A celebration of chamber music and song with the Berkeley Ensemble and friends

7-9 October 2016


Adrian Brendel (photo by Jack Liebeck)

Adrian Brendel

One of the most versatile and original cellists of his generation, Adrian Brendel has travelled the world as soloist, collaborator and teacher.

Christopher Glynn

Christopher Glynn

Christopher Glynn is a Grammy award-winning pianist and accompanist, working with leading singers, instrumentalists and ensembles in concerts, broadcasts and recordings throughout the world.

Fenella Humphreys (photo by Ian Stark)

Fenella Humphreys

With playing described in the press as ‘alluring’, ‘unforgettable’ and ‘a wonder’, violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work.

Ensemble Perpetuo

Ensemble Perpetuo

Ensemble Perpetuo is a dynamic and versatile collective of musicians who perform a wide variety of traditional and contemporary chamber music in new settings.

Libby Burgess

Libby Burgess

Libby Burgess is a pianist dedicated to the fields of song and chamber music, collaborating regularly with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation.

Anna Huntley (photo by Kaupo Kikkas)

Anna Huntley

Described by the Guardian as a ‘fast-rising British talent’, in 2011 Anna Huntley won the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Vocal Fellowship at the Song Competition and 3rd Prize at Das Lied Competition.

Berkeley Ensemble

Berkeley Ensemble

Hailed as ‘an instinctive collective’ (The Strad) the Berkeley Ensemble was formed with the aim of exploring the wealth of little-known twentieth and twenty-first century British chamber music alongside more established repertoire. It enjoys a busy concert schedule performing throughout the UK and abroad, and is also much in demand for its inspiring work in education.


We’ll announce the full programme in early September, but here’s a preview of what’s to come…

Friday 7 October, evening

New festival directors, the Berkeley Ensemble, open the festival with Beethoven’s glorious Septet.
After the concert a special guest gives a late-night solo violin recital in an unusual canal-side venue with Bach’s Chaconne and a London premiere by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

Saturday 8 October, morning

An interactive family concert for all ages to explores instruments of the orchestra and story-telling in music.

Saturday 8 October, afternoon

Photos submitted by residents in a collaboration with the London Photo Festival provides the backdrop for a fun afternoon of music exploring childhood with Ensemble Perpetuo

Saturday 8 October, evening

The Little Venice tradition of vocal performance will be kept alive on Saturday night with a performance featuring award-winning mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley performing songs by Schumann along with more recent melodies from either side of the Atlantic

Sunday 9 October, afternoon

The festival finale concludes a weekend of world-class chamber music performances with renowned guest artists, cellist Adrian Brendel and pianist Christopher Glynn appearing alongside the Berkeley Ensemble in Schubert’s String Quintet and Mozart’s Kegelstatt trio. Celebrate Vienna with tea and cake in the interval!

About the festival

This year’s festival will be the fifteenth, and the first to be curated by the Berkeley Ensemble. In 2015 Sylvia Rhys-Thomas, retiring from her post as artistic director, invited the ensemble to take on the running of the festival. We had had two very happy experiences appearing at this exciting festival and were thrilled by the prospect of building on the foundation set by Sylvia and her colleagues.

The festival will continue to have the rich mix of events and musical styles for which it is known, with an emphasis on chamber music but also including renowned soloists and vocal music amongst the other musical offerings.

The 2016 Festival will bring about some exciting changes: in addition to the three evening concerts of previous years, there will be a late-night event on the Friday, and Saturday morning will include a very special family concert, which will introduce the instruments and involve lots of music, showing how it can be used to tell stories.

We hope very much that current supporters will want to continue to help the festival to thrive, and that many new people will join us too.

The programme is currently being finalised and more detailed information will appear here very soon. We look forward to seeing you in October.

Paul Cott
Artistic Director
Berkeley Ensemble

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