“The London Supergroup… playing with panache, wit and discreet sensitivity in performances that are a constant joy”
London Conchord Ensemble is one of Europe’s leading chamber ensembles. Their imaginative and highly original programming has won them many accolades over the years, and in 2013 they celebrated their 10th anniversary with a BBC Chamber Music Prom at Cadogan Hall.
Highlights of recent seasons include performances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, Dusseldorf Tonhalle, Brussels Palais des Beaux Arts, Library of Congress in Washington D.C., and tours of Germany, France and America. Last year the group launched their own festival – an annual weekend of world-class performances and international artists. The festival will explore a different theme each year, bringing together music and literature in exciting new commissions. In 2016, Conchord Festival takes up residence on the banks of the River Thames in Twickenham where London Conchord Ensemble will be collaborating with guest artists Simon Callow, Roderick Williams and Duncan Ward.
The ensemble enjoys regular collaborations with guest singers, and their concerts in the Schleswig Holstein, Windsor, Newbury, Winchester and Chelsea Festivals have included Dame Felicity Lott, Susan Bickley, Andrew Kennedy, James Gilchrist and Katherine Broderick. Roderick Williams, the ensemble’s guest at this year’s Conchord Festival, will perform songs by Duparc and Ravel’s Chansons Madécasses with members of the ensemble.
Since its foundation the London Conchord Ensemble has been ensemble-in-residence at Champs Hill, Sussex, where the group has recorded much of its discography. They have also recorded on the Sanctuary Classics/ASV, Black Box and Quartz labels. Their latest Champs Hill recording – a double disc exploring the complete chamber works of Francis Poulenc – was released to great critical acclaim in February 2012. The ensemble’s most recent project is a double CD in its ongoing “cities” series, concentrating on Vienna, to be released later this year. It consists of Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio and Quintet for Piano and Winds, Beethoven’s Quintet for Piano and Winds and chamber music by Zemlinsky, Berg and Schoenberg. Further releases exploring works linked to Budapest and London will then follow.
Chamber Music New Zealand has invited London Conchord Ensemble to tour the islands in the autumn of 2016, as part of their International Concert Season ‘Kaleidoscopes’. Presenting three different programmes across ten venues, the group will perform in Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill.
‘These players, all of them with acclaimed backgrounds in solo and chamber performance demonstrate a clear understanding of how Poulenc’s music deftly explores the rich area around the border between Gallic vulgarity and Gallic elegance…Above all, these performances show a joyous and intimate involvement with this immensely rewarding music.’ American Record Guide 2012
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