The Ensemble

Since 2002 the Scottish Clarinet Quartet has enjoyed critical acclaim and success as Scotland’s foremost clarinet quartet, performing for music societies across the UK from Cambridge to Campbeltown, and at festivals including the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Sonic Fusion Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and Glasgow’s West End Festival.

SCQ’s principal goal is to communicate the players’ own enjoyment and excitement to their audiences, inspiring and entertaining in equal measure. The versatility of the clarinet and the virtuosity of the players enable them to present a fascinating range of material, making for unforgettable concerts. SCQ also has a strong focus on commissioning and performing new music, whilst exploring the kaleidoscopic soundworld offered by the extended clarinet family.

Alex South

Alex South studied at Cambridge University before joining the postgraduate performance course at the RSAMD, where he was taught by John Cushing and Michael Huntriss. He has also studied with Nicholas Cox, Kate Romano and Henri Bok. Graduating in 2002, Alex now has a diverse freelance career with a strong focus on contemporary chamber music: […]


Sally Day

Sally Day studied with Pamela Turley at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh and then with Julian Farrell, Joy Farrall, Anthony Pike and Dame Thea King at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. During her studies she won several awards and competitions, including the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain’s Young […]


Frances Barker

Frances Barker is originally from Richmond, North Yorkshire and began to play the clarinet at the age of ten. She moved to Scotland to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and was twice a member of the winning ensemble in the RSAMD Governor’s recital prize for chamber music. Frances performs throughout […]


Nicola Long

Nicola Long studied with John Cushing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, where she represented the Academy on commercial recordings, was a winner of the Governors’ Competition Prize for Chamber Music and the Mary D. Adams Prize for Excellence in Chamber Music, and successfully auditioned for the Royal Scottish National […]