An English Fantasy


World-renowned clarinettist Emma Johnson has recorded Will Todd’s Clarinet Concerto with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Philip Ellis on the new album An English Fantasy on the Nimbus label. An English Fantasy features recordings of four clarinet concertos written by four English composers Will Todd, John Dankworth, Patrick Hawes, and Paul Reade.  The CD debuted at number 3 in the Classical Charts.

“Delightful new repertoire for the clarinet to savour” Classic FM

“Todd and Dankworth’s jazzy and urbane works nicely complement Hawes’s Finzi-like Concerto, all given committed performances by their dedicatee. Reade’s Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite is a pleasant makeweight.” BBC Music Magazine


Track Listing

Concerto for Emma Will Todd

  1. Blues and Dance
  2. Ballad
  3. Funky Tunes


Suite from The Victorian Kitchen Garden Paul Read

  1. Prelude
  2. Spring
  3. Mists
  4. Exotica
  5. Summer


Clarinet Concerto - The Woolwich John Dankworth

  1. Andante - Faster
  2. Cantabile - Reggae
  3. Slowly, Nostalgically
  4. Boogie Woogie


Claranet Concerto Patrick Hawes

  1. Allegretto
  2. Sarabande
  3. Allegro Marziale



Additional information


Will Todd, Paul Reade, John Dankworth, Patrick Hawes (Composers)
Emma Johnson (Solo Clarinet)
BBC Concert Orchestra
Philip Ellis (Conductor)
Neil Varley (Producer)
Venue 21-23 October 2015 Watford Colosseum

Running Time: 69:12

Release Date: August 2016
Catalogue No: NI6328
Label: Nimbus

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