Wren Ensemble

 

The Wren Consort specialises in baroque chamber music for recorder, flute and continuo

Harpsichord: Patricia Cullen

Viola da Gamba: Fiona Haywood

Recorders: Karen McMullan

Flute: Leo Phillips

Patricia Cullen trained as a pianist and harpsichordist at both the Royal Northern and the Royal Academy of Music as a holder of the Max Mayer Scholarship.  She studied under Franz Reisenstein, Geraint Jones, Paul Hamburger and Lionel Salter.


She has given many recitals, both as  soloist and as a member of ensembles.  As a soloist, her work has been included in many BBC series, such as This Week’s Composer, Music at Night and Music magazine. 


She has been a regular contributor to programmes featuring composers from Purcell and Byrd to Heinz Werner Henze.  She has worked with many ensembles and singers performing such works as the Manuel da Falla Harpsichord Concerto in London and also providing harpsichord music for theatrical events in historical settings.

The Wren Ensemble was formed in the Isle of Man, under the leadership and direction of Patricia Cullen, to perform Baroque Music from England and Europe.  Concert programmes feature instrumental works for ensemble and for harpsichord by well known composers of the period, such as J S Bach, Telemann, Scarlatti, Handel, and others, such as Quantz and Boismoitier, who are undeservedly less well known today.


The Wren Ensemble also makes a point of working with locally  based singers in recitals of Baroque music.  Well known local singers Mandy Griffin and Denise Groenewald and the operatic and solo recitalist Kim Brown have collaborated with the Wren Ensemble in recitals. 


Perhaps unusually for a period music group, the Wren Ensemble has also given the premiere performance of a modern setting of a Shakespearean sonnet, composed for the Wren Ensemble by Joanna Wilson.

For further information about the Wren Ensemble or Patricia Cullen, please contact in the first instance Patricia Cullen at cullenfamily@manx.net