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Sound & Fair presents The Haffner Reed Trio with Kathryn Stott – piano takes place at West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge, UK, on Saturday 28th May 2011.

28th May 2011

Oboist, conductor and Sound & Fair Patron, Nicholas Daniel, is directing a concert to raise awareness of responsible woodwind instruments made from sustainably harvested African blackwood.

Sound & Fair presents The Haffner Reed Trio with Kathryn Stott – piano takes place at West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge, UK, on Saturday 28th May 2011.

The concert marks the culmination of the Comic Relief-funded, Sound and Fair campaign to realise a sustainable trade in African blackwood. The world’s first FSC-certified woodwind instrument made by Hanson Clarinets will be showcased at the event.

Nicholas Daniel, says: “It is no longer acceptable that anyone is treated unfairly in the making of our beautiful instruments, or that someone in a country far away suffers as a result of our search for beauty. We can help directly in this situation, and we can make a difference. We just need to express our commitment and enthusiasm for FSC-certified wood with our makers, and make it clear that we want a fair deal for forest-dependent people in Tanzania.”

The concert programme will include works by Elgar, Poulenc, Milhaud, Schumann and Piazzolla performed by Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Joy Farrall (clarinet), Sarah Burnett (bassoon) and Kathyn Stott (piano).


Kathryn Stott says: “In these times, there really is no need for the local people in Tanzania to be suffering from poor working conditions. Musical instruments bring great joy to performers and listeners alike – lets share that with the people who are at the very source.




Date / time: 730pm, Saturday 28th May 2011

Venue: West Road Concert Hall, Faculty of Music, 11 West Rd, Cambridge, CB3 9DP

Tickets: £15 / £10 (OAP) / £5 (students)
Available from the Cambridge Corn Exchange Box Office

Tel: 01223 357 851

(Press passes available on request from Neil Bridgland – details below)



Sound & Fair
Hanson Clarinets
West Road Concert Hall

Images, interviews and press passes available on request from:


Neil Bridgland – neil@soundandfair.org / +44 (0) 7919 092 189


1. Sound & Fair aims to realise a sustainable trade in African blackwood through an FSC-certified chain of custody linking forest-dependent people in Tanzania to woodwind instrument musicians throughout the world. Through the responsible utilisation of the African blackwood tree, community development benefits will be delivered to some of the world’s poorest people.

2. In January 2011, Hanson Clarinets launched an FSC-certified clarinet, the first woodwind instrument of its kind in the world. Hanson Clarinets have subsequently committed themselves to phasing out non-certified African blackwood from their supply chain by 2013. Link to story

3. FSC-certified African blackwood originates from community-managed forests in Tanzania. Under FSC rules, harvests must be carried out under strict environmental and social conditions. Harvesting is done on a sustainable basis and forest-dependent people are guaranteed the income from the sale of the timber. The first harvest of FSC-certified African blackwood in December 2009 increased local income by 400 times. Link to story

4. African blackwood is a slow growing tree that is highly prized for making woodwind instruments, in particular clarinets and oboes. Once common across East Africa, the species is now confined to remote areas of Southern Tanzania and Northern Mozambique. Illegal logging remains the biggest threat to the species and forest-dependent people generally receive few benefits from logging around their villages. Read more

5. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, non-profit organization established in over 60 countries worldwide to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC label is the ‘gold standard’ for certified forest management and provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products.

6. The Sound & Fair campaign is managed by Kilimanyika Ltd and funded by Environment Africa Trust through a grant from Comic Relief .

7. Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative (MCDI) is a Sound & Fair partner, based in Tanzania, and is responsible for managing village FSC-certification.

8. Fauna & Flora International is a Sound & Fair UK partner.




Nicholas Daniel

Nicholas Daniel’s career began at the age of 18 when he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. At his BBC Proms debut in 1992, the Sunday Times described him as one of the greatest exponents of the oboe in the world. Today, one of the UK’s most distinguished soloists, as well as a successful conductor, he has become an important ambassador for music and musicians in many different fields.

