Clarinet Convention 2020

Pandemic – due to recent announcements in government and from the University of Cardiff regrettably the Convention is postponed until an alternative date can be found. Refunds will be forthcoming unless delegates stipulate that their entry fees can be held till an alternative date is confirmed. Thank you for your cooperation. Les

School of Music Cardiff University

Course leaders Leslie Craven  – Dr Daniel Bickerton 

SUNDAY 19th APRIL 2020

9am – 6 30 pm approx

The course this year is primarily for clarinettists but doubling players with saxophones may bring them for a doubling class with James Mainwaring.

  • Guest artists: James Mainwaring, Mark O’Brien, Michael Pollock, Catherine Milledge, Peter Fielding, Alistair logan

James Mainwaring returns by popular demand to give classes in being a multi instrumentalist and Klezmer and will also play a recital of featuring various styles and types of instruments with pianist Catherine Milledge.

Mark O’Brien – Principal Bass clarinettist Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will coach Bass clarinets in ensembles and give classes to help improve bass techniques.

Leslie Craven will give a workshop on BRAHMS Sonatas with recital pianist Michael Pollock accompanist for Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and many other famous artists – Michael and Leslie’s Sonatas having been quoted as the “benchmark” by a recent reviewer in Clarinet and Saxophone – journal of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain and given 4 stars in BBC MUSIC and Leslie’s disc with Stjepan Hauser 5 stars and nominated for a BBC MUSIC CHAMBER award

Michael Pollock and Catherine Milledge are considered two of the finest accompanists in Great Britain if not the world. They have accompanied many great singers and instrumentalists and the Convention considers itself very fortunate to have these two super pianists to play with the artists and students on the day.

Both Leslie Craven and Peter Fielding will alternate conducting the Clarinet Choir. This year an exciting prospect is the new work being composed specially for the event by Br Daniel Bickerton. There will also be the presentation of awards for first and second prize in the competition for best solo composition from a student of the School of Music and a performance of the winning work.

Alistair Logan will give one to one advice for grade exams and for those wishing to try new repertoire with piano accompaniment (up to grade 8 standard)

  • 2020 fees (these may be paid by bank transfer (preferred), cheque or paypal) Cardiff University Music Students Free – but must complete and submit an application form please.
  • Family : One playing adult and up to two playing children £50 – for families wishing to bring more playing children please telephone Leslie and ask for rates : 01600 714169
  • Individuals adults £35 00
  • Children (under 18) £27 00 (Non playing adults accompanying a child – free but must register with a completed application form )
  • Students at RWCMD £15 00 (charge only applies if playing on the course in ensembles, masterclasses etc.)
  • Non playing music students observing must register with an application form
  • Adults and audience observing must register an application for security purposes but are free to observe classes and concerts
    Group bookings for ensembles/groups adults and children (if 10 or more) £25 00 per player. Groups of 5 to 9 players £30* per player. *This last fee category is not on the application form but simply state numbers of players and all their details and include the appropriate fee when returning the application forms (along with the preferences for classes etc) for your group.

Completed forms and cheques payable to Leslie Craven, should be sent to: The Secretary, Clarcon2020 4, Saint Thomas Road, MONMOUTH, NP25 5SA.   or to :

To pay by internet banking please send your completed form to and pay Cooperative Bank business account:
Sort Code 08 92 50 Account no. 68697468

Click this link to : Download Clarcon 2020 form, then print and send form and fees to the address above or the email address if paying by direct transfer

PLEASE NOTE: Cardiff University School of Music the current venue, is not to be confused with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where the Conventions were held for many years prior to 2012.

REGISTRATION: will be at 9.00 a.m. onwards until approximately 9.45 a.m. The Convention course classes and events begin at approximately 10.00 a.m. and end at (approx.) 6 30pm – 7p.m. depending on length of final concert.

SPECIAL NEEDS: Visually impaired attendees and those who have other special needs such as wheelchair access, please let us know your requirements well in advance so that provision can be organised for special print and wheelchair access etc.

MASTER CLASSES/WORKSHOPS: Whilst every effort is made to ensure those players requesting to perform in master classes/workshops are able to be accommodated please note that they are allocated on a first come, first served basis and players are selected according to the repertoire offered.

FOOD AND DRINKS: Unfortunately there are no facilities for purchasing food on site. Participants may bring their own packed lunches and are advised to also bring drinks. There are local shops and a coffee bar near Cathays Station within a few minutes walk (see map). Cardiff City Centre with a wealth of restaurants, coffee and sandwich bars is only fifteen minutes walk (approx). Children not supervised by parents should not leave the campus – no responsibility for missing children will be taken by the organisers of the event. PLEASE NOTE – FOOD is not to be consumed in the practise rooms, corridors, halls or lecture rooms – only in the OCTAGON and outside on the lawns – thank you in advance for this courtesy to the exceptionally helpful staff of the Music School as they and the organisers and the Secretary, have to clear up the mess at the end of the event.

REFUNDS: All courses have to cover their costs: we normally do not give refunds, except in cases of illness or accident. In such cases a doctor’s certificate will be necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: the course organisers will not in any way be held responsible for injuries or illness sustained as a result of attending the course.


From M4 take junction 32 and then take A470 towards Cardiff, from A470 at Corbett road traffic lights turn left into Corbett road. The University School of Music is on the left (approximately 200 metres).

PARKING: PLEASE NOTE : Parking meters are operational most Sundays. There are many in the vicinity, most are pay and display and most accept credit cards. There are open air car parks on North road and in the roads nearby in Museum Avenue, College Road and King Edward VII Ave. There is also limited parking on street on Colum Road. PLEASE NOTE: parking charges apply on Sundays and that there is no parking for attendees on the University site or in University car park(s). Disabled access is available at the main entrance. Attendees should enter by the main entrance in Corbett Road at the front of the building facing almost opposite Museum Ave. The School of music is clearly signed outside the building on Corbett Road