The Gallimaufry Ensemble Shelly Organ Peter Sparks Louisa Sparks Holly Randall Alexia Cammish

Dartington International Summer School

August 2012
Ligeti - 10 Pieces
Beethoven - Quintet for Piano and Winds

with Ian Brown, Piano

Glanert - Déjà Vu




St Boniface Concert Society
Holy Cross Church, Crediton

July 2012
Ibert - Trois Pièces Brèves
Barber - Summer Music
Françaix - Quintet no. 1
INTERVAL
Mozart - Serenade in C minor
Hallam - Dance Suite




National Trust North Coast Association
Mussenden Temple, Downhill, Northern Ireland

June 2012
Bartók - Romanian Dances
Poulenc - Novelette
Dvořák - Slavonic Dance no. 8
Mozart - Slow movement from Serenade in C minor
Arnold - Three Sea Shanties
INTERVAL
Ibert - Trois Pièces Brèves
Patterson - Lazy Lawrence from Westerly Winds
Joplin - Two Ragtimes
Hallam - Dance Suite




Ilkley Concert Club

March 2012
Mozart - Quintet for Piano and Winds
Hindemith - Kleine Kammermusik
INTERVAL
Saint-Saëns - Caprice sur des Airs Danois et Russes
Pilss - Serenade
Françaix - L'Heure du Berger

With Iain Farrington, Piano



Clitheroe Concerts Society

December 2011
Ibert - Trois Pièces Brèves
Arnold - Three Shanties
Mozart - Serenade in C minor
INTERVAL
Hindemith - Kleine Kammermusik
Pilss - Serenade
Hallam - Dance Suite



Dartington International Summer School

August 2011
Peter Wiegold - Prelude 3
Mozart - Quintet for Piano and Winds (with Huw Watkins)
INTERVAL
Oliver Knussen - Three Little Fantasies
Berio - Opus No Zoo
Ligeti - Six Bagatelles



Teeside Music Society

March 2011
Farkas - Hungarian Dances
Arnold - Three Shanties
Hindemith - Kleine Kammermusik
Ibert - Trois Pièces Brèves
INTERVAL
Ravel - Mother Goose Suite
Grieg - Morning from 'Peer Gynt'
Dvořák - Slavonic Dance No. 8
Berio - Opus no. Zoo
Joplin - Ragtime Selection
Hallam - Dance Suite



Richmondshire Subscription Concerts

March 2011
Farkas - Hungarian Dances
Arnold - Three Shanties
Hindemith - Kleine Kammermusik
Ibert - Trois Pièces Brèves
INTERVAL
Devienne - Trio
Ligeti - Six Bagatelles
Berio - Opus No. Zoo
Hallam - Dance Suite

With pre-concert talk



Grimsby Concert Society

March 2011
Farkas - Hungarian Dances
Ibert - Trois Pièces Brèves
Mozart - C minor Serenade (slow movement)
Arnold - Three Shanties
Ravel - Mother Goose Suite
INTERVAL
Rimsky-Korsakov - Flight of the Bumblebee
Grieg - Morning from 'Peer Gynt'
Dvořák - Slavonic Dance No. 8
Berio - Opus Number Zoo
Joplin - Ragtime selection
Gershwin - Selection of songs
Hallam - Dance Suite



Rottingdean Spring Music Festival

March 2011
Recital
Farkas - Hungarian Dances
Ravel - Mother Goose Suite
Patterson - Westerly Winds
Joplin - Ragtime
Gershwin - Selection of songs
Hallam - 'Charleston' from Dance Suite

Concert with Hungarian Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra
Programme included:
Bach - Badinerie
Mozart - Horn Concerto in E flat
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba



Three Rivers Music Society, Rickmansworth

May 2010
Rossini - Overture to 'Italian Girl in Algiers'
Ravel - Mother Goose Suite
Agay - Dances
Patterson - Westerly Winds - Linden Lea
Joplin - Ragtime selection
Rimsky-Korsakov - Flight of the Bumblebee
Farkas - Hungarian Dances
Poulenc - Novelette
Dvořák - Slavonic Dance No. 8
Grieg - Morning from 'Peer Gynt'
Greaves - Beethoven's Fifth Bossanova
Hallam - Dance Suite
Gershwin - Selection of Songs



