Concert Season 56

18th February 2023 at 7:30pm

The Ellis Ensemble

Belinda Jones – piano, Kimon Parry – clarinet, Susanne Simme - bassoon

Our first concert of 2023 is with the Ellis Ensemble.   Described as "superb" and "exceptional”, the Ellis Ensemble is one of the UK's foremost chamber groups, dedicated to performing and commissioning works for piano and woodwind instruments.
Concert Piece No.1 Mendelssohn
8 Pieces Op.83 (1,2,5,6,) Bruch
Suite Cantando Bill Douglas
Trio Pathetique Glinka
Sonata for Bassoon and piano Nancy Galbraith
Medley to include Oblivion Suite No.2 for piano and Portena Primavera Piazzolla

Ellis will play this evening a varied programme of Classical, Romantic and jazz works, showcasing the very best of this combination of instruments. Works by Mendelssohn, Bruch and Glinka sit side by side with the jazz and tango sounds of Bill Douglas and Astor Piazolla. There's also the rare chance to hear the sonorous bassoon in Nancy Galbraith's Bassoon Sonata.

The Ellis Ensemble originally formed and enjoyed critical acclaim as a trio for clarinet, bassoon and piano in 2010. They soon discovered a wealth of music written for piano and woodwind chamber groups  and decided to expand with more players, offering different combinations from duo up to quintet. The group has built a reputation through their virtuosity, expressive playing and original repertoire.

Its members are outstanding musicians much in demand internationally as orchestral, chamber and solo artists with regular performances at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall and the Moscow Festival, and orchestras including LPO, BBC Phil, ENB and Glyndebourne. As a group they have made appearances on Radio 3 and at venues including St John's Smith's Square, Buckingham Music Festival and St James's Piccadilly. They have been selected as 'Recommended Artists' by Making Music which has seen them tour the UK giving concerts for Music Societies and Clubs. They are also selected artists on King's Place's Chamber Studio programme.

They have a  strong commitment to championing both traditional works for this wonderful mixture of instruments as well as promoting new music by living composers. The British composer Hannah Kendall has arranged her piece Iscariot Blues for them which has been recorded for BBC Radio 3 broadcast and composer Shiva Feshareki is also writing a work for the trio. Other future projects include an Austrian concert tour in Spring 2023 and a recording featuring new and traditional works.