Ian Stephens Clarinet Concerto will receive its 3rd and 4th performances in January and February 2020:
On Sunday 12 January, Jacob Perry (clarinet) performs with Orchestra of St Mary’s conducted by Nigel Wicken at St Mary’s, Penzance TR18 4AQ.
On Saturday 8 February Mandy Burvill (clarinet), to whom the concerto is dedicated, performs with Liverpool Mozart Orchestra conducted by Robin Wallington, 7.30pm at Capstone Theatre, 17 Shaw St, Liverpool L6 1HP.
The Clarinet Concerto has received a warm review in Clarinet and Saxophone Magazine:
May 2019 saw the eagerly anticipated world premiere of Liverpool-based composer Ian Stephens’ new clarinet Concerto, written for his wife, Mandy Burvill.
It’s a work set to delight listeners, orchestral players and soloist alike as Ian places his trademark styles of lyricism and humour throughout the piece.
The piece has an autobiographical backstory that follows Ian and Mandy’s courtship, marriage and the arrival of their children.
For those who enjoy a challenge, Ian has codified dates into each movement that represent key events, such as the trumpets and horns in the climax of the first movement playing out 1998, the year Mandy and Ian first met. Spotting where these musical date references occur adds extra depth to the piece for listeners and performers to enjoy, reflecting the mischievous nature of the composer who likes adding ‘Easter Eggs’ to his works.
Composers Edition is proud to publish Ian Stephens works, including Clarinet Concerto which is available for perusal and purchase through our website.