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Classical Music 12/2/10

By Rathcol

You probably have to be of a certain age to recall when clarinettist Emma Johnson (pictured) won the BBC Young Musician of the Year.

It was 1984, and at the time she was only 18 and a pupil at Newstead Wood School for Girls, Orpington.

She subsequently went on to study Music and English at Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Since then, her winning combination of talent, charm and vivacity has appealed to audiences worldwide, and has put the instrument firmly on the map.

Emma has been a great favourite with Northern Ireland audiences, and Armagh in particular, since the mid-1980s, when she first performed at The Crozier Hall for Music, as part |of an Arts Council of Northern Ireland tour.

The Arts Council no longer is in a position to tour artists around the country, but Music in Armagh is still a vibrant promoter of chamber music in the area.

Tonight in the Market Place Theatre, Emma will be accompanied by John Lenehan, a pianist “of great flair and virtuosity” according to the New York Times.

Their programme for the concert will include works by Mozart, Brahms, Bernstein, Debussy, Bliss and Milhaud.

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