Jennifer Ward Clarke

-Posted on 16.03.2015

Jennifer Ward Clarke, Academy professor of baroque cello, died on 1st March aged 79. Jennifer enjoyed a varied career as a cellist and baroque continuo player. In addition to her work in period instrument ensembles she was a founder member of the Pierrot Players, working with Academy Visiting Professors Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies, and a member of the London Sinfonietta at its inception in 1968.

‘Playing alongside Jenny in the Music Party and the Fires of London, I found the professionalism and seriousness of her approach continually inspiring. Above all, I admired her command of the bow, and the imaginative way she used it to find the most appropriate sound and articulation for each and every phrase. It was no doubt these musical qualities that resulted in her gaining a considerable reputation as a teacher of baroque cello, at the Royal Academy of Music and privately.’

Duncan Druce’s obituary for The Guardian

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