Biography - performer

Lenny Sayers is the Principal Bass Clarinet player of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and tutor of clarinet at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. With BBC NOW he regularly performs on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Wales, at the BBC Proms and on television soundtracks such as Doctor Who.

Originally from a village just outside Keighley, West Yorkshire, Lenny studied music at the University of York and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, graduating in 2001. Whilst at the RNCM Lenny achieved the prestigious Professional Performance Diploma, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma and Master’s degree in performance, all with distinction. In June 2001 he was a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of The Year and performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Before joining the BBC NOW in October 2011, Lenny worked for ten years as a freelance clarinet player and teacher based in Manchester. He has performed with the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Opera North and Lancashire Sinfonietta. From 1999-2011 Lenny was a member of the Fell Clarinet Quartet and with them recorded 2 CDs, performed throughout the UK and devised and ran a number of education projects as part of Live Music Now.

Lenny is currently a member of the Flourish Wind Quintet, made up of members of BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He lives in Cardiff with his wife and 2 children.
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