Henry Clay


Henry started playing the oboe at the age of eleven. Having already played the recorder at primary school he started looking to move to a similar instrument, the oboe seemed like the more unusual and less obvious choice - perfect instrument criteria for eleven year old Henry... 

Without knowing exactly what the oboe was until the first lesson Henry persevered until gaining a place on the joint course at the Royal Northern College of Music and University of Manchester, where he studied with Hugh Mckenna and Jennifer Galloway. He then made the scary move to London and studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Christopher Cowie and Melanie Ragge. 

Whilst still a student, Henry began working with various orchestras and now enjoys freelancing across the UK. He is currently on trial with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (co-principal), City of London Sinfonia (2nd/cor anglais) and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Cor Anglais). Previously, he was also a trialist for 2nd oboe position with the RSNO. Henry has also played with a variety of orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru and was a regular deputy for the West End Production of Miss Saigon.

Henry is very lucky to play in Cavendish Winds and enjoys making amazing music with close friends and fantastic musicians. When not busy making reeds Henry enjoys swimming, trying to finish crosswords and has recently started kayaking with Cavendish's clarinetist Mary Tyler. Check back to see if he has managed to stick kayaking out!