Songs without Words presented by the London Bridge Ensemble - 3rd of 3 concerts

Songs without Words presented by the London Bridge Ensemble - 3rd of 3 concerts

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 19:30

The London Bridge Ensemble is one of Britain’s most exciting and brilliant chamber groups. The Ensemble presents innovative and stimulating programmes of chamber music and song, or instrumental music alone, on occasion inviting guest artists to form larger combinations in order to explore an even richer and more versatile repertoire. The name represents the group's special ability to bring together different musical genres and styles from the fields of both chamber music and song. It is also an affectionate homage to the bridge and station of that name in the City of London and, importantly, reflects, through Frank Bridge, an admiration for the English music of the early twentieth century, which has from the outset formed an important part of the group’s varied repertoire.

The ensemble’s first CD of works by Frank Bridge, from whom the Ensemble takes its name, was released by Dutton to critical acclaim, including glowing reviews and recommendations by both Gramophone and International Record Review; the subsequent release of the second disc in their survey of Bridge's early works for Dutton was again met with plaudits from the critics, including unreserved commendations from Gramophone Magazine, American Record Guide and BBC Radio 3 (CD Review), and was shortlisted for the Gramophone Chamber Music Award 2011.

The London Bridge Ensemble have also released a recording for Sonimage Classics, which has drawn observations such as "rendered with a bubbling brilliance", and "heart-touchingly eloquent" from the Sunday Times. A collection of works by Fauré will follow on the same label, for release in 2012.

Since making its Wigmore Hall debut in 2005, which included the premiere of a work written for the group by David Matthews, the group’s engagements have included concerts at Sheffield Music in the Round, St. David’s Hall Cardiff, St. George’s Bristol, St. John’s Smith Square and Bridgewater Hall Manchester. Festival appearances have included City of London Festival, the Kerry Chamber Music Festival, Leicester International Music Festival’s lunchtime series and Ponte de Lima Festival in North Portugal.

In 2012 the ensemble returns to the Wigmore Hall, appears at Kings Place in London and performs the Schubert piano trios as part of a series of study events with musicologist Richard Wigmore and launches their own London series. They also present their fifth annual festival - The Winchester Chamber Music Festival - which quickly established itself as a highly successful event following the inaugural festival in 2008 in the home town of their cellist Kate Gould. Their guest collaborators in 2012 are Malin Broman, David Adams and Alice Neary.

“the playing is replete with a passion that yields rich rewards” The Strad

"the poetry, flexibility and ardour displayed by these gifted players held me captive from first note to last" Gramophone

Quartet for Piano and Strings No 1 in D
Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
Duo for Violin and Viola in B flat
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Quartet for Piano and Strings No 2 in E flat
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)


St Gabriel's Church, Pimlico
Warwick Square
London SW1V 2AD
United Kingdom
51° 29' 25.9476" N, 0° 8' 27.3624" W
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£15 or £12 concessions (over 60 or student with card) - £10 Friends of St. Gabriel's - Under 16 Free Available from 020 7976 5041 8.30am - 8.30pm.
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