Heather is a clarinettist and bass clarinettist based in London. She particularly enjoys cross-arts, collaborative work with composers, dancers and artists in other fields.

I am a London-based freelance clarinettist and bass clarinettist - I like to immerse myself in sound and particularly enjoy discovering and playing with harmonics. I enjoy trying new techniques and working in settings which allow me to respond to the world around me through improvisation; using contact mics to build closer sonic relationships with nature.

I completed a Junior Fellowship and the Orchestral Artistry Masters at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2019 and am currently on the side-by-side scheme with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, as part of NEXT. 

As a classical musician, I have performed works by Richard Rodney Bennett and Harrison Birtwistle for BBC Radio 3 and have worked with Garsington Opera, Riot Ensemble, BCMG, Dr K Sextet, side-by-side with the LSO and with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields as an animateur. I have performed in diverse settings such as Hallr Wood, Somerset, The Barbican, Wigmore Hall, King's Place, by the Lea in Olympic Park, Cadogan Hall, The Place Theatre, The Sage, Gateshead, Windsor Castle, Scadbury Park, the English Speaking Union (Dartmouth House) and Milton Court.

I particularly enjoy playing contemporary and new music, improvising and collaborating with composers and have worked with Rebecca Saunders, Bernhard Gander, Harrison Birtwistle, Julian Anderson, Agata Zubel, Clara Iannota, Chaya Czernowin, Stevie Wishart, Sylvia Lim, Clare Elton, Nilufar Habibian and Torsten Herrmann. As a free improviser I was lucky enough to play my first improvisation with Tom Jackson and have worked with Sylvain Monchoce and Lixue Lin-Siedler in Berlin as well as the group Ad-Lib Ensemble, Conduction Groups and London Soundpainting Orchestra.

 

I am involved in various cross-arts collaborations and have been working with two artists, Miriam Sedacca and Karen Le Roy Harris on an immersive site-specific project, Until You Became Me, at the Moulin de Quétivel in Jersey as well as writing music for a short film, ieau, premiered in April 2022. I am co-artistic director of the cross-arts group, Intertwined Cross-Arts Collective. We are in the process of planning our next project, after releasing Tillow in Autumn 2021, a collaboration between composer, Clare Elton, choreographer, Kasia Witek, videographer, Rūta Vero, musicians, Sandy Thompson and Zosia Jagodzinska, and performers Stella Papi and Elisa Vassena. 

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Photo credit - Hannah Fathers

Education

2019 - Impuls Festival, Graz, Austria

Teachers: Ernesto Molinari; improvisation with Frank Gratowski 

2018-2019 - Junior Fellow at Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Teachers: Ausiàs Garrigós Morant, James Burke

2018 - IEMA Summer Academy in Schwaz, Austria

 

2016-2018 - Masters in Orchestral Artistry at Guildhall School of Music and Drama - Distinction

Teachers: Andrew Marriner, Joy Farrall, Andrew Webster; classical improvisation with David Dolan

2014 / 2015 - Aurora Chamber Music Masterclasses in Sweden

Teachers: Yehuda Gilad / Björn Nyman 

2007-2011 - BMus at Newcastle University - First Class Honours

Natalie Mayer Photography

Scholarships and Awards

2020-2021 - Help Musicians Fusion Fund Recipient for Intertwined Cross-Arts Collective

2019 - IEMA Summer Academy Scholarship

 

2018 - Guildhall School of Music and Drama Masters Scholarship / Sir Richard Stapley Trust Scholarship / The Zetland Foundation Scholarship

2017 - Winner of the D'Addario North London Single Reed Competition

2016 - Leverhulme Trust Masters Scholarship / The Altrusa Careers Trust / The Women's Career Foundation / Yorkshire Ladies' Council of Education Grant

2013 - Henley Festival Trust Grant for a Bass Clarinet

2012 - Winner of Diane Fuller Cup and Sonata Cup - Basingstoke Music Festival

2007 - Robina Dallmeyer Award on Violin