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Staff Profile For Prof Roger Heaton
Subject Leader: Music. School of Music and Performing Arts.
BMus (Hons) [Huddersfield University], MMus [King's College, London University].
Roger Heaton, clarinettist and conductor, performs throughout Europe as a soloist. He has played with the Arditti, Kreutzer and Smith String Quartets, and was a member of the London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Modern. He plays with the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, with whom he records regularly for CD and radio. His solo CD of works by Reich, Bryars, Feldman and others, was voted one of the top 50 classical CDs of 1995 by the BBC Music Magazine, and his recital CD, Hymnos, was one of the Sunday Times critics' best CDs of 1998, both are on the Clarinet Classics label. His CD of music by Erhard Grosskopf was released in 2001, his recording of Scelsi's clarinet concerto Kya came out on Metier in 2002, and Feldman's Clarinet and String Quartet was released in September 2004 to coincide with his 50th birthday concert at the Purcell Room on London's South Bank. A CD of solo music by Tom Johnson was released on the Ants/Silenzio (Rome) in 2006, and a recording of Hugh Wood's chamber music was released on Toccata Classics in October 2009. He was Music Director and conductor of Rambert Dance Company, 1988-93, and Clarinet Professor at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, 1982-94.
Recent solo concerts and radio broadcasts include the Warsaw Autumn, Vilnius, CDMC Madrid, Prague, Bergen, Regello, Odense, Tallin, Riga, and the Valencia Biennale festivals, two concerts with Music Projects London at Tate Modern recorded by BBC Radio 3. This year he is touring with Bryars in the UK and Mexico, playing with the Fidelio Trio and the Kreutzer Quartet in programmes including Messiaen's 'Quartet for the End of Time', concerts in Dartington, Modena, Waterford Festival Ireland and Cyprus at the International Contemporary Music Festival in Nicosia, an annual week of concerts and masterclasses. He gives regular clarinet masterclasses at conservatoires across Europe. His book 'The Versatile Clarinet' was published by Routledge (New York) in December 2005; he has written a chapter for The Cambridge History of Musical Performance (2012) and has contributed to the recent Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music (2009). During 2011-12 he was touring Britain and the US with the Richard Alston Dance Company playing Steve Reich's New York Counterpoint for Alston's ballet Roughcut. He toured throughout 2013 with the Gavin Bryars Ensemble playing The Sinking of the Titanic.
He gave a paper 'Contemporary Performance Practice and Tradition' at the Performance Studies Network International Conference at the University of Cambridge (July 2011), which was published in the March 2012 issue of Music Performance Research. He has been studying the scores and sketches of Boulez's Domaines for solo clarinet at the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel in preparation for a CD on the Clarinet Classics label which also includes the first recording of Horatiu Radulescu's The Inner Time (written for Heaton in 1982) and work by Scelsi, Pousseur and Berg (release Autumn 2013). He commissioned a new clarinet quintet from Mihailo Trandafilovski with the Kreutzer Quartet which will also appear on this disc. He is about to record a CD of Schoenberg, Berg and Schumann with pianist Charles Wiffen for release in Autumn 2013.
Membership of Professional Bodies/Subject Associations:
SPNM (Society for the Promotion of New Music)
Performance, contemporary music, music analysis
Heaton, R., ‘Reminder: a recording is not a performance’ in Eric Clarke, Nicholas Cook, Daniel Leech-Wilkinson and John Rink (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Recorded Sound (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009) pp. 217-20.
Heaton, R., 'Instrumental performance in the Twentieth Century and beyond' in Colin Lawson and Robin Stowell (eds), Cambridge History of Music Performance (Cambridge:Cambridge University Press, April 2012)
Heaton, R., ‘Contemporary Performance Practice and Tradition’, Music Performance Research, 5, March 2012.
‘Contemporary Performance Practice and Tradition’, Performance Studies Network International Conference, AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice, Cambridge University (14-17 July 2011)
Presentation with Kreutzer Quartet of Mihailo Trandafilovski Clarinet Quintet, Soundbox Research, Royal Academy of Music (29.11.11)
Tom Johnson solo works for clarinet, CD, Ants/Silenzio, Rome, 2006
'The Versatile Clarinet' (revised with new chapters), Routledge, New York, 2005
Feldman and Fox Clarinet Quintets, CD, Metier, 2004
Gavin Bryars: A Portrait, CD, Philips, 2003
Giacinto Scelsi Clarinet Concerto Kya, Firebird Ensemble, CD, Metier, January 2002
'Performance and Xenakis's Echange' in Changing Platforms: 30 Years of the Contemporary Music Network, Unknown Public/Arts Council of England, 2001
The Versatile Clarinet, Taylor and Francis, February 2001
Erhard Grosskopf: Sound pool - adagio, CD, [trio with Balanescu and Pruslin] DeutschlandRadio, Edel records (Akademie der Künste/Berlin), 2000
The Music of Philip Grange, CD, with Gemini Ensemble, Black Box, 1999
Numerous performances and radio recordings: Radio 3 Hear and Now (Italian chamber music), performances in Regello Festival, Italy, Dusseldorf, Dublin, London (Purcell Room), Huddersfield, Tate St. Ives, Modena, Dartington, London (Warehouse), etc.
Roger Heaton with Kreutzer String Quartet first performance Mihailo Trandafilovski Clarinet Quintet Magnets, Lava, Crystals, Wilton’s Music Hall (7.12.11)
Roger Heaton/James Woodrow/Audrey Riley new work by Craig Vear, Vale of Glamorgan Festival (7-8.5.12)
Roger Heaton with Gavin Bryars Ensemble, Milan (30.07.08), Gent (12-14.12.08), Bath (24-25.11.08), Mexico (16-22.03.09), London Roundhouse (16.05.09), Leeds Opera House (14.06.09), London Purcell Room (04.07.09), Union Chapel London (19.10.09), Lancaster University (26.11.09), Birmingham Town HAll (13.4.12), Barbican London (15.4.12), Vale of Glamorgan Festival (1.5.12)
CD of solo works by Boulez, Radulescu etc., 2012
Article for Music Performance Research 2012
Chapter for CUP The Cambridge History of Musical Performance, 2012
Chapter for he CUP Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music, 2009
Ongoing numerous performances and recordings
Manchester Metropolitan 1999-2003
Goldsmiths College London University 2003-05
Kingston University MA 2004-08 and Chief Post-graduate External 2006-08
University of East Anglia BA and MA, 2007-10
Royal Northern College of Music MA 2007-13
PhD examiner: De Montfort University 2003, Birmingham Conservatoire 2004, Bath Spa University internal examiner 2007 and 2011, Royal College of Music 2012.
Other External Roles:
External auditing/review and validation for BA Music programmes:
Manchester Metropolitan University (2008), Canterbury Christ Church University College (three times, most recent 2004, Internal Review of Music); Thames Valley University (London College of Music) (three times, most recent 2003)
Steering/Executive committee member Cheltenham International Music Festival from 2004-05
Board member Clarinet Classics CDs 2006-
Recent Professional Updating:
Last Updated: 24 May 2013.
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