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Lenny Sayers

Lenny Sayers is the principal bass clarinet player of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and tutor in clarinet at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and at Cardiff University.

He studied Music at York University, followed by a Master’s degree and post-graduate diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In June 2001 he was a concerto finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of The Year.

Before joining the BBC NOW in October 2011, Lenny worked for ten years as a freelance clarinet player and teacher based in Manchester. He has performed with the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Opera North, Lancashire Sinfonietta, Ensemble 10/10 and Psappha.

Education and outreach work plays a very important part in Lenny’s work as a musician. As well as playing an active part in the outreach work of BBC NOW, he has had a long association with Live Music Now and tutors on the ‘outreach skills’ module at the RWCMD. From 2016-2018 he worked as a Creative Agent on the Arts Council of Wales Lead Creative Schools scheme. As an animateur Lenny has devised and presented concerts for families at the Penarth Chamber Music Festival, and at the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival.

Lenny is an active chamber musician, and from 1999 to 2011 he was a member of the Fell Clarinet Quartet, with whom he performed throughout the UK, recorded two CDs, and for four years held the position of woodwind ensemble in residence at Salford University.

Lenny is also a published composer and has had a number of his chamber music works recorded professionally. In 2016 he was a featured composer in BBC NOW’s ‘Composition Wales’ concert. His many arrangements of Klezmer music have proved very popular with musicians and audiences, and have been performed throughout the world. His music has been featured on Radio 3, Radio Wales and BBC Radio Scotland.