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Andrew Doyle

Year of Award: 2016 Award State: New South Wales Arts - Performing > Music
Arts - Visual > Craft
The Mr and Mrs Gerald Frank New Churchill Fellowship to learn how to make 18th Century clarinets for Australian clarinettists - UK, The Netherlands
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Project Description: Working with a master clarinet maker to make historical clarinets, including chalumeau and 5-key classical clarinets. In addition to clarinet making, research into the measurements and characteristics of original 18th century clarinets was undertaken in English museums and the collection of The Coldstream Guards Band.

Locations and People: The bulk of my project took place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, under the expert tutelage of clarinet maker, Soren Green, of Soren Green Historical Clarinets. I studied with Mr Green from 29 Jul - 22 Aug 2017 at his workshop, learning the relevant techniques and tools required to make historical clarinets. The remainder of my Fellowship was spent in London, viewing and measuring early clarinets at the Horniman Museum, and with Lance Sergeant Ben Hull of The Coldstream Guards Band, playing and measuring historical clarinets in the collection of The Coldstream Guards. 

Methods to disseminate and implement this information in Australia: The types of tools that are required to make historical clarinets are available for purchase in Australia, and since returning I have set up a workshop and have commenced making clarinet barrels for modern clarinets, as well as work on an historical clarinet. The wood that I am using is locally sourced Australian timber, and a local music store has agreed to distribute my clarinets. My performances are on the instruments that I have built, and I am developing a school education program to further disseminate the knowledge of historical clarinets, and the process of building them. The clarinet students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music are expressing interest in learning historical clarinet, my projects have the support of the Head of Clarinet at the University of Auckland, and there is a student interested in learning instrument making techniques. I will approach schools and other tertiary music institutions and provide seminars to raise awareness of performance on historical clarinets.

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