Elizabeth Drew

Elizabeth Drew - Clarinettist

Soloist and orchestral musician


A varied career has seen Elizabeth as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Elizabeth is also an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Teaching has always been, and remains, a vital and enjoyable part of her work. She sees the opportunity to encourage and inspire the next generation of musicians as a gift.


Beginning studies as a student at the Purcell School for Young Musicians, alongside the Junior Department at the Guildhall School of Music, then attending the GSMD full time, as well as spending two years studying at the Hochschule in Hannover, Germany, Elizabeth has had the benefit of studying with some incredibly inspirational musicians and clarinettists. All of this has informed her own teaching. 


Among those of particular influence she has had the privilege of studying the clarinet with are (chronologically) Paul Harris, Thea King, Antony Pay, Andrew Marriner and Hans Deinzer. As a student Elizabeth played with the National Children’s Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, European Community Youth Orchestra and Britten-Pears Orchestra. This provided a plethora of exciting musical experience. Her students have subsequently gone on to play with both NCO and NYO. 


Many individuals have gained scholarships to leading schools in the UK such as Eton, Wellington, Tonbridge and Winchester as well as scholarships and exhibitions to the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music, Royal Scottish Academy of Music, Durham University, London University and Oxbridge. 


A number of her previous students are now enjoying careers as performing musicians themselves in the major orchestras of the UK and the West End. Elizabeth has played regularly with the Moscow Virtuosi as soloist, also with the Staatsphilharmonisches orchester, Mainz, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and in recent years, mostly with the London Symphony Orchestra. 


Working with the conductors Rozhdestvensky, Rostropovich, Lutoslawski, Haitink, Ashkenazy, Jurowski and Rattle, to name a few, have provided particular musical inspiration. 

In demand as a teacher, adjudicator and coach Elizabeth has worked for the Royal Academy of Music, the Dublin Institute of Technology, Birmingham Conservatoire, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama as well as numerous music festivals and competitions in the UK. 


Elizabeth’s goal when teaching is to give the student the possibility to fulfil their known potential and hopefully to feed their as yet unknown potential. She guides and encourages the practice of ‘intelligent thinking’ and conscious listening which results in students becoming independent musicians. She looks forward to meeting you, her future students and guiding you on the path to becoming fine clarinetists and ultimately informed musicians.


Watch Liz's top tips for warming up here and a video on fundamental technique here


“Liz is an amazing inspiration and has transformed my clarinet playing completely.”  - student

Elizabeth Drew

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