Oliver Galletta


Oliver Galletta - Bassoon

Born into a musical family, Oliver’s interest in music began at the age of seven as a choir boy at Brecon Cathedral in mid-Wales. He took up the bassoon at the age of 9 after a friend of his Grandmother found one in their attic and donated it to him to learn on.

Texaco Young Musician of Wales

At the age of 13 Oliver won a place at Wells Cathedral School in Somerset (one of the UK’s four specialist music schools) where he studied bassoon, cello and piano. During his time there he won the Texaco Young Musician of Wales competition in 1999 and was also a semi-finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2000. This was followed by studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, where he graduated from in 2003 with a BMus (Hons) degree in performance.

Oliver Galletta playing bassoon for the swan
Oliver Galleta plays bassoon for Orchestra of the Swan
Changing of the Guards

Following graduation, Oliver joined the Band of the Welsh Guards, as principal bassoonist (and was also occasionally let loose on the bass drum and cymbals!). During his time in the army, Oliver could regularly be seen in the Guards’ trademark fluffy hat performing in the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, and at high-profile state ceremonial events like Beating Retreat, Festival of Remembrance and Trooping the Colour.


Freelance and Orchestral Career

After leaving the army in 2010, Oliver embarked upon a successful freelance orchestral career and now enjoys performing regularly with many of the UK’s top orchestras, including Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra & Royal Shakespeare Company. Alongside this, he is also a busy chamber musician and soloist.

Oliver was appointed sub-principal bassoonist in Orchestra of the Swan in June 2017 and is thrilled to be part of this exciting ensemble.

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