LondonÂ ConchordÂ EnsembleÂ is one of Europeâ€™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 atÂ CadoganÂ Hall. The group has made frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and American National Public Radio. Â Highlights of recent seasons include performances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw,Â WigmoreÂ Hall, DusseldorfÂ Tonhalle, BrusselsÂ PalaisÂ des Beaux Arts, Library of Congress in Washington D.C., and tours of Germany, France, America and New Zealand.
ConchordÂ performed a ten centre nationwide tour as part of Chamber Music New Zealandâ€™s International â€˜Kaleidoscopesâ€™ 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.
â€œEach one is obviously a consummate solo artist, together, in whatever combination, their performance moved to a higher plane. The rapt attention and the complete involvement of the whole audience was obvious from start to finish.â€
Hawkes Bay Today, New Zealand
LondonÂ ConchordÂ 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, RobinÂ Tritschler, Toby Spence, Susan Bickley, Andrew Kennedy, James Gilchrist and Katherine Broderick. Â 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 ofÂ Conchordâ€™sÂ strong interests is setting chamber music within a larger artistic context and its project â€˜The Rhythm of Silenceâ€™ combines the writing ofÂ VirginaÂ Woolf with Brittenâ€™s Phantasy Op. 2 in a striking performance piece. TheÂ work which received 5-Star reviewsÂ is a co-commission ofÂ RathfinnyÂ Vineyard and the Charleston Literary Festival and was premiered at Charleston with Juliet Stevenson in the role of Virginia Woolf.
Since its foundation the LondonÂ ConchordÂ 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.