… just some of the orchestras who have booked Morgensterns clients during the past year.
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Peter Furniss (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Clarinet Eflat) ProfileAlso: Basset Horn, Copyist 

Orchestral bookings (since March 2012)

  • Orchestras: Academy of St Martin In The Fields, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra.
  • Orchestras (Opera/Ballet): English National Opera Orchestra, Impropera, Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
  • Chamber Orchestras: Camerata Ireland, Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
  • Shows: Wicked.

Peter's orchestral work also includes

the BBC Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, English Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, English National Ballet, Brunel Ensemble, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, International Symphony & Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem and Kirov Orchestra of the Marjinski Theatre, St Petersburg.

Pete Furniss plays regularly with many of the UK's leading ensembles and orchestras, performing extensively in the UK and Europe, giving solo concerts at venues such as the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, London's Purcell Rooom, as well as in New York, Seoul and Edinburgh.

He has given electro-instrumental performances, with Richard Dudas, Martin Parker, Alex Harker and others, at the Forum Neues Musiktheater, Stuttgart, ICMC Copenhagen, Edinburgh University (in association with IRCAM, Paris) and at the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, South Korea. Recent works have included Boulez's Dialogue de l'ombre double, Alex Harker's Fluence and Martin Parker's GruntCount, recorded in 2012 and due for release this year.

In March 2013 he and Alex Harker appear at Minimal in Glasgow for the visit of composer Steve Reich at the Royal Concert Hall. The performance includes the premiere of Harker's 'New York Counteproint Re-imagined' for clarinet and electronics, a newly remixed response to Reich's 1985 work, which the duo also present in a muti-channel diffusion of Pete's own recording.

As an improviser, Pete is currently a member of free improvisation collective Edimpro, as well as Impropera and the Not So Silent Movies band.

He has performed with artists including Michael Edwards, Fritz Welch, Anne La Berge, Martin Parker, Percy Purglove, Susan Alcorn, John Eckhardt, Shiori Usui, Owen Green, Diemo Schwarz, London Improvisers' Orchestra, Talvin Singh, Evelyn Glennie, John Etheridge and Jarvis Cocker.

In 2012 Pete was a invited to take part in Self-Organising Systems, a 7-piece free improvisation project led by Evn Parker as part of Dialogues Festival, Edinburgh.

Other recent collaborators include guitarist Haftor Medboe, Balkan renegades Smash Kafana, Anneke Kampmann and The Discordian Trio, with whom he guested at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and on 2012's Hazlos Manzanos album

With Impropera - "the world's only (and arguably best) improvising opera company" - Pete has taken part in completely spontaneous operatic performances at festivals in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Sweden and at the World Impro Games in Helsinki. The company has had residencies at Den Anden Opera, Copenhagen, Oslo Opera Festival, Teatro di Porto San Giorgio in Italy and undertake regular performances at London's Kings Place (see reviews).

He still performs regularly as a guest with many British orchestras, as well as contemporary and chamber ensembles, such as Red Note, Brewhouse, Okeanos, Chroma, New Music Players, London Concertante, the Scharoun Ensemble (Berlin) and Artisan Trio. He has played at many festivals, including the Vale of Glamorgan, London Soundings, Windsor, York Late Music, St Magnus (Orkney), Jerusalem's Classical Winter and at the 1st Festival of Contemporary Music in Baku (Azerbaijan).

Pete's recordings include the Mendelssohn Concert Pieces Op. 118 and 119, with Dimitri Ashkenazy and Karl Andreas Kolly (Pan Classics 510 070); and the recital disc Time Pieces, 60 years of American music for clarinet and piano with David Leiher Jones, for Clarinet Classics CC0054, which includes world première recordings of works by Richard Dudas and Michael Kaulkin, as well as pieces by Bernstein, James Cohn, Victor Babin and Robert Muczynski (see reviews).

