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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