After a difficult week, which included an unexpected 5 day stay at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Andrew finally got the green light to perform the Bass Clarinet Concerto written for him and the Maghull Wind Orchestra at the Philharmonic Hall Liverpool last Sunday
It was a great concert and was to celebrate MWO’s 40th anniversary! My thanks go to Bill Connor and Phil Shotton for managing to get this performance together and their support and to the players of MWO for their hard work in a challenging work which they performed so well
Here are some photos from the concert with thanks to Alan Humphreys
In Just two weeks time Andrew will be giving a World Premiere of Sciamachy… Schatten Suche for Bass clarinet and Piano by composer Bill Connor at the International Clarinet Association’s 2018 Clarinetfest in Ostend see link below where he is sponsored by Behn Mouthpieces LLC Henri Selmer Paris & Das Blashaus and Légère reeds. Hi recital is between 9-10am on Saturday 7th July
Latest customers reviews
My Buffet RC Prestige is now 35 years old and had been subjected to ten years of heavy use since you last serviced it.
The whole instrument has been restored to its former glory. I would even go so far as to say that it now plays better-than-new thanks to the new ARCS MK5 pads you have fitted. These, in combination with the felt you use instead of cork, make for a totally noiseless action. It’s a small but vital point, and one I wasn’t expecting, but I love the cushioned thumbrest you have created. I was previously thinking of trying something like the Kooiman thumbrest but the cushioning you have provided on the existing thumbrest suits me well and is really comfortable. Overall the marked improvements are:
Intonation – noticeably improved in the altissimo register.
Speaking – rapid staccato tonguing is now a joy across all registers and notes that were sometimes reluctant, such as top D, now speak freely.
Tone – is improved and is more flexible at all dynamic levels. The bottom register is also beautifully rich.
Keywork – somehow the keys feel tighter into the instrument. There is an evenness in the action that allows your fingers to “ripple around”. It’s fun!
In a word, the clarinet is now effortless. It finally sounds like me, rather than like me fighting to be me. Many thanks for your expertise in restoring a much-loved instrument.
Chris Evans MA
Solo Clarinet, Waterloo Band of The Rifles
Thank you Andy for the fantastic work you have done overhauling both my A and Bb clarinets. I was beginning to feel frustrated that the clarinets were stuffy and not projecting fully across the range, plus the key work was noisy, and didn’t sit correctly under my fingers. The main difference now is that they play freely and I feel like they are working with me, rather than against me. I now feel that I don’t have to work as hard to achieve the result I want. Thank you also for cleaning them up and making them look like new again. I would highly recommend your overhaul service to colleagues and pupils’
Emily Anderson, clarinet teacher RWCMD Junior Conservatoire
I have only known Andy personally a short time, but I have been aware of him for considerably longer, having blown several colleagues instruments that have had the ‘ARCS’ magic performed on them. He worked on my B&H 1010, improving the C#/G# note by removing and fitting a custom C#/G# tone hole and reshaping the key. He also tweaked and altered the shape and feel of the key-work to make it feel more like a Buffet. What a massive improvement. He has since gone on to adjust my R13 ‘A’ clarinet to correct two very stuffy notes, and has done a complete overhaul of My Buffet S1 Bb clarinet using his latest Mk 5 pads.
Andy is a genius, not only is he a wonderful soloist/clarinet player himself, but is also a marvellous technician. He is able to offer his personal knowledge of playing to advise you and then execute the highest level of workmanship to his repairs, modifications and overhauls. He is very easy to communicate with, and from the very outset, it is clear that he knows everything there is to know about clarinets. He is also able to offer advise on everything from posture to mouthpiece choice, (I am now using a Brad Behn mouthpiece purchased from Andy).
Thanks so much Andy.
Mike Read, freelance woodwind Specialist and Tutor Leicestershire
Just wanted to drop you a line as promised and tell you how pleased I am with the overhaul you did on my Bb clarinet. The whole thing is balanced beautifully and plays so evenly and smoothly! It responds like a new instrument. It’s always daunting handing over an instrument for repairs, but I know how seriously you take your work and so I knew I could trust you to do your absolute best for me. You didn’t disappoint! Your patience in helping me get to the bottom of an issue which had been plaguing me (and other instrument technicians!) for months was greatly appreciated. I can’t wait to get the A done now. Thank you so much for the new lease of life you’ve given to my much-loved Buffet
Anne Harper Freelance clarinettist Belfast
Andrew performed the Guy Woolfenden Concerto, in the presence of Guy’s widow Jane Woolfenden, on Saturday 18th November 2017 with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra in their memorial concert for Guy Woolfenden at Liverpool’s Princes Road Synagogue. He also performed the Weber Concertino and an appropriate encore for the venue, Bela Kovacs brilliant klezmer work Sholem Alekhem Rov Fiedman! you can watch the video of the encore below
New educational videos section added
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New Pre owned stock now available
We now have some additions to the pre owned stock
Check the revised list on the for sale section for more exciting additions including ligatures!
Latest arrivals now awaiting preparation in the ARCS workshop
We have delighted to say that we can now offer these outstanding bass clarinet crooks at a discounted price
If you haven’t tried one yet this is the time to see what it can do for your bass clarinet – its a bit like adding a turbo charger, now with a 10% discount you can enjoy one for less!
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