Andrew Farnden

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London-based clarinettist currently studying at Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Originally from Cambridge, Andrew Farnden currently studies clarinet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London. Here he holds a scholarship and studies with Andrew Marriner, principal clarinettist of the London Symphony Orchestra. Andrew is a keen orchestral player, and rehearses regularly with student orchestras across London, including Guildhall’s Symphony Orchestra. He has also amassed professional experience performing with orchestras such as Hastings Philharmonic, and he has played with symphony orchestras abroad, most recently with the Aurora Festival Orchestra, Stockholm. As a soloist, Andrew has performed Weber’s Concertino and Mendelssohn's Konzertstück with orchestra. Andrew regularly performs as a soloist in recitals and in his third year studying at Guildhall he was the youngest of four finalists in their prestigious Woodwind Competition. He also holds a strong interest in contemporary music and has recorded Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint and has performed experimental ensemble works such as John Zorn’s Cobra. Andrew has partaken in masterclasses with Yehuda Gilad, Anthony McGill, Pascal Moragues, and Andreas Sundén, amongst others. Andrew is a keen chamber musician, and recently performed a series of contemporary chamber works in a concert curated by Thomas Adès, to celebrate the beginning of Sir Simon Rattle’s tenure as Director of the LSO. Andrew has enjoyed working in the past with Britten Sinfonia, having been a founding member of Britten Sinfonia Academy. With the Academy he notably performed Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Andrew has performed at most major concert halls across the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican, the Southbank Centre and Symphony Hall Birmingham. He has experience in many genres of music, having performed at festivals across the UK including the Snape Proms, Spitalfields Festival and Latitude Festival with ensembles such as She'Koyokh, a Balkan/Klezmer group, Dal'Ouna, a traditional Palestinian ensemble and Lokkhi Terra, a Bangladeshi/Cuban world music collective. Andrew also performs with an Oktoberfest Band, and in 2017 travelled around the country performing to crowds of up to three thousand. In addition, Andrew is a keen pianist and formerly held the position of accompanist at the King Slocombe School Dance in Cambridge.

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Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance
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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
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Instrumental teaching
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From customers:

Trevor S, 2 years ago

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

Gonville C, 1 year 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!