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The Galeazzi Ensemble

19th October 2019


Cosy Hall


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Richard Wade

Virginie Guiffray

Gareth Deats

Lesley Holliday



Ignace Pleyel

Flute Quartet in G major Op.25 No.4

Allegro - Allegro ma non troppo


Ludwig van Beethoven

String Trio in D major Op.9 No.2

2nd movement Andante Quasi Allegretto 


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Flute Quartet in D major (after the Piano Sonata in D K311)

transcribed Franz Anton Hoffmeister for Flute & strings

Allegro con spirito - Andante con espressione - Allegro



Ludwig van Beethoven

Bagatelle in G minor 

transcribed for flute & strings by Gareth Deats 


Franz Krommer 

Flute Quartet in G major Op.92

2nd movement Adagio


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

String Trio in G major K562 (completed from a fragment by Richard Wade)



Allessandro Rolla

Flute Quartet in E minor Op.418

Allegro con Brio - Largo – Rondo

The Galeazzi Ensemble was formed in 1995 in order to explore Classical and Early Romantic chamber music using instruments of the period. The group comprises Lesley Holliday, flute; Richard Wade, violin; Virginie Guiffray, viola and Gareth Deats, cello; and, as well as performing works from the standard repertoire, it aims to introduce many neglected works to today’s audiences.  The group takes its name from the composer and theorist Francesco Galeazzi (1758-1818).

Since they were finalists in the 1999 York International Early Music Competition The Galeazzi Ensemble have gone from strength to strength. They have performed on Meridian and BBC Television and BBC Radio 3, and have continued to give concerts for festivals and music societies.

Their debut CD The Age of Elegance was released by London Independent Records at the end of 2001 to great critical acclaim in the music press, followed by Views of Vienna which was released in 2005, also receiving much praise. Their following CD of Haydn was released in 2009.

'...spellbinding' — BBC Music Magazine   ' class musicians' — The Guardian

'...a wonderfully intimate dusky sound...' — Gramophone

'...the playing of the Galeazzi Ensemble is utterly persuasive...' — Early Music News


Virginie Guiffray


Was born in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. She spent her formative years in Cannes, France, where she was inspired by her musical grandmother to take up  the violin and then the viola. A teenage rebel, she spent some years playing tuba in a marching band, and studying drama in Barcelona.

Association with Gilles Apap and his viola-playing brother Jean-Marc led her, via film sessions with the Gypsy Kings, to the world of baroque music, and to London, where she continued her studies with Jan Schlapp at the RAM and Garth Knox. Tours and recordings with the European Union Baroque Orchestra and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment soon followed. A search to combine music and movement led to extensive practice in Tai Chi, meditation and yoga, and subsequently to the study of contact improvisation dance and even some circus-training. As a teacher, she is renowned for inspiring young string students, and always includes an element of improvisation in their education. She plays a Richard Duke viola c. 1760, and tends an allotment in Oxhey village, Hertfordshire.

Lesley Holliday


​Graduated in music at Huddersfield University, and gained a post-graduate diploma in baroque and modern flute at the University of York. She then studied at the Royal College of Music with Lisa Beznosiuk and gained a first-class diploma in early music performance. She has subsequently also studied with Rachel Brown. Lesley has performed with several leading period instrument ensembles including Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Kings Consort, Ex Cathedra, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Scottish Baroque Players, Charivari Agreable and La Serenissima.

Lesley plays an 8-keyed classical flute – a copy of a Grenser model, which was made by the Austrian maker, Rudolf Tutz. When she isn’t playing her flute, she is busy organising Art and Wine events, and is a keen fitness finatic. She has run several marathons!

Gareth Deats



Obtained a first-class honours degree in music from Southampton University, where he was also awarded the Peter Evans prize for outstanding performance.  He then completed a post-graduate course at the Guildhall School of Music, where he studied baroque cello with Anthony Pleeth. He has recorded for television, radio and on compact disc and has performed extensively throughout Europe.  He has performed as principal cello for La Serenissima, New London Consort, Classical Opera Company, The Avison Ensemble, Charivari Agreable, The Feinstein Ensemble and The Cambridge Baroque Camerata.   His recordings on CD include concertos and chamber music with La Serenissima and chamber music with Charivari Agreable and The Galeazzi Ensemble.

Gareth plays on a cello by Michael Watson (1993), a copy of a Guarneri, and with

a bow by Roger Doe.

Richard Wade



Gained a first-class honours degree in music at Sheffield University where he won prizes for outstanding achievement. He then obtained a masters degree in The Performance and Editing of Early music at the University of Bristol where he studied baroque violin with Catherine Macintosh. Richard has toured Europe with the European Union Baroque Orchestra and has recorded for Granada and Thames Television. He has performed extensively throughout England as an orchestral leader, soloist and chamber musician, and has worked with groups including Charivari Agreable, Florilegium, The Cambridge Baroque Camerata and The 18th Century Concert Orchestra. Richard is also busy as a composer, and has some of his orchestral music performed regularly. He writes children’s teaching music and has had half a dozen books published, including the best selling The Spooky Wooky Violin Collection. Richard’s favourite ‘gig’ is playing the part of The Cat and the Fiddle in an 18th century recreation of Jack and the Beanstalk. When he’s not playing the violin, Richard can be seen with wooden spoon in the hand, and likes to bake enormous cakes or cook supper for 150 children!

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