About Us

Galliarda was formed by the late Nottingham-based musicologist, recorder- player and flautist Wendy Hancock.  They have performed throughout Britain including a nationwide tour on the Making Music scheme (2013-15) and for BBC’s `In tune’. Since Wendy’s death in 2016 the ensemble has reformed and is led from the harpsichord by original member, soprano, Sara Stowe.

The group’s recent research into female composers of the eighteenth  century was awarded a grant from the Diane Ambache Foundation to perform and record `An Enlightened Heart’ for Tremula CDs. Sara Stowe featured the music of these female composers in 2022 when she was harpsichordist in residence for the Spring exhibition Battlefields and Baroque at Blelnheim Palace.


Early Music