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Ensembles

Gould Piano Trio and Robert Plane

Lucy Gould (Violin), Robert Plane (Clarinet), Richard Lester (Cello) and Benjamin Frith (Piano)

This partnership, first brought together for a performance of Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time’, stretches back through 30 years of experience.

“The Gould Trio … with clarinettist Robert Plane, achieved a perfect balance of structural exactitude and lyricism.”
— The Guardian, Rian Evans

Ferio Saxophone Quartet

Huw Wiggin, Ellie McMurray, Anthony Brown, Shevaughan Beere

One of the UK’s leading young saxophone quartets, the Ferios’ frequent concerts and recent discs for Chandos have received deservedly wide critical acclaim.

“What’s immediately striking about this disc is the tonal subtlety and expressiveness of the Ferios’ playing … their phrasing is buoyant and lyrical; slow impressionistic passages … are lucidly and atmospherically voiced … the artistry of the performances is beyond question.”
— Gramophone Magazine, Richard Bratby

Corvus Consort

Vocal Ensemble

Musical versatility and innovative programming are the Consort’s key objectives, leading to performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the present day, in a wide variety of genres, styles and combinations.

“one of the most innovative and adventurous vocal ensembles presently performing”
— Tortoise Media, Matthew d’Ancona

“The Corvus Consort is a marvel: glorious voices, expressive singing, highly creative and imaginative programming, inspired direction!”
— Simon Carrington

Please also see the consort’s collaborations with:
Ferio Saxophone Quartet – as below
Louise Thomson (harp) – follow link

Linos Piano Trio

Prach Boondiskulchok (piano), Konrad Elias-Trostmann (violin) and Vladimir Waltham (cello) 

With a rich and varied cultural and musical background, the Linos Piano Trio is increasingly recognised as one of Europe’s most creative and dynamic trios.

“the ensemble between these three players was superb … a slow-burning, gripping performance, the playing rich and passionate … performed with control and tonal intensity … the players brought brilliance and élan”
— The Strad Magazine

Solem Quartet

Amy Tress, William Newell (violins), Stephen Upshaw (viola), Stephanie Tress (cello)

Praised for their “immaculate precision and spirit” (The Strad), the Solem Quartet has established itself as one of the most innovative and adventurous quartets of its generation.

“Cultured tone … top-quality musicians”
— The Arts Desk, David Nice

Galliard Ensemble

Kathryn Thomas (Flute), Owen Dennis (Oboe), Katherine Spencer (Clarinet), Richard Bayliss (Horn) and Helen Storey (Bassoon)

Former BBC New Generation Artists, the Galliard Ensemble is established as one of Britain’s leading wind groups, and has an expansive repertoire.

“the finesse and vitality that have become the Galliard’s hallmarks … the Galliard’s excellent playing, well-balanced and full of character, gives a boost of ebullience and elegance”
— Gramophone, Geoffrey Norris

Voices and saxophones come together to present a programme of contemporary works by leading living composers alongside Baroque and Renaissance vocal music uniquely reimagined for choir and saxophones.

Together the two ensembles recorded their CD Revoiced, released on Chandos Records in July 2022.

“A bold and fascinating recording … reimagin[ing] compositions old and new to dazzling effect.”
— Tortoise Media, Matthew d’Ancona

“intriguing and effective arrangements … the way the saxophones and voices interweave and blend is strikingly effective”
— BBC Radio 3 Record Review, Andrew McGregor

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12/08/2022