In 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.
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.
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.
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!
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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
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.
Endymion is taking part in “Brahms Unwrapped” at Kings Place in just a few weeks, bringing their celebrated programme of the Brahms Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op.144 and the Horn trio in E flat, Op.40. We’re happily augmenting our regular short programme with both of his Clarinet Sonatas, Op.120.
The Horn Trio is by far the earliest work in the concert, written in 1865 after the death of Brahms’ mother. It’s full of childhood memories of woodland and countryside, as well as “a sense of enigma, turbulence, serenity, deep sorrow, exuberant joy,” according to our violinist Krysia Osostowicz.
Another frequent performer at Kings Place, Daniel Tong, joins us to perform the much later Clarinet Trio. Towards the end of his life, Brahms had pretty much decided to give up composing, but ended up exploring the potential of the clarinet as a chamber instrument like no one had since Mozart. A contemporary musicologist and friend of Brahms’ said his trio was “as though the instruments were in love with one another”. As well as the trio (from 1891), he wrote two Clarinet Sonatas in 1894, which are regarded as masterpieces for the instrument. At our concert, they’ll be performed by Mark van de Wiel with Daniel Lebhardt.
Tickets are already on sale here. Kings Place has its £9.50 Internet Savers, and then tickets start from as little as £13.50. This concert really is full of Endymion’s core repertoire, and not to be missed!
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Endymion’s recent concert with the BBC Singers went fantastically well last week, at Cheltenham International Music Festival. The concert was recorded by the BBC, and included world premieres of pieces by John Tavener and Judith Bingham, performed by Endymion and the BBC Singers, conducted by David Hill.
The edition of Hear and Now will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 90-93 FM on Saturday 21st July, starting at 22:30. You can tune in live online or listen again for seven days after the broadcast, here.
Endymion has a busy few weeks ahead, with performances at Cheltenham Festival, Temple Church and Wigmore Hall.
They will be joined by the BBC Singers for a Radio 3 broadcast concert on 5th July at Cheltenham International Music Festival, with a world premiere by Judith Bingham and a piece by John Tavener. Tickets can be bought here.
On 11th July Endymion will be performing one of their most popular programmes at Temple Church, featuring the Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets, featuring clarinettist Mark van de Wiel. A perfect Summer evening’s entertainment! Tickets for that are available here.
On 15th July, they’ll be making their first ever appearance in the prestigious Wigmore Hall Coffee Concert series, performing Brahms’ sumptuous Clarinet Trio and Horn Trio. Don’t miss it! Tickets for that concert are only £12, with concessions available. They are selling very well, so book quickly to avoid disappointment. Tickets available here.