With a strong interest in contemporary composition, in addition to working with Gyorgy Ligeti, Paul Patterson, and Luis Tinoco, the Galliard Ensemble has worked with Sir Harrison Birtwistle on his quintet Five Distances for their performance at the BBC Proms and their award-winning CD of Birtwistle’s chamber music for winds. 2014 saw the premiere of their anniversary commission by Nimrod Borenstein and the announcement of the winner of the Galliard anniversary composition competition.
In addition to giving masterclasses at leading conservatoires and universities, the Galliard Ensemble is committed to bringing music to a wider audience: its members have undertaken educational concerts and workshops in many schools. From 2012 the group has been resident ensemble at Highgate School in London and also at the Royal Northern College of Music.
2013 saw the release of the fifth commercial CD, featuring French music for wind quintet, for Deux-Elles Classical Recordings. The recording includes Jean Françaix’s 1st wind quintet, marking the centenary of his birth.
'Pure pleasure... This in short is wind quintet playing of great distinction... From this admirably recorded disc you also get a very good idea of how enjoyable the Galliard's public concerts must be. Strongly recommended.’ Gramophone Magazine
Kathryn Thomas, Flute
Owen Dennis, Oboe
Katherine Spencer, Clarinet
Richard Bayliss, Horn
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