New Clarinet Works


Dedications & Commissions

Roma Cafolla


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Roma Cafolla’s web site

Christopher Ball

ball_cd3Leslie has recorded the Concerto written for and dedicated to him by Christopher Ball – It is available from this web site, and clips can also be heard here.

“In Leslie Craven the dedicatee, he has the ideal interpreter, commanding and brilliant but above all, warmly expressive, a beautifully full and singing sound throughout the compass with a distinctive English School vibrato.”
Andrew Smith, Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain Magazine

Christopher Ball’s Oboe concerto and Wind Quintet (featuring Leslie as clarinettist) have recently been re-released on the Dinmore Records Label record number DRD104. Website:


ball-piper-cdRe-issue of “Scenes from a Comedy” and world premiere of NEW CLARINET QUINTET and COR ANGLAIS CONCERTO

“Perfect music for a relaxing summer day” BBC Radio 3

“some of the most delightful music in the modern woodwind repertoire”Recorder Magazine

“I enjoyed the whole 67 minutes of this CD greatly” David Mellor – Classic FM

“exquisite music”…”much melodic and rhythmic variety”…”bathe in the beautiful music”…”Hauntingly mellifluous and melodic”…Paul Arden-Taylor’s “sparkling playing and dazzling virtuosity”…”full of the sheer enjoyment of the music”…”Christopher Ball is a composer and musician of rare brilliance”…”as a conductor he draws playing of great warmth and sensitivity from the Adderbury Ensemble”…”suberb recording“.Quotes from: American Record Guide, Tibia (Germany) and Recorder Magazine

Christopher Ball’s web site


“Over the Hills and Far Away” is on the Grade 5 ABRSM list, and the first movement of the Christopher Ball Clarinet Concerto is listed for Grade 7 in the current ABRSM clarinet syllabus.

……From: “The Clarinet” – the Journal of the International Clarinet Association (USA) : a winner on all fronts – not the least of which is the artistry of Leslie Craven whose playing is effortless and spontaneous.

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Anthony Wakefield


Anthony WakefieldAnthony wrote Hauntings for Leslie, who recorded it on the Expressions CD


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Daniel BimbiDaniel Bimbi

Composer who wrote ‘El Casot’ and dedicated it to Leslie

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Tom Jackson

Tom JacksonTalented former pupil and composer of the excellent Sonata for clarinet alone. This features some Avant Garde techniques such as multiphonics, quarter tones, growls, vocal sounds, timbral trills and flutter tongue, most of which are described in Leslie’s book Instant Help….

Listen to a live performance of Tom Jackson’s Sonata for clarinet alone played by Leslie at the Clarinet Summer School Liverpool

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Vasco Hexel

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