Nicholas has been heard on every continent and has been a concerto soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras. He has worked under conductors including Sakari Oramo, Sir Roger Norrington, Oliver Knussen, Richard Hickox and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. In addition to his extensive experience in baroque and 19th-century music, he is an important force in the creation and performance of new repertoire for oboe, and has premiered works by composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Henri Dutilleux, Thea Musgrave, Nigel Osborne, John Tavener and Sir Michael Tippett.

An active chamber musician, Nicholas is a founder member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet and enjoys a long history of collaboration with the pianist Julius Drake and the Maggini and Lindsay string quartets. His duo with Julius Drake was described in The Independent as “vital, thoughtful and confirmed in musical integrity of the highest order.”

As a conductor, Nicholas has worked with orchestras in the UK and in Europe, most recently in Germany and in Sweden, and, as Associate Artistic Director of the Britten Sinfonia, he conducts this award-winning orchestra regularly. He is oboist to the California-based chamber ensemble Camerata Pacifica and is Artistic Director of the Leicester International Festival. He teaches in the UK and in Germany, where is he Professor of Oboe at the Musikhochschule, Trossingen.

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Kathryn Stott

Kathryn Stott is recognised internationally as one of Britain’s most versatile and imaginative musicians and among today's most engaging pianists. Her curiosity and wide-ranging interests have taken her in many different directions, forging a unique career and establishing a rare reputation. A modest and natural collaborator, she is in demand for a wide variety of chamber music alliances, playing with some of the world’s leading instrumentalists, as well as appearing on major international concert platforms in recitals and concerto performances. She has also directed several distinctive concert series and festivals and has developed an extensive and exceptionally varied catalogue of recordings.

Born in Lancashire, she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Vlado Perlemuter and Nadia Boulanger then at the Royal College of Music in London with Kendall Taylor. In 1978 she attracted critical attention as an outstanding young prize-winner at the Leeds International Piano Competition. In addition to her busy career as a performer worldwide, she is visiting professor at both the Royal Academy of Music, London and Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester.

As a concerto soloist Kathryn Stott enjoys associations with major orchestras in Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan. It says much about her as an artist and colleague that she is a favoured partner of many leading musicians, This season she celebrates a fruitful quarter-of-a-century partnership with Yo-Yo Ma, in concerts, on tours and on recordings. Other cellists with whom she works regularly include Truls Mørk, Christian Poltéra, Guy Johnston and Natalie Clein. She appears with violinist Janine Jansen and pianist Noriko Ogawa, while future collaborations include projects with violinists Henning Kraggerud, Valeriy Sokolov, Alina Ibragimova; violist Maxim Rysanov; cellist Torleif Thedeen; clarinettist Martin Fröst; oboist Christoph Hartmann; and baritone Audun Iverson. She has developed shared musical interests with an eclectic group of performers including the guitar-playing Assad Brothers, bandoneonist Nestor Marconi, double-bassist Edgar Meyer, and clarinettist Paquito d’Rivera. A close involvement with many leading string quartets has led to regular guest appearances with the Belcea, Skampa and Endellion Quartets, as well as with the Lindsays. In addition to this she has made nearly a dozen appearances at the BBC Proms.
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Sarah Burnett

Sarah is an active freelance orchestral player working as guest Principal Bassoon with a wide variety of orchestras nationwide. She was Principal Bassoon of Glyndebourne on Tour from 1996-2010, leaving the world of opera behind in order to take up her position as Principal Bassoon of the London Mozart Players in June, 2010. Sarah is also Principal of The Britten Sinfonia and the Haffner Wind Ensemble, joining them in 2002. Teaching is one of her passions and great commitments; she currently holds the position as Professor of Bassoon at the Royal College of Music and at the Birmingham Conservatoire and teaches at the Purcell School and at Eton College, as well as giving masterclasses nationwide.

Sarah read Music at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, then studied at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1993, she gained a scholarship to study with Klaus Thunemann at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater in Hanover, Germany. In her formative years, she was Principal Bassoon of both the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra.

As both a soloist and chamber musician, Sarah has played in festivals worldwide, as well as given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Fairfield Halls, the Bridgewater Hall and at the Pump Room in Cheltenham. She also appears regularly in broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.

No stranger to the recording studio; her most recent sessions include music for Harry Potter, Walking With Dinosaurs, Dr Who and for the forthcoming albums for Peter Gabriel and Brittney Spears.

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