Ensemble Marsyas

Monday 18th October
7:30pm at the Penrith Methodist Church
Tickets: £20 (students £2), at the door or in advance.


On Monday, October 18th, Edinburgh-based virtuoso baroque wind ensemble, Ensemble Marsyas, together with director Peter Whelan, will bring a delightful Mozart programme to Penrith Music Club. 

Peter Whelan is one of Europe’s leading exponents of historical and modern bassoon, and the ensemble is a winner of the Brugge International Competition and recipient of a 2012 Supersonic Award. Their recent Wigmore Hall performance gained high acclaim.

The ensemble will play two great Mozart wind serenades in C minor K.388, and in B flat major K.361, often known as “Gran Partita”.

K.388 is a dark and powerful serenade, sometimes titled "Nachtmusik". In 1787, Mozart transcribed the work for string quintet, and this transcription survives as String Quintet. K.406/516b. The serenade is scored for 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 horns and 2 bassoons.

Ensemble Marsyas’ recent recording of this serenade was reviewed and highly commended by the prestigious BBC Radio 3 programme, 'Record Review’. The ensemble’s director, Peter Whelan, decided to add a double bass in line with Viennese Harmoniemusik tradition -- as Mozart asked for in his Gran Partita – which emphasises the dark drama of the C minor key.

K.361 is Mozart’s most ambitious, longest and most technically complex wind serenade, consisting of seven substantial movements. The title Gran Partita essentially means “big wind symphony”, and the piece does use an unusually large ensemble (13 players) for the era. The piece is scored for 12 winds -- 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 basset horns, 2 bassoons, 4 horns -- and a double bass or contra bassoon.

This will be without doubt, a wonderful opportunity to hear and enjoy these glorious Mozart works, performed by one of the UK’s finest wind ensembles.

The concert – which is given in tribute to the Club’s former treasurer, Jim Burns - starts at 7:30pm at Penrith Methodist Church.

Single tickets at £20 (£2 for students) should be booked in advance before Saturday October 16th through Penrith Tourist Information (01768 867466) or Beckside Books (01768 895951).

Tickets can also be reserved from Colin Marston (01768 863518), to be collected and paid for at the door. As numbers are limited by current COVID restrictions, anyone buying single tickets is strongly advised to purchase them in advance.


Mozart Serenade in C minor, K.388
Mozart Serenade in B flat major K.361, for 13 winds
(Gran Partita)

You can download more detailed programme notes by Colin Marston if you wish.
These are in PDF format, ready to print. Click here.

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Updated on 27th June 2022
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