debut album

debut album project | featuring works by Matthew Taylor

The Waldegrave ensemble have been collaborating with British composer Matthew Taylor to produce an album of works for wind ensemble and managed to raise a large portion of their funding for the project through their Kickstarter campaign.

In July 2017 the ensemble recorded two of Matthew Taylor’s wind octets including Introduction & Capriccio and his Sinfonia Trionfale under the baton of conductor Tom Hammond. They also recorded Matthew Taylor’s wind quintet which they premiered in 2016 and his wind quintet Skål! as a tribute to the symphonies of Carl Nielsen.

Lastly in March 2018 after a few alterations to the score, Memoriam a trio for alto flute, viola and cello was recorded featuring guest string players Carmen Flores (Principal viola of the Birmingham Royal Ballet and violist with the Villiers String Quartet) and Deirdre Cooper (Principal cellist of the Philharmonia and cellist with the Grillar String Quartet).

Michael Whight, the recording engineer and producer has been working diligently to get the best out of the ensemble and the tracks have now been passed on to the record label Toccata Classics ready for the final stages before the CD release at their launch party on the 16th August 2018.

All Kickstarter donors who qualify for tickets receive free entry to the CD launch party and a small selection of additional tickets will be available for sale. If you wish to attend the launch please send an enquiry through our contact page to find our more and check availability.

Matthew Taylor | british composer

In 2015 that the ensemble were invited to perform for Matthew Taylor’s lecture series at Blackheath Halls. At the time the series was focusing on the the works of Carl Nielsen and the Waldegrave Ensemble were invited to perform Nielsen’s wind quintet. Immediately after the performance Matthew was inspired to write his first original wind quintet which received its premiere at Blackheath Halls in March 2016. Shortly after they began planning to record a full album of his chamber works for winds.

Matthew Taylor is an established British composer and many of his works have been performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, John McCabe, Martyn Brabbins, George Hurst, Richard Watkins and Raphael Wallfisch. He has been Artistic Director of the Malvern Festival, Composer in Residence at the Blackheath Halls, Associate Composer of ensemble Sound Collective, Artistic Director of the Royal Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival andArtistic Director of the St Petersburg British Music Festival.

Toccata Classics | record label

Toccata Classics is a label dedicated to producing recordings of the huge amount of top-notch classical music that the concert halls and major record companies aren't acknowledging. They seek out interesting composers from less familiar musical cultures and from all periods, in the Nordic and Baltic countries, in central and eastern Europe, Russia and further afield.

The label was launched in 2005 and now have over 200 CDs in the catalogue with, in the pipeline, recordings of music by Alkan, Auric, Bacevičius, Beck, Adolf Busch, Cotter Nixon, Dayas, Ernst, Farwell, Farkas, Juon, Hasse, Karayev, John Kinsella, Krenek, Loder, David Matthews, Nanino, Nenov, Nieminen, O’Brien, Raykhelson, Reicha, Sabaneyev, Sarro, Sekles, Shebalin, Tartini, Matthew Taylor, Telemann, Tomasi, Vladigerov, Robin Walker, Weinberg and many more.

Michael Whight | recording engineer & producer

The ensemble have worked with Michael in the past to create recordings for their publicity including the Nielsen and Taffanel wind quintets.

Michael’s unique strengths as a producer come largely from his experience as a classical clarinettist, having held principal positions with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. He has performed on hundreds of recordings and has spent many hours in recording studios, alongside world-leading recording teams and musicians, listening to and analysing performances in order to create the best recording possible. This experience has enabled a deep and thorough understanding of what is needed to create a great recording and gives him the knowledge to do what is required on the 'other side' of the microphone.