John Osbourne is an extremely talented clarinettist who introduced us to the Clarinet Concerto by Krommer. John has been playing the clarinet since the age of 10 and began his musical career after doctors recommended he should play a wind instrument to assist his breathing as he suffered from asthma. John has never looked back and, after moving to Cornwall aged 16, has gone from strength to strength playing with Triggshire Wind Orchestra, Cornwall Wind Orchestra, Cornwall Clarinet Choir and numerous pit orchestras. John lists his highlights as playing Bass clarinet in the Nutcracker ballet and also playing clarinet in the Opera Southwest production of The Magic Flute in South Wales.
John is a busy dairy farmer but is also surrounded by music at home. He is married to Michelle, a peripatetic music teacher, and is a very proud Dad of three daughters, all of whom are following in their parents' footsteps. We can surely look forward to hearing more from John and his talented family in the future. We hope you enjoyed listening to this most powerful performance from John as he showcased this prolific Czech composer's work.
Mike Grieff has a wealth of experience as a performer both in England and abroad and the audience will be in for a treat of virtuoso playing. As a student, Mike received oboe lessons in England as well as at the Conservatoire d’Aix-en-Provence, in the South of France and then became principal oboist of the Durham Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.
Since 1996, Mike has performed with the Surrey Mozart Players and has often been singled out for his brilliant playing. Previous reviews include ‘The conductor rightly offered special praise for Mike Grieff’s playing of the particularly challenging oboe part in Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin. ‘Particular mention must be made of the oboe solo played by Mike Grieff which opens the slow movement of Brahms’ violin concerto. Mike moved to Cornwall in 2014 and is now a regular performer with the Bude Concert Orchestra.