Ensemble Renard Wind Quintet

Ensemble Renard – Sunday 5th February 2023

Sunday 5th Feb 2023 – 3.00pm

County Buildings, Wigtown

Ensemble Renard was founded in 2018 by musicians and friends from the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School. At its core a wind quintet, Ensemble Renard puts on exciting and varied performances for audiences of all backgrounds. After less than six months of playing together, Ensemble Renard won the Royal Academy of Music’s Nicholas Blake Prize for wind chamber music, and from there have gone on to give regular recitals and workshops across the country, too much acclaim.

Ensemble Renard carefully curate compelling and contrasting programmes tailored to each audience, aiming to take repertoire rarely given the light of day to audiences from London to the Hebrides and beyond. From Gershwin to Knussen, each piece they play demonstrates the kaleidoscopic versatility of the ensemble.

In 2021, Ensemble Renard were awarded a Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music, where they continue to explore more diverse repertoire, commission new works, and expand the boundaries of their ensemble beyond the wind quintet format to include repertoire with strings, piano, and voices. Members of Ensemble Renard regularly coach chamber ensembles at the Academy, run open rehearsals and give instrument-specific classes throughout the year.

Ensemble Renard champion new music, and so far in 2022 have premiered over ten new commissions. They have given several recitals at the Royal Academy of Music, working with, and learning from esteemed composers including Hans Abrahamsen and John Woolrich in preparation for performances of their repertoire. Ensemble Renard’s 2022 season includes a collaboration with the Stomping Ground composers collective titled ‘In The Room’, a multi-sensory programme of new commissions to be performed across the country.

The Ensemble’s members are some of the most promising young classical musicians of the moment, who have worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Riot Ensemble, Manchester Camerata, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Touring Opera, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, and the English National Opera. In 2022-3, two members will be working as Fellows with the Southbank Sinfonia.

Ensemble Renard’s concert diary has something for everyone. They can be found performing traditional recitals at music clubs up and down the country, putting on family concerts with narrator and school-based workshops, recitals in collaboration with organisations including Wigmore Hall and Spitalfields Music, in addition to performances at new music festivals in collaboration with a host of different composers. In 2021 they were given a Tunnell Trust Award, which will see them give recitals throughout Scotland in 2022 and 2023.

Galloway Music Festival

The syllabus has been chosen by a group of local musicians and includes classes for a wide variety of skills.  Our  name, the Galloway Music Festival, illustrates the main area from which entries are received.

We greatly value the continued commitment of the Local Education Department and our other contributors.  Each year the committee needs to seek substantial funding from sponsorship or grants to cover the cost of the Festival, as our aim is to continue improving the status of the Festival and to encourage more participants.

Members of the public are most welcome to attend all events during the festival, both daytime and evening sessions;  admission to all events except the Festival Concert is FREE.

This year the Festival Concert will be held in the Cinema, Newton Stewart, on Saturday 11th March 2023 at 2pm.  Tickets are £5.  Admission for school children of any age and all performers is free.