This acclaimed ensemble of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano and sometimes horn and/or harpsichord is well-known for its varied and entertaining programmes of chamber music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Harmoniemusik takes its name from Harmonie, a German word for an ensemble of wind instruments. The Harmonie would be employed by an aristocratic patron for outdoor or recreational music. Music composed for Harmonie is often called Harmoniemusik.
Their programme will include Arnold’s Trio, Handel’s Trio Sonata (Gmin), Bozza’s “Trois Pièces pour une musique de nuit”, Sammartini’s trio sonata for treble recorders and harpsichord, Stravinsky’s 3 pieces for solo clarinet and Françaix Wind Quartet.
Sarah Devonald (oboe, recorder) studied music at the Guildhall School of Music in London and Cambridge University and has continued to learn through experience – as principal oboe in many orchestras and opera companies, as a soloist in concertos and recitals, and especially in recent years playing chamber music. When she isn’t performing, or teaching the oboe and recorder, she can be found producing music programmes for BBC Radio 3 and making award-winning jewellery.
Alec Forshaw (bassoon, harpsichord) studied at Cambridge University and with William Waterhouse and Martin Gatt in London. He is a founder member of the London Woodwind Ensemble, The Galliard Trio and Harmoniemusik, and also has performed regularly with Lontano, the Contemporary Chamber Orchestra, the London Chamber Orchestra and with the National Theatre, both at home and on tour. He lives in London and pursues a varied career as bassoonist, harpsichordist, writer and arranger.
Janna Hüneke (flute, recorder) born in Germany, studied the flute with Averil Williams in London, and with Kate Lukas, Peter Lloyd and Geoffrey Gilbert. In the early ‘90’s she played the piccolo in premieres of Stockhausen’s opera “Dienstag aus Licht”. Janna has freelanced with Grange Park Opera, Pimlico Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra, Brighton Philharmonic, and others. She has also performed as a soloist in Britain and Germany. Most recently Janna co-founded and co-directs the annual course “Flute School London”, which has made a big splash in the flute world. Janna is also very engaged in complementary medicine having trained as a reflexologist and naturopath.
Mark Lacey (clarinet) studied the clarinet with Sydney Fell and at the Royal Academy of Music with Keith Puddy and Richard Addison. As a freelance clarinetist and saxophonist he has performed with English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, English Touring Opera, Grange Park Opera, Carl Rosa Opera, Pimlico Opera and the BBC Concert Orchestra. He has also worked extensively in the theatre at The Chichester Festival Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester.
“Wonderfully melodic and beautifully crafted….the instruments converse and blend with exceptional grace” – Sarah Walker, BBC Radio 3, Classical Collection 20.3.08