LONDON WINDS directed by Michael Collins
St Peter's Church, Shaldon
Bridge Road
TQ14 0DB
United Kingdom
Type: Concert
Date: Thursday 16 June 2016
Start Time: 7.30pm
Performer(s): LONDON WINDS directed by Michael Collins
Host Organisation: Shaldon Festival
Box Office Contact: Malcolm Watson
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Ticket Information: £18 Centre Seats, £12 Side Seats, £5 student ticket.

LONDON WINDS directed by Michael Collins
Oboe: Gareth Hulse, Katie Clemmow
Clarinet: Michael Collins, Peter Sparks
Bassett Horn: Andrew Webster, Laurent Ben Slimane
Horn: Katy Woolley, Jonathan Maloney, Alex Edumundson, Tom Kane
Bassoon: Robin O'Neill, Shelly Organ
Contrabassoon: Luke Whitehead

FRANZ VINCENT KROMMER Octet Partita in F Op. 57
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Octet in Eb major Op. 103

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Serenade No. 10 in B flat major, K361 'Gran Partita' (Serenade for 13 wind instruments)

The opening concert of this year’s Shaldon Festival was certainly a fitting continuation of its twenty-six year history. It featured London Winds, an outstanding ensemble of virtuosi, internationally acclaimed for their performances and recordings.

The concert opened with Krommer’s Octet Partita in F, Op. 57, a delightful piece with many opportunities for each of the instruments, and particularly the first oboe and clarinet, to shine. The ensemble, under its director, Michael Collins, chose to include the optional ninth instrument, a double bassoon.

This was followed by Beethoven’s Octet in E flat, Op. 103. This is an early work, written before Beethoven moved to Vienna but nevertheless shows much of the fire and mould-breaking of his later works. The ensemble easily and magnificently did justice to the complex and innovative virtuosic writing throughout the piece but particularly in the last movement.

After the interval, we were treated to Mozart’s “Gran Partita”, the Serenade for thirteen instruments in B flat, K361. This piece, in seven movements, is a real tour de force for all the instrumentalists, but what makes this group so special is its ensemble playing, the way all the individual players work together as one. Every phrase, every entry, every crescendo and diminuendo were beautifully coordinated and executed. It was a very rewarding experience to be present at this concert and we all came away with a new understanding of this music and a new appreciation of its subtleties and nuances. A most memorable concert to begin the festival.

Christopher Morris.

London Winds

A stunning combination of virtuoso players who also enjoy active solo careers, London Winds’ performances are renowned for their technical brilliance, interpretative vision and joie de vivre. Founded in 1988 by British clarinettist Michael Collins, the group rapidly became one of the world’s most prominent chamber ensembles.
The group is flexible in its make-up. The players are drawn from Britain’s leading wind players, augmenting the quintet with top international pianists and chamber musicians for certain repertoire. In particular, London Winds have enjoyed close associations with pianists Stephen Kovacevich, Howard Shelley, Pascal Rogé, Barry Douglas and Boris Berezovsky.

London Winds gave their highly successful début concert at the Wigmore Hall, London and continue to perform there regularly; in 2011 they premièred a new work by Thea Musgrave with the Endellion String Quartet at the hall. Elsewhere in London, they have performed at the South Bank Centre and at the Barbican Centre as part of the BBC’s Janacek Festival and featured in a double performance at LSO St Luke’s in the 2013/14 season. Regular guests at all the major British festivals, London Winds have performed at the BBC Proms, City of London, Edinburgh, Huddersfield, Bath, Aldeburgh, Edinburgh and Cheltenham festivals.

Engagements further afield have included appearances at the Radio France Ligeti Festival in Paris and at the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, at the Delft Festival, an Italian tour with Andreas Haefliger, at the Schubertiade Festival in Schwarzenberg with the Belcea Quartet, concerts at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. Outside of Europe, they have performed as Featured Artists of the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island, at the Bermuda Festival and have toured Canada, Mexico and the Far East.

London Winds are renowned for their excellent interpretation of new music. World premières include a work for thirteen winds by John McCabe, commissioned to be programmed alongside the Mozart Gran Partita, also for 13 Winds. A new commission by Robin Holloway for wind octet was premièred at the Cheltenham International Festival.

London Winds have recorded several discs including György Ligeti’s complete wind music for Sony Classical as part of their Ligeti Edition, which won the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and was nominated for a 1999 Grammy. The ensemble has also recorded the complete set of Richard Strauss’ Wind Symphonies for Hyperion and Beethoven’s Quintet for Piano & Winds and Spohr’s Septet for Decca, with Pascal Rogé and Chantal Juillet. The London Winds’ latest release is an ONYX recording of Mozart’s Serenade No.10 (‘Gran Partita’) and Mozart’s Serenade in C minor.

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.