Pleyel images © Tony Howard
The Pleyels bring together some of the UK’s leading instrumentalists who share a passion for chamber music past and present.
The group was formed in Manchester in January 2011, however we have been performing together in various guises and combinations for over twenty years. We are friends and colleagues who draw on a wealth of experience gained through many years of music-making.
We take our name from the Classical composer Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831), a brilliant musician and businessman, who, in addition to writing a large body of accessible chamber music, helped increase the popularity of this wonderful kind of music-making amongst amateurs and professionals as both music publisher and piano manufacturer in the early nineteenth century.
As an ensemble comprising wind, strings and piano we are able to offer a diverse repertoire with many instrumental combinations available. From a Trout to a Bumblebee or an Archduke to a Gypsy, anything is possible!
We make British music a priority. Between us we have commissioned or premiered more than a hundred works and recognise both the importance and necessity of continuing this work.
Recent audience comments:
“I was in heaven”
“…a privilege to be present”
“Everyone went home with a warm feeling of happiness at having shared in the wonderful music and general ambience.”
“The (Middlewich & District) Society enjoyed a performance by the Pleyel Ensemble that members said was both “enthralling and exciting””. Crewe Chronicle.
“The Ensemble which thrilled us last season” Rhyl Music Club.