Neyire Ashworth (Clarinet)

Neyire Ashworth is equally at home as soloist and chamber musician, while in the theatre she works as music director, composer and actor. Neyire studied music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, in The Netherlands and in New York. She is a BBC Young Musician of the Year prizewinner and has been awarded Countess of Munster, Ian Fleming, Martin Musical Trust and Craxton awards.

Her London début was as part of the Park Lane Group’s series at the Purcell Room, South Bank. Neyire has appeared on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and concert halls throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, the Middle East and South East Asia. Guest principal appearances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, as well as touring with Academy of St Martin in the Fields have been highlights of her orchestral experience. She also played principal clarinet with the Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela for several years, with whom she appeared as a frequent soloist.

As a chamber musician, Neyire was a founder member of the Britten-Pears Ensemble with whom she performed throughout Great Britain and in the USA, and recorded works by Jolivet and Frank Martin for ASV. The Ensemble performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and appeared at Wigmore Hall. With the clarinet quartet, No Strings Attached, she worked on various large-scale community projects, including several exciting initiatives at Wormwood Scrubs. They also toured internationally for the British Council and made several successful recordings. She has also toured Sweden with her new duo, A&E:clarinet and percussion.

Neyire’s passion for theatre has led her to work as composer, music director and actor for theatre companies including the Royal National Theatre, RSC, A&BC Theatre Company, Opera Circus, Bamboozle Theatre Company and Clod Ensemble. Her most recent appearances as actor and musician were in the Tale That Wags the Dog at The Drum, Plymouth with previous seasons at the Lyric Studio Theatre, Hammersmith, London and the Zeitgeist Festival in Los Angeles, USA.  Also in the 2005 Almeida Opera Festival where she appeared as actress and musician in a production of Little Red Riding Hood by Georges Aperghis, for the Continuum Ensemble.

Neyire has had many new works written for her and is developing techniques and repertoire for a new instrumental theatre. Stenclmusic is her first instrumental theatre piece, with music by Rachel Stott. Neyire is now presenting a new show Stolen Voices: A Triangle of Love, Deception and Mouthpieces.

Neyire is currently professor of clarinet at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.