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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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Concerts and Administration Manager Vacancy

Concerts and Administration Manager Vacancy

The Berkeley Ensemble is looking for a Concerts and Administration Manager to join them as they embark on an ambitious expansion of their annual programme of concert and education projects.

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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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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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Recording Lennox Berkeley's Stabat Mater

Recording Lennox Berkeley’s Stabat Mater

Berkeley Ensemble violinist Fran’s account of making a world premier recording for Delphian and a three- concert tour of Lennox Berkeley’s Stabat Mater and his son Micheal Berkeley’s Touch Light with the Marian Consort and David Wordsworth (photos by Fran Barritt).

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All-Star lineup at 2016 Little Venice Music Festival

All-Star lineup at 2016 Little Venice Music Festival

On 7th, 8th and 9th October, the fifteenth Little Venice Music Festival will take place, curated for the first time by the Berkeley Ensemble.

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