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About anthony bailey

As a clarinettist Anthony is associated with the London Mozart Players, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the English Chamber Orchestra. He is a member of the Chinook Clarinet Quartet, performing at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and the Bridgewater Hall. He has recorded many CDs with the London Mozart Players and English Chamber orchestra and also with the British Clarinet ensemble and Chinook. As a composer, Anthony recently completed works the RCMJD Symphonic Wind Orchestra, the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain, an SPMN commission for the BBC Singers, and two orchestral pieces for the Philharmonia orchestra. (One of which was conducted by HRH The Prince of Wales.) Anthony’s first opera The Black Monk (which he adapted himself from the Chekhov short story,) was premiered in 2003 to public acclaim by the Sirius ensemble at the Bloomsbury theatre in London.

Autumn 2016 Update

I thought It was about time for an update; A busy summer involved coaching on NCO Main Orchestra at Rossall School in Lancashire, with a fantastic final concert in Preston Guildhall.

This was followed by my own Wind Chamber Music Course in Longcommon, Surrey, where we had two concerts and a resident string quartet for two days, coached by Hilary Sturt, and a great masterclass with Chris Richards from the LSO. We had 17 clarinettists on the course, all generously hosted by the Melville family.

Also I have just finished a fantastic run of first performances with [UNIT] with Bill Vine and Dan Tombs in the Old Shoe Factory in Norwich. do visit  to find out more about this great project. also here is a video trailer.        click here for unit trailer

So, to the events coming up you can take part in:

City Lit Orchestra Workshop Sept 13-14th Beethoven 3rd Piano Concerto, Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture and Delius On hearing First Cuckoo in spring.

Dec 9th -11th Benslow Music –  Quintessential Clarinets, A clarinet and piano course.

Dec 12th City Lit Clarinet Choir- a one off evening course of clarinet ensemble music-lots of fun!

Dec 13th-14th City Lit Orchestra -Weber 2nd Clarinet Concerto, Beethoven Prometheus Overture and Holst 2 Songs.

Jan 6th-8th Benslow Music Clarinet Fest, Clarinet ensemble course.

Jan 31st – 2nd Feb, Benslow Intermediate Orchestra

March 13th,Watershed Studio – first of my one day clarinet courses, with a great cooked lunch included. more details on

two other dates at Watershed 10th July 2017, 13th Nov 2017


Performances coming up:

9th Oct – Trio Concert, St Osyth Church,

Felicity Vine and Anthony Bailey -Clarinets, with Ian Ray – Piano

Dec 4th East Anglian Single Reed Choir Winter Concert, St Osyth Church.

Jan 17th  [Unit] Performs in Colchester Arts Centre


Thanks for reading!

Summer News

I am excited to announce that I have finished my new work commissioned by Andrew Hunt for Bass clarinet and Piano, Dedham Vale. This will have its official launch next year at a concert played by Sarah Watts. Watch this space.

I have also have lots of performances with UNIT coming up this month, do check out for more information.

Spring 2016 News

I am pleased to say that all of my compositions (including my soon to be published new work for Bass clarinet and Piano) are available to buy through this website.

Have a look at the list of works and see if anything takes your fancy. all chamber and solo works are only £10 plus postage.

My Orchestral and larger scale works are also available to buy, but better to ask me about those individually if you are interested.


Next recitals – May 4th, 1pm, Lion Walk Church, Colchester.

Programme to include Beethoven Clarinet Trio and Bartok 44 Duos in a new arrangement for Two clarinets.

plus October 9th,  6pm, St Osyth Church Concert Series, programme as above.


January Update

Happy new year everyone!

Here are some new events to tell you about for 2016.

Firstly, February 8th – 11th Benslow Music.

Intermediate Orchestra – I will be conducting Weber Clarinet Concerto No.1, Haydn Symphony no.104 and Faure’s Pavanne. places still available for string players. see


City Lit Orchestra 7th – 8th April – I will be conducting Beethoven Symphony no.8 and Ah Perfido. see for more information.


City Lit Clarinet Choir 6th April 6.30-9.30. A one off clarinet choir session open to anyone. at city lit,  Keeley Street, Covent Garden. see for more information.


May 9th- 13th Benslow Quintessential Clarinets. I will be coaching clarinettists on solo clarinet and piano repertoire. for more.


May 28th-29th Clarinet Playing Weekend, Watershed studio, St Osyth, Essex. come and play in a clarinet ensemble in lovely surroundings and ending with an informal 4pm concert on Sunday 29th. contact Anthony on 07930 410740 or for more information.


I am also excited to have been commissioned to write a new work for Bass Clarinet and Piano by Andrew Hunt. The new work will be ready later in the year.


News Update Sept 2015

It has been a busy summer on many summer courses. including a very successful Wind Chamber music course at Longcommon, for which I owe huge thanks to the Melville Family for hosting, Anna Hashimoto for an inspiring masterclass and Daniel King Smith for his always sensitive piano playing. (I will next be working with Dan on 25th November  in our recital at the Wiltshire Music Centre – see post below.)

After that I had a wonderful week with the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain, coaching on their under 11s course at Port Regis School in Dorset.

I am now deep in preparation for the Roman River Festival. This year I am running an exciting education project based on the Lark Ascending, culminating in an orchestrated performance at the festival finale on Sunday 4th October.

On Sept 14-15th I will be conducting Beethoven Symphony No.5 and Weber Clarinet Concerto no.1 with Melissa Youngs as Soloist at the City Lit Orchestral Workshop



News update july 2015

I am very excited to announce that I am the first Young Artist in Residence at the Wiltshire Music Centre, for their 2015-16 Season. My first recital will be a lovely programme of Mozart, Bailey and Poulenc with Daniel King-Smith -Piano and Emma Richards -Viola on November 25th at 1pm.

I will also be collaborating on a work with Joss Arnott Dance which we will be performing with young dancers from the Swindon area on 21st November.

Also, my Summer Course at Longcommon is now full! We are looking forward to welcoming Anna Hashimoto as Visiting Artist and Daniel King-Smith as course pianist.


Hi and welcome!

I hope you enjoy my new and up-to-date website.

Anthony has performed with the London Mozart Players regularly recently including on this CD which has been at number 1 in the UK specialist classical music charts. It has been very well reviewed in the press, – go and listen to it!
this is a Video of Contours II for clarinet and electronics,
written and performed by Anthony, in a performance at the
University of East Anglia last year.



this is a piece I wrote for Bill Vine and his wonderful electronics/speaker panels,search for UNIT page on facebook for our next big project together, and see below for indiegogo information page about it.

Next, some playing opportunities to tell you about.
I am happy to announce the dates for my now well-established clarinet playing weekend I run in St Oysth, in the coastal marshes of Essex.
the 2015 dates are 23th-24th May. See the PDF flyer (with booking form) link below.
In other news – I am running two courses at Benlsow, near Hitchin, this year-
The first is Clarinetfest, with Paul Harris and Shea Lolin. Jan 2nd to 4th.
also, secondly, Intermediate orchestra over February half term- Feb 16-19th
see  for more information about these.
Also, I will be conducting my Orchestral Workshop at City Lit four times this year. the next being Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 with the lovely Gabriel Keen on March 31-April 1st.
Then the following course is July 14th -15th and will be Beethoven Symphony No.6.
See for more information.
Oh and in the summer I will be running the clarinet and sax choirs and wind chamber music at music for people summer course in Giggleswick, Cumbria  from 1st -8th August.
visit for more information.
do pass this email/dates/news to anyone you think might be interested.

see you at an event soon.