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Gawain Glenton



Born into a family of musicians, the young Gawain had a prodigious gift for not practising the instrument he was supposed to: recorder instead of violin, guitar instead of piano and pretty much anything instead of the bassoon. Having almost run out of instruments, Gawain bought himself a cornetto and surprised everyone (not least himself) by never looking back. He is now establishing a reputation as one of the finest cornetto players in the business. 

After gaining an academic music degree at Manchester University he later went to study with Bruce Dickey in Basel’s Schola Cantorum (thanks in part to generous assistance from the Leverhulme Trust) and now spends his time travelling the world playing with some of the leading interpreters of Baroque and Renaissance music.

The last year included performances with ensembles such as Concerto Palatino, His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, The Gabrieli Consort and Players, Cantus Kölln and Les Talens Lyriques. He is also a member of The English Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble.


Link to Glenton's own ensemble in Echo that he co-directs with harpist Kirsty Whatley.