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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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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 […]

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Exploring the Sounds of Suffrage

We’re delighted to have been working in partnership with historian and broadcaster Dr Kate Kennedy, Senate House Library, and the Institute of Historical Research to develop ‘Songs of Suffrage’, a programme of music and readings featuring works by three leading English female composers whose music was central to the suffrage campaigns of the 1910s and […]

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Berkeley Ensemble at 10 – UK Tour

The ensemble recently celebrated their 10th birthday with a concert at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room featuring the world premiere of A Bagatelle, written specially for the occasion composer by John Woolrich. This month, the ensemble take to the road and bring this new work to audiences in Wiltshire, Glasgow and Luton in a programme which […]

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The Berkeley Ensemble is looking for new Trustees to join its board. We are particularly interested in recruiting individuals with expertise in the fields of finance, arts management, marketing & PR, law and education.