St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Five Belles Wind Quintet

Friday, 19 May at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Five Belles Wind Quintet

Caroline Welsh – flute
Lara Ward – oboe
Barbara Wyllie – clarinet
Jo Towler – horn
Rosie Fairhead – bassoon

Carl Nielsen

Quintet op 43

1. Allegro ben moderato

2. Menuet

3. Prelude. Adagio

4. Theme and variations. Un poco andantino

Jim Parker

Mississippi Five

1. King Oliver Steps Out

2. Blues for Johnny Dodds

3. The River Queen

4. Le Tombeau de Bessie Smith

5. Les Animaux

The all-female Five Belles Wind Quintet met through their orchestral playing together in London. The quintet has given interactive workshops for families at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell and performed in several central London venues as well as in the Stow Festival in Walthamstow, London. Working with pianist David Smith, they presented Judith Weir's Airs from Another Planet as part of the 2013 Women in Music festival, accompanying the London Oriana Choir in the same concert. Recitals include Newark Music Club, St. George's, Bloomsbury and future plans include recitals at St Peter's, Notting Hill and St. Alfege, Greenwich.

Flautist Caroline Welsh trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, since which time her life has involved facilitating music with all members of the community, from the oldest to the youngest, and performing as often as possible. Recent projects include working with the Royal Academy of Music, Wigmore Hall, London Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery programme.

After studying at Bristol University and the Royal College of Music, Lara Ward taught and played in Athens State Symphony Orchestra for a couple of years. She now manages Kensington Chimes music shop and plays in ensembles in London.

Barbara Wyllie trained at the Junior Royal College of Music and read English at Cambridge University. She now plays in orchestras and chamber ensembles around London and has been a member of Julian Joseph's Big Band since 1994.

Having started playing the horn aged just eight, Jo Towler studied music at Edinburgh University, Tanglewood Music Center, USA, and the Royal College of Music. She now plays in many orchestras and chamber groups in London as well as running a dance theatre company.

Rosie Fairhead found a bassoon in the attic at the age of 14 and immediately gave up the flute to pursue a life playing a bundle of sticks. She studied music at Oxford and now performs in musical groups in London alongside a career as a freelancer in publishing. 

Established in 2010, Five Belles Wind Quintet made their debut in a London pub and since then they have continued to find ways to present their music to new audiences in venues that range from the traditional to the highly unusual, like the soiree they recently presented in a private Gallery, and their children's concerts at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, where the family audience, young and old, were surrounded by the musicians and encouraged to explore the different instrumental characters. Working with pianist David Smith, they presented Judith Weir's Airs from Another Planet as part of the 2013 Women in Music festival, accompanying the London Oriana Choir in the same concert. Recitals include Newark Music Club, St. George's, Bloomsbury, and future plans include recitals at St Peter's Notting Hill and the church of St. Alfege in Greenwich.