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“…one immediately felt in the presence of players who embraced them with affectionate abandon – and had the skill to bring it off.” BBC Music Magazine
Ensemble 360 has gained an enviable reputation across the UK for the quality and integrity of their performances. Formed in 2005, eleven musicians of international standing came together to take up residency in South Yorkshire with Music in the Round, establishing a versatile group comprising five string players, five wind players and a pianist. Their home performance space is Sheffield’s Crucible Studio Theatre, an intimate space in which the audience is seated “in the round” and never more than twenty feet away from the stage. It is from this wonderful performance space that both Ensemble 360 and Music in the Round take their names.
Ensemble 360 is a strong team and a group of friends who share a passion for the music which radiates through each performance. Their enthusiasm, drive and musicality draw audiences into their performances both through the quality of their playing and their engaging spoken introductions. Due to the flexible nature of the group’s line-up the repertoire possibilities are enormous; anything from baroque duos, through classical quartets to new commissions for all eleven players.
Critical acclaim has greeted all of the group’s CDs to date; Mozart and Spohr (ASV Gold), Beethoven (Nimbus Alliance) and their latest disc, Poulenc (Nimbus Alliance), which contains all his great works for piano and wind: “A lovely disc”(BBC Radio 3 CD Review). BBC Music Magazine wrote of the recording of Mozart’s clarinet quintet that“this is a performance that can stand as a benchmark for this much recorded work”.
Ensemble 360 adopts an open attitude to the projects and concerts it takes on. The group has collaborated with a variety of artists and organisations including poet Ian McMillan, actors Daniel Evans, Samuel and Timothy West, Maggie Steed and Deborah Findlay, composers Huw Watkins and Charlotte Bray, film-maker Katie Goodwin and jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins and more. They have also worked with Museums Sheffield playing music in response to artwork.
Ensemble 360 appears regularly on BBC Radio 3 and at some of the largest festivals and venues in England including the Wigmore Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Aldeburgh, Bath International Festival, Buxton Festival, Leamington Music Festival Weekend and Manchester Chamber Concert Series. With Music in the Round, the group tours nationally every year, has established its own concert series in Barnsley and Doncaster, and other international artists are invited to Sheffield to perform in Music in the Round’s nine-day May Festival and Autumn and Spring series.
Together with Music in the Round and Polly Ives, Ensemble 360 has established a unique brand of children’s concerts that play to sell-out audiences. They have premiered a number of commissions from Music in the Round’s award-winning Children’s Composer in Residence Paul Rissmann, these unique musical stories combine participation and narration. The Ensemble regularly runs schools’ workshops, as well as performance and composition classes with a variety of age groups, and is the Ensemble in Residence at both the University of Huddersfield and the University of Nottingham.
Outside Ensemble 360 the musicians all have highly successful individual careers. Some are members of orchestras, including the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Philharmonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Camerata Bern and Manchester Camerata. They have performed as chamber musicians and soloists across the UK at festivals including Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, IMS Prussia Cove and Plush, as well as across Europe, America and Japan in venues including the Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie and Carnegie and Suntory Halls.
To find out more about Ensemble 360’s work with Music in the Round, please contact Tracy Bryant: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For engagements outside of Music in the Round’s activity, please contact Adrian Wilson: email@example.com
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