Friday, July 13, 2012

Clarinets in the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments

Sir Nicholas Shackleton (1937-2006) made invaluable contributions to the study of the development of the clarinet, and after his death his collection of over 800 historic clarinets as well as other instruments were bequeathed to the University of Edinburgh.  On the university's website are numerous close-up photographs of rare and early clarinets, along with a historical overview of the technical developments and innovations made to the clarinet.  The Shackleton collection was inaugurated during the 2007 Clarinet and Woodwind Colloquium where several early-music specialists such as Colin Lawson, Alan Hacker, and Antony Pay performed and lectured.  Check out John Robert Brown's report on the musical events, presentations, and recitals from the colloquium here

Saturday, July 7, 2012

ClarinetFest 2012 Playlist

We're starting to get excited about ClarinetFest 2012 in Lincoln, NE!  To help get you pumped up, we've created a Spotify playlist including many of the clarinetists that will be featured at the conference.  Spotify is a free music streaming service that is great for checking out new artists.  However, it pays performing artists very little, so if you like what you hear be sure to purchase an album online or at ClarinetFest to support the artists!  Enjoy!