Jane Booth is a specialist in the early clarinet and chalumeau. In addition to her work as Head of Historical Performance at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London she has pursued a busy international career, playing all over the world with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Avison Ensemble, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, English Baroque Soloists, Tafelmusik, Gabrieli Consort, The Sixteen, Anima Aeterna, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, London Handel Orchestra and The Academy of Ancient Music. Jane has worked under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, the late Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Mark Elder, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Harry Christophers CBE, Christopher Hogwood CBE, Vladimir Jurowski, Bruno Weil and Philippe Herreweghe. Her extensive repertoire encompasses the works of Handel, Telemann and Vivaldi through to Wagner, Mahler and Debussy – all on historically appropriate instruments.
Jane is also much in demand as a chamber musician and concerto soloist in the UK, North America, Japan, Australia and Europe. Early in her career she was invited to perform for the Early Music Network in several national tours with prizewinning ensembles. Her recent solo and chamber recital work has taken her to Austria, the Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Québec and Ontario with artists such as Robert Levin, Ronald Brautigam, and the Eybler Quartet of Toronto. Her performances of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet with EnsembleF2 at the Wigmore Hall and at the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival (where she is a regular guest) have been widely acclaimed. Solo performances include baroque concertos by Fasch, Telemann, Graupner, and Molter, Mozart’s Concerto for basset clarinet and Weber’s Concertos performed across Europe, along with recital work in the UK.
Jane’s most recent CD releases include Theme and Variations, recorded with the Eybler Quartet (Analekta), Clarinets by Arrangement with fortepianist John Irving (sfz), Aux Armes Citoyens - Revolutionary Wind Music from France (ATMA), and sonatas by Vanhal. Research-led recording projects form a developing interest, and in addition to this Schubert recording Jane has collaborated in a DVD presentation of Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio K.498 with Ensemble DeNOTE.