Formed in 2012, the MAGNARD ENSEMBLE have built a reputation for delivering both high-quality concert performances and dynamic educational projects. Since making their their international debut at the Culture & Convention Centre Lucerne, Switzerland in January 2017, the Ensemble have appeared at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields as well as festivals and concert societies nationwide, including a residency at the Britten-Pears Foundation, Aldeburgh. 

 

The quintet have held the Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music, London, as well as the inaugural joint fellowship between the RAM Open Academy and the Wigmore Hall Learning Department. The Ensemble have also been selected artists for Making Music, the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, the Tillett Trust Young Artist Platform and the Tunnell Trust.

The Ensemble are also known for their passion for new music. To date they have premiered works by emerging composers such as Leo Geyer, Freya Waley-Cohen and Ewan Campbell. In 2018 the Ensemble were resident at the East Anglia Young Composers Competition, hosted by Aldeburgh Young Musicians and Snape Maltings.

The players all follow their own individual performing careers, appearing as soloists, chamber musicians and with orchestras. This includes guest principal appearances with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras, RTE Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Scottish Opera and the Manchester Camerata.

The Ensemble created their Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music project to celebrate the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth, in partnership with Paul Patterson, Martin Butler, the City Music Foundation and Music Link International. Featured on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' programme, the Ensemble delivered concerts and workshops at venues including Wigmore Hall, the Forge Camden, National Centre for Early Music, Wells Cathedral School, the Hay, Thaxted and Aberystwyth festivals, as well as Repton School, Roald Dahl's alma mater. The recording of this project was released with Orchid Classics and was given four stars by BBC Music Magazine. The Ensemble have also released two recordings on Toccata Classics dedicated to the chamber music of Stephen Dodgson.

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