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#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 […]

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Join our board!

The Berkeley Ensemble is seeking new trustees to join its board, which plays a central role in the life of the organisation. It comprises expert individuals who support a small and committed freelance team of eight musicians and a General Manager. Now in its second decade, the ensemble is seeking to diversify the governance of […]

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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 […]

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#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 […]

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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.

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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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Messiaen livestream

Faced with the cancellation during lockdown of our trip to Hull to perform Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, John went online to perform live Abîme des oiseaux, the movement for solo clarinet. Catch it again here.

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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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Chamber Music Course 2020

The Berkeley Ensemble present their annual chamber music course for amateur musicians performing at grade 6 level or above. Taking place over the late May bank holiday weekend (22-25 May 2020), 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 […]

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The Mare’s Tale: World Premiere Tour

The Berkeley Ensemble are thrilled to present the world premiere tour of The Mare’s Tale, by British composer Mark Bowden, this Spring. Inspired by a series of drawings by Clive Hicks-Jenkins on the theme of the Mari Lwyd, one of the oldest Welsh midwinter traditions, this work for actor and chamber ensemble employs the same forces […]