Linda Merrick




In addition to her position as RNCM Principal, Linda is Chair of Conservatoires UK, Vice-President of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain and the UK Representative for Howarth Clarinets. 

She has performed as a concerto soloist across America, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, the UAE and the UK, and broadcast for BBC Radio 3, Radio France, DRS1 Switzerland, CKWR Canada and Arte TV South Korea. A founder member of the contemporary ensemble ‘Sounds Positive’, she has premiered over 80 chamber works for winds and piano by British composers, and released a further three CDs. 

Her catalogue of over 35 solo recordings features new concertos she has commissioned by Gary Carpenter, Nigel Clarke, Martin Ellerby, John McLeod, Stephen McNeff, Edwin Roxburgh, Philip Sparke, Philip Spratley, Kit Turnbull and Guy Woolfenden for labels such as Naxos, Chandos, NMC, Guild and Metier. She has also released première recordings of clarinet quintets with the Navarra and Kreutzer Quartets by composers including Simon Bainbridge, Nigel Clarke, Robert Crawford, Michael Finnissy, Wilfred Josephs, John McCabe and Edwin Roxburgh. In addition, she has commissioned and recorded over 20 works for clarinet and electronics, and released two CDs featuring works with clarinet and harpsicord by Robert Keeley.      

Current and Future Research


Research outputs include the following:



Collaboration between Composers and Performers: British Clarinet Concertos 1990-2004  (VDM Verlag, Saarbrucken, 2009)



John McCabe ‘Fauvel’s Rondo’

Linda Merrick-clarinet, Kreutzer Quartet, Aaron Shorr(piano)

Guild 2012 


Gary Carpenter ‘Doubles’ 

Linda Merrick-clarinet, Paul Goodey- oboe, RNCM Wind Orchestra, conducted Clark Rundell                           Polyphonic  2011


Chamber Music by John Veale and Robert Crawford

Linda Merrick-clarinet , John Turner-recorder, Adderbury Ensemble

Metier 2010


British Clarinet Quintets

Linda Merrick-clarinet,  Navarra Quartet

Naxos 2010


Dynamics of Matter

Linda Merrick- clarinet, Sally Mays-piano

Undercurrent 2010   


Philip Spratley Clarinet Concertino

Linda Merrick-clarinet, Manchester Sinfonia

Toccata Classics, 2009



Sounds Positive                                  

Undercurrent  2009


Stephen McNeff Clarinet Concerto

Linda Merrick-clarinet,  RNCM Wind Orchestra

Campion  2008


John McLeod Clarinet Concerto

Linda Merrick-clarinet, RNCM Symphony Orchestra

Chandos  2007


Edwin Roxburgh Clarinet Concerto

Linda Merrick-clarinet, RNCM Symphony Orchestra

NMC 2006


Malcolm Arnold Chamber Music

Linda Merrick-clarinet, Julian Hellaby/Peter Nokes-piano

MSV 2006


Martin Ellerby  Conceto for Clarinet (2nd recording)

Linda Merrick-clarinet, Coldstream Guards

SRC 2005


Philip Sparke Clarinet Concerto

Linda Merrick – clarinet, Rundfunk BlasorkesterLeipzig

Anglo Records 2003


Wilfred Josephs  Clarinet Quintet and Sonatas

Linda Merrick – clarinet, Kreutzer Quartet, Benjamin Frith (piano)                             

Metier 2002 


Concerti for Clarinet and Concert Band

Linda Merrick – clarinet, RNCM Wind Orchestra

Polyphonic 2000


The Hemlock Stone

Linda Merrick – clarinets, Chris  Thorpe – computers

ClassicPrint 1999


New York Counterpoint

Linda Merrick – clarinets, Chris Thorpe – electronics

Serendipity/Classicprint  1996/98


The Music of John Lambert  

Sounds Positive

 NMC 1993



Linda Merrick – clt, Benjamin Frith – pno

Serendipity/Classicprint 1992/99


Martin Ellerby Chamber Music 

Linda Merrick – clt, Benjamin Frith – pno

Serendipity  1990



College and External Research Roles

Institute of Musical Research- Advisory Council Member – until Summer 2013

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Principal Study Clarinet
  • Contemporary Clarinet Classes
  • Chamber Music Coaching

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Principal Study Clarinet
  • Contemproary Clarinet Classes
  • Chamber Music Coaching


