Leslie Craven – for many years performed and recorded for London’s major orchestras; RPO Philharmonia, LSO etc., etc., and also for T.V., film and advertisement sessions (known as”Jingles”) in the major studios.In 1993 he was invited by Maestro Carlo Rizzi to join W.N.O. and he settled in Wales in to enjoy a more pleasant lifestyle and to be part of one of the world’s leading Opera companies.
He is currently Principal clarinettist of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera a position he has held for over twenty two years, frequently being singled out by the press for his solo work in the Opera as recently as 2014 in the solos in Rossini’s “Moses in Egypt” which was given high praise in the press and his solo work given special mention on the BBC Radio 3 broadcast. Today he is widely regarded as one of Britain’s most accomplished and respected clarinettists in every musical genre.
He is recognised as one of the foremost teachers of clarinet not only in U.K. but worldwide and he has written a pedagogical book to help clarinettists learn and teach the instrument and has contributed many articles and reviews for magazines and journals both in the U.K. and abroad.
Leslie has given master classes in many notable establishments worldwide; notably the Royal College of Music, Royal Welsh College of music and Drama, Trinity Laban, Birmingham Conservatoire, Cardiff University Music School, University of Caldas Colombia, South America, Union Musicale Utiel – Requena, Spain, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Cape Town University; South African College of Music, The Clarinet Convention, Cardiff , The Clarinet Summer School, Liverpool and many other leading clarinet orientated institutions.
He gives consultations for mouthpieces and lessons/classes in his studio at home.Soon he hopes to begin chamber music weekends at his home for small groups of players – to find out more contact Leslie direct.
He is the U.K. agent for all Ridenour clarinet products including the best selling ATG reed adjustment system which virtually guarantees 99% of reeds can be used after balancing with this simple to use system.
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