Stars in the North
A Clarinet Masterclass
Internationally distinguished Clarinettist
Principal Clarinet of ECO
St James School, Grimsby
Sat 28th February 2009
10am - 1pm
Stars in the North
Stars in the North is an organisation with a reputation for providing quality
musical events, such as recitals or masterclasses. The artists associated with it all
have distinguished careers and reputations.
We are delighted to welcome Anthony Pike, internationally distinguished
clarinettist and principal clarinet of the English Chamber Orchestra, to lead a
masterclass to be held at the Markham Hall, St James School in Grimsby. He will
be joined by well-known and highly respected local pianist Barry Whitfield.
The masterclass is part of a weekend festival of music – the full programme of
events is given below.
Players are invited to participate in the masterclass, but places are limited and
need to be booked in advance. Any clarinettists wishing to take part should
contact Adele Dixon as soon as possible on tel. 07946 586827 or email
The fee for participants is £40 each and this includes free entry to the concert at
Grimsby Town Hall that evening. Observers are welcome to attend the
masterclass free of charge.
Programme of Events
Fri 27th Feb: Vocal Masterclass for 6th form students at Franklin College
led by Alison Pearce
Sat 28th Feb 09: Clarinet Masterclass at Markham Hall led by Anthony Pike
Saturday 28th Feb 09: Celebrity Concert: An Evening with the Diva
at Grimsby Town Hall 7.30pm
Alison Pearce Soprano
Anthony Pike Clarinet
David Syrus Piano
Sun 1st Mar: Vocal Masterclass at Westgate House, Louth
led by Alison Pearce
To receive details for the whole event, contact Adele Dixon on Tel: 07946
586827 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Concert Tickets are available from the Caxton’s Theatre Booking Office
Tel: 01472 346251
Clarinettist Anthony Pike studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University, and the
clarinet in London with Julian Farrell, Chicago with Robert Marcellus and the Royal College of Music
with Dame Thea King. Anthony is the principal clarinet of the English Chamber Orchestra (E.C.O.) and
has performed concertos with them throughout the world. He also appears as guest principal with many
other orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra, City of
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as obligato
soloist with the Munich State Opera and in the Musikverein Hall in Vienna. Chamber music
collaborators have included Christian Zacharias, Ralph Gothoni, the Medici Quartet, Joachim Trio
Bekova Trio and E.C.O. Ensemble. He is regularly invited to participate in festivals as far afield as
Edinburgh, South Africa, Norway, Hong Kong and Bermuda.
As an N.F.M.S./Esso 'Young Artist' in 1990 Anthony gave recitals throughout Britain. He made his
Wigmore Hall debut in 1994 and has since appeared as concerto soloist in the Barbican and Royal
Festival Halls in London as well as others worldwide. He is frequently to be heard on B.B.C. Radio
Three and his discography includes the Mozart Basset Clarinet concerto and Sinfonia Concertante with
the E.C.O., the complete works for clarinet and piano by Max Reger (with Martin Jones) and the
Copland Sextet. His recording of the entire clarinet syllabus for the Associated Board is specially
sanctioned by them.
Anthony is also a busy studio player and has played on soundtracks for James Bond films, Harry Potter,
Romeo and Juliet and most recently Atonement amongst many others. He can also be heard on albums
by artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Bjork, Robbie Williams and John Barry, and recently completed
tours with the legendary Lou Reed.
Barry Whitfield was a chorister at St Peter’s Church, Cleethorpes, under the direction of Sidney Porri
and nationally, one of the youngest sub-organists. He had to take over at the age of 11, playing for 3
Sunday services, whilst his teacher awaited a double cataract operation. He was educated locally at
Clee Grammar and then at UCNW Bangor, North Wales where he gained an honours degree in
Biochemistry, whilst simultaneously undertaking performance, repertoire and harmony instruction from
various professors and tutors in London.
He is a highly accomplished professional musician – an accompanist, composer and director in several
disciplines, with a strong background in arranging. He has extensive experience as a music educator,
both privately and in FE/HE sector with a strong emphasis on music technology and sound recording
A skilled musical arranger, he has achieved gold record sales on two occasions whilst working as
musical consultant/arranger for Flair Records/N.O.W. Music. He is a respected session musician and
has worked in TV and Radio with a diversity of leading musicians and cabaret artistes, including Sir
James Galway, Lulu, Lenny Henry, Ronnie Corbett as well as spending several years as assistant
Musical Director to Sir Norman Wisdom.
In the jazz world, his trio has appeared at venues and festivals throughout the country including two at
the Grimsby Jazz festival. He recently collaborated with the poet Malcolm Carson, which resulted in
the release of the album “Brechia” a specially commissioned work which had its inaugural performance
at the Cumbria Arts Theatre, Carlisle.
He is currently head of music at Franklin College as well as teaching at Grimsby Institute and runs his
own recording and live music company Regency Music.
Markham Hall, St James School, Grimsby
Saturday, 28th February 2009
Name & Address:
Fee: £40 (includes free entry to the evening concert An Evening with the Diva)
Since the number of places is limited, early booking is advisable.
To reserve a place, please send this completed form along with a cheque for £40 to:
Adele Dixon, 71 Lansdowne Avenue, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire DN32 0BX
All cheques should be made payable to Stars in the North.
I, the undersigned, relieve the organisers of any responsibility for damage to persons or property
occurring during the course.