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The Ionian Library Challenge

As we approach our 50th anniversary in 2020, we thought it would be a great challenge to play through every piece in our library.

We've now realised that is going to take some time, not least because the library is continuing to grow as we buy more music!

So, in January 2019 we started what will be a multi-year project.

We have an unrivalled library. This includes some of the earliest orignial clarinet choir music, and some of the most recent: Leon Karel, Noah Klauss and Lucien Calliet through to Andy Scott, Melanie Thorne and Alun Cook are all in our library. We will play through them all, and continue to contribute to the development of the clarinet choir repertoire.

Current progress (June 2019):

Different pieces played since January 2019: 31

Pieces still to play: 411

So, we have plenty of different music to look forward to over the coming years!

Southgate Concert

Other Current Projects

History of Jazz

We're currently working on a programme exploring the history of Jazz.

This will include Scott Joplin rags, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (with its famous clarinet solo) and music made famous by Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman.

Spirits and Demons

We're also working on Nigel Wood's fantastic 'Where Spirits and Demons Dance' for performance later in the year.

Listen to the National Sax Choir playing this piece here.