Former BBC New Generation Artists, the Galliard Ensemble is established as one of Britain’s leading chamber groups. The Galliards are able to offer a fantastically varied set of programme proposals drawn from an expansive repertoire ranging between the seventeenth century and the present day.
“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
Currently in its 25th year, The Galliard Ensemble is known for its virtuosic, entertaining and distinctive performance style, and has appeared at leading venues including the Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, Bridgewater Hall, Sage Gateshead and at the BBC Proms. Their recordings are frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and have received widespread praise: the Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, and BBC Radio 3 have all selected a Galliard Ensemble CD as “outstanding” or as Critics’ Choice.
The group has had a close relationship with many leading contemporary composers, including György Ligeti and Sir Harrison Birtwistle. The ensemble is also passionate about bringing music to a diverse audience, realising the positive impact that music can have on learning and personal development. Their educational work ranges from concerts for children to masterclasses at leading conservatoires and universities.
Their most recent concert — for the Whitstable Music Society in Kent — included works by Couperin, Mozart, Ravel, McDowall and Hindemith, and was extremely well received.
“The response of our audience was unanimous in its delight and enjoyment in the quality of their playing and presentation.”
— Whitstable Music Society (27.01.19)
“We all thought it was the most wonderful evening … They were obviously enjoying it, and the communication between them, and with the audience was great. I shall continue to be a big fan of the Galliard Quintet, and wish them well.”
— Audience member (28.01.19)
The Galliard Ensemble’s numerous programme proposals can be seen below. They can also be viewed on this page.
The programmes encompass a diverse array of musical styles, from Classical works by Mozart and Haydn to 20th-century masterpieces by Ravel and Nielsen, and more adventurous compositions by Ligeti and Berio.
Some also include step-out solo items by members of the group, including Stravinsky’s ‘Three pieces for clarinet solo’, Britten’s ‘Metamorphoses for solo oboe’ and Varèse’s ‘Density 21.5 for solo flute’.
The list of proposals includes two programmes in collaboration with a pianist (the Galliards work with a number of very fine pianists including Viv McLean, Sam Haywood, Jonathan Biss, Huw Watkins and Ashley Wass), opening up a whole range of rarely-performed sextet repertoire, including works by Mozart, Beethoven and Ludwig Thuille.
The ensemble also offers an educational programme, specifically designed for the amusement and education of children: ‘Incy wincy goes to the party with his animal friends’ provides a concert centred on the development of an informal, fun and encouraging atmosphere to fall in love with great music.
The Galliard Ensemble’s programme proposals:
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