Neyire Ashworth


Neyire studied clarinet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Rotterdam Conservatoire and in New York City.
She has pursued a career focused on solo and chamber music and small-scale theatre and contemporary music-theatre performance. With the Britten-Pears Ensemble she worked closely with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett and recorded several discs for ASV. With the clarinet quartet No Strings Attached she toured the Middle and Far East for the British Council and played in many UK prisons. They were winners of the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music prize and prize-winners in the Gaudeamus International Contemporary Music competition.
She currently plays with the New London Chamber Ensemble who regularly commission new works. They have recorded several albums - the wind music of Carl Nielsen and music by John Woolrich, Martin Butler, Lennox Berkeley and Philip Cashian. With the Zimro Trio she continues her interest in folk music and the stories of musical immigrants. Other recent performances include War Horse for the National Theatre in the West End and Little Red Riding Hood by Georges Aperghis at the Almeida Opera Festival. Neyire won Best Performer Award from the Buxton Fringe Festival for her performance piece Stolen Voices and continues to perform the instrumental theatre piece Stenclmusic, music by Rachel Stott. She also enjoys a freelance career with some of the UK’s finest orchestras.
Neyire is a dedicated teacher and coach. She can be found teaching clarinet on Saturdays at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is the clarinet coach for the UK’s National Youth Chamber Orchestra.