Albion Ensemble

Founded in 1976, the Albion Ensemble has played an important role as one of the UK’s leading chamber ensembles in performing and promoting wind chamber music.

The Ensemble presents a wide range of repertoire for wind quintet, octet and larger formations and has toured extensively throughout the world, appearing at festivals and on radio and television. Major tours have been undertaken for the British Council including recitals, masterclasses and teaching in China, the Far East and India. The Ensemble has also performed in many European countries and in Richard Baker’s Festival at Sea for P&O. The Ensemble has collaborated with many distinguished performers including the pianists Vlado Perlemuter, George Malcolm, Martin Roscoe, Roger Vignoles and David Owen Norris.

 

The Albion Ensemble has broadcast frequently for BBC Radio 3 and appeared on both BBC and independent television including documentary films on Elizabeth Maconchy and Sir Robert Mayer. The Ensemble’s eight recordings cover music for wind quintet, piano and wind quintets and a range of harmoniemusik releases including Mozart’s Gran Partita K361. Besides concert performances, the Ensemble has given many performances for young audiences and has undertaken courses and masterclasses for students. The Albion Ensemble has been involved in a number of premieres including works by Elizabeth Maconchy, Wilfred Josephs and Jim Parker.

 

The Albion Ensemble original membership was Philippa Davies, flute; George Caird, oboe; Andrew Marriner, clarinet; Robert Martin, horn and Jeremy Ward, bassoon, but over the years these players have been succeeded by Michael Cox (flute), Angela Malsbury (clarinet) Jonathan Williams (horn) Peter Francomb (horn) Felix Warnock (bassoon) and Gareth Newman (bassoon). Other players to have appeared with the Ensemble include Helen Keen (flute) Victoria Wood (oboe) Katie Clemmow (oboe) Christopher O’Neil (oboe) Colin Lawson (clarinet) Michael Harris (clarinet) Julia Holmes (clarinet) Michael Thompson (horn) Stephen Stirling (horn) Lawrence Perkins (bassoon) and many more.

 

Members of the Albion Ensemble hold principal positions in leading orchestras in the UK or teaching posts in UK and European conservatoires.

 

Albion Recordings

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2007Beethoven: Music for Wind EnsembleThe Albion EnsembleSOMM CD 070
ARTWORK The Classical Harmonie1998The Classical HarmonieWind Music by Hummel, Beethoven, GluckThe Albion Ensemble Helios CDH 55037
Mississippi 5 Album artwork1996Mississippi FiveTwentieth Century music for wind quintetThe Albion Ensemble Proudsound CD 142
ARTWORK Serenade in B Flat Major1989Mozart: Serenade in B flat, K361The Albion Ensemble Helios CDH5509
ARTWORK Serenade in C minor,1985Mozart: Serenades in E flat and C minorThe Albion EnsembleMeridien CDE 84107
(IMAGE HERE)1984Children’s Games: music by Bizet, Faure, Damase, LigetiThe Albion EnsembleQuadrivium FRS 100
(IMAGE HERE)1980Recital for Wind InstrumentsThe Albion EnsembleQuadrivium SNH 500

Enquiries about the Albion Ensemble should be sent to: george@georgecaird.co.uk