Gawain Glenton is a specialist cornetto player whose work as a soloist and an ensemble musician takes him all over the world. He performs and records with many leading international groups and directors, such as Il Giardino Armonico, Concerto Palatino, l’Arpeggiata, Les Talens Lyriques, Concerto Italiano, The Taverner Consort, Barokksolistene and the Nederlandse Bachvereniging. Gawain is a member of The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble, with whom he has recorded several acclaimed CDs, including ‘The Spy’s Choirbook’ with Alamire – winner of the 2015 Gramophone Award for Early Music. Gawain also appears as a featured artist on 2016’s winner of the Gramophone Award for Early Music: The Taverner Consort’s recording of the Western Wind Mass.
Although now based in the UK, Gawain spent several years living in Basel where he studied with Bruce Dickey at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. As a result of these years abroad, Gawain is closely involved with many ‘next generation’ ensembles, such as Ensemble Leones, and also the Basel-based I Fedeli. In the UK, Gawain also works with ensembles such as The City Musick and I Fagiolini.
Gawain’s research and expertise in the field of ornamenting early music has also led to him becoming increasingly in demand as a coach for both singers and instrumentalists. His experience as a professional singer and player of reed instruments and recorders also helps to make Gawain a highly versatile musician. Very much at home in the rich musical world of the 16th and 17th centuries, Gawain also enjoys expanding the repertoire of the cornetto, either by performing new and challenging contemporary music, or by working with other musicians from the rock, pop and folk worlds.
Gawain has recently enrolled at Southampton University to begin a doctoral study of Italian diminution treatises. This three-year project is funded by the AHRC as part of the South West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.