Berkeley Ensemble

Patrons: Michael Berkeley CBE and Petroc Trelawny

Rehearsals

Chamber Music Course 2021

The Berkeley Ensemble present their annual chamber music course for amateur musicians performing at grade 6 level or above. Taking place 27-30 August 2021 (Covid-19 regulations permitting), participants will spend three days playing chamber music with like-minded musicians in the idyllic surroundings of rural Somerset, whilst receiving coaching from members of the Berkeley Ensemble. Click […]

#SketchaSolo

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 […]

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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And so concludes four fabulous workshops with @BerkeleyEnsembl @DanShilladay, inspiring young girls through the work of @ErrollynWallen Five Postcards and becoming composers themselves #composelikeagirl thank you for joining @SuttonHighGirls @HowellsSchool @BlackheathHigh @GDST

Don't miss our recent Ethel Smyth: Songs and Ballads recording with @ontourwithlucy, @BerkeleyEnsembl, and @ @OdalineMartinez in the @unClassifiedHQ “Classical Pride” playlist on @Spotify: https://t.co/NNBasO9b31

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.