Peter Heron was born in South Wales, and studied clarinet at The Royal Academy of Music, and saxophone privately with John Harle. A composer, instrumentalist and teacher, his music has been heard at London's Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, in addition to performances in America, Australia and Eastern Europe. As an insrtumentalist he has played for countless theatre productions and given many recitals including at St. Martin's in the Fields and St. James, Piccadilly. To hear Peter Heron's music - www.peterheron.org
Peter is leader of the East London Clarinet Choir
Patrick Miles was brought up in Anglesey, North Wales. He took up the clarinet at the age of nine. He studied maths at Oxford University, but has continued to make music an important spare time activity. He bought a bass clarinet and started playing it shortly after he started earning. He is a regular at Sherborne (formerly Canford) Summer School of Music, where he attends courses involving composition as well as clarinet playing. He has written two pieces for clarinet choir, both of which have been performed by ELCC. As his day job, he teaches maths at St Dominic's Sixth Form College in Harrow, where he is also heavily involved in the musical life of the college. He is the music deacon at Kenton Evangelical Church in North West London, and the musical director of the Polish Folk Dance group 'Tatry'.
Patrick plays bass clarinet for the East London Clarinet Choir
Jenny Brand has a BA in performance from Dartington College of Arts and subsequently gained an MMus in performance from Goldsmiths in 2007. A full AHRC Studentship enabled Jenny to remain at
Goldsmiths to complete a PhD in clarinet manufacturing in England during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
As a clarinettist Jenny has appeared in a range of ensembles from Zappa tribute bands to symphony orchestras. She also works as a studio session musician for a number of indie bands, and has recently appeared on albums by Pete Astor, littlebow and Piano Magic. Jenny is a dedicated music educator, and currently teaches as a music specialist at the Gipsy Hill Federation in South London.
Jenny Plays Bb clarinet for the East London Clarinet Choir
Charles Rowe has combined a very varied "single-reed" musical career with a parallel career in IT for over 30 years. Having graduated in music at Sheffield University, Charles joined the backing band for an Elvis tribute act, touring the UK and Europe. This was followed by playing in the resident dance band in one of the last Mecca Ballrooms, during which time, having got bored during the day, he started as a trainee systems analyst. When the band got the sack, Charles decided to concentrate on his IT career and music became a part-time "semi-professional sideline" after he moved down to Hertfordshire. For the last 30+ years, Charles has played in Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, in the orchestra pit for amateur dramatic societies, in various big bands and in a number of different chamber ensembles, including saxophone quartets/octets and clarinet choirs. Charles currently plays in East London Clarinet Choir, BBC Elstree Concert Band, the George Thorby Big Band and the Maltings Sinfonia and will shortly join his first cruise ship contract.
Charles plays alto clarinet for the East London Clarinet Choir
Originally from Shropshire, Steve Clark began playing the clarinet at the age of eleven. He studied maths at university and now works as an actuary, but still finds plenty of chances to perform in his spare time. He currently plays with the BBC Elstree Concert Band and the City of London Symphonic Winds, as well as being an occasional member of a number of orchestras. He also enjoys a bit of musical theatre from time to time, and in the past few years has played in productions at Her Majesty’s Theatre, the London Palladium and the Southwark Playhouse.
Steve plays Bb clarinet fot the East London Clarinet Choir