As a committed educator for over 20 years, Pete has been inlvolved in a huge number of innovative learning projects. He has conducted and compered performances of his children's song settings The Farmyard Suite in Belfast, London, Canterbury and in Norwich Cathedral with 720 Norfolk school children. A second orchestral piece in this series for the DaCapo Music Foundation, Finn and Friends, was premiered in 2010 with Aurora Orchestra in London.

He is currently arranger, conductor and tutor for Tinderbox Orchestra, a revolutionary new youth collective based in Edinburgh, his home since 2010.

Pete teaches in private practice in Edinburgh and maintains a commitment to all levels of music making.

Peter joined Morgensterns in August 1997

Peter's web profile was last updated 28th Mar 2017

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Peter Furniss (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Clarinet Eflat) ProfileAlso: Basset Horn, Copyist 

Pete Furniss plays regularly with many of the UK's leading ensembles and orchestras, performing extensively in the UK and Europe, giving solo concerts at venues such as the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, London's Purcell Rooom, as well as in New York, Seoul and Edinburgh.

He has given electro-instrumental performances, with Richard Dudas, Martin Parker, Alex Harker and others, at the Forum Neues Musiktheater, Stuttgart, ICMC Copenhagen, Edinburgh University (in association with IRCAM, Paris) and at the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, South Korea. Recent works have included Boulez's Dialogue de l'ombre double, Alex Harker's Fluence and Martin Parker's GruntCount, recorded in 2012 and due for release this year.

As an improviser, Pete is currently a member of free improvisation collective Edimpro, as well as Impropera and the Not So Silent Movies band.

He has performed with artists including Michael Edwards, Fritz Welch, Anne La Berge, Martin Parker, Percy Purglove, Susan Alcorn, John Eckhardt, Shiori Usui, Owen Green, Diemo Schwarz, London Improvisers' Orchestra, Talvin Singh, Evelyn Glennie, John Etheridge and Jarvis Cocker.

In 2012 Pete was a invited to take part in Self-Organising Systems, a 7-piece free improvisation project led by Evn Parker as part of Dialogues Festival, Edinburgh.

With Impropera - "the world's only (and arguably best) improvising opera company" - Pete has taken part in completely spontaneous operatic performances at festivals in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Sweden and at the World Impro Games in Helsinki. The company has had residencies at Den Anden Opera, Copenhagen, Oslo Opera Festival, Teatro di Porto San Giorgio in Italy and undertake regular performances at London's Kings Place (see reviews).

He still performs regularly as a guest with many British orchestras, as well as contemporary and chamber ensembles, such as Red Note, Brewhouse, Okeanos, Chroma, New Music Players, London Concertante, the Scharoun Ensemble (Berlin) and Artisan Trio. He has played at many festivals, including the Vale of Glamorgan, London Soundings, Windsor, York Late Music, St Magnus (Orkney), Jerusalem's Classical Winter and at the 1st Festival of Contemporary Music in Baku (Azerbaijan).

Pete's recordings include the Mendelssohn Concert Pieces Op. 118 and 119, with Dimitri Ashkenazy and Karl Andreas Kolly (Pan Classics 510 070); and the recital disc Time Pieces, 60 years of American music for clarinet and piano with David Leiher Jones, for Clarinet Classics CC0054, which includes world première recordings of works by Richard Dudas and Michael Kaulkin, as well as pieces by Bernstein, James Cohn, Victor Babin and Robert Muczynski (see reviews).

As a committed educator for over 20 years, Pete has been inlvolved in a huge number of innovative learning projects. He has conducted and compered performances of his children's song settings The Farmyard Suite in Belfast, London, Canterbury and in Norwich Cathedral with 720 Norfolk school children. A second orchestral piece in this series for the DaCapo Music Foundation, Finn and Friends, was premiered in 2010 with Aurora Orchestra in London.

He is currently arranger, conductor and tutor for Tinderbox Orchestra, a revolutionary new youth collective based in Edinburgh, his home since 2010.

Pete teaches in private practice in Edinburgh and maintains a commitment to all levels of music making.

