Booking opens for Uber-clarinetist Michael Collins

By mapmyway
17 January 2017

St Andrews Concerts is delighted to host the British uber-clarinetist Michael Collins on Tuesday 7th February.

“Michael Collins plays with an irresistible exuberance that I’ve not heard equalled” Gramophone Magazine.

Michael Collins (clarinet) performing with Luis Magalhaes (piano) on Tuesday 7th February at 8pm at St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Greenpoint. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear this world class duo performing the best pieces from the repertoire for clarinet and piano.

Awarded an MBE for Services to Music in 2015, Michael Collins is considered one of the greatest exponents of the clarinet in the world today. An icon of British classical music, Collins won the woodwind prize in the first BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition at age 16, going on to make his US debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall at the age of 22. With a residency at the Wigmore Hall, he enjoys a glittering career as soloist, conductor and recording artist with many of the world’s most significant orchestras. Collins also has the distinction of being the most frequently invited wind soloist to the BBC Proms, including several appearances at the renowned Last Night of the Proms.

This is his programme:
Schumann: Fantasy Pieces
Bartok: An Evening At The Village
Brahms: Clarinet Sonata No.2, Op.120
Finzi: Five Bagatelles
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes
Poulenc: Clarinet Sonata

WHERE: St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Waterkant St, Green Point, Cape Town, 8000
WHEN: 7 February 2017 at 20h00
TICKETS: Tickets are R180 (concessions for Senior Citizens and registered students R100) and can be booked online through Quicket. Tickets may still be available at the door (cash only).

INFO:  Matthew Reid 082 864 4550.


Michael Collins is one of the most complete musicians of his generation. With a continuing, distinguished career as a soloist, he has in recent years also become highly regarded as a conductor and in 2010 took the position of Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia. Recent guest conducting and play-directing highlights have included engagements with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Ulster Orchestra, and the HPAC Orchestra in Kyoto, Japan.

Highlights this season include a return to the Philharmonia Orchestra as conductor for a regional tour as well as a Royal Festival Hall concert with violinist Alina Pogostkina. He also conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a studio concert and works with the Kymi Sinfonietta and Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra for play-direct programmes and makes his debut with the Orchestre
Philharmonique de Strasbourg, playing and directing a programme of Mozart, Weber and Rossini. As a soloist, he works with the Charlotte Symphony and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Future plans include OSESP Sao Paulo, as well as returns to the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.

Last season, his play-direct engagements included Adelaide, Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony orchestras, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, as well as Kuopio Symphony. As a conductor, he returned to the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, conducting Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No 5 and Beethoven’s Symphony No 3 and also conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a programme
of Mozart and Bartók.

Michael Collins has been committed to expanding the repertoire of the clarinet for many years. He has given world and local premières of works such as John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons, Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Concerto – for which he won a Gramophone award for his recording on Deutsche Grammophon – Brett Dean’s Ariel’s Music and Turnage’s Riffs and Refrains, which was commissioned by the Hallé Orchestra. Collins has gone on to perform Turnage’s work with the Residentie Orkest, Royal Flanders and Helsinki Philharmonics, as well as the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Collins has received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award in 2007 in recognition of his pivotal role in premièring repertoire by some of today’s most highly regarded composers.

In great demand as a chamber musician, Collins performs regularly with the Borodin and Takács quartets, András Schiff, Martha Argerich, Stephen Hough, Mikhail Pletnev, Lars Vogt, Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis. His ensemble, London Winds, celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2013 and the group maintains a busy diary with high calibre engagements such as the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh Festival, Edinburgh Festival, City of London Festival, Cheltenham International Festival and Bath Mozartfest. He has a regular relationship
with the Wigmore Hall and is one of their Artists in Residence in 2015/16, which includes concerts with London Winds and Christine Rice, Ailish Tynan and with the Borodin Quartet – with whom he will also work at the Cite de la Musique in Paris. Collins is also Artistic Director of the Liberation International Music Festival in Jersey.

Michael Collins records exclusively for Chandos and has covered a wide range of repertoire in his prolific recording career, which also includes releases on Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, EMI and Sony. Recent releases include a disc of British Clarinet Concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra which features Collins as soloist and conductor, as well as a disc of Brahms and Reinicke Clarinet Sonatas with pianist Michael McHale. Collins’s 50th Birthday was celebrated with a Chandos release of Weber Concertos conducted and performed by himself with the City of London Sinfonia. He has also recorded the concertos by Corigliano, Adams, Carter, as well as Spohr, Copland and of course Mozart. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2015, Michael Collins was awarded an MBE for his services to music. He plays exclusively on Yamaha clarinets.

PHOTO CREDIT: Ben-Ealovega