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Berkeley Ensemble                4th October 2021 Venue St. Augustine’s Church Map

The Beethoven celebrations of 2020 had given ample cause to programme the Beethoven Septet in last year’s unfortunately curtailed season. Nothing daunted and but a few months behind schedule here now is a performance of that work, a scintillating display of compositional fireworks, written to persuade his new public in Vienna of the young composer’s prowess.

In a typically imaginative way the Berkeley Ensemble have built up an inventive programme that begins with Knussen’s evocative piece for solo violin, Secret Psalm, increasing the number of instruments as the concert progresses until the full splendour of violin, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, horn and bassoon play together for Beethoven’s crowd-pleasing septet.

‘…the high quality of the performances by the Berkeley Ensemble, a malleable group which plays as if it were truly inside the music.’

Sunday Telegraph



Oliver Knussen – Secret Psalm

Francis Poulenc – Sonata for Clarinet & Bassoon

Lennox Berkeley – String Trio

Carl Nielsen – Serenata in vano

Ludwig van Beethoven – Septet

Photo: Nigel Luckhurst

Sophie Mather – violin

Dan Shillada – viola

Gemma Wareham – cello

TBC – double bass

John Slack – clarinet

Andrew Watson – bassoon

Paul Cott – French horn

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