Magnard Ensemble

Suzie Clements (flute)
Mana Shibata (oboe)
Joseph Shiner (clarinet)
Catriona McDermid (bassoon)
Jonathan Farey (horn)

Friday 17 January, 2020 at 01:10 pm

Ligeti Six Bagatelles
Bach arr. Joseph Shiner Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor
Leo Geyer Winterreise (Schubert Re-imagined)
Zemlinksky Humoreske
Toby Young New commission for Wind Quintet
Gershwin arr. Andrew Skirrow I Got Rhythm

Magnard Ensemble is an exceptionally lively and enterprising young wind quintet who really impressed us during their audition with their ensemble playing, musical energy and communication.

Their programme blends original pieces with new arrangements and commissions. The Ligeti Bagatelles are brilliantly written for wind and demand great precision and virtuosity. Zemlinsky’s famous Humoreske is an exuberant piece in a late-romantic idiom.

Toby Young is a composer rapidly gaining prominence, with his works performed by the London Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. You never want to second-guess what a new piece might be like, but Toby’s music explores the boundaries between pop and classical music; expect pop-fusion elements which will be accessible and stimulating.


Supported by the Haworth Charitable Trust

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Director of Concerts: Simon Parkin
Administrator: Clare Preston-Pollitt