David Campbell received great critical acclaim for his debut at Wigmore Hall on his 22nd birthday with pianist Andrew Ball. Within eighteen months David had been on trial for the principal clarinet job in the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, played the Mozart Concerto with the London Mozart Players, made his Proms debut with the London Sinfonietta and been invited to join Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s ensemble The Fires of London, with whom he toured the world for the next eleven years.
His career over more recent years has been focused around chamber music, concerto performances, broadcasts and recordings with many composers writing works for him. David is also passionate about teaching and is currently Head of Woodwind at Westminster School, lectures at City, University of London and gives regular masterclasses both here and abroad. He has held positions as Chair of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society and UK Chair of the ICA.
Margaret Archibald has travelled widely in Europe, the USA and Japan, performing on modern and historical clarinets with orchestras including the ECO, LMP, AAM, Amsterdam Baroque, English Concert, London Classical Players and OAE. She passionately believes that music is for sharing and in 2010 she founded the charity Everyone Matters that now takes a wide range of projects into schools, special schools, nursing homes, day centres and the wider community. A focus on intergenerational projects has given young musicians the opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside professionals in care homes, a project that has been adapted for Benslow’s “Performing for Hitchin” courses.
Ian Scott is the Principal Clarinet of The Royal Ballet Sinfonia and a regular Guest Principal with the major orchestras in London. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and at the University of Arizona. He has appeared as soloist with I Solisti Veneti, the Izmir Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Orchestra of St John's and the Gulbenkian Orchestra on tour in the Far East.
Ian has made two concerto CD's of British works for clarinet and orchestra, “British Clarinet Concertos” for Sanctuary Classics and “English Clarinet Concertos” for the Dutton label. His latest release on Divine Art Records is "From Russia" and features the concerto by Rimsky Korsakov. Later in the year his recording of the Suites from Cinderella and Romeo & Juliet by Prokofiev, arranged for clarinet and piano, will also be released by Divine Art Records.
John Flinders studied at the University of York and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is particularly noted for his performances of the clarinet repertoire and his recordings have been acclaimed by the Sunday Times, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine; he also has a strong affinity with the classical song repertoire. In 2014 he featured as piano soloist on the soundtrack of the major ITV series The Great War: The People’s Story. Other solo performances have included Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Constant Lambert’s The Rio Grande, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and several of Mozart’s concertos. John is a piano teacher, chamber music coach and accompanist at St Paul's Girls' School, is a coach and accompanist in the Junior and Senior Departments of the Guildhall School, and also accompanies the Pink Singers, Europe’s longest-running LGBT+ chorus.