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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Purcell Chacony for Strings
Glazunov Idyll for Strings and Horn (1884)
Francaix Octet “A huit” (1972) | Intermission
Beethoven Septet in Eb-Major, Op. 20

Tomo Keller, violin
Harvey De Souza, violin
Robert Smissen, viola
Stephen Orton, cello
Lynda Houghton, double bass
James Burke, clarinet
Julie Price, bassoon
Stephen Stirling, horn

The Academy Chamber Ensemble was formed in 1967, drawing its membership from the world-renowned chamber orchestra the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which was itself founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 and is currently led by Music Director Joshua Bell. The purpose behind the formation of the Chamber Ensemble was to perform the larger scale chamber music repertoire with players who customarily worked together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests. Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra and play-directed by Academy Director / Leader Tomo Keller, the Chamber Ensemble now performs in multiple configurations from wind trios to string octets. Its touring commitments are extensive and include regular tours of Europe and North America, whilst recording contracts with Philips Classics, Hyperion, and Chandos have led to the release of over thirty CDs.

The Academy Chamber Ensemble’s tours of the United States and Canada are supported by Maria Cardamone and Paul Matthews, together with the American Friends of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The American Friends was founded in 1998 to support the work of the Academy around the world, particularly in the USA. Find out more at www.asmf.org

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