Ensemble is one of Europe’s leading chamber ensembles. Their imaginative
programming and charismatic performance style have won them many accolades over
the years, and they celebrated their 10th anniversary with a BBC Chamber Music
Prom at Cadogan Hall. The group has made frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and
American National Public Radio. Highlights of recent seasons include
performances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Dusseldorf Tonhalle,
Brussels Palais des Beaux Arts, Library of Congress in Washington D.C., and
tours of Germany, France, America and New Zealand. Conchord performed a ten
centre nationwide tour as part of Chamber Music New Zealand's International
‘Kaleidoscopes’ Concert Season that included Radio New Zealand broadcasts. With
a variety of programmes designed to showcase their flair and flexibility; the
group also reached out to a younger audience where they introduced great
chamber music works to children.
Ensemble enjoys regular collaborations with guest artists and their concerts in
the Schleswig Holstein, Windsor, Newbury, Winchester and Chelsea Festivals have
included Dame Felicity Lott, Robin Tritschler, Toby Spence, Susan Bickley,
Andrew Kennedy, James Gilchrist and Katherine Broderick. They have
presented their own weekend festivals of world-class performances with new
commissions and innovative collaborations with guests including Simon Callow,
Roderick Williams, Duncan Ward and Action to the Word Theatre Company.
One of Conchord's
strong interests is setting chamber music within a larger artistic context and
its project 'The Rhythm of Silence' combines the writing of Virgina Woolf with
Britten's Phantasy Op. 2 in a striking performance piece. The work which
received 5-Star reviews is a co-commission of Rathfinny Vineyard and the
Charleston Literary Festival and was premiered at Charleston with Juliet
Stevenson in the roll of Virginia Woolf.
foundation the London Conchord Ensemble has been ensemble-in-residence at
Champs Hill, Sussex, where the group has recorded much of its discography.
Their double disc sets of Bach and the complete chamber works of Francis
Poulenc have been released to great critical acclaim. They have also recorded
on the Sanctuary Classics/ASV, Black Box and Quartz labels. This CD
celebrates the riches of musical life in Vienna and is part of an ongoing
“Cities” series. To date, London Conchord Ensemble has recorded music from St
Petersburg, with four composers at the forefront of the city’s musical life over
four succeeding generations.