Palisander prides itself on presenting imaginative, historical programmes with a wide range of repertoire; performing largely from memory, on recorders up to 6 feet tall. Comprised of alumni from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music, Palisander has quickly established itself as a vibrant young ensemble. “Palisander’s imaginative performance really helped them to stand out from the crowd; they carefully thought through their... seamless entertaining programme, which they delivered with great panache and which resulted in tremendous enthusiasm and cheers from the crowd." – Clare Norburn, Brighton Early Music Festival.
The group is delighted to have been selected as one of two ensembles for the prestigious Emerging European Ensembles Scheme 2019, which provides young groups with residencies, training and performance opportunities, across Europe. Recent winners of the London International Exhibition of Early Music’s inaugural Early Music Young Ensemble Competition 2018, Palisander also competed in the final round of the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League Mixed Ensembles’ Competition 2019. In 2016, Palisander was selected for the St John's Smith Square Young Artists' Scheme. Director, Richard Heason, said “Palisander is one of the most engaging and characterful groups of young performers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. As soon as they start to play, the audience is drawn in and engrossed in the astonishing interaction and dialogue Palisander display”. In 2015, the quartet was selected for the Brighton Early Music Festival’s ‘Early Music Live!’ scheme; ‘the leading training and apprenticeship scheme for young early music ensembles’. The group has performed at Newbury Spring Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival and London Festival of Baroque Music, as well as for London Fashion Week. Next year, with support from the Tunnell Trust, Palisander has been selected to give a concert tour in Scotland. The quartet's international performances include Ireland, France, Italy, Japan and Russia. Palisander has featured on radio, including BBC Radio 3.
Palisander’s debut album, Beware the Spider! was self-released in 2017 and received a 4 star review from BBC Music Magazine, as well as being voted First Place in the Magazine’s First Listen Podcast. Robert Huggil said ‘This charming disc not only shows off the ensemble's skills admirably, but provides a programme which intrigues’. Classic FM featured a live performance film of one of the pieces on the album, which has received over 4.6 million views so far!
Palisander enjoys giving regular family concerts and workshops. This includes working for the prestigious Live Music Now scheme, founded by Yehudi Menuhin and previously, being featured artists in the Wigmore Hall’s Chamber Tots series. Palisander collaborated with puppet theatre company Rust and Stardust Productions, to develop a unique family show. Dr Dee’s Daughter and the Philosopher’s Stone is supported by Arts Council England and has given performances across the country, including Lake District Summer Music and Wiltshire Music Centre. The group has recently been awarded another ACE grant to tour its educational project Recorder Revolution! which will bring inspiring, interactive performances to schools and music venues across England