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University of Huddersfield Appoint Ensemble 360 as Ensemble-in-Residence


4th Oct 2010 12:10
University of Huddersfield Appoint Ensemble 360 as Ensemble-in-Residence

The critically acclaimed chamber music group Ensemble 360 has been appointed the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Huddersfield.

The University’s Head of Music and Drama Professor John Bryan said of the new partnership: ‘Members of Ensemble 360 have been visiting us for a number of years, so we are delighted that we have been able to deepen our relationship by appointing them as 'ensemble in residence'.  Their programmes are always adventurous, including unusual and often neglected pieces, and their performances are always highly communicative and invigorating. These are just the qualities to which we want our own students to aspire, and we look forward to welcoming Ensemble 360 on their more frequent visits to perform and coach our students this year.’

The residency will give chamber music students at the University of Huddersfield the opportunity to work with a group of outstanding professional musicians as well as bringing a series of exciting concerts to Huddersfield. The first concert is on Thursday 14 October, 1.15pm in St Paul’s Hall and features Schumann’s quintessentially Romantic D minor Piano Trio and English composer Herbert Howells’ almost vocal Fantasy String Quartet.

The appointment of Ensemble 360 complements the content of the University Music Department’s regular concert series, which encompasses performances by large and small, classical and popular student ensembles plus recitals and masterclasses by a distinguished rosta of invited guests, ranging from flautist Wissam Boustany to DJ Rasp and Michael Heaton from local band-made good, Embrace.

Tim Horton, Ensemble 360’s pianist said: “Huddersfield University Music Department has an unrivalled reputation for being at the ‘cutting edge’ of developments in music, a position added by its affiliation with the internationally recognised Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. This new partnership with Ensemble 360 will open up many new opportunities for interesting collaborations.”

Two more concerts will follow in 2011; Thursday 17 March and Thursday 7 April. All concerts are open to the public and tickets for all three concerts are available from Huddersfield University Music Department at 01484 472003, livemusic@hud.ac.uk or online at www.hud.ac.uk/music-concerts for £3 adults and £2 concessions.

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