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

Photo Credit: David Fernandes

The Gallimaufry Ensemble was formed in 2000 at the Royal Academy of Music and was subsequently awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship. Their acclaimed recording of Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Five Distances was released on the Academy's own label.

Described as "dazzling" (The Times) and "arresting" (The Guardian), Gallimaufry has performed at major venues such as the Purcell Room, Almeida Theatre, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Ilkley Concert Club, Dartington International Summer School, Hackney Empire, Preston Minster, Colchester Institute and Lincolnshire International Music Festival. The Ensemble has toured to Ireland, Italy, Greece and France, including performances at the renowned Classique au Vert Festival in Paris.

The ensemble enjoys working closely with composers, and has commissioned and premiered numerous new works. They have worked with composers György Kurtág, John Woolrich, Peter Wiegold, Detlev Glanert and Paul Patterson.

Gallimaufry has given workshops demonstrating the workings of the wind quintet in situations as diverse as classrooms of children in inner city schools to the top of the BT Tower in London for corporate executives. From 2011 to 2013, the group ran the immensely-popular Wind Chamber Music course at the Dartington International Summer School.

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