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Roger Heaton

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Personal statement

Roger Heaton, clarinettist and conductor, is Professor of Music at Bath Spa University and Subject Leader for Music. He performs regularly throughout Europe as a soloist. He has played with the Arditti, Kreutzer and Smith String Quartets, and was a member of the London Sinfonietta. He plays with the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, with whom he records regularly for CD and radio. His solo CD of works by Reich, Bryars, Feldman and others, was voted one of the top 50 classical CDs of 1995 by the BBC Music Magazine, and his recital CD, Hymnos, was one of the Sunday Times critics' best CDs of 1998, both are on the Clarinet Classics label. His CD of music by Erhard Grosskopf was released in 2001, his recording of Scelsi's clarinet concerto Kya came out on Metier in 2002, and Feldman's Clarinet and String Quartet was released in September 2004. A CD of solo music by Tom Johnson was released on the Ants/Silenzio (Rome) in 2006, and a recording of Hugh Wood's chamber music was released on Toccata Classics in October 2009. Two albums were released in 2013: solo works by Boulez and Radulescu and a commissioned clarinet quintet by Mihailo Trandafilovski. He was Music Director and conductor of Rambert Dance Company, 1988-93, and Clarinet Professor at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, 1982-94.

Concerts in the last few years include solo concerts and radio broadcasts include the Warsaw Autumn, Vilnius, CDMC Madrid, Prague, Bergen, Regello, Odense, Tallin, Riga, and the Valencia Biennale festivals, and two concerts with Music Projects London at Tate Modern recorded by BBC Radio 3. He toured with Gavin Bryars in the UK and Mexico, has played with the Fidelio Trio and the Kreutzer Quartet in programmes including Messiaen's 'Quartet for the End of Time', concerts in Dartington, Modena, Waterford Festival Ireland and Cyprus at the International Contemporary Music Festival in Nicosia. He gives regular clarinet masterclasses at conservatoires across Europe. His book 'The Versatile Clarinet' was published by Routledge (New York) in December 2005; he has written a chapter for The Cambridge History of Musical Performance (2012) and has contributed to the recent Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music (2009) and the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music (forthcoming). He has contributed a chapter to Perspectives on the Music of Christopher Fox recently published by Routledge (2016) .

Academic qualifications

  • BMus (Hons) Huddersfield University
  • MMus King's College, London University.

Professional memberships

  • SPNM (Society for the Promotion of New Music).

External examiners

  • Manchester Metropolitan 1999-2003
  • Goldsmiths College London University 2003-05
  • Kingston University MA 2004-08 and Chief Post-graduate External 2006-08
  • University of East Anglia BA and MA, 2007-10
  • Royal Northern College of Music MA 2007-13.

PhD examiner:

  • De Montfort University 2003
  • Birmingham Conservatoire 2004
  • Bath Spa University internal examiner 2007 and 2011
  • Royal College of Music 2012.

Other external roles

External auditing/review and validation for BA Music programmes:

  • Manchester Metropolitan University (2008)
  • Canterbury Christ Church University College (three times, most recent 2004, Internal Review of Music)
  • Thames Valley University (London College of Music) (three times, most recent 2003)
  • Steering/Executive committee member Cheltenham International Music Festival from 2004-05
  • Board member Clarinet Classics CDs 2006-.

Teaching specialism

  • Performance
  • contemporary music
  • music analysis.

Current scholarship

  • CD of solo works by Boulez, Radulescu etc., 2012
  • Article for Music Performance Research 2012
  • Chapter for CUP The Cambridge History of Musical Performance, 2012
  • Chapter for he CUP Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music, 2009
  • Ongoing numerous performances and recordings.

 

Research and academic outputs

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The versatile clarinet
book

Heaton, R (2006) The versatile clarinet. Routledge. ISBN 0415973171


Performance and Xenakis's echange
book

Heaton, R (2002) Performance and Xenakis's echange. Unknown Public. ISBN 9780954154806


Reflections on consonance and dissonance: Christopher Fox's early works for clarinet
book_section

Heaton, R (2016) 'Reflections on consonance and dissonance: Christopher Fox's early works for clarinet.' In: Dodd, R, ed. Perspectives on the music of Christopher Fox: straight lines in broken times. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 52-60. ISBN 9781472428240


