Biography

James McDowall – Flute   Simon Dewhurst – Oboe   Luan Shaw – Clarinet
Tim Hill – Horn   Robert Percival – Bassoon

The Chameleon Ensemble was formed in 1993 and quickly gained recognition for its innovative programming and accomplished performances. In addition to regular appearances at UK festivals and music societies the group broadcast Nielsen, Poulenc and Ligeti for BBC Radio 3 in 1995, made its Purcell Room debut with a programme of contemporary British music for the Park Lane Group in 1998 and were resident artists at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada in 1999 giving ten performances as part of the Summer Festival there. In 2003-4 the group was selected for the National Federation of Music Societies/Making Music Concert Promoters Network and in 2005 they were supported by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust in commissioning a new work for wind quintet by Leamington Spa born composer, Ivor McGregor.

Chameleon’s main aim is to raise the profile of the wind quintet by promoting the large body of works written for the medium; but like a true chameleon the Ensemble changes,

and can include piano, strings, voice and additional wind instruments. For full details or to listen to audio samples please view our extensive repertoire list.

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