Isobel Mortimer is a clarinettist, composer and workshop facilitator. Her work focuses on exploring non-traditional modes of performance, blurring the boundary between 'performer' and 'creator' and broadening access to arts participation. She believes that inter-disciplinary exploration and collaboration is the key to creating exciting, original works which challenge and engage contemporary audiences.
Isobel has collaborated with choreographers of the Northern Ballet School, filmmaker Barney Cunningham and arts production company Collective31. She has participated in projects such as Animiiki Physical Theatre's Northern Theatre Laboratory, Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera (ensemble led by the Vonnegut Collective), and performed her own composition, 'Points of Light', in a unique composition/clarinet masterclass series led by Mark Simpson.
Isobel is a member of the 'Women in Music' programme at the Southbank Centre, participating in mentoring as well as their annual 'World of Women' Festival. A former workshop assistant with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Isobel now designs and leads her own series of educational workshops encouraging exploration and creation of new music.
A graduate of the University of Birmingham and the Royal Northern College of Music, Isobel is originally from Cumbria, where she trained for many years with the Cumbria Youth Contemporary Dance Company.