Category Archives: Endymion

Endymion on disc

Endymion spent a few days in mid-March making a new recording of choral music by renowned British composer Judith Weir for independent label, Signum Records.

The beautiful Temple Church, in central London, became a studio for Endymion, the choristers of the Temple Church Choir, the BBC Singers and their conductor, David Hill, as they recorded Judith’s “Storm” and “All the Ends of the Earth”.

We don’t know a release date yet, but we’ll be sure to let you know!

Endymion’s 35th Birthday Party

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Endymion celebrated their 35th birthday in February this year, performing a weekend of concerts at Kings Place. Endymion gave the inaugural concerts at Kings Place in October 2008, so it was the perfect venue for the party.

Two of the concerts were also part of the Kings Place Top 50 Chamber Classics Unwrapped series: featuring favourite works voted for by readers of BBC Music Magazine. Thursday’s concert included the Brahms Horn Trio (voted no. 43), while Friday’s concert of music for harp, flute and viola featured Debussy’s Trio Sonata (no. 44).

Saturday’s third and final concert was particularly special: three founder members of Endymion gave London a Brahms-fest. Mark van de Wiel (also principal in the Philharmonia) played both of Brahms’ Clarinet Sonatas with Michael Dussek on the piano, as well as the Clarinet Trio (op. 114) joined by cellist Jane Salmon.

The audiences had a great time, and it was a pleasure to share our anniversary celebrations with them.

Endymion’s Song Stories is a great success

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Endymion recently completed a four-week long devising and performance project with Primary schools in Westminster as part of its Song Stories outreach strand.  Around 120 children in Year 4 and Year 5 from St Barnabas’ Church of England Primary School and St Clement Danes Church of England Primary School  in Westminster, London took part in a series of workshops based upon the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and the opera Orfeo by Monteverdi.  The workshops were led by the spirited Animateur John Barber, and supported by musicians from Endymion and the Royal Academy of Music.   Students from the Academy were involved to participate in the project to gain work experience and to absorb and refine their outreach and education skills.

The project, called I am Orfeo, enabled the children at both schools to devise and compose their own songs around the story of Orpheus, and rehearse them to perform at a gala concert.  They also had a chance to learn about the instruments from the quartet of Endymion musicians (percussion, clarinet, cello and violin) and watch mini-performances by these solo instruments and in duos.

Both schools came together on Thursday 13th March at St Clement Danes Church in Aldwych, central London, to perform the complete story of Orfeo, with arrangements of Monteverdi by John Barber and interspersed with performances by Endymion.  The two schools sang one massed song all together, and their own original songs based on the story.  The event was a huge success, with parents and public attending, and a wonderful sharing experience between the two schools and the musicians from Endymion and the Royal Academy.

Endymion is incredibly grateful to the many trusts who supported this work, in particular the Ernest Cook Trust and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, without which it would not have been possible.

Endymion at 35!

Endymion - Large GroupIn 2014, Enydmion celebrates its 35th birthday with a weekend of concerts at Kings Place. Since it’s our birthday we’re calling the shots, and we’ve programmed three evenings of our (and our audiences’) favourite pieces.

On Thursday 6th February, our fabulous horn player Stephen Stirling joins the equally fabulous Krysia Osostowicz and Michael Dussek for our perennially popular horn trio programme, pairing works by Brahms and Ligeti. The Brahms horn trio was voted into the Top 50 Chamber Classics by BBC Music Magazine readers, and we’re delighted to have been invited to play it as part of Kings Place’s “Chamber Classics Unwrapped” series.

http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on-book-tickets/music/brahms-horn-trio-endymion

Also part of the Top 50 series is Debussy’s Sonata for flute, viola and harp, which we’re playing on Friday 7th February. It’s a difficult piece to programme around, but we’re not afraid of a challenge and Helen Tunstall, Helen Keen, Krysia Osostowicz and Asdis Valdimarsdottir come together for a concert featuring solos, duos and trios by Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Martinů and Debussy’s eternal counterpart, Ravel: the renowned harpist Skaila Kanga made her own arrangement of Ravel’s piano “Sonatine” for the same forces as the Debussy sonata, and we perform them side-by side.

http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on-book-tickets/music/debussy-sonata-for-flute-viola-harp-endymion

On Saturday 8th February, in an all-Brahms concert, our clarinettist Mark van de Wiel takes centre stage with Michael Dussek, performing both clarinet sonatas – the last chamber works he wrote. Our wonderful cellist Jane Salmon joins the pair for the Clarinet Trio to round off our birthday weekend.

http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on-book-tickets/music/endymion-plays-brahms

All the concerts are on sale now, and there are still some Online Saver tickets available for only £9.50, and as a special birthday gift to you, there’s a 20% discount when booking two or more concerts!

Endymion at Ashbourne

The small market town of Ashbourne, nestled at the southern end of the Derbyshire Dales, is the wonderful setting for the yearly Ashbourne Festival. This year, Endymion will be bringing a charming programme of Schubert, Mozart and Brahms to the festival, performing on the 29th June at St Oswalds Church. Whether you live near or far, this festival appearance is well worth coming to. Endymion masterfully contrast the dark, yearning qualities of the Brahms quintet with the bright palette  of Mozart, whilst in turn, Schubert’s trio brilliantly contrasts classical elegance with romantic eloquence.

Tickets for the concert are available here

Endymion gears up to perform Reich

As part of a new concert series at Milton Court (a new performance space at the Barbican), Endymion will be teaming up with the BBC Singers this October to play Steve Reich’s cantata ‘The Desert Music’. This thrilling five-movement cantata, based on texts by William Carlos Williams, takes centre stage in a concert devoted to american choral music. The concert is on October 15th, and tickets are available here. Keep up-to-date with all Endymion news via the Endymion website.