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Timothy Orpen is delighted to join conductor Robin Browning and the de Havilland Philharmonic to perform Weber’s much-loved Second Clarinet Concerto in their Celebration of Spring Concert this Sunday.

The ‘Radio 3 in Concert’ broadcast of the complete concert, in which Timothy Orpen performed the Finzi Clarinet Concert with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, is available here.   It will be available until the end of March. You can also hear their rather fabulous encore!

Timothy Orpen, Principal Clarinet of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and a founder member and Principal Clarinet of Aurora Orchestra, spent three years as Principal Clarinet of the Royal Northern Sinfonia prior to joining the ROH. He is delighted to return to the Sage to perform Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto with the RNS. The concert will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3.

Timothy Orpen joins fellow Royal Northern Sinfonia Principals in Mozart’s much loved Clarinet Quintet in this unique concert on Wednesday 27 July at 7.00pm

We are delighted to announce that Timothy Orpen has been appointed Principal Clarinet in the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and will take up the  position in October.

Timothy Orpen is joined centre stage by fellow Royal Northern Sinfonia principals Stephen Reay bassoon and Peter Francomb horn in a programme which showcases the orchestra’s home grown talent.

For his “Up Close” recital on 10th February, Royal Northern Sinfonia clarinettist Timothy Orpen has picked a selection of chamber music featuring the clarinet, including works by Finzi, Widmann, Brahms, Giampieri and Mozart’s playful Kegelstatt Trio (apparently written whilst also playing a game of skittles).

Late Mix: New Music From The North at Sage Gateshead 

Timothy Orpen performs Magnus Lindberg’s virtuosic Clarinet Quintet – a lively and colourful work highly rewarding to both listener and performer and studded with references to a host of composers including Debussy, Gershwin and Resphigi – with members of the Royal Northern Sinfonia on 25th February.

In this week’s episode of Artsnight on BBC 2, the acclaimed artist Edmund de Waal looks at the theme of memory and art.

Nicholas Collon and Timothy Orpen contribute to the discussion, representing Aurora Orchestra who gave a highly acclaimed, memorised performance of Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony at this year’s proms.

Following on from the hugely successful concert at King’s Place in London with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3,  Timothy Orpen is delighted to have joined the Ensemble on their tour of the USA and Canada.

In case you missed this interview at the time and would like to learn more about Timothy Orpen:

Food poisoning gets in the way of Weber, and reducing musicians to tears – all in a day’s work for Timothy Orpen, clarinettist in the Aurora Orchestra.

If you weren’t at the Royal Albert Hall to witness Aurora orchestra’s Prom last Sunday, you can watch in on BBC 4 this evening at 7pm. We urge you to do so, or to watch it via the BBC iPlayer over the next 30 days.

Timothy looks forward to his BBC Proms Chamber Music Concert at Cadogan Hall this lunchtime as part of the Royal Northern Sinfonia Winds with Christian Blackshaw.

Timothy returns to LDSM this year, where he performs the Brahms Clarinet Quintet with the Kuss Quartet on the 8th August and gives a recital with Levon Chilingirian and Andrew Brownell on the 10th.

Timothy looks forward to being involved in the inaugural ‘Wilde Weekend’, the world’s first annual multi-arts festival celebrating the life and work of Irish writer, Oscar Wilde.

Timothy Orpen shares his thoughts about this concerto, which he will be performing with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Timothy is performing some particularly interesting repertoire over the next few months, including Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint, a mesmeric work for live and multi-track recorded clarinet.

A few days before his performance of the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at Middlesborough Town HallTimothy Orpen will be giving this master class for young emerging clarinettists in the area.

Timothy will be performing this beautiful concerto in three concerts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

The world premiere of Aaron Holloway-Nahum’s clarinet quintet “Arrangements of Five” – commissioned by Timothy Orpen with funds from the RVW Trust and Britten Pears Foundation  – will be given by Timothy Orpen and the Gildas Quartet on 14th October.

Timothy Orpen’s performance of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra was broadcast on 27th December, as part of Classic FM’s Full Works concert. The exclusively-recorded BSO concert, entitled ‘Melodic Magic’ and conducted by Maxime Tortelier

Earlier in 2014, Timothy Orpen was appointed Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM)

Image: John Barber and the Aurora players including Timothy Orpen (right) working with a group of twenty local students

Ian Venables’s Canzonetta for Clarinet and String Quartet, commissioned jointly by Bromsgrove Concerts and Droitwich Concert Club, will be given its world premiere performance tomorrow evening by Timothy Orpen and the Cavaleri Quartet.

Timothy Orpen’s recent performance of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will be broadcast this evening, 27th December, as part of Classic FM’s Full Works concert  at 8pm.

Timothy Orpen gives three performances of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra this Autumn.

We are delighted to announce that Timothy Orpen has been appointed as the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Principal Clarinet.
27th June 2013 – Update – Clarinet Quintets for the 21st century
Further to the original press release (below), you can learn more about composers Aaron Holloway-Nahum and Luke Styles via these videos and recordings.Aaron Holloway-Nahum‘s talks about his new work “How to Avoid Huge Ships” and  you can hear it performed by the Atea Quintet::

About the piece:

Luke Styles in conversation with Trinity Laban about his association with Glyndebourne and  teaching composition at Junior Trinity:



The coming year will see the creation of new clarinet quintets from two of the most exciting young composers in the UK.

