Afternoon Concert Sunday 17th March 2024, 3pm

James Mackinder, Clarinet | Mark Rogers, Piano

Programme:-

Copland: Clarinet Sonata
Bliss: Pastoral
Weber: Grand Duo Concertant

  • Tickets £10 on the door, Students £5
  • Stay afterwards for Tea and Cake – £5
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All Profits to support emerging local young musicians at St Nicholas Church.

We are grateful to Charlotte Fraser for additional sponsorship for the musicians.

Ewan Millar and Tomos Boyles.

James Mackinder – Clarinet

In February 2022, James made his professional orchestral debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) performing in their Rush Hour and School Concerts, and later returned to the CBSO to perform in their Best of the West End and Classical Pride Concerts. Recently, James performed with the Czech Philharmonic.

James graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC), where he held a scholarship and explored a wide array of works with both the RBC Symphony Orchestra and CBSO Youth Orchestra. He is currently following the Master of Arts programme at RAM, where he also holds a scholarship. James has performed with the Academy’s Symphony, Opera, and Chamber Orchestras.

As a soloist, James has proven himself to be a versatile and captivating performer, with Norman Stinchombe commenting on his “mellifluously delightful playing”. He recently performed Krommer: Concerto for Two Clarinets, Op. 35 with fellow clarinettist Thomas Gant, and won the RBC Woodwind Prize in March 2021, where he performed the jazz-infused Mower: Clarinet Sonata. James performs in various chamber groups and has been a member of the Phoenix Clarinet Quartet since 2019. The quartet pride itself on its varied repertoire including klezmer, jazz, pop, and classical music.

James has performed in the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Town Hall; as well as performing at Glastonbury Festival with the Paraorchestra.

He is proudly supported by the Charlotte Fraser Foundation, Maddocks Mills Fund and Wolfson Instrument Fund. 

Mark Rogers – Piano

Mark Rogers is an American pianist specializing in vocal and chamber music. He has been a Young Artist at the International Lied Festival Zeist, Leeds Lieder Festival, the Ludlow English Song Weekend, and has played for masterclasses with Christian Gerhaher, Martin Fröst, Felicity Lott, and Lawrence Power among others. 

Together with regular recital partner baritone Florian Störtz, they won the Prix de Mélodie at the Concours Nadia et Lilli Boulanger and the audience and First prize at the Helmut Deutsch Lieder Competition. Mark performs recitals regularly with musicians on the Countess of Munster and Philharmonia schemes and has played concerts at Scottish Parliament, the Malmö Radhuset, and a series of recitals at Atelier Ferrandou in the south of France with cellist Kristian Chojecki. Previously, he was the accompanist for BBC Choir of the year Les Sirenes, and is a staff pianist at Oxenfoord summer school. 

In addition to performing, he has won first prize from the Royal Philharmonic Society for his article on Samuel Barber in their Young Classical Writers competition, and writes program notes for the Wigmore Hall.