Preston Minster

May 2010
Rimsky-Korsakov - Flight of the Bumblebee
Rossini - Overture to 'Italian Girl in Algiers'
Ravel - Mother Goose Suite
Patterson - Westerly Winds - 'Linden Lea'
Dvořák - Slavonic Dance No. 8
Joplin - Ragtime Selection
Grieg - Morning from 'Peer Gynt'
Hallam - Dance Suite
Gershwin - Selection of Songs



Recital - Swinburne Hall, Colchester Institute

March 2010
Mozart - C minor Serenade
Pilss - Serenade for Winds
Devienne - Trio
Ligeti - Six Bagatelles
Ravel - Mother Goose Suite



Recital - Brentwood Musical Society

February 2010
Farkas - Hungarian Dances
Mozart - C minor Serenade
Ravel - Mother Goose Suite
Rossini - Overture to Italian Girl in Algiers
Devienne - Trio
Dvořák - Slavonic Dance no. 8
Grieg - Morning
Hallam - Dance Suite
Gershwin - I got Rhythm



Recital - Norwich and Norfolk Chamber Music Society

November 2009
Mozart - Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K. 452
Poulenc - Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
Dukas - Sorcerer's Apprentice
Ravel - Mother Goose Suite
Shostakovich - Two Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet and Piano
Poulenc - Sextet for Piano and Winds



Lincoln & Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival

 
Recital with Aurora EnsembleSeptember 2006
Mozart - Overture & Arias from La Clemenza di Tito for Wind Octet, K 621
Mozart - Serenade for Wind Octet in C minor, K 388
 
Recital with Aurora EnsembleSeptember 2006
Mozart - Overture & Arias from Don Giovanni for Wind Octet, K 527
Mozart - Divertimento for Wind Sextet in B flat major, K 270
Mozart - Serenade for Wind Octet in E flat major, K 375



Classique au Vert Festival, Parc Floral, Paris

 
RecitalAugust 2005
Ibert - Trois Pieces Breves
Barber - Summer Music
Pilss - Serenade
Patterson - Westerly Winds
Hallam - Dance Suite
 
Recital with Ensemble Paris-Bastille August 2005
Gounod - Petite Symphonie
Françaix - Neuf Pieces Caracteristiques



Recital - Oxshott Village Hall, Oxshott, Surrey

June 2005
Handel - The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Grieg - Morning from 'Peer Gynt' Suite, Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
Tschaikowsky - Overture to The Nutcracker Ballet
Agay - Five Dances
Joplin - Two Rags
Mozart - Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Rossini - Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers
Borodin - Extracts from Polvetzian Dances
Hallam - Dance Suite



Recital - Lamberhurst, Kent

October 2004



Recital - West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

October 2004
Mozart - Quintet for Piano and Winds
Poulenc - Trio



Recital - Royal Academy of Music

March 2004
Elliott Carter - 8 Etudes and a Fantasy (excerpts)
Lucinda Mason Brown - Thames Walk
Andrey Rubtsov - Three Moods
Aziza Sadikova - Molitva
Phil Venables - Quintet
Tim Watts - Quintet
May-kay Yau - Distant Sky



Recital - David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music

October 2003
Rhian Samuel - Primavera
Françaix - Quartet
Barber - Summer Music
Eliott Carter - Eight Etudes and a Fantasy
Karl Pilss - Serenade



Chamber Music International - Purcell School, London

August 2003
Carter - Eight Etudes and a Fantasy



Recital - Downhill/Mussenden Temple, Northern Ireland

June 2003
Rossini - Barber of Seville Overture
Barber - Summer Music
Pilss - Serenade
Ravel - Mother Goose Suite
Berio - Opus No. Zoo
Gershwin - Excerpts from Porgy and Bess
Albeniz - Suite Espagnole
Patterson - Comedy for Five Winds
Rimsky-Korsakov - Flight of the Bumblebee



