This English chamber music quintet of wind musicians
was put together in 1991/2 by members of the Britten Sinfonia who have
become acclaimed for their performances of a wide range of music that
covers the last several hundred years up to modern contemporary. Two of the co-founders, oboist
Nicholas Daniel and clarinettist Joy Farrall, currently lead them.
They regularly commission works from today’s composers
such as Michael Berkeley, Gary Carpenter and Colin Matthews and regularly
invite other wind musicians and pianists as guest musicians to join the
ensemble to perform chamber works written for larger groups.
Regularly touring on a national and European level,
they have given numerous concert performances and media broadcasts and
appeared at several music festivals.
They are also very familiar with the studio and have acclaimed
recordings under their belt that include William Alwyn: Chamber Works
1&2, Max Kuhn, Richard Strauss: Sonatina No. 2 for
Sixteen Winds, Francaix: Wind Quintets and Mozart: Wind Concertos.
The University of Southampton, South East Arts and
Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra Association, have all had them as their
resident ensemble and they have been actively involved in the musical
education projects called Discovery Workshop and “Making More of Music” where they provide workshops and
concerts throughout Britain.
Past and Present Members:
Horn - Stephen Bell
Flute – Philippe Bernold
Bassoon - Sarah Burnett
Flute – Michael Cox
Oboe - Nicholas Daniel
Clarinet - Joy Farrall
Bassoon – Ursula Leveaux
Flute - Emer McDonough