Andrew Farnden

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Classically-trained clarinettist based in London - available for performances and recording sessions.
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Andrew Farnden is a clarinettist based in London. He recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, where he completed his Master's studies as a scholar under the tutelage of Chris Richards (LSO). He also studied bass clarinet with Laurent Ben Slimane (Philharmonia). Andrew is primarily an orchestral player, and plays regularly with orchestras across London. He has performed with orchestras such as the Hastings Philharmonic and the English Arts Orchestra, and he has played with symphony orchestras abroad; most recently the Aurora Festival Orchestra, Stockholm. As a soloist, Andrew has performed Weber’s Concertino and Mendelssohn's Konzertstück with orchestra. During his time at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, he was a finalist in their Needlemakers’ Woodwind Competition. Andrew also regularly plays with session orchestras, and recently he has recorded for RAM Records, the Illuminated River Foundation, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Andrew has experience in many genres of music, and has performed at festivals across the UK including the Snape Proms, Spitalfields Festival and Latitude Festival with Balkan/Klezmer, Bangladeshi, Cuban, and Palestinian music collectives.

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Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, World music
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Concert, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Wedding proposal, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Accompanist
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Song list

Clarinet and Orchestra:
Busoni – Concertino op. 48
Finzi – Concerto op. 25
Mozart – Concerto in A major K.622
Weber – Concertino op. 26
Weber – Concerto no. 1 in F minor op. 73
Weber – Concerto no. 2 in E flat major op. 74
Clarinet and Piano:
Baermann – Adagio (from Quintet op. 23)
Bernstein – Sonata
Bozza – Aria
Bozza – Idylle
Brahms – Sonata in F minor op. 120 no. 1
Brahms – Sonata in E flat major op. 120 no. 2
Burgmüller – Duo in E flat major op. 15
Devienne – Sonata no. 1
Finzi – Five Bagatelles op. 23
Françaix – Tema con variazioni
Giampieri – Il Carnevale di Venezia
Horovitz – Sonatina
Lutoslawski – Dance Preludes
Martinù – Sonatina
Messager – Solo de Concours
Penderecki – Three Miniatures
Pierné – Canzonetta op. 19
Poulenc – Sonata
Saint-Saens – Sonata op. 167
Schumann – Fantasiestücke op. 73
Schumann – 3 Romanzen op. 94
Weber – Grand Duo Concertant in E flat major op. 48
Chamber Music
Bartok - Contrasts
Beethoven - Trio in B flat major 'Gassenhauer' op. 11
Beethoven - Septet in E flat major op. 20
Brahms - Trio in A minor op. 114
Brahms - Quintet in B minor op. 115
Mozart - Quintet in A major K.581
Mozart - Serenade in B flat major 'Gran Partita' K.361
Mozart - Trio in E flat major 'Kegelstatt' K.498
Prokofiev - Overture on Hebrew Themes op. 34
Ravel - Introduction and Allegro
Schubert - The Shepherd on the Rock D.965
Schubert - Octet in F major D.803
Stravinsky - L'histoire du soldat
Clarinet Solo:
Harvey – Three Etudes on Themes by Gershwin
Kovacs – Hommages (selection)
Martino – A Set for Clarinet
Stravinsky – Three Pieces
Widmann – Fantasie
Customer questions

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I bring my own instruments and equipment with me.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Absolutely! I tailor my performances to each event, and I'm happy to prepare specific pieces in advance. The fee may reflect any specific requests, depending on how much time is needed to prepare.


From customers:

Trevor S
6 years ago

Thank you so much for your beautiful playing at my wedding! It was perfect

Gonville C
5 years ago

It’s always really exciting to showcase new music composed in Cambridge [...] thank you so much for performing for us in our recital series!