Recital - Oxshott Village Hall, Oxshott, Surrey

June 2003
Rossini - Barber of Seville Overture
Barber - Summer Music
Pilss - Serenade
Ravel - Mother Goose Suite
Bizet - Carmen (Prelude Act I)
Berio - Opus No. Zoo
Gershwin - Excerpts from Porgy and Bess
Albeniz - Suite Espagnole
Patterson - Comedy for Five Winds
Mendelssohn - Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream



Recital - National Portrait Gallery

February 2003
Ligeti - Six Bagatelles
Birtwistle - Five Distances
Watts - Quintet
Hindemith - Kleine Kammermusik



Park Lane Series - Purcell Room

January 2003
Birtwistle - Five Distances
Wallfisch - Wind Quintet
Carter - Quintet for Piano and winds



Royal Academy of Music Series - St Martin-in-the-Fields

October 2002
Janacek - Mladi
Butler - Dirty Beasts
Tim Watts - Wind Quintet (Premiere)
Dukas, arr. Farrington - The Sorcerer's Apprentice



English Chamber Orchestra Youth Series - Bullion Room, Hackney Empire

October 2002



Almeida Festival - Almeida Festival, Kings Cross

June 2002
Berio - Ricorrenze
Birtwistle - Five Distances
Fokkens - The Truth Will Set You Free?
Woolrich - The Iron Cockerel Sings



RAM Kurtág Festival

May 2002
Kurtág - Wind Quintet op. 2
Ben Wallfisch - Wind Quintet (Premiere)



Royal Academy of Music

 
Changing Winds I February 2002
Woolrich - The Iron Cockerel Sings
Poulenc - Sonata (cl, cl)
Francaix - Divertissement
Villa-Lobos - Quartet
Fokkens - The Truth Will Set You Free? (Premiere)
Ligeti - Six Bagatelles
 
Changing Winds II February 2002
Hindemith - Kleine Kammermusik
Fokkens - Black
Birtwistle - Five Distances
Villa-Lobos - Trio
Poulenc - Sextet
 
Changing Winds III February 2002
Fokkens - Another Ship, Another Night (Premiere)
Villa-Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6
Poulenc - Trio
Berio - Ricorrenze
Carter - Eight Etudes and a Fantasy
Janacek - Mladi



Recital - Oxshott Village Hall, Oxshott, Surrey

June 2001





Recording - June 2001

 
The Gallimaufry Ensemble's recording of Birtwistle's Five Distances for Five Instruments is included on the CD RAM019

This is available from the RAM.
www.ram.ac.uk

"it's very well played and persuasively shaped... this [recording] is well worth having" - Gramophone, October 2004





Composer Project: 2001

 
The Gallimaufry Ensemble was involved in an experimental research project with composer Robert Fokkens. This project was carried out as part of the Masters Degree programme in the Royal Academy of Music. Spanning over six months, the project centred on the collaboration of performers and composer in the creation of a new and innovative work for the ensemble, which exploited existing and created new sonorities during the period of experimentation. This was a pilot project for a new approach to music pedagogy where composers and performers collaborate in the creation of 21st century music.

All too often, students studying performance are isolated from those who compose until the composers have fully completed a work. Composition students tend to rally to performers only in order to check technical minutiae. Performers are often so obsessed with the way music should be played in order to remain faithful to dead composers' intentions, that they neglect the living composers. The sense of active collaboration, exploited in the past by numerous composers from Shostakovich to Nielsen, has been lost. It is no coincidence that this lack of collaboration has been accompanied by a lack of interest by performers and audiences alike in "New Music".

Working in an ensemble with a limited repertoire, we want to be involved in the creation of new music for the ensemble rather than in the arrangement of music written for other combinations to suit our requirements. It is a much more interesting and exciting process, which gives invaluable insight to all involved. We, the performers, know exactly what the composer intends, and the composer also gains much more accurate knowledge of the sonic and textural possibilities of the ensemble with which he works. We hope that, through setting up similar collaboration projects in music institutions, the young musicians of the 21st century will be involved in shaping the musical voice of our time, and will be interested in performing this music, and that the music itself will be interesting to audiences due to the insights gained by composers in the collaboration process.
Louisa Dennehy





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