About Linda Merrick...

For easier navigation this section has been split into three parts, click on the subheadings to open the relevant pages.

Profile: A general overview of of my interests and professional performance work to date and the professional bodies of which I am a member.

Employment: Positions held; past and present.

Performance: Performance history including recordings, broadcasts, commissioned works and freelance work.

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Linda MerrickLinda Merrick has been a freelance solo clarinettist since 1981. Her experience includes solo and chamber music performances,  recordings and broadcasts across the UK and mainland Europe, working with (among others) the pianists Benjamin Frith, Philip Mead and Julian Hellaby, the Kreutzer and Navarra Quartets , the contemporary ensemble ‘Sounds Positive’ (of which she is a founder-member), and the music technologist, Chris Thorpe.  This work has led to over 20 solo CD's, broadcasts for Radio 3, Radio France, Radio DRS1 (Switzerland), CKWR (Canada) and Arte TV (South Korea), the commission of over 40 new solo/chamber works, and a host of concerto and recital performances in the UK, mainland Europe, America, Asia, Australia, Canada and the Middle East.


John McCabe 'Fauvel's Rondeaux’

Linda Merrick - Clarinet
Peter Sheppard Skaerved - Violin
Neil Hyde - Cello
Aaron Shorr - Piano
Mihailo Trandafilovski - Violin
Morgan Goff - Viola
GMCD 7369

John Ireland ‘A John Ireland Collection’

Linda Merrick-clarinet
Julian Hellaby - piano
ASC, 2012

Gary Carpenter ‘Doubles’ (concerto for oboe, clarinet and wind orchestra)

Linda Merrick- clarinet
Paul Goodey- oboe
RNCM Wind Orchestra
Polyphonic, 2010

Robert Crawford Clarinet Quintet

Linda Merrick- clarinet
The Adderbury Ensemble
Metier, 2010

Philip Spratley – Byard’s Leap (clarinet concertino)

Linda Merrick- clarinet
Manchester Sinfonia
Toccata Classics, 2009

Edwin Roxburgh, Nigel Clarke, Martin Ellerby, Kit Turnbull ‘British Clarinet Quintets’

Linda Merrick – clarinet
Navarra Quartet
Naxos, 2010

Stephen McNeff ‘Image in Stone’ (Clarinet Concerto)

Linda Merrick – clarinet
RNCM Wind Orchestra
Campion/ASC, 2008

John McLeod Clarinet Concerto

Linda Merrick – clarinet
RNCM Symphony Orchestra
Chandos, 2007

Edwin Roxburgh 'Saturn' (clarinet concerto)

Linda Merrick - clarinet
RNCM Symphony Orchestra
NMC Recordings ,2006

Malcolm Arnold ‘Bright Jewels’ (Sonatina, Scherzetto & Beauty Haunts the Woods)

Linda Merrick - clarinet
Julian Hellaby & Peter Noke – piano, Laurie Ashworth – soprano
MSV, 2006

Martin Ellerby ‘The Cries of London’ (Clarinet Concerto, 2nd recording)

Linda Merrick - clarinet
Regimental Band of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards
SRC, 2005

Philip Sparke Concerto

Linda Merrick – clarinet
Rundfunk Blasorkester Leipzig
Anglo Records, 2003

Wilfred Josephs Clarinet
Quintet & Clarinet Sonatas

Linda Merrick - clarinet
Kreutzer Quartet, Benjamin Frith, piano
Metier, 2002

Concerti for Clarinet
& Concert Band (Nigel Clarke, Martin Ellerby, Kit Turnbull, Guy Woolfenden)

Linda Merrick - clarinet
RNCM Wind Orchestra, conducted by
James Gourlay & Guy Woolfenden
Polyphonic, 2000

'The Hemlock Stone'

Linda Merrick - clarinets
Chris Thorpe – computers
ClassicPrint, 1999

'New York Counterpoint'

Linda Merrick - clarinets
Chris Thorpe - electronics
Serendipity/Classicprint, 1996/98

The Music of
John Lambert

Sounds Positive
NMC, 1993

'Collage' (British Chamber Music)

Linda Merrick - clarinet, Benjamin Frith - piano
Serendipity/Classicprint, 1992/99

