Solist: Michael Webb

A recent graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire, Michael Webb has enjoyed success in several competitions as a solo clarinettist, winning the Conservatoire’s Woodwind Prize in 2012 as well as numerous classes in music festivals around his home region of West Yorkshire. In April, he was awarded 1st place by Julian Lloyd Webber in the Birmingham Philharmonic Concerto Prize, following a passionate performance of the Finzi concerto in the Adrian Boult Hall with Michael Seal and the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra.

Other concerto appearances include works by Mozart and Weber with orchestras in Leeds and across the Midlands. In 2012, he performed Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto and Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs with the Birmingham Conservatoire Wind Orchestra.

Michael’s solo recital has encompassed performances in the Birmingham Conservatoire Recital Hall and St John’s Smith Square in London. In 2013, Michael was invited to participate in the British Isles Music Festival, an international chamber music festival for young musicians, performing solo works by Brahms and Stravinsky. Other notable solo performances include Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Linoi on the rarely-seen basset clarinet as part of the “Birtwistle in Birmingham” festival.

In addition to his solo playing, Michael is a keen orchestral player, performing regularly with Marches Sinfonia and Orion Symphony Orchestra. He received orchestral training with the CBSO in both the CBSO Youth Orchestra and on their orchestral training scheme.

Michael is currently studying for a master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Christopher Richards and Angela Malsbury.