About Compass Clarinets
Compass Clarinets comprises 4 clarinettists, each member being originally from a different point on the compass. Compass clarinets rehearse together at least twice a week at Leeds College of Music and specialize in a variety of classical, romantic and contemporary music, performing regularly around the Leeds area. Each from different backgrounds, we utilize our skills and experiences to create our own sound world and onstage presence. Samii - Samii is a 19 year old Clarinettist studying Classical Music at Leeds College of Music. She originally started off her musical pathway through playing the Piano and Electric Guitar from a young age progressing through Trinity and Rock School examinations. In 2012 she received a certificate and medal for achieving the highest mark for Grade 6 Piano in her area for the exam season. At age 8 Samii joined Rubery Youth Marching Band where she first started learning the clarinet, through this band she played at various parades, including London Majors Parade, whilst also playing annually at the Birmingham International Tattoo at the NIA. Playing with the Marching Band, Samii has been able to be a part of other surrounding Marching Bands including Halesowen Scout Band and National Youth Marching Band. Samii became serious about the clarinet 3 years ago where she had her first teacher who helped her achieve the grades necessary to start thinking about a career with the clarinet. It was here that she started looking for ensembles around the area and came across Blackwell Concert Band with whom she has progressed with playing at different atmospheres, including beer festivals, formal services and parties. Whilst performing with Blackwell Concert Band she has been a part of CD recordings and workshops to enhance group performances. Alongside playing in Blackwell Concert Band, Samii has performed solo clarinet and piano works at two local music competitions gaining first place in her class, playing repertoire such as Poulenc, Saint-Saeons, and Hurlstone. Whilst gaining experience in performance, Samii has also been teaching both piano and clarinet to all ages helping them gain a sound understanding of the pieces they learn and techniques. Samii enjoys sharing her knowledge of music and thrives on teaching and watching students progress their ability of the instrument. Calum - Calum Edward Hennings is a 19 year old Saxophone/Clarinet player, originating from Rustington, West Sussex. After studying in both Jazz and Classical under the watchful eye of Jason Mathias DipTCL, Calum moved from the south of England to Leeds, to pursue tuition in Jazz Saxophone under Joel Purnell. After many years of studying as a teenager, Calum has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as well as performing at many high profile locations, including 'The South Bank Centre' London, 'Ronnie Scotts Jazz Bar' Soho, London, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Petworth House, West Sussex. Although Calum understands grades are very important (Achieving Distinction at ABRSM Grade 8), Calum believes the act of ensemble playing brings musicians closer and gives the participants skills that cannot be taught in a lesson or in an orchestra. Helen - Helen Goldsmith is a 23 year old classical clarinettist with a difference. She aspires to make classical music current and appeal to a younger generation through musical performance, composition and teaching; her three main passions. Experienced in the core solo repertoire for clarinet, Helen’s proudest musical moment to date is performing Paul Reade’s Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite live in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to an audience of 2,000 people. Helen holds the title of Liverpool’s Young Musician of the Year 2012, where she performed Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata at St George’s Hall. This was part of The Liverpool Performing Arts Festival of Music, Speech and Drama. Helen was also recently a finalist in The East Coast Young Musician of the Year competition, performing Milhaud’s Duo Concertante for clarinet and piano. An accomplished chamber musician, Helen is a member of clarinet Trio SHE, based in Liverpool clarinet and piano Duo Reed & Ivory, alongside Ben Cockburn based in Leeds and Compass Clarinets, also based in Leeds. Throughout her career so far, Helen has enjoyed performing at various events within her ensembles, such as, weddings, charity fundraiser events and in restaurants. Helen has also performed all over Europe with clarinet Trio SHE. Helen has vast experience in tutoring woodwind instruments including clarinet, flute and saxophone. Helen has also taught music theory and speech and drama, delivering music through play in workshops to nursery children. Helen is familiar with the ABRSM, LCM and Trinity College of Music examination boards and teaches all age ranges from 0 years through to adulthood. The majority of Helen’s experience has been with Primary and High School students, peripatetic teaching in areas of Liverpool, Runcorn and Yorkshire. Helen also runs music workshops and summer schools in Liverpool to local musicians as well as teaching music privately. Helen is capable of directing both small and large ensembles, most notably, the Archbishop Beck training band and the St Francis De Sales training band. Both of these ensembles gained 1st place at the prestigious Wirral Festival in 2013. Influencing people through music is extremely important to Helen and she continuously volunteers for musical projects involving both performance and teaching wherever possible. She is passionate about inspiring a younger generation of musicians as well as re-branding classical music to make it more accessible. Emma - Emma is an 18 year old Clarinetist studying the classical course at Leeds College of Music. She started off her musical pathway at the age of 9 where she started progressing through the ABRSM grades. Soon after, becoming part of the Leicestershire Schools bands and Orchestras where she progressed to the top Orchestra, The Leicestershire School Symphony Orchestra (LSSO). Also, having previously played Principle Clarinet in the more amateur bands. Through these Orchestras Emma has been open to many opportunities, including playing at the last night of the school proms at the Royal Albert Hall and playing in many locations across the world on tour with the Leicestershire Schools Wind Orchestra and the LSSO; Including Austria, Barcelona and Prague. Also Emma has entered many competitions with these bands and Orchestras such as Music For Youth. Emma has also been open to different styles of music including playing in the Leicestershire schools Big Band where she played both the Clarinet, Saxophone and Flute. Emma has played in many ensembles around her area such as the Market Harborough Orchestra and playing regularly in the her local church services. She has previously also played in the local Market Harborough theatre playing in the production of Pirates of Penzance. Having also played in a local Pantomime where Emma played both the Saxophone and Flute. Emma plays in her local Scout and Guide Marching band where she has played in events such as Sound Off and Marching on Parades on significant dates. Recently, Emma has played at a coffee morning for the U3A, playing both solo Clarinet and duets with a Violin. Having also planned and performed a lunchtime recital playing solo Clarinet in her local church. Emma has experience playing at events such as playing at birthday celebrations. Alongside playing in Ensembles, Emma has also taught both the Clarinet and Piano and has got pupils through the ABRSM exams. Emma has a huge passion for expressing herself through her music and sharing her love of music to others through performance and passing on her own skills to other generations.