio and Robert Plane look forward to visiting the Stoller Hall in Manchester next month.  Their concert on 22nd January will feature works for Piano Trio by Beamish and Shostakovich and music for Clarinet and Electronics by Boulez, while the full ensemble will perform Huw Watkins’s ‘Four Fables’, written for the group and given its world premiere at the Three Choirs Festival in July of this year.


Afternoon Concert

Robert Plane is looking forward to returning to China later this month with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, when the orchestra will give five concerts in four major cities, aimed at fostering creative collaborations between China and Wales. Looking ahead to this tour, today’s Radio 3 ‘Afternoon Concert‘ was from the Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts in 2012, when the orchestra made its debut tour of China, featuring Robert Plane as soloist in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. The conductor was Thierry Fisher and the 2,000 members of the audience were joined by 6m people watching live on Chinese television.



‘Radio 3 in Concert’ on Thursday evening comes from Aberystwyth Arts Centre, where Ryan Bancroft and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales continue the orchestra’s Beethoven cycle.

Between the composer’s fledgling first symphony and his iconic fifth is a gem of the woodwind repertoire, Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No 1, written three years after Beethoven’s fifth symphony and also considered innovative for its time. The soloist is BBC NOW’s Principal Clarinettist, Robert Plane.


Huw Watkins’ fabulous new piece, Four Fables – written for the Gould Piano Trio and Robert Plane – was given its world premiere at the Three Choirs Festival on the 31st July and will be performed again in Church Stretton this evening.


Robert Plane

On tonight’s programme, Robert Worby presents highlights from Sonorities 2018 – Belfast’s important festival of electronic music which is held every two years.

In April this year, Robert Plane was involved in a series of concerts at the festival covering a wide range of repertoire including Boulez’s Dialogue de l’ombre double for Clarinet and Electronics. Robert’s performance of ‘A Celestial Breath’ by Chris Malloy features in tonight’s programme.


Midnight's Children

In September 2017, Robert Plane, Ittai Shapira and BBC National Orchestra of Wales made the premiere recording of ‘Midnight’s Children’, a double concerto for violin and clarinet by violinist/composer Ittai Shapira.

The recording will be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 29th May at 4.05pm


Robert Plane gives a live performance of Boulez’s extraordinary Dialogue de l’ombre double for clarinet and electronics at the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music tomorrow. Rarely performed live, the audience will be struck by the sheer size of the piece, drawing as it does on the pure virtuosity of the performer.


BBC NOW celebrate 90th Birthday - Mark Boden Clarinet Concerto

As part of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s 90th birthday celebrations, their concert on 28th March will include two world premieres, each written by a welsh composer. Mark Boden’s Clarinet Concerto has been written for BBC NOW Principal Clarinet, Robert Plane and Guto Puw’s Camouflage is a BBC Radio 3 and Ty Cerdd Commission. »

Robert Plane

Robert Plane is looking forward working with students at Leeds College of Music on Wednesday 24th January. The masterclass, which is  open to the public, starts at 1pm and runs until 4pm.


Robert Plane

Robert Plane will make the world premiere recordings of concertos by Iain Hamilton, Ruth Gipps, Richard Walthew and an orchestration of John Ireland’s Fantasy Sonata for clarinet and strings with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins. »

Robert Plane

Robert Plane and the Gould Piano Trio present two concerts as part of the Leeds International Concert Season series, “Russia in Revolution”.

For the first concert on 12 Dec 2017 at 7.30pm they are joined by the renowned Stravinsky and French music expert Peter Hill and will perform music by Stravinsky and Debussy:


Robert Plane’s London fans will be delighted to be able to hear him at Wigmore Hall on Monday 30th October.  »

Author of Midnight's Children

On September 12th and 13th, Robert Plane, Ittai Shapira and BBC National Orchestra of Wales make the premiere recording of ‘Midnight’s Children’, a double concerto for violin and clarinet by violinist/composer Ittai Shapira.

