The Pelléas Ensemble

Saturday 11 November 2023 – 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Lovers Walk, Dumfries, DG1 1LW


Pelleas Ensemble

The Pelléas Ensemble

The Pelléas Ensemble was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011. Playing with “verve and polish” (The Times), they won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award in 2018, and 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 were awarded a place on the prestigious Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Programme. In 2015 they won First Prize at the British Harp Chamber Music Competition.

Their Wigmore Hall debut was praised for its “captivating vitality” and “effortlessness and delicacy” (Seen and Heard International). They have appeared live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, and have given numerous recitals in London and around the UK. They have been praised for creating an immediate and intimate connection with their audiences, and perform much of their repertoire from memory.

They are dedicated to performing new music, and have had four pieces written for their ensemble. Their debut album was released on Linn Records in June 2021.



  • Claude Debussy arr. Stephen Roberts – Prélude à L’apres-midi d’un Faune 

  • Barbara Strozzi arr. Pelléas – a selection of madrigals 

  • Luciano Berio arr. Pelléas – a selection of violin duos 

  • Claude Debussy – Syrinx 

  • Richard Rodney Bennett – Sonata after Syrinx

  • Jean-Philippe Rameau arr. Pelléas – Selected pieces from Les Boréades 

  • Ethel Smyth – Variations on Bonnie Sweet Robin 

  • Sergei Prokofiev arr. Gilad Cohen – Suite from Romeo & Juliet