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Guildhall Strings

Guildhall Strings

Guildhall Strings was formed in 1981 (as The Guildhall String Ensemble) by David Takeno at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. The Ensemble won several prizes in its first year, including the prestigious International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade which launched them onto the international music scene. From its first concerts the Ensemble was heralded by the musical press as a highly gifted group, most notably in The Guardian where a performance was described as 'an object in ensemble playing'.

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.

Albums

Gibbs: Dale and Fell & other chamber music
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Milford: Fishing by Moonlight
Studio Master: CDA67444Last few CD copies remainingStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Peacock Pie
CDA67316Archive Service

Complete works available for download

MADELEINE DRING (1923-1977)
Festival Scherzo for piano and stringswith Martin Roscoe (piano), Robert Salter (conductor)
CECIL ARMSTRONG GIBBS (1889-1960)
A Spring Garland, Op 84with Robert Salter (conductor)
Almayne, Op 71with Robert Salter (conductor)
Concertino for piano and string orchestra, Op 103with Martin Roscoe (piano), Robert Salter (conductor)
Dale and Fellwith Robert Salter (conductor)
Peacock Pie 'Suite for string orchestra and piano'with Martin Roscoe (piano), Robert Salter (conductor)
Prelude, Andante and Finale, Op 112with Robert Salter (conductor)
Suite for Stringswith Robert Salter (conductor)
Threnody for Walter de la Marewith Robert Salter (conductor)
GORDON JACOB (1895-1984)
Concertino for piano and string orchestrawith Martin Roscoe (piano), Robert Salter (conductor)
ROBIN MILFORD (1903-1959)
Concertino for piano and string orchestra in E majorwith Martin Roscoe (piano), Robert Salter (conductor)
Elegiac Meditation, Op 83with Clare Finnimore (viola), Robert Salter (conductor)
Elegy for James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and Buccleuch, Op 50with Robert Salter (conductor)
Festival Suite, Op 97with Robert Salter (conductor)
Fishing by Moonlight, Op 96awith Julian Milford (piano), Robert Salter (conductor)
Go, little book, Op 18with Robert Salter (conductor)
Interlude for flute and strings, Op 69awith Julian Sperry (flute), Robert Salter (conductor)
Miniature Concerto in G, Op 35with Robert Salter (conductor)
Two Orchestral Interludes, Op 19ewith Julian Sperry (flute), Julian Milford (piano), Robert Salter (conductor)
CYRIL ROOTHAM (1875-1938)
Miniature Suite for string orchestra and pianowith Martin Roscoe (piano), Robert Salter (conductor)

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)
Meat in Thy Hall: Tempo di menuetto, in strict time throughout  
Miniature Concerto in G, Op 35 (Milford)
Miniature Suite for string orchestra and piano (Rootham)
Mr Ben Jonson's Pleasure: At a leisurely pace  
Mr John Peel Passes By: Briskly  
Peacock Pie 'Suite for string orchestra and piano' (Gibbs)
Prelude, Andante and Finale, Op 112 (Gibbs/Ashmore)
Suite for Strings (Gibbs)
The Huntsmen: Allegro  
The Ride-by-Nights: Con brio  
The Sunken Garden: Tranquillo ma non troppo lento  
Threnody for Walter de la Mare (Gibbs)
Thy Bin of Wine: Adagio – Allegro  
Thy Garden: Andante  
Thy House and Lawns: Adagio  
Thy Living River: Moderato  
Thy Nightingale: Con moto  
Thy Wit: Andante con moto  
Two Orchestral Interludes, Op 19e (Milford)
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