janet hilton
Janet is recognised as one of the leading clarinettists in the UK. She has performed with many of Britain’s finest orchestras, and has also become renowned for her superb chamber music interpretations with such well known ensembles as the Lindsay and Endellion String Quartets and the Camerata Wind Soloists.
Her many overseas engagements have included concerts in Holland, Canada and the USA (where she has regularly worked with the Michigan based chamber group, Fontana), a recital tour of the major European Opera houses with Margaret Price, concerts in Italy (at the Incontri in Tierra di Siena festival and with the Alessandro Scarlatti Orchestra in Naples) and work for the Gstaad Festival in Switzerland. In Britain, she has appeared at many festivals, including Aldeburgh, Bath, Cheltenham, City of London, Edinburgh, Harrogate, and the BBC Proms.

Her extensive list of recordings for the Chandos label includes the chamber music of Brahms and Weber, trios by Mozart, Bruch and Schumann, and concertos by Weber, Stanford, Nielsen and Copland. She has recorded Malcolm Arnold’s first Clarinet Concerto for EMI, and the Mozart Clarinet Quintet for ASV. In 2001, Clarinet Classics released an exciting disc of Janet’s performances of four concertos written for her by Alun Hoddinott, John McCabe, Edward Harper and Dame Elizabeth Maconchy.

Alongside her solo career, Janet has been Principal Clarinet of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Welsh National Opera and Kent Opera Orchestras and the Manchester Camerata. She is a Professor of Clarinet at the Royal College of Music, where she was Head of Woodwind from 1998-2010.


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