Ensemble Marsyas

Formed in 2011 to explore virtuoso wind music from the 18th century, the Edinburgh-based Ensemble Marsyas under artistic director Peter Whelan count amongst its members some of the finest historical instrumentalists working in Europe today. Since winning the Brugge International Competition, Ensemble Marsyas has performed at the most prestigious venues and festivals across Europe in a wide array of formations, from chamber music to large projects with orchestra, choir and vocal soloists directed from the harpsichord by Whelan.

In 2016, Ensemble Marsyas performed at the Wigmore Hall on three separate occasions. As part of the ‘Irish Culture in Britain: A Centenary Celebration’, they revived an 18th century Irish Serenata composed for Dublin Castle. They also appeared with internationally renowned recorder soloist Maurice Steger, and as part of a BBC Radio 3 lunchtime recital with fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout. They have appeared at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Göttingen Handel Festival, the East Neuk, Lammermuir, Bath and Tetbury Festivals, Great Music in Irish Houses and the Zelenka Festival in Prague.

In August 2017, Ensemble Marsyas released their latest album, Edinburgh 1742, exploring the music composed for the Edinburgh Musical Society by Francesco Barsanti. The recording was listed as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone Magazine.

Ensemble Marsyas record on the Linn label and have received support from Creative Scotland.


Weds 26 June, 7.30pm, The Bowhouse | £25 / £18 / £5 | Approx. 110 mins with interval
Tullis Russell Mills BandJohn Wallace director | Ensemble MarsyasPeter Whelan director

MICHAEL NYMAN The Ogre, In Re Don Giovanni, The Libertine | MOZART Serenade for 13 Winds ‘Gran Partita’, K361/370a

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