2017 RPS Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award winners
The Pelléas Ensemble was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011. Playing with “verve and polish” (The Times), they recently performed in the final of the Young Classical Artists Trust at Wigmore Hall and were the winners of the 2017 Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the Royal Overseas League competition. In 2016 they won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, and won a place on the prestigious Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Programme. In 2015 they won First Prize at the British Harp Chamber Music Competition. They are Park Lane Group Young Artists.
In November, they made their debut at the Wigmore Hall, where they were praised for their “captivating vitality” and “effortlessness and delicacy" (Seen and Heard International) and have recently appeared live on BBC Radio 3's ‘In Tune’. They were selected to represent the Guildhall at the City of London Festival, and have given numerous recitals at other London venues including St John’s Smith Square. They have established a reputation for performing their recitals from memory, which they believe creates an immediate and more intimate connection with their audiences.
They are dedicated to performing new music, and have premiered three new works this year, with two further commissions planned for next year. They are delighted to be represented by the Tillett Trust and to be featured Making Music artists.
Joseph Straker, double bassist studying at the Guildhall School: likes classical, jazz and salsa and the RPS Sir John Barbirolli Foundation which helped buy his new bass.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 1980 pianist extraordinaire Stephen Hough won the first RPS Julius Isserlis scholarship, enabling him to study abroad at Julliard.