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Robert Plane appointed as new Ensemble 360 clarinettist

Sheffield-based mixed chamber group Ensemble 360 has announced the appointment of Robert Plane as their new clarinettist.

Praised by The Guardian as “one of the most adaptable chamber groups in the country”, Ensemble 360 is the resident group of Music in the Round, and was formed in 2005 to take up residency at Sheffield’s Crucible Studio Theatre. The Ensemble quickly gained a national reputation for its virtuoso performances, bold programming and engaging interpretations of music ranging from baroque duos, through classical quartets to new commissions for all eleven players.

Chamber music has long been one of Rob’s great passions, and he is delighted to announce this new appointment. He comments:

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining this superb ensemble. Not only does it give me the chance to explore well-loved classics with illustrious new colleagues, the group’s innovative programming is sure to reveal many new gems I’ve yet to encounter.”

Edward Mackay, Head of Programmes at Music in the Round, adds:

“Audiences around the country and in our Sheffield home have already taken Rob to heart; he is a truly special performer who brings a unique combination of virtuosity, subtlety, warmth and humanity to his performances. Already a regular fixture in our concerts, he has also recently been touring our latest children’s concert, and has begun work with a cohort of young wind players at the start of their careers. On and off stage it is a thrill and a privilege to be working with him and we’re delighted to be welcoming him to Music in the Round.”

Rob will combine this new post with his roles as Head of Woodwind Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and as joint Artistic Director of the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival, as well as his frequent solo and chamber performances.

Taking over the post from long-serving clarinettist Matthew Hunt, Rob becomes the third Tashmina Artist in Ensemble 360, joining pianist and founding member Tim Horton and violist Rachel Roberts.

He looks forward to the Ensemble’s busy calendar of upcoming events, with April’s concerts including a programme of Brahms, Rabl and Zemlinsky at venues in Barnsley and Doncaster, and a concert in collaboration with tenor James Gilchrist at Leamington Music, featuring works by Skempton, Beethoven and Vaughan Williams.

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