It has been several years since The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble has been on our stage and we are looking forward to their concert on October 31st!
There are many beautiful pieces that were written for quintets, sextets, septets, and octets. Often these larger chamber pieces end up being performed by established string quartets with guest artists. Formed 46 years ago, the Chamber Ensemble performs various chamber pieces specifically written for larger combinations of instruments. The Chamber Ensemble is comprised of established members of The Academy orchestra. Both the orchestra and the ensemble travel extensively each season. The Chamber Ensemble has several configurations and we will have the pleasure of hearing the string octet formation. We are the only Canadian stop on the Chamber Ensemble’s upcoming Canada US tour which starts with our concert on the 31st.
If you are interested in hearing a bit of Chamber Ensemble, you can find a couple of clips of their website at this link – http://www.asmf.org/about-us/chamber-ensemble/
I am looking forward to hearing them and a few pieces for string octet live for the first time myself! Have you heard the Chamber Ensemble live before?