Max Welford is a London based clarinettist with a wide-ranging career that includes performances as a soloist, chamber musician, in orchestras, West End theatres and on recordings.
He has performed as a soloist at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, St. Martin in the Fields, St. James’ Piccadilly, MusikFabrik Berlin and the National Portrait Gallery, and his playing has been described in the press as ‘oozing class’ (The Guardian), having ‘real dynamism and cohesion’ (The Times), and ‘almost beyond belief in its supremely confident accomplishment’ (Classical Source).
2018 chamber music commitments include performances of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet with the Sacconi Quartet, and Mozart and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintets with members of the Faust Chamber Orchestra. Previous chamber music partners include the London Chamber Collective, the Castalian, Ruisi and Artesian String Quartets, and singers including Nicky Spence, Caroline Macphie, Louise Kemeny and Joanna Skillett.
Max has worked with orchestras and ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, English Session Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, CHROMA, London Contemporary Orchestra, Faust Chamber Orchestra, the Uroboros Ensemble, and jazz/contemporary group the Emulsion Sinfonietta, and is currently on trial for the position of Principal Clarinet with the BBC Concert Orchestra. He has given premieres in Berlin, Singapore, New York, and on BBC Radio 3, and has worked with Mark Anthony Turnage, Colin Matthews and Shiva Feshareki on their solo works.
From 2016-17, Max held the clarinet chair on the West End production of “Half a Sixpence”, and he deps in the orchestras of “Les Miserables” and “Wicked”. His recording credits include the English Session Orchestra, Katie Melua, Imogen Heap, Mike Batt, Pink Floyd, Cadburys, semaine.com, and various libraries & soundtracks.
Max studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Andrew Marriner, Mark van de Wiel, Chi-Yu Mo, Angela Malsbury and Elizabeth Drew, and in Berlin with Wenzel Fuchs. He received further training as a student on the LSO and London Sinfonietta Academies, and after his graduation in 2012, he was represented by the Park Lane Group and the Concordia Foundation.