Kalliope Clarinets are a group of enthusiastic young musicians who enjoy playing a variety of exciting repertoire. Formed in 2013 at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music, this colourful clarinet quartet play a wide variety of genres which showcase the diversity of the clarinet. The quartet developed as a chamber group whilst studying together, where they worked with renowned musicians such as Andreas Ottensamer (Principal Clarinet, Berlin Philharmonic), Petr Prause and Melinda Maxwell. They continue to perform regularly and strive to share their passion for chamber music with their audiences.

What We Do

Since 2013, Kalliope are fortunate to have performed in many venues across the country including Blackwell Arts Centre, as part of the Lake District Summer Music Festival, St. Ann’s Church (Manchester) and Whitworth Art Gallery. In addition to lunchtime and evening recitals, the quartet share a passion for music education and provide workshops in schools and music services. They also enjoy performing at private functions such as parties, weddings and various other events.

What We Play

As a quartet, Kalliope aim to show their audiences an assortment of musical genres that showcase the clarinet family, from early baroque to jazz to twentieth century music. They are keen to display the diversity of the clarinet, which often surprises some audiences, and like to demonstrate both the Eb and Bass Clarinet. The clarinet quartet is a relatively modern chamber ensemble and the quartet play a variety of original works and arrangements. In 2015, Kalliope Clarinets worked with composer Daniel Lim to commission and premiere Pandora’s Dilemma. The quartet also premiered a new arrangement of Synchronicity, written for them by Rob Buckland. They enjoy playing repertoire that is challenging and different to the usual visual setup, such as Eddie McGuire’s Chinese Knotwork. Kalliope Clarinets capture their audiences with their varied programmes and demonstrate the versatility of the clarinet.

Who We Are

As well as being members of Kalliope Clarinets, the quartet are all freelance musicians. They enjoy performing with a variety of different orchestras and groups such as Zephyr, Chester Operatic Society, Sinfonia Viva and Mozart Festival Orchestra. They have also played in many theatre bands for musicals such as Pippin, White Christmas and Guys and Dolls. Each member of the quartet teaches both privately and with music services and enjoy working with talented young musicians.