The question that we are often asked is, 'What is a clarinet choir?'
The official answer to that is ‘it is an instrumental ensemble consisting entirely of instruments from the clarinet family’.
Blackwood clarinets represent most members of the clarinet family – from the shrill Eb clarinet to the booming contrabass clarinet. The sound produced by a group of clarinets has been compared to that of a concert organ. Though varying in range, members of the clarinet family have homogenous timbres. Therefore, the clarinet choir may be thought of as a woodwind equivalent to the string orchestra.
Blackwood was formed, back in 2010, as a result of the clarinet section of Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra coming together to hold a sectional rehearsal. Our first concert was in 2011 and since then we enjoyed performing a variety of concerts across the East Midlands and in 2019 we were lucky enough to do a short concert tour of Javea, Spain.
We play a wide variety of music from classical to jazz, show tunes to festive classics.
Now under the direction of conductor Dan Watson, Blackwood performs all over the East Midlands, in both public concerts and private functions.