Exciting Proposals from the Galliard Ensemble

Exciting Proposals from the Galliard Ensemble

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:

 

Galliard Ensemble

Galliard Ensemble

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. Mordechau Rechtman – Quintet in C minor, after Serenade no.12, K. 388, and Quintet K. 406
Darius Milhaud – La cheminée du roi René
Eugène Bozza – Scherzo, op. 48
Interval
Jacques Ibert – Trois Pièces Brèves
Arvo Pärt – Quintettino
Luciano Berio – Opus Number Zoo

Galliard Ensemble

Jim Parker – Les Animaux, from Mississippi Five
Gyorgy Ligeti – Six Bagatelles (selection)
Malcolm Arnold – Three Shanties, op. 4
Eugène Bozza – Scherzo, op. 48
Luciano Berio – Opus Number Zoo
Kenneth Hesketh – The Grand Old Incy Wincy Din-Dan-Don

Read the introduction to this programme…

Galliard Ensemble

Galliard Ensemble

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. Darrell Goforth – The Marriage of Figaro
Gyorgy Ligeti – Six Bagatelles
Carl Nielsen – Wind Quintet, op. 43
Interval
Samuel Barber – Summer Music, op. 31
Percy Grainger – Walking Tune
Malcolm Arnold – Three Shanties, op. 4
Luciano Berio – Opus Number Zoo
Galliard Ensemble

Galliard Ensemble

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. Mordechau Rechtman – Quintet in C minor, after Serenade no.12, K. 388, and Quintet K. 406
Giulio Briccialdi – Quintet for winds in D major, op. 124
Eugène Bozza – Scherzo, op. 48
Interval
Paul Patterson – Westerly Winds
Percy Grainger – Walking Tune
Percy Grainger – Lisbon
Jim Parker – Mississippi Five
Galliard Ensemble

Galliard Ensemble

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – 6 Variations on ‘Salve tu Domine’ Kv.398
Gyorgy Ligeti – Six Bagatelles
Paul Hindemith – Kleine Kammermusik op.24, no. 2
Interval
Carl Nielsen – Wind Quintet, op. 43
Arvo Pärt – Quintettino
Paul Patterson – Comedy for Five Winds
Galliard Ensemble

Galliard Ensemble

Gustav Holst – Wind Quintet in A flat major, op. 14
Benjamin Britten – Metamorphoses for solo oboe (selection)
Malcolm Arnold – Divertimento for Wind Trio
Gilbert Vinter – Two Miniatures for Wind Quintet
Interval
Arthur Sullivan – Pirates of Penzance Wind Quintet
Malcolm Arnold – Three Shanties, op. 4
Paul Patterson – Comedy for Five Winds
Galliard Ensemble

Galliard Ensemble

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Adagio and Allegro in F minor, K.594
Maurice Ravel – Tombeau de Couperin
Malcolm Arnold – Fantasy for Horn
Ferenc Farkas – (Selection of) Early Hungarian Dances from the 17th Century
Interval
Claude Debussy – Syrinx
Malcolm Arnold – Divertimento for Wind Trio
Irving Fine – Partita for Wind Quintet
George Gershwin, arr. Bill Holcombe – Porgy and Bess (selection)
Galliard Ensemble

Galliard Ensemble

Franz Joseph Haydn – Divertimento in B flat major, Hob.II:46, Chorale St. Antoni
Darius Milhaud – La cheminée du roi René
François Couperin, arr. Mordechai Rechtman – Rondeau, Les Moissonneurs, (from his Baroque Suite)
Maurice Ravel – Tombeau de Couperin
Interval
Paul Hindemith – Kleine Kammermusik op.24, no. 2
Jean-Michel Damase – Variations for wind quintet, op.22
Julius Fučík – Polka
Galliard Ensemble

Galliard Ensemble

Samuel Barber – Summer Music, op. 31
Maurice Ravel – Tombeau de Couperin
Igor Stravinsky – 3 pieces for clarinet solo
Irving Fine – Partita for Wind Quintet
Interval
Edgard Varèse – Density 21.5 for Solo Flute
David Lang – Breathless for Wind Quintet
Darius Milhaud – La cheminée du roi René
Jim Parker – Mississippi Five
Galliard Ensemble

Galliard Ensemble

Jacques Ibert – Trois Pièces Brèves
Giulio Briccialdi – Quintet for winds in D major, op. 124
Darius Milhaud – La cheminée du roi René
Eugène Bozza – Scherzo, op. 48
Interval
Carl Nielsen – Wind Quintet, op. 43
Cecilia McDowall – Subject to the weather
Paul Patterson – Westerly Winds
Galliard Ensemble

Galliard Ensemble

Gyorgy Ligeti – Six Bagatelles
Darius Milhaud – La cheminée du roi René
Samuel Barber – Summer Music, op. 31
Interval
Jean-Michel Damase – Variations for wind quintet, op.22
Carl Nielsen – Wind Quintet, op. 43
Galliard Ensemble

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. Mordechau Rechtman – Quintet in C minor, after Serenade no.12, K. 388, and Quintet K. 406
Giulio Briccialdi – Quintet for winds in D major, op. 124
Eugène Bozza – Scherzo, op. 48
Interval
Paul Patterson – Westerly Winds
Percy Grainger – Walking Tune
Jim Parker – Mississippi Five
Galliard Ensemble

Galliard Ensemble and Viv Mclean (piano)

The Galliards also work with several other excellent pianists, for example Ashley Wass, Tim Horton, Huw Watkins and Sam Haywood

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. Darrell Goforth – The Marriage of Figaro
Piano Solo – to be agreed
Ludwig van Beethoven – Quintet for piano and wind in E flat, op. 16
Interval
Ludwig Thuille – Sextet for Piano and Woodwind Quintet, op.6
Piano Solo – to be agreed
Jean Françaix – L’Heure du Berger
Galliard Ensemble

Galliard Ensemble and Viv Mclean (piano)

The Galliards also work with several other excellent pianists, for example Ashley Wass, Tim Horton, Huw Watkins and Sam Haywood

Gioachino Rossini – Italian Girl in Algiers
Piano Solo – to be agreed
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano and Winds Quintet in E Flat major, K. 452
Interval
Ludwig Thuille – Sextet for Piano and Woodwind Quintet, op.6
Piano Solo – to be agreed
Jean Françaix – L’Heure du Berger