On Monday 24th January 2011, UK clarinet manufacturer, Hanson is launching a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified clarinet, the first responsibly produced woodwind instrument of its kind in the world.
To mark this landmark occasion, Lynsey Marsh, principal clarinettist with the Hallé, will give a short performance with pianist Darius Battiwalla at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
The FSC-certified Hanson clarinet is made from African blackwood, a species which is rapidly disappearing due to over-exploitation, primarily for the woodwind industry. The woodwind industry is one of the primary drivers of illegal logging with as much as 96% of wood exported from countries such as Tanzania being harvested illegally. FSC-certification ensures that wood is harvested responsibly, legally and guarantees that forest-dependent people are fully rewarded for the use of the resources that are the basis of their livelihoods.
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