Camellia Johnson has recently been awarded a part scholarship to The Royal Northern College of Music. She has recorded a CD of Widmann’s Fantasie for Solo Clarinet, as well as Brahms’ and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintets in association with Studio Music, Brightlingsea in September 2018.
Camellia was also given the privilege of premiering Guy Newbury’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano at Pembroke College, Oxford’s music society in October 2018.
Camellia has also enjoyed playing orchestrally since leaving RCM. I performed with Zeitgeist Orchestra in King’s Place in October 2018. She also put on an orchestral concert of Delius and Mozart with ‘Ensemble Humanitas’ with conductor Gabrielle Teychene in March 2018. Camellia has enjoyed playing principal Clarinet with the Suoni Dal Golfo Festival in Italy during August 2018 and I am looking forward to playing principal clarinet in The Al Bustan Academy Festival in Beirut, Lebanon in February 2019.
Camellia graduated from Royal College of Music with a first class degree in 2017. During her time there, she won the June Emerson Launchpad Prize in the woodwind competition in 2016. In orchestra, key performances included playing principal clarinet in the RCM Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, with Nicolas Collon conducting. Camellia was also extremely fortunate to perform under Bernard Haitink in the RCM Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe.
Camellia was eager to create musical opportunities outside of college. This lead to a solo performance of Mozart’s Concerto in A Major with Hong Kong New Orchestra in August 2016. She performed with my violin and piano trio in venues such as St John Smith’s Square and performed in the Roman River Music Festival as a young artist. Prior to studying at the RCM, she was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.