    Authored Books

  • Linda Merrick, Collaboration between Composers and Performers: British Clarinet Concertos 1990-2004, ( VDM Verlag, 2009).
  • Recordings

  • John McCabe Fauvel’s Rondo, Kreuzer Quartet, Linda Merrick (clarinet), Aaron Shorr (piano) Clarinet Quintet; Clarinet and piano, Guild
  • Nigel Clarke, Edwin Roxburgh, Martin Ellerby, Kit Turnbull British Clarinet Quintets, Navarra Quartet, Linda Merrick (clarinet) Clarinet quintet, Naxos, 2010
  • Gary Carpenter Doubles, RNCM Wind Orchestra, Clark Rundell, Linda Merrick (clarinet); Paul Goodey (oboe) Clarinet, Oboe, Wind Orchestra, Polyphonic, 2011
  • Stephen McNeff Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Orchestra, RNCM Wind Orchestra, Mark Heron, Linda Merrick (clarinet) Clarinet, Wind Orchestra, Cameo, 2008
  • John Veale and Robert Crawford Chamber Music by John Veale, Adderbury Ensemble, Linda Merrick (clarinet); John Turner (recorder) , Metier, 2010
  • Avril Anderson & David Sutton-Anderson Dynamics of Matter: Music for piano, clarinet & electronics, Linda Merrick (clarinet); Sally Mays (piano) , Undercurrent, 2010
  • Philip Spratley Clarinet Concertino, Manchester Sinfonia, Barry Wordsworth, Phillip Spratley., Linda Merrick (clarinet) , Toccata Classics, 2009
  • Malcolm Arnold ‘Bright Jewels, Linda Merrick (clarinet) , Maestro Sound & Vision, 2006
  • Martin Ellerby The Cries Of London, The Regimental Band Coldstream Guards, Linda Merrick (clarinet) , Specialist Recording Company Ltd, 2005
  • Edwin Roxburgh Saturn, RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Clark Rundell, Linda Merrick (clarinet) , NMC, 2006

Professional Activity


Releasing 20 commercial solo/chamber music CD recordings 

Commissioning over 40 solo works for clarinet from British composers, including 9 new concertos and 5 new clarinet quintet

Giving concerto performances in America, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, the UAE and across the UK
Broadcasting as a soloist for BBC Radio 3, Radio France, Radio DRS1 (Switzerland), CKWR (Canada) and Arte TV (Seoul, South Korea).

Giving recital and contemporary performances in the UK and internationally with pianists Benjamin Frith, Sally Mays, Philip Mead & Julian Hellaby.

As a founder-member of the contemporary ensemble Sounds Positive, commissioning over 80 new works, giving regular concert series in London, performing in festivals across the UK, working in collaboration with London Contemporary Dance Theatre, and making commercial recordings.

Performing with two electroacoustic ensembles with Philip Mead (piano) and Stephen Montague (electronics), and with Chris Thorpe (computers), commissioning, performing and recording new works in Belfast, Belgium, UK, Paris and Sweden.  


Masterclasses and workshops across the UK, including: Royal Academy of Music; Birmingham Conservatoire; Welsh College of Music and Drama; Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; Colchester Centre of Performing Arts.

Masterclasses (International)

Masterclasses at a wide range of international institutions, including: Beijing Conservatory, University of California at Los Angeles, Eastman School of Music, Florida State University; Geidai Institute; Indiana University; University of Illinois; Conservatoire de Quebec; Northwestern State University, Louisiana;
University of St. Thomas at St Paul, Queensland Conservatory, Vancouver Academy; Victoria Conservatory. I also undertook a staff exchange to Queensland Conservatorium in 2008.

Examining (UK and International) 

I have been employed as an external examiner at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (PGDip.), Trinity College of Music (clarinet), Salford University (MA), Bradford University (BA), and acted as a member of validation panels across a wide range of other institutions in the UK and overseas. I have served on final examination juries at the Conservatoire de Montreal, and Chaired a review panel for the Association of European Conservatoires in Groningen.

Jury Memberships

I have acted as a jury member for many national and international competitions, including the Yamaha Foundation of Europe Scholarships (2001), Performing Australian Music (2000), Howarth Clarinet Prize (1999 &
2001), Cassel Prize, Royal Air Force Music Services (2001) andCassel Prize, Royal Marines School of Music (1998). 




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