I have a very wide and varied musical taste and performance experience across a lifetime of professional work as a clarinettist, but with one influence in particular from the early 1950’s, is my liking for light music; radio programmes like Grand Hotel, Family Favourites, Housewives’ Choice, Your Hundred Best Tunes, Billy Cotton Band Shows, Eric Robinson’s Music for You and many more. Max Jaffa Scarborough Summer Seasons , my Torquay experience in 1971 in the Summer Season Light Orchestra, working with the Palm Court Theatre Orchestra from Bournemouth, my own Palm Court Concert Orchestra from Opera North, and ultimately, founding, directing and conducting my own Promenade Concert Orchestra in Morecambe, where a seasonal light orchestra has never existed!
Music Director, Conductor and Founder, Promenade Concert Orchestra in Morecambe (2007 – )
Music Director and Conductor Settle Orchestra (1992 – 2007)
North Yorkshire Music Service as Woodwind instrumental teacher (1986 – 2008) Orchestral work with Opera North and the Halle and recital and chamber concert work. Director/player The Aeolian Ensemble piano and wind ensemble, Benjamin Frith, (after Prabhu Singh died),pianist. (1987 – 97)
University of Huddersfield, clarinet examiner/tutor (1986 – 96)
Opera North sub-principal clarinet full-time (1978 – 88) and part-time (1988-2000)
Director, Clarinettist, Founder of The Music Serenade a chamber ensemble with players from Opera North (1978 – 88)
Director, calrinettist and Founder of the Palm Court Concert Orchestra with players from Opera North (1978 – 88)
Welsh National Opera, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English Music Theatre, English National Opera, Margot Fonteyn and Friends, RPO, regular freelance work, while teaching clarinet for ILEA, Bromley EA. Director/player with the Cosmos Wind Quintet and solo recitals. Palm Court Theatre Orchestra founder player (1977- 78) The Spohr Trio, voice, clarinet and piano (1977 – 84)
D’Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra, principal clarinettist (1971 – 75), plus solo recital and chamber concert work.
Summer season orchestra in Torquay’s Spanish Barn and Pavilion (1971)
Gilbert and Sullivan for All, Manchester Mozart Orchestra, BBC Northern freelance work and teaching, (1969 – 71).
Royal Manchester College of Music (1967 – 71). Krishna Wind Quintet with Simon Wright, piano, concerts including a week of concerts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 1970 and solo recitals.
Huddersfield School of Music, College of Technology (1963 – 67)