Monday 3 April 2017

7.45 pm
in the Middleton Hall, University of Hull
Supported by Hull UK City of Culture 2017

preceded by a talk at 6.45 (see below)

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Berkeley Ensemble

Anna Huntley mezzo soprano
Sophie Mather & Francesca Barritt violins
Dan Shilladay viola
Gemma Wareham cello
Lachlan Radford double bass
Luke Russell flute
John Slack clarinet
Fontane Liang harp
Joley Cragg percussion

Ravel Introduction and Allegro
Berio Sequenza IXa for clarinet
Bartók Violin duos (selection)
Stravinsky 3 Shakespeare Songs
Debussy Danses sacrée et profane
Berio Violin duos (selection)
Berio Folksongs

In collaboration with the Musical Cultures Conference, Hull Chamber Music is delighted to welcome back the Berkeley Ensemble with this wide-ranging programme, which explores the ‘voices’ of the ensemble’s various instruments.

Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet was written to demonstrate the Érard company’s pre-eminent pedal harp design, enriching its repertoire and accepted voice along the way. Berio’s Sequenza for Clarinet looks back on its own instrument’s wide-ranging voice as conceived by artists from Mozart to Benny Goodman, whilst Stravinsky’s late settings of Shakespeare make something rich and strange of familiar texts.

… the high quality of the performances by the Berkeley Ensemble, a malleable group which, like the Nash Ensemble, can adapt itself to different formats and plays as if it were truly inside the music. …
Roger Nichols, BBC Music Magazine

Lunchtime concert
Don’t miss the Berkeley Ensemble in concert with a programme themed around Hull-based music, on Wednesday 5 April 2017, 12pm, Middleton Hall.


Pre-concert talk at 6.45 pm

Members of the Berkeley Ensemble will talk about the evening's programme

Entry is free to all ticket holders