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New Beethoven recording released

With celebrations already in full swing to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven this year, the Berkeley Ensemble joins the party with the release of our latest album, an all-Beethoven programme of his Op.11 Clarinet Trio and the famous Septet Op.20.

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Lake District countdown 6: Gemma on Schubert

In the last of our posts counting down to our upcoming concert as part of the Lake District Summer Music festival, cellist Gemma explores Schubert’s famous ‘Trout’ Quintet.

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Lake District countdown 5: Andrew on Martinů

In the next of our posts on the music featured in our upcoming concert as part of the Lake District Summer Music festival, bassoonist Andrew discusses Martinů’s colourful Nonet.

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Lake District countdown 4: Sophie on Woolrich

Our leader, Sophie (pictured below) reflects on her encounters with the music of John Woolrich, whose A Bagatelle is part of our upcoming concert as part of the Lake District Summer Music festival on Saturday.

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Lake District countdown 3: John on Prokofiev

Our clarinettist John traces the history of Prokofiev’s surprise hit, which features in our upcoming concert as part of the Lake District Summer Music festival on Saturday.

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Lake District countdown 2: Paul on Poulenc

In the second of a series of posts on the music featured in our upcoming concert as part of the Lake District Summer Music festival, Paul Cott investigates Poulenc’s rearrangements

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Lake District countdown 1: Dan on Schoenberg

In the first of a series of posts on the music featured in our upcoming concert as part of the Lake District Summer Music festival, our viola player Dan shares his love of Schoenberg’s Johann Strauss arrangements.

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Summer festival roundup

This summer the ensemble will be packing our bags for return visits to the King’s Lynn festival and Lake District Summer Music. Our concert at the former features the premiere of a new piece by Tim Watts, The Creation of the World, and with Dr Matthew Bothwell from Cambridge University’s Institute of Astronomy on hand […]

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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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Blog: Recording in Wiltshire

In our second blog post Sophie writes about our recent recording sessions for the winning pieces of the New Cobbett Prize.