2017: The year ahead

2017: The year ahead

After a few days of packed posts about the Berkeley Ensemble’s whirlwind of musical adventures in 2016, we have a few things to tell you about what’s in store for this year. (more…)

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Education Projects 2016

Education Projects 2016

Our education programme climbed new heights in 2016 reaching over 2500 children, travelling further afield in the UK, working with a broader age range and delivering a more diverse group of projects: from our fantastic new primary schools project Stories in Sound,  to a performance at Grange Park with young singers, to chamber music speed-dating at Hull University! (more…)

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2016: Musical highlights

2016: Musical highlights

Apart from the major projects of the year – the recording and performances of Lennox Berkeley’s Stabat Mater and our first Little Venice Music Festival – we gave performances at venues around the country, including some of our favourite places to visit as well as some new ones. (more…)

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Little Venice Music Festival 2016 roundup

Little Venice Music Festival 2016 roundup

Our second big success of 2016 was October’s Little Venice Music Festival, based at St. Saviour’s, Warwick Avenue – right next to the tube station.  This was the fifteenth in the festival’s history, and we had the pleasure of performing on two occasions in the past.  This year saw us take full responsibility for the weekend, from the programme and artists to tea and cake. (more…)

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Musical Cultures Conference Lunchtime Concert

Musical Cultures Conference Lunchtime Concert

5 April 2017
12:00pm

Musical Cultures Conference

The Middleton Hall, University of Hull, HU6 7RX

  • Anthony Hedges: Refractions
  • New work: Winning piece from Composition Competition
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581

As part of the Musical Cultures Conference the Berkeley Ensemble present a programme of Hull-based composers which includes the winning piece of the Musical Cultures Conference Composition Competition.

For more information and tickets please email MusicalCultures2017@hull.ac.uk

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Voices: Elsewhere and elsewhen

Voices: Elsewhere and elsewhen

3 April 2017
7:45pm

Hull Chamber Music

The Middleton Hall, University of Hull, HU6 7RX

  • Maurice Ravel: Introduction  and Allegro
  • Luciano Berio: Sequenza IXa for clarinet
  • Bela Bartok: Violin duos (selection)
  • Igor Stravinsky: Three Shakespeare Songs
  • Claude Debussy: Danses sacrée et profane
  • Luciano Berio: Violin duos (selection)
  • Luciano Berio: Folksongs

With Anna Huntley, mezzo-soprano

In collaboration with the Musical Cultures Conference, the Berkeley Ensemble return to Hull University with a wide-ranging programme, which explores the ‘voices’ of the ensemble’s various instruments.

Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet was written to demonstrate the Érard company’s pre-eminent pedal harp design, enriching its repertoire and accepted voice along the way. Berio’s Sequenza for Clarinet looks back on its own instrument’s wide-ranging voice as conceived by artists from Mozart to Benny Goodman, whilst Stravinsky’s late settings of Shakespeare make something rich and strange of familiar texts.

Tickets: £14 (concessions £5) available online culturenet.co.uk, by email face-events@hull.ac.uk or by phone 01482 465998.

Pre-concert talk, 6.45pm: Members of the ensemble talk about the evening’s programme

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Luton Music Club

Luton Music Club

27 March 2017
7:30pm

Luton Music Club

Luton Library Theatre, Luton Lu1 2NG

  • Louise Farrenc: Trio for clarinet, cello and piano
  • Helen RoeAncestral Strains (world premiere)
  • Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 “The Trout”

With James Baillieu, piano

Tickets: £16 (concessions £10, children under 18 in full time education free) available on the night or from the Luton Library Theatre box office

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Stabat Mater reviews roundup

Stabat Mater reviews roundup

One of the biggest projects of 2016 was the recording and performances of Lennox Berkeley’s Stabat Mater – a greatly neglected masterpiece by the composer from whom we take our name. (more…)

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