Alan Hacker, O.B.E. British Clarinetist and my most influential teacher has died. I played for Alan at Banff one summer as the solo clarinet of the Opera orchestra an ensemble formed from players worldwide. He opened my ears to the music, everything was different after that summer.
An amazing clarinet player and conductor, the detail he considered for every phrase was inspiring. Tone color nuance articulation always at the service of the music not the clarinet.
I rarely saw him, often heard his words and music (Finzi concerto in particular) and always considered the world a better place for having him in it.
Private performance April 14
PGSO April 21
Wind World Alban classical school show April 23 and 30