Cloud Chamber | Prima Facie PFCD030

Cloud Chamber


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Label: Prima Facie

Cat No: PFCD030

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 17th July 2015



Paul Vowles (clarinet)
Gemma Beeson (piano)
Jonathan Fisher (piano)


Bennett, Richard Rodney

Duo Concertante

Carpenter, Gary


Gorb, Adam

Clarinet Sonata

Horne, David


Howard, Emily

Cloud Chamber


Paul Vowles (clarinet)
Gemma Beeson (piano)
Jonathan Fisher (piano)


Virtuoso clarinettist Paul Vowles performs works by Adam Gorb, Emily Howard, Richard Rodney Bennett, David Horne and Gary Carpenter. He is joined by either Gemma Beeson or Jonathan Fisher on piano, except on Horne’s solo compostion ‘Phantoms’.

This compilation is a fascinating exploration of contemporary composition for the clarinet. The title track ‘Cloud Chamber’ by Emily Howard (“a force to be reckoned with” - The Telegraph) is a tour-de-force of imagination and technique and acts as a catalyst for the pieces around it. There is no better rendition of Richard Rodney Bennett’s sublime Duo Concertante.

Winner of the International Israeli Music Competition 2012 and finalist in the 23rd Haverhill Sinfonia Soloists Competition, Paul Vowles specialises in contemporary music. Paul studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and at the Eastman School of Music, New York. His teachers included Professor Linda Merrick, Nicholas Cox, Chris Swann, Barry Graham and Kenneth Grant. He graduated with BMus(Hons) First Class, a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and a Masters with Distinction. He was also the first clarinettist to be appointed the Giles Thomas Lyth Junior Fellow at the RNCM.

During his studies, Paul won the RNCM woodwind competition, Timothy Reynish Prize, Musicians Benevolent Fund Education Award and a bursary from the John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation. Paul has performed numerous concertos, notably giving the UK and US premieres of ‘Doubles’ by Gary Carpenter with oboist Melinda Maxwell.

Paul made his debut at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall in 2009 with Jonathan Fisher. He has also reached the finals of the Yamaha Federation of Music Competition, given two recitals for the BBC and recorded works by Adam Gorb for the Prima Facie Label.

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