Lunchtime Concerts 11/02/2022

Friday, 11th February 2022

at 1pm



Northern based duo Reed and Ivory comprises clarinettist Helen Goldsmith and pianist Ben Cockburn.

Helen’s musical journey began at aged 10 in Liverpool whilst Ben’s began much later at age 16 in Carlisle, Cumbria. The two met at Leeds Conservatoire, formerly Leeds College of Music in September 2013 and Reed and Ivory was formed in 2014.

Helen and Ben are classical crossover artists and Reed and Ivory is an ensemble that intends to make classical music more popular and accessible to all audiences. As active performers across the UK, the duo frequently collaborate with multi-disciplinary artists such as composers, poets and dancers and have worked alongside famous artists such as Marc Almond and Chumbawamba during their career.

Reed and Ivory have performed across many venues. To name a few; Manchester and Wakefield Cathedral, Christ Church in Southport and Harrogate, Clements Hall York and White Cloth Gallery in Leeds delivering showcases and formal recitals. They are responsible for the world premieres of many pieces by both national and international composers that they took on their UK tour in 2017, a tour of contemporary classical pieces that formed their showcase “A spotlight on living composers.” They are frequently booked for weddings, corporate events, community engagements and outreach educational workshops in schools and colleges. The duo enjoy a busy but rewarding freelance career as both performers and educators.

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