Since then, Guildhall Strings has built an enviable reputation, performing to great acclaim in countries throughout Western Europe, Hungary, Algeria, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Asia and—financed by The British Council—Greece, Denmark, Tunisia, India and Sri Lanka.
Most of the original eleven members still play in Guildhall Strings. All but its cellists play standing up, forming a semicircle on stage to create a freedom of communication impossible in traditional orchestral seating. Since there is no conductor, all the players contribute to the overall shape of the music, as members of a string quartet do. This sense of involvement, along with a strong commitment and enjoyment of making-music, helps to explain why there have been very few personnel changes in the eighteen years since the ensemble's formation.
'The first thing which comes across in any concert by the Guildhall Strings is a sense of the player's own enjoyment in music and music-making. They are as mush a pleasure to watch as to listen to.' (The Daily Telegraph)
The ensemble has an extensive repertoire ranging from Purcell, Bach, Handel, Corelli, Vivaldi, through Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Stravinsky and Britten to the many contemporary works which have been written for them by composers including William Mathias, John Woolrich, Diana Burrell, Robert Saxton, Richard Rodney Bennett, Nigel Osborne and John McCabe. Many soloists have appeared with them, including Michala Petri, Evelyn Glennie, Peter Donohoe, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Emma Johnson, Richard Stolzman, Manuel Barrueco, Nikolai Demidenko and William Bennett, tenor Philip Langridge, organist/harpsichordist Dame Gillian Weir and saxophonist John Harle.
In 1999, Guildhall Strings was nominated for the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for its work in 1998.
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
|A Spring Garland, Op 84 (Gibbs)|
|Almayne, Op 71 (Gibbs)|
|Concertino for piano and string orchestra (Jacob)|
|Concertino for piano and string orchestra in E major (Milford)|
|Concertino for piano and string orchestra, Op 103 (Gibbs)|
|Dale and Fell (Gibbs)|
|Elegiac Meditation, Op 83 (Milford)|
|Elegy for James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and Buccleuch, Op 50 (Milford)|
|Festival Scherzo for piano and strings (Dring)|
|Festival Suite, Op 97 (Milford)|
|Fishing by Moonlight, Op 96a (Milford)|
|Go, little book, Op 18 (Milford)|
|Interlude for flute and strings, Op 69a (Milford)|
|Miniature Concerto in G, Op 35 (Milford)|
|Miniature Suite for string orchestra and piano (Rootham)|
|Peacock Pie 'Suite for string orchestra and piano' (Gibbs)|
|Prelude, Andante and Finale, Op 112 (Gibbs/Ashmore)|
|Suite for Strings (Gibbs)|
|Threnody for Walter de la Mare (Gibbs)|
|Two Orchestral Interludes, Op 19e (Milford)|