Mary Tyler is a London-based clarinettist and founding member of Cavendish Winds. She performs regularly with orchestras and ensembles, including the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Outcry Ensemble, and Constella Opera Ballet. Mary attended the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestral Academy with tours in Germany, Denmark and China, and a live broadcast on European television channel ‘Arte’. She recently gained a place with the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts scheme.
As a soloist she recently performed part of the Finzi Clarinet Concerto in five concerts across the south coast of England, and played at the Alcúdia clarinet festival in Mallorca. Mary has also performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto at St John Smith’s Square, and the Tartini Clarinet Concertino with the Brandenburg Sinfonia at St Martin-in-the-Fields. She was runner-up in the Royal Academy of Music’s Buffet Crampon clarinet prize, and joint winner of the Brighton Springboard Festival concerto competition.
Mary read music at Oxford University, receiving a first class honours degree. She went on to obtain a Master’s degree with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Angela Malsbury, Mark van de Wiel and Christopher Richards. She was the recipient of the Winifred Agnes Disney Scholarship and J E Reckitt Award.
Mary enjoys performing jazz and popular music, playing with the Oxford University Jazz Orchestra at the Montreal and Ottawa Jazz Festivals, as the supporting act to the Mingus Big Band. She has also performed with German pop musician Annett Louisan in open air concerts across Germany. In her spare time Mary enjoys running, kayaking and surfing in Cornwall.