Linda Merrick CBE

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 Professor Linda Merrick is Principal of the RNCM and an internationally-renowned clarinet soloist, recording artist and pedagogue.

Her catalogue of over 40 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 premiere 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, with recordings of works by Edward Cowie, David Horne, Paul Patterson and Paul Pellay due to be released in 2022. In addition, Linda has commissioned and recorded over 20 works for clarinet and electronics, and released two CDs featuring works with clarinet and harpsicord by Robert Keeley.

Linda 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.

In addition to her position as Principal at the RNCM, Linda is Chair of Conservatoires UK and the UK representative for Howarth Clarinets. She was awarded a CBE for services to music in higher education in the 2023 King’s New Year Honours.

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-clarinet, Benjamin Frith-piano
Serendipity/Classicprint 1992/99

Martin Ellerby Chamber Music 
Linda Merrick-clarinet, Benjamin Frith-piano
Serendipity 1990



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

Selected Outputs

    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).