About musicalchairs


John Bradbury is a leading British clarinettist. Born in 1967, he read Natural Sciences at St. John's College, Cambridge and went on to the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Hawkes Clarinet Prize and the Principal's Prize. In 1993, John joined the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and and two years later joined the London Symphony Orchestra, as second clarinet. In 1997 he was invited to his present post - Principal Clarinet with the BBC Philharmonic. Since then the orchestra has recorded over 120 CDs, made over 500 broadcasts, given 50 Proms and over 20 international tours. John has appeared as soloist with the orchestra many times, notably performing the Mozart Concerto under Gunther Herbig, and recording the Busoni Concertino under Neemi Jarvi. His Scherzetto by Malcolm Arnold was Editor's Choice in "The Gramophone".

Clare Bradbury studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music, London and an MA in Music Education at London Institute of Education. Clare worked for seven years as a primary school teacher and was a member of the Senior Management Team. She took a career break in 1999 to look after a young family. In 2000 she helped launch musicalchairs website and became administrator in 2001.