Free Lunchtime Concert – Alison Lambert & Adam Johnson
Ray Leung – Purple Dawn (Winner of the 2013 NLSO Young Composer Competition)
Gaubert – Fantasie
Stanford – 3 Intermezzi Op. 13
Ravel – Piece en forme de Habanera
Bernstein – Sonata: Grazioso; Andantino – Vivace e leggiero
Alison Lambert Clarinet
Adam Johnson Piano
Alison Lambert studied at the Royal Northern College of Music before winning a scholarship to study with Professor Wolfgang Meyer at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe, Germany.
Upon completion of her undergraduate studies she went on to hold the position of Principal Bass Clarinet in the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel, with whom she toured throughout Europe, also regularly broadcasting live on Israeli television and radio.
Alison has performed as a soloist with the Hallé Orchestra, Hillel Orchestra, Jerusalem, Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra and Collegium Musicum, Heidelberg. Most recently she performed the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto in London with the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra. Radio broadcasts include a live performance as part of the BBC Proms/Radio 3 Chamber Music Series of Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Quintet and orchestral appearances at the BBC Proms. Alison is currently Principal Clarinet of the English Symphony Orchestra and has performed with many of the UK’s leading orchestras such as BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Swan and as clarinettist for the RSC, Stratford Upon Avon.
Alison has been clarinet tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama since September 2003.
Adam Johnson is one of the most versatile and exciting young musicians to have founded his own orchestra in recent years. The Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra, of which he is both Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, has attracted the attention of concert-goers in London since its formation in 2007 (‘Thrilling’ Classical Source 2011). Unique among the outstanding artists of his generation, Johnson is as equally at home conducting opera as he is fulfilling the role of soloist in concerto repertoire, playing chamber music, or directing his own large-scale compositions.
Winner of the Ricordi Operatic Conducting Prize whilst still studying under Sir Mark Elder, Adam Johnson was invited to assist Ari Benjamin Meyers on his multi-media contemporary theatre work Il tempo di Postino as part of the Manchester International Festival. His outstanding contribution to the production led the following year to associate conductorship of the London première of Jonathan Dove’s opera Flight with British Youth Opera under Nicholas Cleobury. His subsequent operatic successes have included direction of Karol Szymanowski’s rarely performed King Roger and Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia for Elemental Opera, a young innovative touring company with whom he enjoys an ongoing partnership.