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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 interactive exercises and practical advice, these sessions will not only assist participants in getting to know these fabulous works, but aim to enhance your chamber music playing and appraising in general. 

New for the spring term, we kick off the series with a free ‘Recordings Club’ evening on Thursday 11 February when ensemble members Sophie Mather (violin) and Paul Cott (horn) will explore interpretations of all three works to be studied throughout the series, alongside other works for similar forces.  A great opportunity for some informal discussion amongst friends, both old and new.  Speaking of which, if you’ve attended one of our courses in the past (either ‘in person’ or virtual) then this is a great opportunity to introduce someone new to the ensemble – if they sign up for the subsequent full course both of you will receive a discount of £10 off the full course fee – just email annabel@berkeleyensemble.co.uk to let us know who you are introducing and we’ll send you a discount code.

The series of three mornings is designed to be most beneficial as a programme. However, each morning can also be enjoyed independently.

Course dates are as follows:

Thursday 11 February, 19:30-21:00
Discover the works to be studied over the course of the series with Sophie Mather and Paul Cott. This event is entirely free and can be attended either individually, or as preparation for the series. An ideal opportunity to try something new! (N.B. Although free, this event requires a ticket)

Saturday 6 March, 09:30-12:30
Focus work: Louis Spohr’s Nonet in F, Op.31 (movement 3)

Saturday 3 April, 09:30-12:30
Focus work: Louise Farrenc’s Nonet in E flat, Op.38 (movement 3)

Saturday 1 May, 09:30-12:30
Focus work: Bohuslav Martinů’s Nonet No.2 (movement 1)

The series of three mornings is designed to be most beneficial as a programme. However, each morning can also be enjoyed independently.

Cost: £39 per session, or £109 for all three sessions (£99 with ‘bring a friend’ discount).