The Verity/Passmore Duo is a partnership between Thomas Verity and Simon Passmore dedicated to exploring the wealth of music written for clarinet and piano – as well as adding to it by unearthing lesser-known pieces, and through commissions and innovative transcriptions. They have a special interest in music from the British Isles, and have given world première performances of music by Simon Parkin, Martin Bussey and Peter Hope.
Thomas and Simon have been playing together since 2010, with performances to date including recitals in Manchester (St Ann’s Church, RNCM, Hallé St Peter’s), Hexham, New Brighton, Burnley, Rochdale, Bury and Warrington. They have also played in Brantwood House (home of John Ruskin), Didsbury Arts Festival, at the Swaledale and Northern Aldborough Festivals, and are regulars at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead. Research into composers local to the North West led to recitals in 2017 in the Music Room (Liverpool Philharmonic Hall) and at Edge Hill University. The Duo was also shortlisted for the Park Lane Group’s Young Artists’ Concert Series in London.
Tom and Simon’s recordings of works by Peter Hope was released in 2016 on a CD entitled “Wind Blown” on the Divine Art label. It was given five stars by Pizzicato and described as “sensitive and polished” by the American Record Guide, as well as receiving radio play on BBC Radio 3.