Berkeley Ensemble

Patrons: Michael Berkeley CBE and Petroc Trelawny


To celebrate the launch of Berkeley Ensemble Online we are inviting students in Years 9-13 (age 13-18) to write a 20 second solo for one of our musicians. We’re not looking for finished pieces: we want your doodles, scribbles and sketches. Watch our ‘meet the Ensemble’ videos to learn more about our musicians and their instruments, then […]

Virtual Chamber Music Mornings

Hot on the heels of our first series of Chamber Music Mornings last autumn, the Berkeley Ensemble is delighted to return with a new spring series of virtual study mornings for amateur musicians. Over the next few months we’ll be exploring repertoire for the larger chamber forces of the Nonet, and delving into movements from Nonets by Farrenc, Martinů and Spohr. Full of […]

#MusicBox – bringing live music back to Little Venice

The Berkeley Ensemble is delighted to announce #MusicBox, a series of ‘pop-up’ 20-minute garden performances from duos within the ensemble.  We kick of this new series during the afternoon of Saturday 11 July, when Sophie Mather (violin) and Dan Shilladay (viola) will be bringing an eclectic mix of repertoire including Halvorsen’s arrangement of Handel’s Passacaglia, and […]

Little Venice Music Festival 2020 postponed

As the situation around COVID-19 continues to develop rapidly and in some ways unpredictably, the Berkeley Ensemble have taken the decision to postpone our 2020 Little Venice Festival until 2021.

Chamber course goes online

Due to lockdown restrictions, this year’s chamber course went online for a morning of workshops with participants and John, Gemma and Sophie.

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Roll up! Our next virtual chamber morning is next Saturday! Exploring Farrenc's Nonet, methods of preparing music in fast tempos and getting up-to-speed confidently.
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A totally inspiring day ahead of us with students from across the Trust having their own pieces performed by the @BerkeleyEnsembl! What an amazing opportunity, part of our #DRETMusicFestivalWeek! #CanDoMusic #InspirationFund

This week is our Trust-wide Music Festival, featuring special guests @BerkeleyEnsembl @NevillHoltOpera @BBCSO @BBCSingers!

Wonderful the necessity of now has enabled some remarkable collaboboration across a family of schools.