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Claritie

The Claritie is a unique invention by Daniel Bangham; this support designed primarily for clarinets, takes the weight of the instrument away from the thumbs, arms and hands when holding a clarinet. With an elegant, polished rosewood rest this invention is both practical and stylish with an artisan touch.

The hook ring fits between the bell and bottom joint and the hanger goes between your body and the hook fitting.

Especially excellent for those with double joints, strain injuries and wrist of finger aches and pains.

For Bb or A clarinets. Comes with hook-ring attachment and sling.

The Claritie received the ‘Enabling Award’ at the 2017 OHMI Trust Awards.

Buy a Claritie from Reeds Direct.

Clarinet for one-handed musicians

The clarinet for one handed musicians was designed and made by Peter Worrell. This fantastic creation is available for left-handed or right-handed players and includes all the necessary accessories, including a Daniel’s Claritie, microphone adaptors, fingering charts and more.

This invention received a ‘Playable Award ‘ from the OHMI Trust Awards in 2017.

For more information on this instrument see Peter’s website:
http://www.peterworrell.co.uk/onehandedclarinet.htm

To see one in action follow the Youtube link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vci-D7OmKU

A unique clarinet for one-handed musicians.

Scrapheap Orchestra

The Scrapheap Orchestra was a BBC program screened in 2011.

Eight leading UK instrument makers designed and manufactured forty-four modern concert instruments for the BBC concert orchestra to perform at the prestigious 2011 Proms. The big challenge was that they all had to be made out discarded or scrap materials.

Daniel Bangham was responsible for the design and making of the two oboes and two bassoons.

Daniel explained that one of the many challenges was attaining a long-tapered bore of the appropriate shape for each of the instruments. “I ended up using carbon-fibre golf club handles and carbon-fibre fishing rods.” Bicycle parts, computer printer, computer hard-drives and cutlery feature in the key-work and buttons, children’s toys, saw-blades, coins and pens feature in other mechanisms.

The makers completed the challenge in just 11 weeks and the performance received a standing ovation at the BBC proms.

www.youtube.com/watch

Read more about it by clicking the Scrapheap Stories button below.

Scrapheap Stories

It is only by having a huge in depth knowlege of the way that an instrument is designed, made and adjusted that it was possible to create these credible instruments. All the makers involved in this project possess this knowledge, these are the very skills we need to preserve.
Despite knowing what we wanted to achieve, the project took hundreds of hours of work for each instrument maker. Not only did it require many hours but also a huge amount of ingenuity!

Please take the time to find out more about the people involved.

In alphabetical order:
Daniel Bangham: Oboes and Bassoons
Andrew Bellis: Bows
Rob Cain: Violins
Benjamin Hebbert: Low strings
Pete Oxley: Bows
Paul Jeffries: Percussion
Mick Rath: Trombones
Andrew Taylor: Trumpets and Tuba
Andrew Wheeldon: Flute and Clarinet
Luke and Heidi Woodhead: French Horns

Related Makers

View our tutors page to see websites for all our makers running courses with us.

Andrew Crawford – Andrew runs courses making fine and decorative boxes in Shropshire, including flute cases…! See his website for further information about buying boxes or making your own.

Hope Street Marimba – Also based in Cambridge Hope Street Marimba make, you guessed it, marimba’s and other tuned percussion.

International Trumpet-Making Workshop– Find out more about our Trumpet Making Tutors and see where else you can attend their workshop.

Robert Bigio – Focused on flutes, Robert is a flute maker, historian and author based in the UK. He was editor of the journal of the British Flute Society and author of Readings in the History of the Flute and Rudall, Rose & Carte: The Art of the Flute in Britain. Robert also used to run flute making courses for Cambridge Woodwind Makers.

Trevor Head Musical Instrument Repair Courses – Explore other repair courses in the UK.

The Violin Workshop – With similar intentions, the Violin Workshop in Cambridge is also dedicated to preserving the art of instrument making. They run courses making stringed instruments.

Related Organisations

Cambridge Early Music – Dedicated to Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval music the Cambridge Early Music organisation run annual programs of concerts, courses and summer schools.

Cambridge Online – More about Cambridge.

OHMI Trust – Enabling music making for the physically disabled.

Society of Recorder Players promotes the study, practice and appreciation of the recorder and has a website for everyone interested in playing, studying or listening to recorder music.

Reeds Direct – supplier of clarinet and saxophone reeds by freepost, worldwide delivery. Founded by Daniel Bangham.

The Power of Making – this V&A exhibition reminded us all how inspirational the physical creation of objects can be. Follow this link to see their videos.

Wood Wind & Reed – The woodwind and brass specialists, for all your musical needs including instruments, accessories, reeds and repairs. Founded by Daniel Bangham.