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Galliard Ensemble and Simon Callaghan join forces at Conway Hall

The Galliard Ensemble will perform with Simon Callaghan in April 2020 at London’s Conway Hall, where Simon is Artistic Director.

This concert will introduce an exciting first collaboration between these two Tashmina Artists, both established among the country’s leading performers.

The combined group will present a programme of chamber works for piano and wind by Beethoven, Thuille and Poulenc, as well as a wind quintet arrangement of Strauss’s Overture to ‘Die Fledermaus’.

The concert will take place on Sunday 19 April 2020 as part of the Conway Hall Sunday Concerts series, the longest-running chamber music series of its kind in Europe, and their programme will be:

Strauss ‘Die Fledermaus’ Overture (arr. Thomas Graf for wind quintet)
Thuille Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, op.6
Beethoven Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, op. 16
Poulenc Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet in C major

Austrian-born composer Ludwig Thuille (1861-1907) was a lifelong friend of Richard Strauss, whose ‘Die Fledermaus’ Overture (in a wind quintet arrangement by Thomas Graf) is placed alongside Thuille’s Sextet for piano and wind quintet in this programme. In 1888, Strauss helped to arrange the premiere performance of Thuilles’s Sextet, which has now become the composer’s most enduringly popular work.

Also in the programme is Beethoven’s Quintet op. 16 (1796) which is scored for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon. This piece may have been inspired by Mozart’s Quintet K. 452 of 12 years earlier which has the same key and scoring. Poulenc’s Sextet responds to Mozart’s influence in a very different way, with a second movement that can be seen as a Classical parody. Poulenc subsequently revised the piece extensively, in 1939, after its 1933 premiere.

Simon and the Galliards are looking forward to performing Thuille’s Sextet along with these works by Poulenc and Beethoven, which are part of the core repertoire for this combination.
Galliard Ensemble and Simon Callaghan | Conway Hall Sunday Concerts: London | Sun 19 April 2020 | 6:30 pm

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