As former BBC New Generation Artists, the Galliard Ensemble has become one of Britain's leading chamber groups, with repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Berio and Schoenberg. Currently in its 22nd year, the ensemble has performed in many of the world’s leading venues and festivals, including the Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, the Bridgewater Hall, the Sage Centre, and at the BBC Proms, and in countries including Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland and Lithuania. They are frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and internationally.

 

The Galliard Ensemble has a lively, entertaining and distinctive performance style that has thrilled audiences in Britain and abroad. The ensemble’s CDs have been selected by the Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, and BBC Radio 3 in their critics’ choices of outstanding releases.

 

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. Please click here for further information about our Education projects.


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