St Bride's: Music - Nadia Wilson – clarinet, Martin Butler – piano

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Nadia Wilson – clarinet, Martin Butler – piano

Friday, 20 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Nadia Wilson – clarinet, Martin Butler – pianoNadia Wilson – clarinet, Martin Butler – piano

Joseph Horovitz

Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano

1. Allegro calmato

2. Lento quasi Andante

3. Con brio

C Debussy

Première rhapsodie

Martin Butler

Barlow Dale: Four Characteristic Pieces

1. Barlow Dale

2. Inspector Merlin

3. Miss Honeyflower

4. Asiam Rex

André Messager

Solo de concours

Born in Lancashire in 1981, Nadia Wilson was determined to follow a career in music ever since she was presented with her first clarinet at eight years old. She is now privileged to pursue an active and versatile career as a freelance orchestral, chamber, and theatre musician and teacher based in London. She studied at Trinity College of Music with Michael Whight and Fiona Cross between 2003-2005. Her orchestral playing includes orchestras such as the Hallé, Royal Philharmonic and Northern Ballet Theatre, and concert tours have taken her as far afield as China and the Seychelles. Nadia doubles on saxophones and flute, and has performed on the reed chairs of successful West End shows including 'Phantom of the Opera,' 'The King and I,' and 'An American in Paris,' and in regional shows such as the 'Thursford Christmas Spectacular' and 'Oliver' at Sheffield Crucible.

Nadia is co-founder and clarinettist in the prizewinning ensemble, the London Myriad Ensemble. As winners of the 2nd International Israeli Music Competition in 2009, the ensemble was interviewed and performed live on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune', and gave a recital at the Purcell Room. They have performed at prestigious venues, including St Martin-in-the-Fields, Fairfield Halls, St James's Piccadilly and the residence of the British High Commissioner in the Seychelles.

Martin Butler was born in 1960 and studied piano and composition at the University of Manchester, the Royal Northern College of Music, and Princeton University, and from September 1998 to July 1999 Butler was Composer-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He is currently Professor of Music at the University of Sussex.

Butler's works are widely performed and broadcast both in the UK and abroad. He has received commissions from, amongst others, the BBC ('O Rio' was first performed at the 1991 Proms), the London Sinfonietta ('Concertino' and 'Jazz Machines', the latter of which was played at the 1995 Venice Biennale), the Schubert Ensemble ('American Rounds' and 'Sequenza Notturna') and the Brighton, Cheltenham, Canterbury, Norfolk & Norwich, and Presteigne festivals. In June 1994 Mecklenburgh Opera premièred the operatic adventure story 'Craig's Progress', with a libretto by Stephen Pruslin, which was adapted for radio broadcast by BBC Radio 3. His chamber opera 'A Better Place' was premièred by ENO at the Coliseum in London in July 2001, and 'Two Rivers', for choir and orchestra, was commissioned by the Oxford Bach Choir and first performed by the choir with the Britten Sinfonia in December 2001.

From 2006-8 Butler was the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra's first ever 'Composer in Focus'. His tenure culminated in two performances of a major new commission for the orchestra, 'From the Fairground of Dreams' in January and March 2008 at Brighton Dome Concert Hall, conducted by Barry Wordsworth. In October 2008 Butler's work for solo horn, 'Hunding', was the first music to be heard at the opening weekend of the new Kings Place concert hall in London.

Nadia Wilson pursues an active career as an orchestral, chamber, and theatre musician in the UK and abroad in orchestras such as the Halle and Royal Philharmonic, and shows including Phantom of the Opera and The King and I. She has performed on BBC Radio 3 and at venues such as the Purcell Room and St. John's, Smith Square. Nadia also teaches and has co-ordinated education projects in both the UK and in Kenya. Martin Butler is a composer, pianist and Professor of Music at Sussex University. He studied at the RNCM and with Luciano Berio. He has written for the BBC Proms, English National Opera, London Sinfonietta, Schubert Ensemble, and the Cheltenham and Presteigne festivals. He is the pianist with innovative ensemble, Notes Inégales.