About Us and Our Members

  • We are a "not for profit" organisation


  • We play all kinds of music - trios, quartets and full clarinet choir arrangements, from popular songs through to classical repertoire


  • We have a great library of sheet music to choose from - over 200 pieces and still growing!


  • We perform around three to four times per year, at charity concerts, garden parties, weddings, etc.


  • Our aims are diversity, quality and enjoyment

  • We would love to welcome new players!

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Hello, I'm Steve!  I've just retired from full-time teaching after 36 years. I love making music and encouraged this in school, leading choirs, music groups and brass ensembles. I now conduct the Sherwood Clarinets, having previously conducted the Calverton Orchestra for a number of years.


At the age of 10 I moved from trumpet to French Horn. As a child I played in the Orphean Youth Orchestra then later the Leicester University Orchestra and the Derby Concert Orchestra. I enjoy singing and have sung in the Leicester Philharmonic Choir, the Ruddington Choral Society and the Nottingham Boys' Choir. I am a member of the Mansfield Choral Society and Nottingham Harmonic Choir, and sing in performances with the choir of St. Philip Neri Church in Mansfield.


The Sherwood Clarinets are a great bunch of people who make "making music" a joy.


Hello, my name is Jack.  I am a retired engineer and I came to playing music relatively late, in the early 1990s in fact, and I just love it!  I enjoy all types of music, from classical through to Jazz.  I have played in wind bands and orchestras.


Sherwood Clarinets is a friendly group of people with some great ideas for the future.


I started learning the clarinet at school aged 12 or 13 and played in the school wind ensemble.  I then went to the Royal Manchester College of Music (now the Royal Northern) with clarinet as my second study; piano being my first. 


I have enjoyed playing in various groups and was a founder member of the Sherwood Clarinet Society (now known as Sherwood Clarinets).  I also teach the clarinet along with the piano.  My favourite composer is Mozart.


Hi!  I’m Sue and I play bass, alto and “regular” B flat clarinet with the group.


I fell in love with the clarinet at the age of 8 or 9, and for years dreamt of learning how to play.  However, it wasn’t until I reached the ripe old age of 50 that I decided the time was right, so I bought a cheap clarinet and started taking lessons.  I am now retired from my job as a special needs teacher so, in theory, have loads of time to practise!


I enjoy playing a wide range of music, although I guess classical is my favourite!


Hello, I’m John.  I began playing at the age of 11, progressing from the recorder.  This eventually led to a career in school music teaching. 


I really enjoy the wide variety of music we play and the friendly, supportive atmosphere in the group.


I’m Mark.  I began playing the clarinet 7 years ago, encouraged by my wife, who bought me my first clarinet and suggested I start having lessons.  I have been playing with Sherwood Clarinets since 2011.


I enjoy classical music and am particularly fond of Bach, Mozart and Elgar.


I’m Tony.  I’m a retired engineer and have been playing clarinet for about 10 years.


The group is very friendly and I have had a lot of help with my playing.



I started playing the clarinet when I was about 9 years old.  I had lessons with Penny for several years and, in September 2002, she encouraged me to join a new clarinet group that was just starting.  I was a regular member of the group until I went to the University of Nottingham to study  Music in 2005.  While at university I enjoyed attending rehearsals during the holidays and catching up with my clarinet friends.  I now teach secondary music and don’t have much time for playing in the group but still keep in touch and play when I can.


The highlight of my clarinet playing career was performing at my own wedding in August 2013.  It was lovely to play with the Sherwood Clarinets (and some other good friends) on my wedding day.


Hi, I’m Martin.  When at school I used to play in the orchestra and band, taking lessons to a grade 6 standard.  Since then, I’ve played very occasionally and it is just recently that I have joined “Sherwood Clarinets”, in June 2015.


I am finding the group friendly and am enjoying the range of pieces played so far.


Hi, I'm Thanh.  I'm not a natural musician, but I loved the sound of the clarinet from an early age after hearing Peter and the Wolf in primary school.  I started playing clarinet when I was 12 years old, thanks to the East Sussex Music Service. I'm from Hastings and was part of the town's youth symphony and wind orchestras as a teenager.

As a grown-up, I have played clarinet for fun with the Manchester University Wind Orchestra, University of East Anglia Choir and Orchestra Society (including clarinet and recorder ensembles), Southampton University Concert Band and since 2018, Sherwood Clarinets!