Instrumental performance in the twentieth century and beyond
book_section

Heaton, R (2012) 'Instrumental performance in the twentieth century and beyond.' In: Lawson, C and Stowell, R, eds. The Cambridge history of musical performance. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 778-797. ISBN 9780521896115


Reminder: a recording is not a performance
book_section

Heaton, R (2009) 'Reminder: a recording is not a performance.' In: Clarke, E, Cook, N, Leech-Wilkinson, D and Rink, J, eds. The Cambridge companion to recorded music. Cambridge Companions to Music . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 217-220. ISBN 9780521684613


Die Darmstädter Interpretations-Studios [The Darmstadt Interpretation Studios]
book_section

Heaton, R (1995) 'Die Darmstädter Interpretations-Studios [The Darmstadt Interpretation Studios].' In: Von Kranichstein zur gegenwart: festschrift 50 jahre Darmstädter Ferienkurse (1946-1996). Daco Verlag, Stuttgart, pp. 551-554. ISBN 3871350281


The contemporary clarinet
book_section

Heaton, R (1995) 'The contemporary clarinet.' In: Lawson, C, ed. The Cambridge companion to the clarinet. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 163-183. ISBN 9780521476683


Contemporary performance practice and tradition
article

Heaton, R (2012) 'Contemporary performance practice and tradition.' Music Performance Research, 5 (Spec). pp. 96-104. ISSN 1755-9219


The performer's point of view
article

Heaton, R (1987) 'The performer's point of view.' Contact, 30. pp. 30-33. ISSN 0308-5066


Horatiu Radulescu 'Sound Plasma'
article

Heaton, R (1983) 'Horatiu Radulescu 'Sound Plasma'.' Contact, 26. pp. 23-24. ISSN 0308-5066


Inventing an ensemble identity
conference_item

Heyde, N, Heaton, R, Finnissy, M and Bamon, L (2016) Inventing an ensemble identity. In: Performance Studies Network: Fourth International Conference, 14 -17 July 2016, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.


The sinking of the Titanic and ensemble works
performance

Heaton, R, Woodrow, J and Riley, A (2012) The sinking of the Titanic and ensemble works. .


Titanic (forma)
performance

Heaton, R (2012) Titanic (forma). In: The Sinking of the Titanic - Centenary Project, Birmingham Town Hall, 13 April 2012.


Mihailo Trandafilovski Clarinet Quintet: magnets, lava, crystals
performance

Heaton, R (2011) Mihailo Trandafilovski Clarinet Quintet: magnets, lava, crystals. .


Nothing like the sun
performance

Heaton, R, King, C, Potter, J and Friday, G (2009) Nothing like the sun. University of Lancaster, 26 November 2009.


Small ensemble a
performance

Heaton, R (2008) Small ensemble a. .


Magnets, lava, crystals: clarinet quintet by Mihailo Trandafilovski
audio

Heaton, R (2013) Magnets, lava, crystals: clarinet quintet by Mihailo Trandafilovski.


The inner time: contemporary music for clarinet
audio

Heaton, R (2013) The inner time: contemporary music for clarinet.


Tom Johnson: Rational melodies / Bedtime stories
audio

Heaton, R (2006) Tom Johnson: Rational melodies / Bedtime stories.


Gavin Bryars 'Chambre d'ecoute'(A listening room)
audio

Heaton, R (2005) Gavin Bryars 'Chambre d'ecoute'(A listening room).


Morton Feldman: Clarinet and string quartet & Christopher Fox: Clarinet quintet
audio

Heaton, R (2004) Morton Feldman: Clarinet and string quartet & Christopher Fox: Clarinet quintet.


Feldman and Fox clarinet quintets
audio

Heaton, R (2004) Feldman and Fox clarinet quintets.


Gavin Bryars: a portrait
audio

Heaton, R (2003) Gavin Bryars: a portrait.


Giacinto Scelsi clarinet concerto kya
audio

Heaton, R (2002) Giacinto Scelsi clarinet concerto kya.


Sound pool - adagio
audio

Heaton, R and Grosskopf, E (2000) Sound pool - adagio.


Dark labyrinths
audio

Heaton, R and Grange, P (1999) Dark labyrinths.


Pierre Boulez 'Domaines' [Liner notes for 'The inner time: contemporary music for clarinet']
other

Heaton, R (2014) Pierre Boulez 'Domaines' [Liner notes for 'The inner time: contemporary music for clarinet'].


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