The English Guitar Quartet was formed by Simon Munting in the 1974. Since 1987 the group has been Roland Gallery (Treble guitar), Tom Dupre (Classical guitar), Andrew Marlow (Classical guitar), and Tim Pells (Bass Classical guitar). The aim of the EGQ has been to take the guitar into the world of string chamber music, using original compositions and transcriptions that feature the extended range of the special guitars.

The EGQ has performed at all major London venues, and at major international events sponsored by the British Council in Canada, Australia, and Israel.

All the members of the EGQ studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and all have been elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for achievements in the profession.

Roland Gallery, on Treble, is the principle arranger of the EGQ’s work, won the Julian Bream Prize in 1979. He performs on a range of stringed instruments, and works extensively in orchestral and chamber music. He teaches guitar at Eton College, and Harrow School, and has a long association with Trinity Laban School of Music as an ensemble coach.

Tom Dupre appeared in 37 countries as part of the Hand/Dupre duo, recording extensively with Richard Hand. He has performed concertos, and has broadcast widely in several countries.

Andrew Marlow won both the Julian Bream Prize and the John Mundy String Prize while a student, and developed work in composition following study with Roger Steptoe. He has had works performed at London’s South Bank, and has been active in recording. He was Head of Guitar at Radley College for many years, and is now developing a strong following as a visual artist.

Tim Pells, on Bass, won the Commonwealth Fellowship while a student, and has developed a career in music education, working extensively in both Junior colleges and Higher Education. He has been Head of Guitar at the Centre For Young Musicians (Guildhall School) for many years, and Lecturer in Music (Head of Guitar) at Colchester Institute since 2002. He has published extensively in the field of guitar education and recently has written a 3 volume series ‘Passport to Guitar’ (to be published by Schott, 2020).

Recordings

  1. Suites and Dances (1988)                                           Debussy, Faure, Dvorak, Prokfiev
  • Romantic Guitar Quartets (Saydisc 1989)                  Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Borodin
  • Baroque Guitar Quartets (Saydisc SDL386 1990)       Corelli, Purcell, JS Bach, Handel, Vivaldi
  • Spanish Guitar Quartets (Saydisc SDL399 1992)        Albeniz, Granados, Falla, Soler, Ponce
  • Guitar Quartet – On Barry Mills’ ‘Summer Waves’ (1994)

Commissioned Works

  1. Martyn Brabbins – ‘The October Variations’ (commissioned by Greater London Arts 1984)
  2. James Harley – ‘Kaleide’ (commissioned by the Canada Council 1986)

First performance Wigmore Hall 1987

  • Stefan Rak – ‘Sonata for 4 Guitars’ (1986)

First Performance wigmore Hall 1988

  • Timothy Brady – ‘Ghosts’ (commissioned by the Canada Council 1988)

First performance Canada House, London 1988

  • Arthur Wills – ‘Sonata’ (commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain’ 1992)

First performance Purcell Room 1992

  • Roger Steptoe – ‘In the White and the Walk of the Morning’ based on poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1989+1990)

First performance Purcell Room 1991

  • Antonin Tucapsky – ‘Candlelit Procession – a Sonata in 4 Movements (1994)

First Performance Purcell Room 1995

  • Antonin Tucapsky – ‘5 Czech Folk Songs for Guitar Quartet and Chamber Choir’ (1996)
  • Barry Mills – ‘Guitar Quartet’ for the album of the composer’s works ‘Summer Waves’ (1993)
  • Edward Cowie – ‘Kandinsky’ (commissioned by Isle of Mann 1996 and rewritten for the BBC 2002)

Recorded live at Barbican, London, 2002 for the composer’s 60th birthday celebrations

  1. Vincent Lindsey-Clark ‘Jazz Suite’ (1998)

First performance St. John’s Smith Square 1998