This composition is inspired by Salman Rushdie’s novel, Midnight’s Children, which examines questions of loss and political violence.   »

Contrast Impressions of Hungary

Champs Hill Records, CHRCD132

Robert Plane (clarinet) is joined by Lucy Gould (violin), David Adams (viola), Alice Neary (cello), Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn) and Benjamin Frith (piano)


Esteemed clarinettist Robert Plane and the fabulous Carducci Quartet

Esteemed clarinettist Robert Plane and the fabulous Carducci Quartet join forces in performances of Herbert Howells Rhapsodic Quintet and Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581 on Saturday 22 July as part of Guiting Music Festival’s 2017 programme. For nearly half a century the Guiting Music Festival has been a highlight of the Cotswolds’ summer calendar, bringing an exciting variety of highly talented performances of Classical, Jazz and Folk music by artists from around the world. »

Chirk Castle

On Saturday 24th June, Robert Plane and the Gould Piano Trio perform at Gregynog Festival at Chirk Castle in a concert linked to this beautiful location’s history.


Robert Plane is currently in the USA with the Gould Piano Trio for a two week tour which takes in venues on both the East and West coasts. In Oregon they make return visits to Corvallis and McMinville as well as making their debut in Portland. After another return visit, to the wonderful Trianon Theatre in San Jose, they move East, with concerts in New York, Sharon Connecticut and Washington DC, where Rob makes his debut in the series at the Phillips Collection.


Festival Directors the Gould Piano Trio and clarinettist Robert Plane – together with a host of distinguished colleagues – once again convene in the exquisite Northumbrian village of Corbridge for three days of inspiring chamber music concerts.


The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s own Robert Plane joins forces once again with the distinguished Gould Piano Trio, artists in residence at RWCMD, to explore the extraordinary musical flowering of pre-revolutionary Russia in ‘Twilight of the Tsars’. Programmed over a long-weekend, this festival of chamber music launches the college’s Russia’17 season, which marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution.


Robert Plane (clarinet) and the Sacconi Quartet continue their tour with  a concert for Malvern Concert Club on Thursday 26th January at 7.30pm.


Robert Plane has gained an enviable reputation for his performances and recordings of the magnificent English repertoire for clarinet. This October he looks forward to showcasing the multi-talented English composer and pianist, York Bowen’s sublime Phantasy Quintet Op. 93 for bass clarinet with the Sacconi Quartet.


Robert is in the studio today and tomorrow, to record  ‘The Hungarian Clarinet’ in collaboration Alec Frank-Gemmill, David Adams and the Gould Piano Trio. This recording for Champs Hill Records explores the huge variety of music for clarinet to have emerged from Hungary in the past 100 years.


Tibor Serly Chamber Folk Music for clarinet, violin and piano
Brahms Sonata in Eb Op 120 No 2 for clarinet and piano
Bartók Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano


We are delighted to announce that clarinettist Robert Plane has just joined the agency roster.  Robert’s solo and chamber music career has taken him to prestigious venues across Europe and beyond including Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Musica with the City of London Sinfonia, on tour in the USA with the Virginia Symphony and throughout China with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. »

Quartz Records »

Sir Charles Villers Stanford – Symphony No. 1 – Clarinet Concerto (Naxos 8.570356)
– Symphony No. 1 in B flat major
– Clarinet Concerto Op. 80

Robert Plane, clarinet | Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra | David Lloyd-Jones, Conductor

Delphian Records – DCD34114 »

Metronome MET CD 1073 »

BBC Music Magazine Volume. 15 No. 2

Aaron Copland
– Clarinet Concerto


Robert Plane: clarinet / BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Eric Stern



BBC Music

Carl Nielson
– Clarinet Concerto
– Symphony No 4 “Inextinguishable’

Robert Plane: Clarinet / BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Tadaaki Otaka

(BBC Music Magazine Volume 9 No 9)


EMI Classics »

Gerald Finzi
– Clarinet Concerto

Robert Plane, clarinet | Northern Sinfonia | Howard Griffiths, Conductor
(Naxos 8.553566)

Recommended Recording – Building a Library, CD Review, BBC Radio 3
Winner, Classic CD Best Concerto Recording 2000
Gramophone, Editor’s Choice’