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Raj Bhaumik and Claire Haslin

The Virtuoso Clarinet

Young local clarinettist Raj Bhaumik (principal NYO) presents a programme which includes something for everyone. With Claire Haslin, keyboard.

6 April 2024

Programme to include:

Louis Cahuzac

Elizabeth Maconchy

Verdi/Luigi Bassi
Rigoletto Fantasia

Igor Stravinsky
Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet

Marie Elizabeth von Sachsen-Meiningen



Raj Bhaumik - clarinet
In September 2023 Raj Bhaumik started at the Royal Academy of Music on an ABRSM Scholarship, studying with Christopher Richards, Sonia Sielaff and Chi-Yu Mo. Prior to this he had studied at the Music School of Douglas Academy and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Conservatoire with Lawrence Gill, Alison Waller and Timothy Orpen and playing in masterclasses to Nicolas Baldeyrou.

Raj was in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for 5 years, including 1 as principal clarinet, playing at multiple Proms and under notable conductors such as Mark Wigglesworth and Alexandre Bloch. In Spring 2023 he took part in the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House's mentorship programme, learning about opera and ballet repertoire from his mentor Marina Finnamore.

Raj has played concertos with the WSSO Trust Concert Band and Edinburgh Youth Orchestra (Scott McAllister: Black Dog) JRCS Symphony Orchestra (Finzi) and in the final of the Edinburgh Music Competition Festival Concerto Class (Weber.) In 2023 he won the Clarinet and Saxophone Society Young Clarinet Soloist Competition and the overall performance award for Glasgow Music Festival.

Previous chamber and solo engagements have included Moffat Music Society, Milngavie Music Club, St Cyprian's Lenzie, Rhu Sandwhich Concerts, St Bride's Church Hyndland, and homes for the elderly in Milngavie. He has also played on Radio Scotland's "Classics Unwrapped" and Radio 3's "In Tune."

Claire Haslin - piano
Claire Haslin comes from Glasgow, where she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Jean Hutchison. There she won prizes for Solo and Chamber music, including the Peter Morrison Prize for All Round Excellence and represented the Academy in recital tours of Iceland and Russia. Claire then completed the Advanced Solo Studies course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Paul Roberts.

Claire is very active both as an instrumental and song accompanist, playing chamber music recitals for music societies throughout Scotland, performing regularly as a member of Trio Ecossaise and the Kilnaish Duo, as well as accompanying baritone Phil Gault. Claire has been a staff repetiteur at Scottish Opera, a Crear Scholar, a Vocal Coach on ‘Vocal Inspiration’ and ‘Art of Song’ courses, and holds accompaniment, coaching and teaching posts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow University music department, and the music school of Douglas Academy, as well as being an accompanist for NYCoS.