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Chamber Music Course 2022

We are delighted to be accepting applications for our annual Chamber Music Course for amateur musicians. This year taking place 19-22 May in the idyllic surroundings of Chaffcombe (Somerset), the course has, due to popular request, been extended by an additional half day giving even more time for music making with like-minded musicians, with coaching […]

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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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Return to Little Venice

Although a full Little Venice Music Festival has not been possible in 2021, the Berkeley Ensemble is delighted to announce a mini festival day with a double bill of performances on Sunday 12 September. Taking place at St Mark’s Church (Hamilton Terrace) these performances mark the Berkeley Ensemble’s return to the concert platform following the […]

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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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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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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 […]