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Onyx gets Romantic

Onyx Brahms recording

Onyx was joined by some of the best brass players around for a few days last month, recording a new CD of brass music from the Romantic period. The CD, to be released by Meridian includes new arrangements of chorale preludes and piano pieces by Brahms, Chopin’s Prelude no. 12 in C minor, and Janacek’s “On an Overgrown Path”. Some of the pieces have already cropped up in Onyx programmes, but some will be heard for the first time in their recordings from Onyx & Co., above.

In June, Onyx will be joining the choir of Westminster Abbey and their director James O’Donnell for a recording of choral music by Parry, including works with brass ensemble, for Hyperion. More information on that as soon as we have it!

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.

Start the New Year with Phoenix at the Wigmore Hall

Wigmore HallThe Phoenix Piano Trio return to Wigmore Hall on 2nd January 2014 for a sublime evening spanning three centuries worth of musical splendour – Haydn’s Piano Trio in Eb Major Hob XV/29, Brahms’ Trio no. 1 in B major, and Korngold’s Piano Trio no. 1 in D major. Tickets for this colourful winter offering can be bought via the Wigmore Hall website.

At previous Wigmore visits, Phoenix have played trios by Beethoven to great acclaim, and on Tuesday 17th December the trio were at the National Portrait Gallery in London, to perform a lunchtime concert including Beethoven’s famous “Archduke” trio (Op.97), under Beethoven’s portrait, and on his 243rd birthday!

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.


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!

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 unwraps Brahms


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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!