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Dorothy Howell recording crowdfunder

The ensemble has long championed the music of Dorothy Howell, particularly her Quartet in D minor, which our viola player Dan Shilladay reconstructed from sketches in 2018. Help us to give back this lost piece its place in the repertoire by donating to our crowdfunder campaign to fund a recording this summer: more details here

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Chamber Sessions: our chamber music course in London returns

We’re delighted to be accepting applications for our second Chamber Sessions weekend course for amateur musicians. The course is scheduled to take place from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July 2024 in London.

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New trustees: we’re recruiting!

Would you like to join the team behind the ensemble as we shape up for more adventures in music, post-COVID? We’re recruiting for our trustees board and are keen to add expertise in finance. Please download an information pack for a full role description and terms. How to apply Expressions of interest, consisting of a letter outlining […]

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Chamber Music Course 2023

The Berkeley Ensemble is delighted to be accepting applications for its 2023 Chamber Music Course for amateur musicians, which will take place 28 April – 1 May 2023. UPDATE 30/11/22 The course has reached capacity, but if you’re keen to attend, email chambercourse@berkeleyensemble.co.uk to enquire about joining our waiting list for places that may become […]

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Welcoming Martin Ludenbach

The Berkeley Ensemble is delighted to appoint double bassist Martin Ludenbach to the ensemble. We’ve worked with Martin for a number of years and are absolutely delighted that he’s joining us as a permanent member. You can read about his background and varied experience below. Welcome, Martin! Originally of German heritage, Martin begun learning the […]

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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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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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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.