RTWSO: Katherine Lacy
Walton – Façade (Selection from Suites 1 & 2)
Viner – Sleeping Gomatz
Arnold – Clarinet Concerto No 2
Dvořák – Symphony No 9 in E minor (From the New World)
Soloist: Katherine Lacy (clarinet)
Conductor: George Vass
We are very pleased to welcome Katherine Lacy for the first time to Tunbridge Wells as soloist in Malcolm Arnold’s Clarinet Concerto No 2. Katherine has been principal clarinet with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for several years whilst following an expanding career as a soloist which has included first
performances of a number of contemporary works.
The Second Concerto was commissioned by jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman and, not surprisingly is full of jazz influences, especially in the hilarious ragtime finale!
Frederick Viner is a young local composer, born in Tunbridge Wells, who studied music at Oxford and York Universities. The RTWSO is especially pleased to be supporting him by giving the second performance of Sleeping Gomatz, a short orchestral work which won first prize in the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s ‘Mozarts of Tomorrow’ competition.
William Walton’s Façade started life as a witty and irreverent musical accompaniment to a recitation of poems by Edith Sitwell. Walton later turned some of his music into a ballet, and our selection from the ballet score includes light hearted and clever parodies of popular music styles.
Our concert ends with Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No 9 (from the New World), one of the most popular of
all symphonies which includes memorable melodies that the composer heard during a sojourn in America towards the end of his life.
Katherine Lacy (clarinet)
Katherine Lacy grew up in Wrexham, North Wales and studied clarinet at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Whilst at the Academy she won the RAM’s clarinet prize in her first year and gave solo performances of Stravinsky’s “Ebony Concerto” and the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in London and Paris with the RAM Sinfonia. In 2015 Katherine was honoured to receive a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music, recognising her achievements on both clarinet and bass clarinet over the last twelve years. Almost immediately after completing her studies Katherine was appointed as Principal Bass Clarinet with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, where she spent eight happy years.
During her time in the RLPO Katherine was given many opportunities to play principal clarinet with the orchestra, including at the BBC Proms and for tours to Europe and the Far East. She also enjoyed combining her role in the orchestra with solo and chamber performances. Katherine appeared as clarinet soloist with the RLPO in performances of the Weber Concertino and Finzi’s Five Bagatelles and in 2010 gave the world premiere of Ian Gardiner’s “Spinning and Weaving” for solo bass clarinet with the orchestra’s Ensemble 10/10 at the Wigmore Hall.In 2013 Katherine moved to London to join the BBC Symphony Orchestra on bass clarinet and two years later was
delighted to be offered the Principal Clarinet position with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra- a dream come true!
Katherine performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the RPO throughout 2017 in Kingston upon Thames, High Wycombe, Dartford and Crawley. In April 2018 she made her Cadogan Hall solo debut with the orchestra where she played the Mozart once again and also officially launched her solo CD of the Mozart Concerto and Quintet, recorded with the orchestra in January 2018. Katherine is delighted tohave this opportunity to play the Malcolm Arnold Concerto with the Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra this afternoon!