Galliard Ensemble

Saturday 19th March 7.30pm – Theatr Mwldan

£14 (£12) £1 under 22

Kathryn Thomas (flute), Katherine Spencer (clarinet), Helen Storey (bassoon), Owen Denis (oboe), Richard Bayliss (horn).


  • Mozart Quintet in C minor
  • Guilio Briccialdi Quintuor Op. 124
  • Eugene Bozza Scherzo Op 48
  • Paul Patterson Westerly Winds
  • Percy Grainger Walking Tune
  • Percy Grainger Lisbon
  • Jim Parker Mississippi 5

As former BBC New Generation Artists, the Galliard Ensemble has become one of Britain’s leading chamber groups. Kathryn Thomas, who hails from Haverfordwest, is one of the founding members of this well-respected ensemble. Currently in its twenty-second year, the ensemble has performed in many of the world’s leading venues and festivals. They are frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and internationally.

The Galliard Ensemble has a lively, entertaining and distinctive performance style that has thrilled audiences in Britain and abroad. The ensemble’s CDs have been selected by the Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, and BBC Radio 3 in their critics’ choices of outstanding releases.

As Gramophone Magazine declared: ‘Pure pleasure ... This in short is wind quintet playing of great distinction ... you get a very good idea of how enjoyable the Galliard’s public concerts must be. Strongly recommended.’


Mozart’s great wind quintet opens this varied programme.  It was immediately played at the Imperial and Royal National Court Theatre in Vienna.  Shortly after the premiere in 1784, Mozart wrote to his father that "I myself consider it to be the best thing I have written in my life.  

Briccialdi, known as the ‘Paganini of the flute’ was an Italian flautist contemporary with Rossini.  He was flute teacher to the royal family in Naples in the 1840s and had a long and distinguished performing career throughout Europe.  The music of Eugene Bozza, a prolific twentieth century composer was described as  ‘the listener's composer since the music is always interesting, and has a familiarity of melody and tonality that even the untrained ear can enjoy’.

 Percy Grainger needs little introduction as virtuoso pianist and collector of folk songs here transcribed for wind quintet.  Jim Parker is well known to television audiences as the composer of theme music for such series as Moll Flanders, Foyle’s War and the original series of House of Cards.

We are very happy to welcome Kathryn and the rest of the Galliard Ensemble back to Cardigan: this will surely be a proud and enjoyable finale to one of our most distinguished concert seasons to date.