Above: Leslie with two of his most successful and accomplished former students : Hannah Morgan and Jennie Porton are now well established as two of the finest professional clarinettists and saxophonists in the U.K.
Jennie and Hannah studied with Leslie from the age of nine and now play regularly with the major orchestras of the U.K.
They both use Leslie’s mouthpieces and Silverstein ligatures.
Leslie currently teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music where his students frequently achieve the highest honours.
His former students include; the winner of a major international prize in South Africa, the “Sasol Prize” (worth approximately ten thousand pounds),also, winners of the “Normans Musical Instruments” Woodwind Prize at the R.W.C.M.D (two years in succession) and the winner of the Walker prize.
Local competitions and Eisteddfods have seen Leslie’s pupils scoop numerous winning places notably the Rotary Club Prize: (his pupils won this twice) “Young Musician of the Year” for Wales, also the Caerphilly “Young Musician of the Year and the Vale of Glamorgan “Young Musician of the Year” in several different age categories. Lee Mottram a very talented young student also won the coveted Blue Riband at the National Eisteddfod and the sum of £3,000.
His students have gained places in The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, N.Y.O. of Wales, National Children’s Orchestra and numerous music scholarships to illustrious”public” schools such as Eton and the Oxbridge Universities.
(below: Leslie’s former student – winner of the Sasol prize worth £10,000:
Matthew Reid now a successful solo performer with his ensemble in Cape Town South Africa
Leslie gives master classes in many establishments both in U.K. and overseas and is the co-founder of the highly successful Clarinet Convention, held annually at Cardiff University and is responsible for the Leslie Craven / Peter Fielding Prize to be awarded to the most successful clarinettist at the School of Music on a yearly basis.
Leslie has examined at all levels and gives consultation lessons to all standards including professionals from all over the world who seek his advice for audition preparation.
NEW : MASTER CLASS WEEKENDS: To register interest for individual consultation lessons or master class weekends with Leslie in his studio at home (limited to four players per weekend) please contact him via contact page.
(below Leslie having a fun moment with some talented Colombian clarinettists during a master class at the University of Caldas – Manizales – Colombia – Leslie found the young clarinettists in that country to be of a very high calibre thanks to the excellence of their teachers and had a uniquely wonderful time in their beautiful – much maligned country Leslie says – Colombians are possibly the friendliest people on the planet )
(right) : Leslie with the class of Colombian clarinettists and their excellent teacher (far right of picture)
Hernan Dario Gutierrez