Programme to include Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata and Finzi 5 Bagatelles

Clarinettist Rachel Fillhart moved from her native Canada to the UK to study at the Royal Academy of Music and later, the RNCM, receiving scholarships to both. She moved to Portugal on being awarded the position of the assistant principal clarinettist with the Orchestra of the Algarve, giving concerts across Europe for several years.

She now has a busy freelance career in the northwest, performing with orchestras including the Hallé and CBSO, and gives regular recitals with her trio, Manchester Reed Trio.

Rachel has a special interest in music and health, and runs a small organisation, Cascade Music CIC, which brings live music into health care settings for therapeutic benefits. She is currently a musician in residence at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

John Gough was born and bred in Chester and enjoys a busy and varied career. Engagements have taken him to America (including Carnegie Hall), Denmark and throughout the United Kingdom. He has given frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and also recorded for Radio 2, Classic FM, World Service, S4CTV and BBC TV.

As a soloist he has appeared with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Halle soloists. He has performed at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall on several occasions and at the Buxton and Chester Festivals.

Following his studies with Marjorie Clementi and Gordon Green at the Royal Northern College of Music he won several scholarships and prizes including the John Ireland Centenary Piano Competition at the Wigmore Hall.

As a chamber music player he has given live broadcasts of the complete piano quartets of Brahms, Dvorak and Faure.

He has given recitals at the Ribble Valley international Piano Week, a live broadcast from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and for many seasons was the soloist with the Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra in concerts at many stately homes throughout England. He made his screen debut with a brief appearance in the film “Hilary and Jackie”. He has appeared under such conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Edward Warren and Timothy Reynish and in concert with Martin Roscoe, Jane Irwin, Louise Winter and Janet Hilton.