With support from the Britten Pears Foundation and the RVW Trust, composers Luke Styles and Aaron Holloway-Nahum will write works for clarinet and string quartet. Australian born composer Luke Styles is the Young Composer in Residence at Glyndebourne and Aaron Holloway-Nahum’s most recent accolades include working with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, having been selected for the Sound and Music Embedded scheme.

These new compositions expand the repertoire for clarinet and string quartet and will work particularly well when programmed alongside established clarinet quintets. They will also appeal to a wide range of players and audiences.

In addition, Timothy Orpen will premiere Ian Venables’ Canzonetta for Clarinet and String Quartet, alongside the Quintets by Mozart and Brahms, with the Cavaleri Quartet in 2014. The premiere of Styles’ Quintet will take place in a concert entitled Swiss Connections on October 6th 2013 at 4pm in Kings Place, London, with clarinettist Timothy Orpen and Ensemble Amorpha. The Quintet will feature a movement for solo clarinet which can also be performed separately, enhancing the performance opportunities for this new work.

3rd May 2013 – Shanghai Concert Hall

Timothy is currently in China where he (with fellow principal members of Aurora) performs Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time, Berg Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 5 and Schoenberg (arr. Webern) Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 9 at Shanghai Concert hall.

Above: Timothy Orpen and Tom Lessels with students from Shanghai Conservatory of Music
30th April 2013 – Lake District Summer Music Festival 2013
25th January 2013 – Luke Styles to write for Timothy Orpen
Timothy is delighted to have been able to invite Luke Styles (Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence) to write a new work for clarinet and string quartet. Timothy is very grateful to the RVW Trust and the Britten-Pears Foundation for funding this commission. More news will follow in due course, particularly of the premiere performance.
News of an additional new work which will also be written for Timothy during 2013 will follow shortly!

More about Luke Styles
Luke’s current projects

22nd November 2012 – Fantastic Review in The Times – Geoff Brown
“The best clarinet of the night? Undoubtedly Timothy Orpen’s, slithering and twiddling through the frisky discourse of Jörg Widmann’s solo Fantasie
Full review here
30th October 2012 – Klez-Mahler and Timothy Orpen
18th November 2012 – 7:00 pm – Aurora Orchestra – LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old St London.Klez-Mahler – as part of the New Moves series featuring Mahler (arr. Farrington) Symphony No. 1 and klezmer –  hear Timothy Orpen in action!

19th September 2012 – Mozart Clarinet Concerto – 20th October 2012
14th September 2011 – Timothy Orpen and the BBC Proms Horrible Histories
If you have not yet seen the broadcast of this fantastic concert, and were not there yourself, DO try to see it when it is broadcast again this Friday on BBC1 at 4pm!
Clarinettist Timothy Orpen had a fantastic time (he is the Aurora Orchestra’s principal clarinet) particularly as he had the chance to make his debut playing the Sackbut! Watch out for him in the early part of the concert, enjoying being part of the cacophony of instruments illustrating orchestral sounds from medieval times (hence the Sackbut) and also playing a little Mozart (but this time on the clarinet of course!)
3rd March 2011 – Lake District with Chillingirian Quartet

Timothy Orpen will be performing in two concerts at this year’s Lake District Summer Music Festival..

On the 2nd August he is joined by Yuko Inoue (viola) and Simon Lepper (piano) to play works by Debussy, Mozart (Kegelstatt Trio), Widmann, Clarke (Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale) and Weber. The next day he collaborates with the Chilingirian Quartet, whose programme includes the Mozart Clarinet Quintet.

26th October 2010 – Radio 3 In Tune – Wednesday 27th October

Timothy Orpen and Simon Lepper will be interviewed by Sean Rafferty ahead of their recital at St. George’s, Bristol the next day. The programme will include live performances of Mozart, Bärmann and Milhaud. If you miss the live broadcast (which starts shortly after 6pm) the programme will be available for a further seven days via the BBC Radio 3 website.

4th September 2010 – Mozart Clarinet Quintet – Radio 3 audio available

An excerpt of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, performed live on Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme by Timothy Orpen and the Australian String Quartet, can be heard here.

2nd August 2010 – BBC Proms ‘Inspire’ – winning compositions concert

For the third year in succession, the Aurora Orchestra (of which Timothy Orpen is a founder member) performs winning compositions selected from hundreds of entries to the BBC Proms ‘Inspire’ Young Composers Competition.  Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch, excerpts from the concert will be broadcast on Radio 3 following Prom 27 on Friday 6 August, and will include some performances by Timothy as part of a small chamber ensemble.

Concert Details:

Monday 2nd August at 5.30pm
Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road, SW7 2BS at 5.30pm

5th July 2010 – Radio 3 In Tune Tonight

Timothy will be performing an excerpt of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet with the Australian String Quartet live on Radio 3 this evening. The programme will start shortly after the 6pm news, when the Australian String Quartet will perform movements from:

  • Schubert Quartet in D minor, D810 –  Death and the Maiden
  • Haydn Quartet in G major, op. 77, No. 1

They will then be joined by Timothy to play a movement from

  • Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581