The Raphael Ensemble was formed in 1982 with the aim of performing masterpieces of the quintet and sextet repertoire. Their debut recording of Brahms' Sextets for Hyperion Records was selected for BBC Radio 3's Critics' Choice of 1989 and Hi-Fi News
and Record Review
's Best Recordings of 1989. Their subsequent recordings include Dvorak's Quintet and Sextet; Korngold/Schoenberg Sextets; Martinu/Schulhoff Sextets, Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence
, Bruckner's Quintet, Schubert's Quintet (coupled with his String Trio in B-flat) and Brahms' two Quintets.
The Raphael Ensemble has given many BBC broadcasts particularly of many more unusual and neglected masterpieces. They have played at the Bath, Warwick and Edinburgh International Festivals and have given many performances at The Wigmore Hall and at London's South Bank Centre. In addition to extensive tours within the U.K., they have performed as featured artists in festivals and major series in France, Norway, Germany, Spain, Brussels, Greece and Malaysia and have recently triumphed with a major tour of venues across the North America.