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Little Venice Music Festival: Berkeley Ensemble & Imogen Cooper

Little Venice Music Festival: Berkeley Ensemble & Imogen Cooper

22 October 2017
4:30pm

St. Saviour’s Church, Warwick Avenue, London W9 2PT

Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, Imogen Cooper scales the vast emotional terrain of Beethoven’s penultimate piano sonata, whilst the Berkeley Ensemble plot a similar path in two contrasting works for string sextet, interspersed with the world premiere of Michael Berkeley’s new work for solo double bass.

Ludwig van Beethoven Variations on La stessa, la stessissima
Thomas Adès Darknesse Visible
Ludwig van Beethoven  Sonata in A-flat Op. 110
Misha Mullov-Abbado  Heal Me on this Cloudy Day
Michael Berkeley  New work for double bass (world premiere)
Johannes Brahms  String Sextet in G Op. 36

Tickets: £18 / £15 (including tea, coffee and cake in the interval)/ free for under-26s

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Promoted as part of Little Venice Music Festival 2017, curated by the Berkeley Ensemble.

 

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The Consolations of Scholarship at Presteigne Festival

The Consolations of Scholarship at Presteigne Festival

24 August 2017
8:30pm

St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne LD8 2AF

Peter Maxwell Davies Dances from ‘The Two Fiddlers’
Francis Poulenc Sextet for piano and wind instruments
Michael Berkeley Seven
Judith Weir The Consolations of Scholarship

With Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (mezzo-soprano), and George Vass (conductor).

Tickets: £25/£15/£6(students). Click here for full booking information.

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Lake District Summer Music Festival: 2

Lake District Summer Music Festival: 2

11 August 2017
7:30pm

Lake District Summer Music Festival: Programme Two

Ambleside Parish Church (St Mary’s)

  • Haydn String Trio in G major, Op.53 No.1
  • R Strauss arr Hasenöhrl Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders!, Op.28
  • Schubert Octet in F major, D803

Tickets: £24/£16.  General Booking opens 5 June. Click here for full booking information.

In this second performance at the Lake District Summer Music Festival, the Berkeley Ensemble present a programme tying together several festival themes: from Haydn’s pithy trio, better known in its alternative version as the Piano Sonata Hob.XVI:40, on to a fellow Viennese composer’s crafty distillation of Strauss’s epic orchestral tone poem about the eponymous medieval prankster. Finally, Schubert’s remarkable masterpiece, taking Beethoven’s Septet as his model and surpassing it.

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Lake District Summer Music Festival: 1

Lake District Summer Music Festival: 1

10 August 2017
8:00pm

Lake District Summer Music Festival: Programme One

St Thomas’ Church, Kendal

  • Young: Sing Each Song Twice
  • Ibert Souvenir for string quartet & double bass
  • Michael Berkeley Clarion Call and Gallop
  • Lennox Berkeley Sextet, Op.47
  • Beethoven Septet in E flat major, Op.20

Tickets: £24/£16.  General Booking opens 5 June. Click here for full booking information.

The first of two concerts in a mini-residency marking the Berkeley Ensemble’s LDSM début.  In ‘Home-Thoughts, from Abroad’ poet Robert Browning writes of ‘the wise thrush… [who] sings each song twice over, lest you should think he never could recapture the first fine careless rapture!’. Toby Young’s dramatic curtain-raiser, written for the ensemble, was inspired equally by this poem and by the closing work of this programme. Beethoven may have grown to despise the success of his Septet –’That damned thing! I wish it were burned!’– but we have cause to be grateful that it was not.

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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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Wiltshire Music Centre with Tom Poster

Wiltshire Music Centre with Tom Poster

21 October 2016
7:30pm

Wiltshire Music Centre

Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1DZ

  • Knussen: …upon one note (Fantazia after Purcell)
  • Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D667 ‘Trout’
  • Septet: Septet in E flat major, Op. 20

Tickets: £18 (under 25s free)

Pre-concert talk with members of the ensemble at 6.30pm.

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Little Venice Music Festival III

Little Venice Music Festival III

9 October 2016
4:00pm

St Saviour’s Church, Warwick Avenue, London W9 2PT

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Kegelstatt Trio K498
Michael Berkeley: At a Solemn Wake
Franz Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata D821
Franz Schubert: Quintet in C major D956

For the final concert of this year’s Little Venice Music Festival celebrated cellist Adrian Brendel and pianist Christopher Glynn join the Berkeley Ensemble to bring the festival to a close with intimate chamber music from Vienna, including Schubert’s great C major string quintet and Mozart’s Kegelstatt trio. The concert will also feature the London premiere of festival patron Michael Berkeley’s At A Solemn Wake, dedicated to the memory of his late wife, Deborah Rogers. Included in the ticket price are tea or coffee and cake, for a suitably Viennese flavour.

Tickets: £18/£15 (under-18s) including tea/coffee and cake, available online or on the door (cash only)

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