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John Slack


Professional Experience

Current trials:
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - 2nd Cl dbl bass cl (2022 - )

  • Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
  • Aurora Orchestra
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Grange Park Opera (Gascoigne Orchestra / London Serenata) National Symphony Orchestra
  • Brandenburg Sinfonia
  • Orchestra of Opera North – trial for principal clarinet no. 2, doubling E flat clarinet and bass clarinet, 2012/13
  • Royal Northern Sinfonia
  • Orchestra of Scottish Opera
  • Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Britten Sinfonia
  • Southbank Sinfonia (member 2008)
  • Worthing Symphony Orchestra
  • Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra


  • Every Good Boy Deserves Favour - National Theatre (2009)

Solo & Chamber Music

  • Founding member of the Berkeley Ensemble:
    • Live BBC Radio 3 broadcasts including ‘Performance on 3’ (June 2016) and ‘In Tune’ (March 2013)
    • Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK 2014 
    • Selected artists for Making Music Concert Promoters’ Network 2010/11 and 2013/14 
    • UK performances include Cheltenham, Spitalfields and Aldeburgh Festivals 
    • Recordings on Resonus Classics and Delphian, 2014 - 2016, ***** in BBC Music, “Critic’s Choice 2015” in
           Gramophone, “Top 100 Recordings of 2016” Sunday Times              
  • Ensemble 360
  • Performances at UK festivals including Dartington International Festival and New Paths Music, Beverley with artists including Joy Farrall, Chen Halevi, Tom Poster & Libby Burgess
  • Mozart Clarinet Concerto – Bideford, North Devon Sinfonia (Oct 2010) & Victor Hugo Festival, Guernsey, Southbank Sinfonia (Sep 2008)
  • Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, Southbank Sinfonia (March 2008)

Education and outreach

  • Live Music Now
  • Royal Opera House Orchestra Education
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra Education 
  • Berkeley Ensemble
  • Southbank Sinfonia

Awards and Prizes

  • Countess of Munster Musical Trust Scholarship, 2008/09
  • Royal Over-Seas League Competition 2009 - Finalist (chamber music)
  • Anglo-Czech Trust Competition 2006 - prize-winner (chamber music)


  • Performance Diploma, University of Music Trossingen, Germany, class Prof. Chen Halevi
  • BMus Hons (1st Class), Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London


Joy Farrall, Chen Halevi, Michael Reid, Julian Farrell, Andrew Webster
Laurent Ben Slimane (bass) Diego Baroni (bass), Jennifer McClaren (e flat)

The information contained in this CV is provided by the client of MAS.
MAS takes no responsibility for its accuracy.

Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Basset Horn, Eb Clarinet