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Mebrakh Haughton-Johnson

Clarinet and Saxophone

Mebrakh studies Clarinet, Historical Clarinet and Conducting at the Royal College of Music with a full RCM Scholarship; he is also a Victoria Robey Scholar and Royal Philharmonic Society Grantee. As a Guildhall Young Artists scholar, Mebrakh has already won several prizes and competitions including the Lizbeth Elliott Woodwind Prize and Gucci Timepieces Scholarship.

Mebrakh successfully made his BBC Proms debut in 2019 with Nu Civilisation Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall and has since played with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

He made his international debut in Germany at the Berliner Festspiele with renowned jazz trio Jason Moran and the Bandwagon performing on the clarinet and flute.

Mebrakh has performed as Principal Clarinet with Chineke! Orchestra, where he has enjoyed a variety of chamber and orchestral performances in renowned concert halls and palaces across Europe including BASF-Ludwigshafen, the Royal Festival Hall and as a soloist at Wigmore Hall and Petworth Festival.

After winning his college’s solo competition, Mebrakh has performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra.

A strong advocate of diversity and inclusion in performance and education, Mebrakh regularly engages in Widening Participation and Outreach with Chineke! Foundation. He teaches clarinet, saxophone, flute and oboe in several local schools with the aim of providing the students with a role model that potentially shares a similar background and cultural experience.

Mebrakh has been integral in creating changes throughout the Artistic Programming, Academic Curriculum, Human Resources and Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, with regards to EDI. In October 2020, Mebrakh devised and led RCM’s inaugural Black History Month celebration, along with colleagues, in the form of a concert celebrating works by black composers.

Mebrakh has hosted several events featuring discussions on topics regarding EDI. He is a founding member of the RCM Woodwind Repertoire Discovery Group where he aids students in the discovery of music by historically underrepresented composers and provides a platform for listening and sharing.

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