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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Busy few days for the ensemble this week. After exploring Martinu's Nonet with our Chamber Music Morning participants at the weekend we were back in the studio yesterday recording for BEOnline, featuring Carbon Sky by @PlowmanMusic, and Crawford Seeger's Suite for Wind Quintet

Great to be involved in this project, and can't wait to see how everyone's compositional ideas develop over the next few weeks.

This week, the girls enjoyed the first of four workshops with @BerkeleyEnsembl.

Here are the girls with Sophie and Dan from the ensemble, guiding the girls through composition using graphic scores, inspired by Five Postcards for violin and viola by @ErrollynWallen.

We'll answer questions on rehearsal etiquette and reveal our top 10 tips for a happy, productive chamber music rehearsal.

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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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