As an experienced principal clarinetist in a number of major London orchestras, Michael Whight speaks openly about how he manages the stress and challenges of the job, how he feels people manage nerves in orchestras and the unwritten rules that keep the subject of nerves taboo. He talks about how orchestral players feel about conductors, the issues of managing the very particular stress of auditions and the how he feels that orchestras and the musicians in them, need to be more valued and more resourced.

Michael has been principal clarinet of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared as concerto soloist performing concertos by Weber, Henze, and Nielsen, and as director/soloist in a recording of the Mozart concerto. Michael has performed with the Lindsay, Medici, Schidlof, Razumovsky and Lyric String Quartets, Gidon Kremer, Robert Cohen and Barry Douglas and recorded the complete chamber music of Richard Strauss for both Hyperion and Teldec. He is a professor at Trinity College of Music, and a regular adjudicator for the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year Award.

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Michael has been principal clarinet of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared as concerto soloist performing concertos by Weber, Henze, and Nielsen, and as director/soloist in a recording of the Mozart concerto. Michael has performed with the Lindsay, Medici, Schidlof, Razumovsky and Lyric String Quartets, Gidon Kremer, Robert Cohen and Barry Douglas and recorded the complete chamber music of Richard Strauss for both Hyperion and Teldec. He is a professor at Trinity College of Music, and a regular adjudicator for the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year Award.