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Peter Furniss (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Clarinet Eflat) ProfileAlso: Basset Horn, Copyist 

Teaching experience

Peter has been a committed teacher for over twenty years and is involved as animateur, composer and conductor in a number of innovative projects, particularly in connection with the DaCapo Foundation, Impropera, David Pearl Group and orchestras such as the LSO and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

He has taught at many schools, including Haileybury College, Kimbolton School and Haberdashers' Aske's High School and has given workshops at conservatoires in the UK and abroad.

He is currently a mentor and tutor for the new Tinderbox project in Edinburgh.

Peter is currently available for tuition and coaching (ages 5-75+) at all levels: beginner, adult beginner/restart, intermediate, student, conservatoire, post-graduate and professional.

Regular lessons or one-off consultations are offered for:

  • audition/performance preparation
  • performance anxiety and physical difficulties
  • improvisation, jazz theory and creative expression
  • finding your "voice" on the instrument
  • smart practice techniques

Come and get some fresh input and ideas!

Enquiries can be made by e-mailing info@peterfurniss.co.uk

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Peter Furniss (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Clarinet Eflat) ProfileAlso: Basset Horn, Copyist 

Peter's web links

www.peterfurniss.co.ukwww.impropera.co.ukwww.clarinetclassics.comwww.dacapo.co.ukwww.aboutthecomposer.comwww.stevengerber.comwww.sarahnicolls.com

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Peter Furniss (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Clarinet Eflat) ProfileAlso: Basset Horn, Copyist 

Discography

  • Time Pieces 60 years of American music for clarinet and piano with David Leiher Jones (Clarinet Classics CC0054)
  • Mendelssohn Concert Pieces op.118 and 119 with Dimitri Ashkenazy and Karl Andreas Kolly (Pan Classics 510 070)

Reviews

"Peter Furniss provided another highlight in his performance of Dialogue de l'ombre double by Pierre Boulez. This work is the classic conversation between live performer and fixed media ... taking turns in their musical statements and staying out of each other''s way. Mr Furniss excelled in carrying out the conversation by matching [the] inflections and pacing of the tape and maintaining matching volumes."   Computer Music Journal

"A clarinettist of outstanding qualities. His performance of Mozart's Concerto K.622 was adept, assured and highly musical in the soaring elegance of the Largo, and sparkling in its final Rondo."

"Beautifully shaped and accented playing brought out the best in the very idiosyncratic and inventive music, not least in the whirling finale."
(Witold Lutoslawski's Dance Preludes for clarinet and orchestra)   Darlington and Stockton Times

"TIME PIECES, 60 years of American music for clarinet and piano" (CC0054) with David Leiher Jones (piano):

"very even and silvery ... the uniformity and precision of Furniss' clarinet tone will be awe inspiring to some. David Leiher Jones makes a very fine showing here as well."   allmusic.com

"There's a sensitive and imaginative musician at work here, as one quickly notices while listening to American Standard. The repertoire requires as much from [David Leiher Jones] as it does from Furniss, and he rises to the challenge with no less skill or commitment. Not just for clarinettists!"   International Record Review

"Great control and technique in even the most demanding moments.. the playing here stands in good comparison with any that I have heard... Well thought out and musically interesting ... highly recommended!"   Clarinet and Saxophone, Winter 2007

IMPROPERA:

"Rising to the audience's every challenge, the company quickly weave a plot of brilliant ingenuity, embroider it with musical parody and bring wonder and joy to all"   Jeremy Kingston, The Times

"The perfect operatic pick-me-up ... four fearless comedians, a pianist happy to improvise in the style of anyone from Scarlatti to Steve Reich, a quick-witted clarinettist, and a well lubricated audience."   Anna Picard, The Independent

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Peter Furniss (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Clarinet Eflat) ProfileAlso: Basset Horn, Copyist 

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The premier UK agency for Orchestral and Session Musicians.

If you require musicians for a concert, recital or to enhance an event,
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