Heather Ryall

Heather started her musical training at the age of seven with Berkshire Young Musicians Trust where she auditioned for, and won a place on, the Gold Award Scholarship Scheme and also received The Robina Dallmeyer Award. After eleven years with BYMT she went on to study at Newcastle University where she formed and led a clarinet quartet and wind quintet, ran the salsa band and played principal and bass clarinets in the Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra and Newcastle Sinfonietta.

Heather also enjoyed the vibrant folk scene in the North East, taking fiddle lessons with Stewart Hardy, starting a klezmer band and attending folk sessions. In her third year she studied with Roberto Saltini in Italy at the Conservatorio di Musica "Arrigo Boito", Parma and in her final year she majored in performance, graduating with first class honours.

Since her university studies, Heather has won woodwind prizes including the Diane Fuller Cup and the Sonata Cup at Basingstoke Music Festival and also received a grant from Henley Festival Trust to buy a Selmer bass clarinet to focus on her bass clarinet playing.

Most recently she has been studying with Joy Farrall with a view to pursuing a postgraduate course in performance. Last October she attended the Aurora Chamber Music Masterclass in Sweden where she met Yehuda Gilad and since then, with the help of The Tillett Trust and The Zetland Foundation, has been to Madrid twice to play to him in international masterclasses.

She recently formed a chamber ensemble with soprano, Ruth McElvanney, and pianist, Sarah Latto with whom she enjoys exploring more contemporary repertoire on clarinet and bass clarinet. She performs as a solo artist, orchestral musician and as part of a duet with flautist, Rebecca Speller.

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