This is a view of the Berkeley Ensemble

Berkeley Ensemble


Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road, Seaford BN25 2EE

The Berkeley Ensemble with Laura Snowden, Guitar, played Malcom Arnold's Fantasy for Cello, Opus 130 and Phantasy for String Quartet, Vita Abundans, a selection from Robert G. Patterson's arrangement of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Tim Watts' Lullabies and Malcolm Arnold's Guitar Concerto, Opus 67

The Berkeley Ensemble was formed, by friends, in a spirit of adventure. Described by The Strad as being “an instinctive collective”, its members have come together, from diverse corners of musical life, to make music in new ways, reach new audiences and, most importantly, explore new repertoire, be it newly written or inadvertently forgotten. Its acclaimed Performances and recordings celebrate contemporary Chamber Music, especially by British Composers. Since its founding, in 2008, the Ensemble has premiered over forty works commissioned by or written for the group, from Composers including Michael Berkeley, John Woolrich, Lynne Plowman, Barnaby Martin and Misha Mullov-Abbado. The Ensemble also champions unjustly neglected Works and has given the first modern performances of pieces by Lennox Berkeley, Alan Bush and Dorothy Howell

The BBC Music Magazine rates the Berkeley Ensemble as being ∗∗∗∗∗

Further details are in the Programme Notes