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Brendan Toohey is a classically trained clarinetist who specialises in advanced solo and ensemble performance. Currently based in Melbourne, Brendan is equally at home playing solo recitals, chamber music, orchestral and concert band repertoire on all members of the extended clarinet family and in a wide variety of styles.

Brendan has performed clarinet with the following ensembles:

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (casual)

Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra

Queensland Youth Symphony and Alumni Orchestra

Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra

Queensland Camerata (of St Johns)

Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra

Queensland Wind Orchestra

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (casual)

Orchestra Victoria (casual)

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

Australian Concert Orchestra

Zelman Symphony Orchestra

Stonnington Symphony Orchestra

Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra

Maroondah Symphony Orchestra

Preston Symphony Orchestra

Ringwood Symphony Orchestra

Australasian Symphony Orchestra

Old Scotch Symphony Orchestra

Dandenong Ranges Symphony Orchestra

Monash Academy Orchestra

Melbourne Opera

Melbourne Citi Opera

Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta

Hopkins Sinfonia

Peninsula Chamber Musicians

Grainger Wind Symphony

Brendan also frequently performs on saxophone and occasionally on flute, oboe and bassoon in jazz and musical theatre settings.

Shows performed in include:

Seussical (Musical Director)


The Witches of Eastwick

My Fair Lady


42nd Street


A Chorus Line


The Addams Family

Instruments available for performance include:

1. Piccolo

2. Flute (low B)

3. Oboe

4. Bassoon

5. Ab clarinet

6. Eb clarinet

7. D clarinet

8. C clarinet

9. Bb clarinet

10. A clarinet

11. G clarinet

12. Eb alto clarinet (low D)

13. F basset horn (low C)

14. Bb bass clarinet (low C)

15. Eb contra-alto clarinet (low Eb)

16. Bb contra-bass clarinet (low C)

17. Soprano saxophone

18. Alto saxophone

19. Tenor saxophone

20. Baritone saxophone (low A)

Clarinet and other woodwinds

Photography: XL Arts Inc.

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