Palisander prides itself on presenting imaginative, historical programmes with a wide range of repertoire; performing largely from memory, on recorders up to 6 feet tall. Comprised of alumni from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal College of Music, Palisander has quickly established itself as a vibrant young ensemble. “Palisander’s imaginative performance really helped them to stand out from the crowd; they carefully thought through their… seamless entertaining programme, which they delivered with great panache and which resulted in tremendous enthusiasm and cheers from the crowd.” – Clare Norburn, Brighton Early Music Festival.
In 2016, Palisander was selected for the St John’s Smith Square Young Artists’ Scheme and in 2015 the quartet was selected for the Brighton Early Music Festival’s ‘Early Music Live!’ scheme. Recent winners of the London International Exhibition of Early Music’s inaugural Early Music Young Ensemble Competition, Palisander has performed at Newbury Spring Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival and London Festival of Baroque Music, as well as for London Fashion Week. The quartet’s international performances include Japan, Russia, Israel and several performances in France, as part of LFJ Festivals. Palisander has featured on radio, including BBC Radio 3.
Palisander’s debut album, Beware the Spider! was released in 2017 and received a 4 star review from BBC Music Magazine.
Palisander enjoys giving regular family concerts and workshops. This includes working for the prestigious Live Music Now scheme, founded by Yehudi Menuhin and previously, being featured artists in the Wigmore Hall’s Chamber Tots series. Palisander collaborated with puppet theatre company Rust and Stardust Productions, to develop a unique family show. Dr Dee’s Daughter and the Philosopher’s Stone is supported by Arts Council England and has given performances across the country, including Lake District Summer Music, Beverley Early Music Festival and Wiltshire Music Centre.
In the frame of the EEEMERGING+ programme, Palisander is part of an new intergenerational project called ‘To the Four Winds’ in association with Festival d’Ambronay – Centre culturel de rencontre. They will visit Ambronay and the surrounding areas for four week long residencies between November 2019 and May 2020, with the aim of designing an inclusive concert format involving the local community: working with High School students, Pre-School children, elderly people, primary school students, people learning music in adulthood and students from a music specialist school.
The ensemble entered the EEEMERGING programme in 2019 and has been selected for a second year of support in 2020.
Lydia Gosnell recorder
Miriam Monaghan recorder
Caoimhe de Paor recorder
Katie Cowling recorder