Raymond Brien

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About Raymond

‘Best session musician I’ve ever booked’ - very experienced harp and clarinet duo for Christmas Parties, Weddings and Corporate Events.
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Raymond is a Britten-Pears Young Artist 2020 and award winning soloist. Recent solo new-music highlights include guest appearances for the BBC Total Immersion series and performing Birtwistle's Linoi both of which were recorded for BBC Radio 3 this year. After winning the Hatfield and District Music Festival he has also recently performed the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto with DeHallivand Orchestra. He is part of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group NEXT cohort and has recently appeared at the Mostly Modern Festival in New York, USA. Outside of his solo playing, Raymond enjoys a varied career in chamber music and orchestral playing, including with his clarinet duo ‘DuoBolical’. Raymond is the artistic director of the Thinking Minds Project new-music recital series, which principally explores the world of electro-acoustic music in a multi-media context, with up-and-coming composers from around the globe. Raymond is a bass clarinet and Eb clarinet specialist and is grateful for the support of the HMUK in his work. As a composer recent highlights include 'It Gets Lighter from Here' series feature for Birmingham Opera Company and a feature on the NMS album of Raymond's piece Study in Green released on One Glass Eye records. Raymond uses he/they pronouns.

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This act has been working with Encore for over 7 years
Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Opera, Musical theatre, Early music, Fanfare, Medieval music, Folk, Jazz fusion, Avant garde, Experimental, Light music, Originals, Noise music, World music, Christmas, Renaissance, Electronic, Marching, Easy listening, Ambient, Electronica
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Orchestrator, Lyricist, Arranger, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Live looping, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Singing teaching
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Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Times are turbulent due to COVID; I will always endeavour to iron out any scheduling issues to ensure your booking happens. In return, please just let me know as much in advance as possible if something changes.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes absolutely. I will curate a playlist to match your specific needs.

How much time do you need to set up?

Min 30 mins if no electronics used 2h setup if using electronics and PA. This will also include setting an atmosphere through the PA as guests arrive, free of charge.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I very much enjoy collaborative programming as much as I do learning new works. If you have specific repertoire requests I would be more than happy to cater to them.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Absolutely. I am very experienced in learning repertoire in short amounts of time as long as I have access to the music.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£400
Doubling fee
When I am required to play more than one instrument. The doubling instruments I play and have available are: Bass clarinet Eb clarinet Alto saxophone Flute
Chamber Music
Chamber music: clarinet quartet, clarinet trio (cello, piano, clarinet) or clarinet quintet (string quartet and clarinet). Each configuration has its own negotiable price.
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From customers:

Robin B
6 years ago

Terrific virtuosic power and poise...with real presence and understanding

4 years ago

It was a mesmerising performance of an evocative and highly immediate piece, showing that size isn’t everything, that early-career players can deliver truly outstanding performances...