Martin Ellerby
Chamber Music

Linda Merrick - clarinet, Benjamin Frith - piano
Serendipity, 1990

Full details of Linda Merrick's CD's can be found in the Discography section


Radio Broadcasts

BBC Radio 3

Finzi - Five Bagatelles
McCabe - Three Pieces

Linda Merrick - clarinet
Andrew Wilkinson - piano

Josephs - Sonata no.2
Stanford - Sonata
Stanford - Three Intermezzi

Linda Merrick - clarinet
Benjamin Frith - piano


Radio France

Vaggione – Phases

Linda Merrick-clarinet, Philip Mead-piano
Horacio Vaggione-sound diffusion

Radio DRS1-Switzerland

Ellerby –
Clarinet Concerto

Linda Merrick-clarinet
Birmingham Conservatoire Wind Orchestra
Conducted – Guy Woolfenden


Commissioned Solo Works (including details of premiere)

Avril Anderson

Hammer & Tongue - WCMD, 1999
Deadwood - Reading University, 1995
Rest Assured - Belgium, 1999

Nigel Clarke

The Hemlock Stone - Birmingham Conservatoir,e 1998
The Devil and The Hemlock Stone - Belgium, 1999
Battles and Chants (Concerto), RAM 2000, CBSO Centre, 2000
Equiano (clarinet quintet), RNCM, 2009

Michael Csanyi-Wills

Glass Time
Stockholm, 2002

Martin Ellerby

Clarinet Sonata - Manchester Midday Concerts, 1984
Epitaph I: Souviens-Toi (Oradour-sur-Glane) - Purcell Room, London, 1986
Vocalise - Warwick Arts Festival, 1991
Clarinet Concerto - Gateway Arts Centre, 2000
Epitaph VII: Memento (Terezin) clarinet quintet, RNCM 2009

Howard Goodall

Letter to Perpetua - Stockholm, 2002

Joseph Horovitz

Diversions - Wigmore Hall, 1998
(UK premiere of clarinet and piano version)

John McLeod

Clarinet Concerto-Perth, 2005

Stephen McNeff

Clarinet Concerto - Finland, 2005

Michael Oliva

Ultramarine-Colourscape Festival London, 2001

Edwin Roxburgh

Wordsworth Miniatures (recording, 1998)
Clarinet Quintet, RNCM, 2009

Rhian Samuel

Stepping Out - Derby Guildhall, 1997
(commissioned by Linda Merrick: 2nd UK performance)

Philip Sparke

Concerto- Manchester, 2003

Andrew Stamatakis-Brown

Birdspotting - Eastman School of Music, USA, 2003 
Trainspotting - Queensland Conservatoire, Australia, 2004

Richard Stoker

Partita - Purcell Room, London, 1985

David Sutton-Anderson

Chant with Drone - Birmingham Conservatoire, 1998

Chris Thorpe

Time Travel - Birmingham Conservatoire, 1998
Begin - London College of Music, 1999

Kit Turnbull

African Dances (concerto) - CBSO Centre, Birmingham, 1999
Nightwalker - Stockholm, 2002
Three Cautionary Tales (clarinet quintet)- RNCM, 2009

Horacio Vaggione

Phases - Salle Olivier Messiaen, Paris, 2001
Queens University, Belfast ,2001


Commissioned Electroacoustic Works

Linda has commissioned new repertoire for clarinet and electronics from the following composers:

Avril Anderson, Nigel Clarke, Michael Csanyi-Wills, Howard Goodall, Michael Oliva, David Sutton-Anderson, Chris Thorpe, Kit Turnbull and Horacio Vaggione (see full listings above)

Work with Sounds Positive (1987-)

Performance Work includes:
- Biennial concert series in London at the Purcell Room, St. John’s Smith Square & The Warehouse
- Festival appearances across the UK and abroad
- Regular collaborative work with London Contemporary Dance Theatre
- Commission of over 75 new works by British composers
- CD - Chamber Music of John Lambert, NMC (see catalogue of recordings above)
- ‘Purcell Perspectives’ - Concert series of new commissions inspired by Purcell, 1995/96
- ‘Series 10’ - Concert series to celebrate 10th anniversary of the ensemble at St.John’s Smith Square, 1998

Educational Work includes:
- Workshops at Conservatoires and Universities across the UK
- Featured ensemble for PRS Composers in Education 1997 and Nettlefold Festival Projects 1995-97
- Collaborative work and residency with The Young Place Dance Company 1994 -
- SPNM workshops 1998/99 and 1999/00


Includes the following:
- Yamaha Foundation of Europe Scholarships (woodwind final)
- Performing Australian Music
- Howarth Clarinet Prize
- Cassel Prize Final (RMSM)
- Hertfordshire Young Musician of the Year
- Various festivals as part of the BFMS


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