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Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op.15
Stephen Johnson Clarinet Quintet
Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A K.581

When you add a clarinet to a string quartet, something magical happens – and five players suddenly become a single instrument capable of producing sounds of unmatched tenderness, beauty and warmth. Mozart knew that: his Clarinet Quintet might be the most sensuously beautiful music he ever wrote. Brahms knew it too, and his own Clarinet Quintet is the sound of a genius relaxing and remembering on a golden autumn afternoon. And of course clarinettist Emma Johnson knows it: when she won BBC Young Musician of the Year back in 1984, the musical world discovered an artist of unique presence and personality, with an unparalleled ability to speak straight to an audience’s heart.

A characterful new Quintet by the composer, writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson is at the heart of this concert with the Carducci Quartet – regular and treasured collaborators of Johnson, making this concert wonderful proof of the old saying that chamber music is “the music of friends”.


The following information is for teachers and home educators. If you are not a teacher or home educator you can book tickets for this show by clicking on the ‘Dates & Times’ tab above.

FREE Concerts to Inspire Young People:

Warwick Arts Centre is committed to providing access to its programme of world-class classical music. We aim to inspire the young audience of today and encourage them to become the adult audience of tomorrow. The Instrumental programme offers FREE tickets to young people to open their ears and eyes to classical music by experiencing some of the best live performers in the world.

How to Request FREE Tickets
To find out more or to request FREE tickets to this concert, contact Johnathan Branson on or 024 765 22015

FREE Workshop
An Introduction to the Clarinet
Thu 28 Feb 2019
Workshop 5pm (60mins)
Concert 7.30pm

  • FREE to Coventry based schools
  • Workshops aimed at 9-14 year olds (KS2 and KS3)
  • Maximum capacity of 30 people per session
  • Schools to provide a teacher for every 15 pupils
  • Workshops take place in Westwood, University of Warwick
  • Concert takes place in Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre

A hands-on and accessible introduction to playing the clarinet with the emphasis on getting involved and having a go. An instrument will be provided for the duration of the workshop.

The session will begin with a general introduction to musical elements, providing knowledge and transferable skills for anyone wanting to continue on their musical journey, delivered by a professional music facilitator.

No previous musical experience is necessary. Support and information will be provided for any participants who would like to progress further or are interested in joining Coventry Music groups for ongoing development and performance opportunities.

To find out more or to register your interest, please contact Johnathan Branson on or 024 765 22015.