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. We’re currently in the midst of planning for the 2017 Little Venice Music Festival, which will take place on 20th-22nd October. The programme will be announced very shortly.
We are also looking forward to our debut at the Presteigne Festival in August, where we will be working with mezzo-soprano Rebecca Afonwy-Jones and festival director George Vass. Other collaborations coming up include those with pianist James Baillieu, mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley (a star of the 2016 Little Venice Festival), and baritone Benedict Nelson.
New music in our repertoire will include the world première of a work by Helen Roe – a piece we first encountered at our PRS composition workshop in 2015 – and the winner of a composition prize as part of the Musical Cultures Conference at the University of Hull.
In education, look out for the return of Stories in Sound XL, the release of a new video outlining the work we do at GCSE and A Level, and another exciting family concert and schools project at the Little Venice Music Festival. Last but not least, the annual chamber course will return for its fifth consecutive year. It gets bigger and better each time!